Beartooth Ranger District

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness HikeThe Beartooth Ranger District is nestled in south central Montana and encompasses the Absaroka-Beartooth and Pryor Mountain Ranges, adjacent to both the Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests.

The area serves as the northeastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and is home to the Beartooth Scenic Byway, Red Lodge Ski Resort and four national recreation trails. The district office is located in Red Lodge, MT, 65 miles from Montana’s largest city, Billings.

Recreational opportunities abound on the Beartooth district including hiking, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, camping, downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross-country skiing. A number of camping facilities and picnic areas on the district provide for popular jumping-off spots for day hikes into the Wilderness.

A few top destinations include Granite Peak (tallest peak in Montana at 12,799 ft.), Grasshopper Glacier, Hellroaring Plateau and hundreds of miles of trails, exploring the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Learn more and volunteer at Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation

Wild Horse Range

Pryor Mountain Unit

The Pryor Mountain Unit of the district is located about 60 miles east of Red Lodge, MT adjacent to both the Crow Indian Reservation and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The dry limestone uplifts and formations create a stark contrast to the rest of the district.

Recreational use is low and visitors will find primitive trails and old mining roads; as the land is largely managed for dispersed recreation. The eastern edge of the range is the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Territory.

Prior to any day or multi-day trek recreationalists should:

  • Check local conditions by calling the Beartooth Ranger District 
  • Understand backcountry travel, leave no trace principles and the district's food storage order 
  • Understand how to safely travel in bear country. Read be bear aware to learn more. 

Most camping and picnic facilities on the district are open Memorial Day – Labor Day, many have the ability to be open earlier and later pending snow levels and conditions any given year.  

For local conditions contact Beartooth Ranger District at 406-446-2103 

The following are popular campgrounds on the district: 

Main Fork Rock Creek (Hwy 212)
M-K, Greenough, Limber Pine, Parkside, Ratine, Sheridan 

West Fork Rock Creek (Forest Service Road 2071)
Basin, Cascade, Palisades, Wild Bill Lake Picnic Area 

East Rosebud (Forest Road 2177)
East Rosebud, Jimmy Joe, Sand Dunes Picnic Area 

West Rosebud (Forest Road 2072)
Emerald Lake, Pine Grove

Stillwater Valley 
Woodbine, Initial Creek, Old Nye Picnic Area

Pryor Mountains
Sage Creek, Big Ice Cave Picnic Area

Additional facilities and dispersed sites exist. The district has more than 250 recreational trails to explore. Visit the recreation portion of this website to learn more or to make reservations, as available.