Welcome to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

A Jewel of the West

Come visit Montana's largest national forest. With over 3.35 million acres, scenic byways, wilderness, rangeland, and more, there is something for everyone!

The largest of the national forests in Montana, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge covers 3.35 million acres and lies in eight Southwest Montana counties: Granite, Powell, Jefferson, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead.

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).

Effective January 1st, 2023, firewood and other special forest products including botanicals and mushrooms will be provided to the public for personal use without a fee. (This does not include Christmas Trees). Although there is no fee, a permit is still required. 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. 

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.