The Custer Gallatin National Forest is comprised of seven Ranger District offices. Contacting the district directly is the best way to learn about conditions throughout the year.

Ashland Ranger District

Located in southeastern Montana, the Ashland Ranger District is rich in coal and wildlife covering just over one-half million acres and offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping. Whitetail Cabin and scenic Diamond Butte (former fire tower) are available for rent. District campgrounds and picnic facilities include Red Shale, Holiday Springs, Cow Creek and Poker Jim Overlook. 

From multi-colored buttes to wildlife galore the district and topography contrasts greatly from rolling grasslands to steep rock outcroppings.  The district office is located in Ashland, MT. 

Beartooth Ranger District

Nestled in south central Montana, encompassing the Beartooth and Pryor Mountain Ranges, adjacent to Shoshone National Forest.  The area serves as the northeastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and is home to the Beartooth Scenic Byway, Red Lodge Ski Resort, the Pryor Mountains 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 Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Please be aware that travelling in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness comes with additional regulations. Please know what is expected of visitors before entering the wilderness.

Most camping and picnic facilities on the district are open Memorial Day – Labor Day. Popular campgrounds and picnic areas on the district include Greenough Lake, Limber Pine, Parkside, M-K, Rattin, Sheridan (off of Hwy 212), Basin, Cascade, Palisades, Wild Bill Lake Picnic Area (West Fork Rock Creek), East Rosebud, Jimmy Joe, Sand Dunes Picnic Area (on Forest Road 2177 in the East Rosebud drainage), Emerald Lake and Pine Grove on the West Rosebud, Woodbine, Initial Creek and Old Nye Picnic Area in the Stillwater Valley and Sage Creek and Big Ice Cave Picnic Area in the Pryor Mountains. 

Bozeman Ranger District

Located on the western side of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. It encompasses much of the recreation area near the communities of Bozeman, MT and Big Sky, MT.  It includes large portions of the Madison and Gallatin Mountain Ranges, which is home to the Spanish Peaks Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.  Located north of Bozeman, the district also manages the Bridger Range with Bridger Bowl Ski Area.  The district provides ample recreational opportunities year-round, many of which are located on trails close to town and in areas like Hyalite Canyon and Gallatin Canyon.

Gardiner Ranger District

The Gardiner Ranger District is comprised largely of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and sits along a significant portion of Yellowstone National Park's northern border.   The proximity to the park and the wildness of the landscape offer incredible wildlife habitat throughout the entire district.  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 Gardiner district is also well-known in the winter for the world-class snowmobiling around Cooke City, MT.

Hebgen Lake Ranger District

The Hebgen Lake Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of Custer Gallatin National Forest stretching down the west boundary of Yellowstone National Park. West Yellowstone, MT is included. Hebgen Lake, itself sits in the center of the district.

Sioux Ranger District

Is comprised of eight separate land units in southeast Montana and northwest South Dakota, the district rises with mesas of ponderosa pine and stretches out into the rolling grasslands.  The district office is located in Camp Crook, SD and covers a total of 163,000 acres spread across a distance of 100 miles.

The Sioux Ranger District is rich in archeological and paleontological resources and also includes two National Landmarks: Capitol Rock and The Castles.  Each are massive sandstone outcroppings, remnants of volcanic ash. Many recreationalists enjoy hunting, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, fishing, camping and bird watching. Campgrounds include Lantis Springs, Wickham Gulch, Ekalaka Park, McNab Pond, Reva Gap, and Picnic Springs, North Cave Hills Unit, plus numerous locations for dispersed camping and recreational activities.

Yellowstone Ranger District

Much of the Yellowstone Ranger District is south of Livingston, MT and Interstate 90.  This area 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 lies the Crazy Mountain Range, also largely within the district's management.

The size of the district allows for a variety of landscapes and recreational opportunities.  While the northern Crazies and the Deer Creeks offer excellent OHV riding, the deep backcountry can offer opportunities for solitude either on foot or stock.  The Mill Creek and Main Boulder drainages provide countless developed recreation possibilities ranging from hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV riding, fishing, dispersed camping and more.