Top Place: Gallatin Range

Gallatin Range
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The Gallatin Range is a wildlife corridor between the Crown of the Continent and Yellowstone National Park. It provides clean water for nearby towns, a refuge for wildlife and world-class recreation.

Experience Montana’s Gallatin Range

Montana’s Gallatin Range is a pristine chain of mountains that begins in Yellowstone National Park and runs north to foothills outside the growing community of Bozeman.

It is a place for wilderness hikes and protecting wildlife habitat.

What are some of the best things about the Gallatin Range?

Wilderness hikes are a big draw in the wild heart of the range.

Also, the range provides the largest unprotected roadless area and wildlife habitat for elk, grizzlies, wolverine and lynx north of Yellowstone National Park.

What’s one activity the Gallatin National Forest is known for?

Wilderness hikes.

Hiking trails in Gallatin National Forest cross stunning alpine meadows full of wildflowers, especially inside the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area.

The Gallatin Crest Trail (also known as the Devil’s Backbone) remains one of the finest ridgeline wilderness hikes in the nation.

Interested in wilderness hikes and backcountry journeys? Get insider tips.

What’s one way The Wilderness Society is working to protect the Gallatin Range?

Given the popularity of wilderness hikes and concerns about wildlife habitat, it’s time for the Gallatin’s Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn (Gallatin Crest) Wilderness Study Area to receive permanent protection.

The Wilderness Society continues to focus on the Gallatin Range by:

  • Supporting the Wilderness and Recreation Partnership
  • Coordinating the “Explore the Gallatin” summer outings series
  • Protecting wilderness hikes and wildlife habitat through wilderness advocacy and citizen monitoring
  • Finding recreation solutions among mountain bikers, motorized and non-motorized users

Learn more about our work in the Gallatin Range