Other cities or towns that are in close proximity to the forest include Ashland, Absarokee, Red Lodge and Columbus. The land where the forest sits was designated as protected national forest land on July 1, 1908. Several unique features make Custer National Forest an interesting place to visit.
Some of the interesting features include the geology and ecology of the land which includes rugged mountains, ridges, rock outcrops, snowfields, mountain meadows, and grasslands. One of the main geological points of interest in the forest is the 12,799-foot Granite Peak.
Other interesting features in the forest include Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which spans two distinctly different mountain ranges and the Grasshopper Glacier, which has held millions of frozen grasshoppers in suspended animation for about 200 years. Besides these fascinating features in the forest, there are also several amenities including picnic areas, trails, 48 campgrounds, and scenic drives that are available to the forests visitors.
These amenities are popular for recreational activities like camping, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, and cross-country skiing. Visitors to the Custer National Forest who have dogs can rest assured that they will be permitted into the forest albeit with some restrictions. Some of the restrictions are as follows.
The forest has designated areas that are not pet or dog-friendly. This basically means that dogs are not allowed into these areas in order to protect the forest's resources. Additionally, in areas of the forest where visitors are allowed to bring their dogs, a leash that is at least six-feet long must be used.