Custer Gallatin National Forest Offices
We have seven Ranger Districts throughout the Forest. Contact a local district office for the most updated information on conditions throughout the year.Find a District Office
Forest Supervisor: Mary Erickson
Ranger District Offices
District Ranger: Ronald Hecker
Located in southeastern Montana, Ashland Ranger District covers just over one-half million acres and contains the largest contiguous block of Federal land in eastern Montana. Along with topography from rolling grasslands to steep rock outcroppings, the District offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, OHV riding, hiking, camping, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
District Ranger: Ken Coffin
The Beartooth Ranger District is located in south central Montana and encompasses the Beartooth and Pryor Mountain Ranges. The highest 41 peaks in Montana are located in the Beartooth Ranger District, including Granite Peak, which is the highest and stands at 12,799ft.
The district serves as the northeastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and is home to the Beartooth Scenic Highway, which is consistently rated one of the most scenic mountain drives in America. The highway, open from Memorial Day to mid-October (weather permitting), climbs to 10,947ft and offers stunning vistas and many recreation opportunities on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and the Shoshone National Forest.
District Ranger: Corey Lewellen
The Bozeman Ranger District is located on the northwestern section of the Forest and encompasses much of the recreation areas near Bozeman, MT including Hyalite. North of Bozeman, the district also manages the Bridger Range with Bridger Bowl Ski Area. As an active community, Bozeman has several trailheads just minutes from town and is part of a larger effort to connect city trails to county and mountain trails.
District Ranger: Michael Thom
Situated largely within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the Gardiner Ranger District covers the southeast part of the Forest and borders the northern part of Yellowstone National Park. The district contains a variety of ecosystems ranging from the broad, meadowed valleys of Slough Creek and Hellroaring Creek to the windswept, lake-spotted high alpine tundra of the Beartooth Plateau. The proximity to the park and the wilderness landscapes offer incredible wildlife habitat throughout the district. The Gardiner district is also well-known in the winter for world-class snowmobiling around Cooke City, MT.
District Ranger: Jason Brey
The Hebgen Lake Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of Custer Gallatin National Forest and stretches down the west boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Summer activities include OHV riding, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. Abundant snow in the winter season provides for excellent snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing. Working with the City of West Yellowstone, the West Yellowstone Chamber, and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation, the district offers abundant world-class cross country skiing on more than 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails winding through lodgepole pine and open meadows.
District Ranger: Kurt Hansen
The Sioux Ranger District contains eight separate land units in southeast Montana and northwest South Dakota (totaling 163,000 acres, spread across 100 miles). The District is rich in archeological and paleontological resources and includes two National Landmarks: Capitol Rock and The Castles.
District Ranger: Alex Sienkiewicz
Much of the Yellowstone Ranger District is south of Livingston, MT and Interstate 90. Approximately one million acres, the district covers a large portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the eastern half of the Gallatin Range. North of Big Timber, MT and the interstate, the Crazy Mountains are also largely within the district's management. Neighboring communities include Livingston, Big Timber, Clyde Park, and Wilsall.
Earthquake Lake Visitor Center
Season of Operation: June through mid-September
Hours: Daily, 10:00am - 5:00pm
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Directions: From West Yellowstone, head north on Highway 191 for 8 miles. Turn left onto Highway 287 at the junction. Continue on Highway 287 for 17 miles until you see the visitor center on your right.
During the off-season/winter, please contact the Hebgen Lake Ranger District.
Billings Interagency Dispatch Center
Phone: 406-896-2900; Fax: 406-896-2950
Fire Cache: 406-896-2870
Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center