Welcome to the Bitterroot National Forest

Leave your stress behind! You will find this spectacular 1.6 million acre forest in southwest Montana and Idaho to be a priceless national heritage. Come enjoy the magnificent mountains, the serenity of wilderness, the miracle of spring flowers, majestic big game, and the sounds of birds here in our land of multiple uses.

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Bitterroot Front Project

Bitterroot Front Project from USDA Forest Service on Vimeo.

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  • Rent a Cabin or Lookout

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    Enjoy a unique recreational experience at one of many rental lookouts and cabins on the Bitterroot National Forest. There are three rental lookouts that provide stunning views of the surrounding Sapphire, Bitterroot, and Anaconda Pintler mountain ranges. Four rustic cabins offer a serene and relaxing getaway from the busy daily life.

  • Don't Leave Home Without a Map

    Planning your next adventure or your next visit. The Bitterroot National Forest offers a variety of map products to guide you along the way.

  • Passes & Permits

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    The Bitterroot National Forest offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, cabin rentals, firewood gathering, berry picking, mushroom harvesting, and river rafting to name a few. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. Some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.


USDA’s Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Award

  • Fire Adapted Bitterroot

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    The Bitterroot National Forest and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Hamilton field office have received the USDA’s Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Award.  The Forest Service and NRCS will work together to protect communities from wildfires, improve water quality, and restore forest ecosystems on public and private lands. 

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Great American Outdoors Act

  • Bitterroot National Forest GAOA Projects

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    The Bitterroot National Forest continues to implement the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which enables federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands through 2025.

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