Gallatin Range: 

The wild and unroaded Gallatin Range stretches south from the dramatic Hyalite Peaks near Bozeman into Yellowstone National Park.  The roadless lands in the Gallatin Range include the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area established by Congress in 1977.  Renowned for outstanding elk and grizzly bear habitat, the Gallatin Range also contains the headwaters of the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers, providing the clean water that sustains our blue-ribbon trout fisheries.  The upper portions of Bozeman Creek, Bozeman’s main municipal water source, are in the unroaded part of the Gallatin Range.  Traversed by increasingly popular mountain trails, the Gallatin Range offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.


Bridger Mountains:

Named for mountain man legend, Jim Bridger, this steep mountain range forms the magnificent northeast ramparts of the Gallatin Valley, rising from the outskirts of Bozeman. Sedimentary rock from ancient sea beds was lifted into the skyline and sculpted by eons of glacial ice.  The Bridgers are long and tall, with excellent habitat for mountain goats, black bear, elk, lion, moose and mule deer. Eagles and falcons nest in dramatic limestone cliffs. Bozeman’s backyard, the Bridgers sustain a growing Gallatin Valley population with popular mountain trails for hiking, biking, hunting and myriad other outdoor pursuits. 


The Lionhead Roadless Area straddles the Continental Divide, 10 miles west of Yellowstone National Park, in the Madison Range and Henrys Mountains. Tributary streams from this rugged area feed the famed Madison River to the north. The entire area is utilized by Yellowstone's grizzlies, and provides excellent elk habitat. Bighorn Sheep winter on the windswept open slopes. Hiking, horseback travel, fishing, camping and hunting are the major traditional uses within the Lionhead area. Fifteen miles of the nation’s  longest horse and foot trail –the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail --traverse this roadless area.

Madison Range Roadless areas: Most known for the high and rugged Spanish Peaks or Taylor-Hilgard area, the Madison Range also includes some roadless tracts that are contiguous with these more well-known units of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.  The unroaded headwaters of Buck, Yellow Mule and Sage Creeks flow east into the Gallatin River, feeding cool, clean water to support this world famous trout fishery.  These areas provide vital wildlife habitat and the stunning mountain scenery in Gallatin Canyon. The roadless Cabin Creek Wildlife Management Area connects two units of the Lee Metcalf providing critical habitat for grizzly bears.  These remaining roadless lands are popular hunting areas with numerous trails that also provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riding.