Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

The largest of Montana national forests, the Beaverhead Deerlodge is located just east of the Bitterroot Valley. It encompasses portions of the Sapphire Mountains.

What can I do and see in the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest?

While there is so much to do within the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest, we focus on activities to enjoy near the Bitterroot Valley.

  • Anaconda Pintler Wilderess
    Known for rugged terrain and high mountain lakes, the Anaconda-Pintler is ideal for getting away from it all.
  • Continental Divide Trail
    From either south of Phillipsburg or along the Lost Trail Pass, access the Continental Divide Trail. Follow the trail right through the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Area for an epic multi-day backpacking trip. More info on the Continental Divide Trail.
  • Forest Service Cabins
    Spend the night in a forest service cabin for a unique vacation experience. One of the closest cabins is located along the West Fork of Rock Creek to the east of the valley.

Where is the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest?

As the largest national forest within Montana, the Beaverhead Deerlodge is speckled throughout southwest Montana, more or less surrounding Butte, Montana. The closest section of the forest near the Bitterroot Valley is the Pintler Ranger District, just east of the valley (follow Skalkaho Road) and the Wisdom District, southeast near Salmon, Idaho.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Visit the National Forest service website, book a forest service cabin, or call the Beaverhead Deerlodge forest service offices at (406) 683-3900.