Gallatin National Forest encompasses a total area of about 1.8 million acres of land in Southwestern Montana with nearby cities being Bozeman, West Yellowstone, and Livingston. Access to the park can be gained using several routes including US 20, US 89, and US 1. The forest was established on February 10, 1899, and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Several unique attractions bring visitors to Gallatin National Forest.
Some of the attractions are as follows. First, you can experience historical attractions including the OTO Dude Ranch, where if you want, you could learn skills to assist in conserving a historic ranch. Additionally, you could get to experience six different mountain ranges in the forest including the Madison, Gallatin, Bridger, Absaroka, Crazy, and Beartooth Ranges. Other attractions include parts of Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison rivers and two wilderness areas (Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf).
Furthermore, the forest is also home to the Avalanche Center that provides public avalanche advisories during winter. Besides these attractions, the forest is also an exceptional place to experience different recreational activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain climbing.
Amenities in the forest include over two thousand miles of trails, visitors’ centers, 44 campgrounds, 24 cabins, 25 picnic sites, boat launches, and three ski areas. Dog’s are allowed into the forest, but it is expected that you will always maintain immediate control of your dog and ensure that you keep your dog well-behaved.
If you want to walk around with your dog, you should always keep them on a leash. If you choose not to use your dog’s leash, then you should keep them in a secure enclosure. Furthermore, you should be aware of the areas of the forest that you are not allowed to access with your dog.