Welcome to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest


A Jewel of the West

Come visit Montana's largest National Forest - With over 3.39 million acres comprised of scenic byways, wilderness areas, rangeland, and more, there is something for everyone!

The forest provides timber, minerals, and grazing lands. It also offers breath-taking scenery for a wide variety of recreational pursuits. Whether it's wilderness trekking in the Anaconda-Pintler or Lee Metcalf wildernesses, driving the Gravelly Range Road or Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, or camping in one of the campgrounds in the forest, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge has it all.

Last Call for Southwest Montana and Tri County RAC Membership Applications!!

The National SRS RAC Charter was recently renewed, which means all National Forest units can once again resume RAC activities, including our RAC membership outreach efforts. Please note that membership applications for the Southwest Montana and Tri County RACs are due no later than January 31, 2024. A big thank you to all of those interested individuals who have already submitted their applications!

Please contact Megan Mullowney at (406) 683-3987 or megan.mullowney@usda.gov for more information.

Effective January 1st, 2024, firewood and other special forest products including botanicals and mushrooms will be provided to the public for personal use without a fee. (This does not include Christmas Trees). Although there is no fee, a permit is still required. Permits can be obtained by calling district offices. Permits are being required to assist the Forest Service with tracking harvest information and to allow for sharing of important wildfire safety and firewood collection information. 

Please read these Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about our operations at this time. If you have further questions, you can send us a message through our Contact Us page.