Helena National Forest


Welcome to the Helena National Forest and the "million acre backyard" of our local communities.  The accessible forest landscape here provides abundant opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy our wildlife, history and scenery.  Helena Forest roads and trails support a balance of motorized and non-motorized recreation including: hiking. biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, OHV riding, snowmobiling and driving for pleasure.The Gates of the Mountains, Missouri River and Blackfoot Rivers provide spectacular scenery, fishing and water-based recreation.  The Scapegoat Wilderness on the Lincoln Ranger District is part of the nationally-renowned Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.  The Elkhorn Mountains, located between Townsend and Helena, comprise the only Wildlife Management Area in the entire Forest Service System and provide excellent wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail straddles the Helena Forest and offers breathtaking vistas of forested watersheds to the west.  The Big Belt Mountain Range dominates veiws from both the Helena and Smith River valleys.  Mann Gulch, site of the tragic 1949 wildfire, provides visitors a connection with national fire-fighting history.  Historic ruins and diverse ecosystems provide opportunities for cultural and natural history interpretation and outdoor education.Beginning January 1, 2015 the Region has issues new Camping Restrictions. Download and view the Regional Closure Order - Camping RestrictionsWinter Conditions for all Recreation sites: No Water or Forest Service Maintenance provided until the end of May 2015






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Camping Hiking Horseback Riding Off Highway Vehicle Picnicking Fire Lookouts/cabins Overnight


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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.
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