Gallatin National Forest Guide

Located in south-central Montana, the Gallatin National Forest includes over 1.8 million acres of various terrain. First established in 1899 as a forest preserve, Gallatin protects valleys, ridges, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Two Wilderness Areas find themselves inside this forest that borders Yellowstone National Park. Visitors from cities across the country like Seattle or St. Louis travel through Bozeman, MT, to enjoy the scenery, fish the lakes, and climb the mountains of Gallatin. With six mountain ranges inside the park to choose from, rock and mountain climbers find plenty of action here. Others come to hike the over 2,290 miles of trails that run through the forest.

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Shape Hiking Trails

Gallatin National Forest Hiking Trails

From mountain peaks to lakeside trails, there's a hiking trail for everyone in the Gallatin National Forest.

Things to Do

Activities in Gallatin National Forest

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How to get to Gallatin National Forest

Address: 10 East Babcock Street, Bozeman, MT 59771

Fee: Entry fee $0

No matter what time of year you visit the Gallatin National Forest, the best way to explore the area is in an RV. With over 2,290 miles of hiking trails, Gallatin National Forest is a great place for an RV adventure, and an RV is a comfortable way of reaching the trailheads. Since most of the trails are in and out, knowing that a comfortable rest is waiting after a hike is a pleasant thought. In such vehicles, families create memories that last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Gallatin National Forest

Is Gallatin National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Gallatin National Forest is open year-round. Some areas of the forest are inaccessible in winter because of deep snow, but there are plenty of spots to admire the winter wonderland of the forest.

How many hiking trails does Gallatin National Forest have?

Gallatin National Forest has more than 2,290 miles of hiking trails that snake through the forest. There are trails for every level of hiker, from novice to experienced, so you can challenge yourself according to your abilities.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Gallatin National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to hunt in Gallatin National Forest. Anyone twelve or older also needs a fishing license to fish in the forest as well.

What is the closest town to Gallatin National Forest?

Carbella, Montana is one of the closest towns to Gallatin National Forest. There are restaurants and stores where campers can restock. Bozeman is the closest big city with plenty of amenities.

What type of wildlife lives in Gallatin National Forest?

Wildlife living in the Gallatin National Forest includes grizzly bears, gray wolves, bald eagles, and Canadian lynx. There is a variety of birds that live in the forest, plus plenty of fish in the streams and lakes of the forest as well.