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Welcome to the Custer Gallatin National Forest

Encompassing more than three million acres and stretching across seven ranger districts including Bozeman, Hebgen Lake Ranger District in West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone R.D. in Livingston, MT, Gardiner R.D., Beartooth R.D. in Red Lodge, MT, the Ashland R.D. in far southeastern MT and Sioux R.D. in Camp Crook, SD, the Custer Gallatin National Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the region.

As Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness; the Forest features many adventures among rugged mountains, including the tallest Peak in Montana to remote Buttes and Bluffs of southeastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota.

We Are Caring for the Land and Serving 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 south central Montana to north western South Dakota and allows visitors to explore some of the largest wilderness landscapes, highest peaks, rolling hills and vast stretches of open prairie intermixed with green islands alongside streams, lakes and rivers.


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.  Learn more...

Leave No Trace, Everyone's To Enjoy

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Leave No Trace means preventing or minimizing impacts to the land when camping, hunting, riding and enjoying the many recreational activites available on public lands.