Spotlight: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Southwestern Montana offers something for every outdoor enthusiast.
Getting ThereLocated on over three million acres in the southwestern corner of Montana, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. Check Butte or Missoula, Montana airports for flights into this scenic and unforgettable wonderland, or drive in from the south after a stop-over in Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll find the planet’s most diverse and intact assemblage of geysers.
What You’ll FindFrom the Great Basin Desert to alpine tundra, with coniferous forests and grasslands in between, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge showcases a variety of out-of-doors experiences at their best. Explore primitive wilderness, travel backcountry roads, discover the history and culture of the area, spend a lazy day relaxing in camp or spot some of the more than 300 wildlife species that call this forest home.
Make Sure You
Visit historic Lemhi Pass. Here in August 1805, aided by Shoshone people of this region, explorers Lewis and Clark crossed the Continental Divide – an important accomplishment considering this was the western-most edge of the U.S. territory.
At Lemhi Pass, take time to reflect on the broad scope of history connected with this narrow gap in the formidable Rocky Mountains. Although Lewis and Clark carried a diplomatic message of peace to Native Americans, they were the harbingers of coming changes.