Welcome to the Custer Gallatin National Forest

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With over 3 million acres stretching across 7 ranger districts, the Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the area. Ranger Districts include Bozeman, Hebgen Lake in West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone R.D. in Livingston, MT, Gardiner R.D., Beartooth R.D. in Red Lodge, MT, Ashland R.D. in far southeastern MT and Sioux R.D. in Camp Crook, SD.

The Forest hosts three gateways to Yellowstone National Park, over a million acres of Wilderness between the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and features adventures among rugged mountains, including the tallest Peak in Montana to the remote buttes and bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota.

From the Mountains to the Plains, We are Caring for the Land and Serving the People.

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Stay Safe Recreating on Your National Forests

Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands boast an abundance of opportunity for all to enjoy and explore.  The Custer Gallatin National Forest stretches from southcentral Montana to northwestern South Dakota and allows visitors to explore large wilderness landscapes, high peaks, rolling hills and vast stretches of open prairie intermixed with green islands alongside streams, lakes and rivers.


Over a Million Acres of Wilderness

The Absaroka Beartooth and Lee Metcalf units offer over a million acres of solitude and wilderness experiences. 

Castles & Capitol Rock, Sioux R.D.

Get off the beaten path, travel through northwestern South Dakota. Stop for a picnic and see these natural wonders- steep-walled, flat topped buttes rising 200 to 400 feet.


Be Bear Aware, All Year Long

Store your food properly, Grizzly Bears frequent the Forest

Grizzly bears and black bears are present across much of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Carry Bear Spray, know how to use it and have it handy. 

Earthquake Lake Visitors Center

Near midnight on an August night in 1959 a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, near the Madison River triggered a massive landslide forever changing the landscape.

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