Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness: Shoshone

Photo of the Beartooth Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in 1978 and it now has a total of 943,648 acres. Spanning the Montana-Wyoming border on the Shoshone, Gallatin, and Custer National Forests, the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness is the juncture of two mountain ranges (Beartooth and Absaroka) with differing geologic types.

The Absaroka Range (prounounced ab-ZORE-kuh, the Crow Indian word for crow) is of volcanic origin, while the Beartooth Range, named for a spike of rock resembling a bear's tooth, is granitic in formation.

The extremely rugged and picturesque topography contains hundreds of lakes, high-rolling plateaus, and deep, glacier-carved valleys. Granite Peak, Montana's highest point at 12,799 feet, is located near the Wyoming-Montana border. This area also is known for several grasshopper glaciers, glaciers containing millions of grasshoppers frozen in ice.

Please view the special regulations associated with Wilderness and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep this area wild, clean, and pristine.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Cody, WY; Livingston, MT; Gardiner, MT; Red Lodge, MT
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Shoshone National Forest, (307) 527 6241

General Information

General Notes:

Topo maps

Forest Service Topography Maps: These maps overlay Forest Service assets, such as roads, trails, and campgrounds, on USGS's topographic maps. They are available for download by quadrangle.

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National Forest Store:  Offers a full, nationwide selection of National Forest, Ranger District, Wilderness, and Specialty Maps for purchase online or by phone, fax, and mail.


Go to Wilderness.net for additional maps and information about Wilderness.


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