For information on specific recreational activities, hover over Recreation on the Menu Bar; then choose from the drop-down menu the one you’re interested in—everything from skiing to bird watching.

University of Montana Wilderness Institute’s Citizens’ Science program is offering 14 different backpacking trips this summer into the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, the headwaters of the East Fork/Bitterroot River. Volunteers are paired with experienced guides on these 3-day free treks, studying trails, campsite conditions, weeds, etc.

General Information

The Forest Service is an excellent beginning point for outdoor recreation in the Bitterroot—everything from hiking, biking, climbing, camping, fishing, rock hunting, and nature viewing, to recreational drives, listed in the left column. It is easy to navigate, and a big plus is it posts alerts on temporary road closures. Check it out before going; you don’t want to find yourself at the end of a long bumpy ride, almost to your destination, only to find a big sign saying the road is closed.

A map to the recreational areas can be found here. Clicking on any of the symbols on the map brings up a small screen with information on that particular area and a link to more information. Continue down the page and you see the activities.  Click on the plus sign to the right of each and more information is provided.

Here are the links to fishing and hunting (including licensing information), hiking

For more information and maps, contact

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office
1801 North 1st, Hamilton
Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30 p.m.

Stevensville Ranger District
88 Main Street, Stevensville

Darby Ranger District

Sula Ranger District
7338 Hwy 93 S., Sula

West Fork Ranger District
6735 West Fork Road, Darby

Offices are closed on Federal holidays.



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