Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Benbow Area

The Benbow area is between the Stillwater River and West Rosebud. It is a popular place to ride OHV's. Please consult the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) to know which roads are legal to drive on. The roads in Benbow are in poor condition and high clearance vehicles are needed.

To see a map of the Benbow area hiking trails, click here. Or to see a list of all the Beartooth RD maps, click here.

The Benbow weather Forecast can be seen here.

The following non-motorized trails can be found in the Benbow area:

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

On July 10, 2015, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California. 

The 330,780-acre monument extends from nearly sea level on Bureau of Land Management lands around Lake Berryessa in the south, up to 7,000 feet through the northern Snow Mountain Wilderness and the eastern boundary of the Yuki Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest.

Conveniently located just north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources, as well as exciting recreation opportunities for visitors.

This is a landscape filled with ancient, historic and modern stories.  The dramatic geology, remarkable biological diversity and rich history sparked the President’s use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish the Monument.  However, the area also offers great recreation and breathtaking scenic vistas.

Visit the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument page. 

Big Bar River Access

Located approx. 8 miles downstream from Orleans, Big Bar offers a gravel dirt road to an excellent boat launch for drift and jet boats. There is an information kiosk, ample parking and excellent access to the river’s edge for fishing. This is a popular take-out for boaters floating down from Orleans through the “gorge”.

For all boating on the Klamath, please read the restrictions on the Karuk Ceremonial dates.  Water and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage, fish guts and dog droppings with you when you leave.

Big Belt Mountains

Big Belt Mountains


The Big Belt Mountains are an island range primarily in Broadwater, Lewis and Clark, and Meagher counties with small portions in Gallatin and Cascade counties. The geographic area includes the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, the outlying Dry Range, and the small communities of York and Nelson. The nearest population center is Helena.

More information on the Big Belt Mountains

Big Bend Day Use

From eastbound I-80, take Big Bend exit and continue east one-quarter mile to the day use area.  From westbound I-80, take the Rainbow Road exit and continue west for one and one-half mile to the day use area.

Elevation:   5,900

Facilities:   3 picnic tables, 3 grills

Potable water and vault toliets are available at the Big Bend Group Campground.

Big Fat Gap Trailhead

Big Fat Gap Trailhead – 3083 foot elevation.  

The Big Fat Trail starts at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead, reached by a nine mile drive on the FSR # 62 Big Fat Gap Road, accessed from US Route 129 north of the Robbinsville area.  This  road is gated, and closed to the public from January 1 through  April 1 annually.

The Big Fat Trail leaves the parking area near the information kiosk, descending steeply to Slickrock Creek in the valley below.  This is a very steep trail, heavily used by fishermen and hikers to reach the valley floor.  At 1.4 miles, the trail reaches a junction with the Nichols Cove Trail, then turns left, fords a small stream, and ends at the Slickrock Creek Trail junction.


Dispersed Camping Area. Facilties include tables, fire rings, vault toilet in the area.

Black Dragon Trailhead

The Black Dragon Trailhead marks the entrance to the Black Dragon Trail which is 1.8 miles long.  This trail provides a connection between the Ferron Canyon Picnic Area, which is adjacent to Forest Road 0022, and Forest Road 0170, which is south of Joes Valley.  The trailhead is at ~6480' elevation.

Black Gulch South Dispersed Camping

Black Gulch South is a dispersed camping or day use site on the Lower Kern River. There are vault toilets available and seasonal trash bins.

Restrictions - No Camping or Campfires are allowed within 25 feet of the water’s edge

Black Hills Overlook

The Black Hills Overlook provides views of the surrounding Pine Ridge and grasslands and Black Hills of South Dakota. Forest Service Road 714A accessed from the western edge of Chadron State Park provides vehicle access to a small parking lot. From the trailhead it’s a short walk to the overlook. 

As you pass thru this area on Road 714A you can still see the effects of the 1973 Dead Horse Fire. Most recently the area burned in 2012 with the effects being more noticeable in the overlook area. Some of this area was replanted in the spring of 2018.

The trailhead is also an access point for the Pine Ridge Trail which provides access to these nearby areas:

*No services available. Please pack in pack out your garbage.