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Scattered across counties in Montana and South Dakota, Custer National Forest encompasses nearly 1.3 million acres in three unique districts. The mountainous section, or Beartooth District, includes a portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana. The eastern portions range from the pine-clad hills and rough break country of southeastern Montana to the rolling grassland of northwestern South Dakota and the badlands of western North Dakota.
Beartooth Scenic Highway, usually open Memorial Day through mid-October, traverses the mountain country. Other good routes provide access to campgrounds and trailheads. Guide and pack services are available in nearby towns.
Trail information, which can be obtained from Forest Service offices, should be checked and updated at Beartooth Ranger Station before a trip into Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is attempted. The ranger station, south of Red Lodge, Mont., on US 212, is open daily 8-4:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, rest of year.
For further information contact the Forest Supervisor, P.O. Box 130, 10 E. Backcock Ave., Bozeman, MT 59771; phone (406) 587-6701 or Beartooth Ranger Station, (406) 446-2103.
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