Montana Travel

DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST

1,195, 771 acres. Deerlodge National Forest is made up of several large parcels of land in southwest Montana. Included are a series of mountain ranges and a sizable segment of the Continental Divide. Highest elevation is 10, 641-foot Mount Evans.

Along with snow-capped peaks there are massive cirque basins, rock formations, canyons, conifer forests, and numerous glacial lakes and streams.

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Local mammals include elk, moose, grizzly and black bear, deer, and coyote.

There's one designated wilderness area, consisting of about 44, 000 acres of the 158, 000-acre Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, which continues on into two other National Forests.

Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on about 600 miles of trails, including a major stretch of the Continental Divide Trail (see entry page 197).

Horseback riding is permitted on most trails, and cross-country skiing is an option here during the snow season. Fishing is available at lakes and along streams. Hunting is legal during the appropriate season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is freely allowed in almost any suitable location, as are campfires, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary.

For Further Information: Deerlodge National Forest, P.O. Box 400, Butte, MT 59703; (406)496-3400.

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