Ashland RD

The Ashland Ranger District is located in south-central Montana. The present day Ashland Ranger District was originally known as the Otter Forest Reserve, and later became the original site of the Custer National Forest Supervisor's Office.

The 436,000 acre Ashland Ranger District contains the largest contiguous block of land in Federal ownership in eastern Montana and has one of the largest grazing programs in the nation.

This area is also rich in coal and wildlife. Some oil and gas activity has occurred, but no producing wells have been found to date.

The District offers a variety of topography, varying from rolling grasslands to steep rock outcrops. Vegetation varies from prairie to dense stands of ponderosa pine.

There are three riding and hiking areas on the District totaling 40,000 acres (Cook Mountain, King Mountain, and Tongue River Breaks). These areas are closed to motorized travel but provide excellent opportunities for hunting, solitude, and nature study. There are no developed trails within the hiking and riding areas. There are 4 campgrounds and 2 picnic sites on the District.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Ashland RD

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Ashland RD

Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Ashland RD

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Ashland RD

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Ashland RD

Big Game Hunting

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Ashland RD

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Ashland RD

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Ashland RD

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Ashland RD

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Ashland RD

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Ashland RD

OHV Trail Riding

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Ashland RD

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Ashland RD

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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