“The newest addition to the map displays a variety of multiple-use recreation opportunities for ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, stock and hiking enthusiasts,” said Mary Erickson, Custer and Gallatin National Forests Supervisor. The maps show open recreation travel opportunities that were identified in the Travel Plan Decision. The additional Motor Vehicle Use maps (MVUM) published annually with updates are still the legal enforcement tool. Any special orders for restrictions on bicycles and stock remain in effect as designated.
The Gallatin National Forest is covered by 3 maps; one each for the central districts, northern districts and southern districts respectively. The central map covers national forest areas of the Yellowstone and Gardiner Ranger Districts, and includes areas around Livingston, Cooke City, Gardiner, the Boulder River and Yellowstone River drainages, along with the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and extended mountain range (a separate map for just the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness is available, dated 1997, printed on paper and sells for $9.00/each).
The north map covers national forest areas north of Bozeman and Livingston and NW of Big Timber within the Bozeman and Yellowstone Ranger Districts. The map includes Bridger and Bangtail mountain ranges on one side and the Crazies mountain range on the other side.
The south map covers national forest areas south of Bozeman within the Bozeman and Hebgen Lake Ranger Districts. The maps include the Gallatin, Taylor-Hilgard, and Madison mountain ranges, Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone, Big Sky, Bozeman, and Hyalite. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness is also covered in its entirety.
Maps can be purchased at Ranger District offices and are also available at local vendors in Livingston, Emigrant and Bozeman including: Timber Trails (West Park Street, Livingston, MT), Emigrant General Store (Emigrant, MT) and Owenhouse Ace Hardware (Downtown Bozeman).
Seasonal winter recreation opportunities are not shown on the new Forest Visitor Maps, however yearly Over Snow Motor Vehicle Use Maps can be picked up for free at local Ranger Districts and show winter opportunities. For additional information and current Special Orders or restrictions throughout the seasons visit Gallatin National Forest online at: www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.