Where Did All Those Trails Go?

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Plan

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Association

Long, long ago when we were all much younger, the Bitterroot National Forest initiated their Travel Management Plan.  Those of us who still retain some fragment of our memory of this event will recall being contacted by the Forest Service asking RCORA members to tell them where we pursue our interests in the Forest.  After many late night group sessions we produced a map as requested with color-coded motorcycle and ATV routes showing the approximate locations of routes that have been historically used by RCORUA’s membership.

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Cooke City OHV Riding


Cooke City. The network of OHV roads and trails on this map provide opportunities for outdoor recreation not found elsewhere. These roads and trails provide access to lakes, a historic mining district, a ghost town, breath-taking scenery, and numerous hiking trails. Much of the area you will be traveling is part of a large reclamation project designed to repair damage to the land and water caused by historic mining activity. Please be respectful of reclamation and stay on designated trails.

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BlackTail Wildbill OHV Trails

From, Flathead National Forest

The 10 mile Blacktail Wild Bill ORV trail system has three legs. One begins off of Blacktail Mt. Road on Road #917a and intersects with the other two trails which begin off of Truman Creek Rd #213 and from the trailhead on Road #2990. The trail is open for the following uses: 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles, 2 wheeled vehicles, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking.Blacktail.

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Great OHV Rides in the Great Falls Area

From Great Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

Great Falls Trail.

“A number of trails in the Lewis and Clark National Forest are open to ATV’s and motorcycles. Rides range from flat forest roads accessing scenic ridge tops to rugged and rambling trails through stream beds and over rocks. Other trails in the area offer access to abandoned mines and historic cabins. Regardless of which trail you choose, one thing is for certain, Genuine Montana offers some of the best scenic rides to be found anywhere.”

The following web page offers maps of the Little Belt Mountains, Castle Mountains and the Highwood Mountains, Big and Little Snowys:

Pipestone Area

This 30,000-acre area is located approximately 15 miles east of Butte and just north of I-90. It is a popular area for motorcycle and ATV riding enthusiasts. Mountain bikers also use the trails. There are between 75 to 100 miles of managed riding trails.  Each trail is marked with difficulty level and what vehicles are allowed on the trails. Most of the trails are open to dirtbikes, ATVs, and ROVs (side by sides) smaller than 50 inches. Facilites include restrooms and loading ramps available at “Four Corners” along Delmoe Lake Road. Parking is available at the Pipestone Trailhead, at Four Corners, and at Whiskey Gulch Trailhead.

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