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 50 small to medium-sized campgrounds in the forest, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge has it all.

Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State and local public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public.

There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: 

At this time, the Forest Service continues to remain open and operational, and we are committed to the continuity of our mission. Our primary delivery of public service will occur through virtual means (ie. telephone and online service).

As detailed in this press release, personal firewood cutting will continue to be free through Dec. 31, 2020, but woodcutters should first obtain a hard-copy permit. 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..

While the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is not closed to visitors, some developed recreation sites were temporarily closed for the health and safety of visitors and staff. We have gradually started reopening some of these sites and are continually updating the list of sites as statuses change. 

We encourage anyone considering venturing out to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to recognize social distancing while recreating.

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.