Seasonal Spring Conditions; Tread Lightly on Trails, Roads

Bozeman MT– With warmer weather, the spring thaw is well underway.  The Custer Gallatin National Forest would like to remind recreationists to tread lightly and respect the conditions of roads and trails during the spring break-up period.  Free district Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM’s) are available at all district offices providing opening and closing dates of area roads and gates.  Seasonal designations to do not change from year to year, however this seasons lack of snow has curtailed snowmobiling opportunities in many areas; including grooming by Gallatin

Select Yellowstone Roads Open For Spring Bicycle Season

Bicyclists willing to brave the often unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park are able to travel 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont., to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., beginning Monday, March 16th.  

There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 17.  

The 25th Annual West Yellowstone Snowmobile EXPO returns March 12-15th, 2015

West Yellowstone's 25th annual Snowmobile & SnoWest EXPO (
 is where Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha will unveil their new 2016 snowmobile lines to the public at the same location, for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West.  Aftermarket parts, clothing, media, and more will also be on display at the EXPO hall located at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Respect Wildlife Winter Feeding Range North of West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone, MT – The Hebgen Lake Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forest has seen a sharp increase this year in illegal motorized snowmobile traffic in ungulate winter range northwest of Yellowstone National Park in lower Wapiti Creek within Taylor Fork drainage.  Snowmobilers must stay on the designated groomed route from Lower Wapiti Trail and head up to 2.5 miles above Upper Wapiti Trail Head.  Travel off this designated route in lower Wapiti Creek is prohibited year-round to over-snow vehicles as this is critical winter range for moose, elk, and

The 36th Annual Rendezvous Ski Race March 7, 2015

Start off Your Spring Ski Racing with a Bang!

There are just over two weeks until the cannon fires for the 36th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, on March 7, 2015.  Skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trails is FAST and FUN!  There is plenty of snow and the trails are skiing with mid-winter conditions.  Don’t be sorry you missed the fun!

Winter Snowshoe Programs at Refuge Point

Join a guided snowshoe hike on the Custer Gallatin National Forest this winter.  Three opportunities exist and participants will learn why Refuge Point was a vital meeting place after the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake.

IPSSSDR Sled Dog Race decends on West Yellowstone

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) will once again make a stop in West Yellowstone February 1 & 2, 2015.

The IPSSSDR is the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, attracting the top names in mushing with cash prizes of $160,000. The race starts in Jackson, Wyoming, then teams travel to a new town each day to run another leg of the race.