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Spring 2021 (pdf)

Perry Backus Ravalli Republic - Reprinted with permission.

Come next summer, all-terrain vehicle riders will have something that they haven’t had in a very long time in the Bitterroot National Forest. Nearly 50 miles of trail in two loops are nearing completion on the old Darby Lumber Lands south of Darby.  “None of us can remember the last time any motorized trails were added on the Bitterroot Forest,” said Dan Thompson of the Ravalli County Off Road User Association. “It’s something that hasn’t happened for a long time.”

by Bob Walker with information from the Great Western Trail Association

The Great Western Trail (GWT) is a north-south long distance multiple use route which currently runs from Canada to Mexico through four western states in the United States. The trail has access for both motorized and non-motorized users and traverses 4,455 miles through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.  It carries the designation of a National Millennium Trail.


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.

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.

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: