This 300,000-acre area is managed cooperatively by private landowners, the BLM, the Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. About 70 percent of the Elkhorns is publicly owned. The management emphasis is on wildlife and dispersed recreation. One of the state’s healthiest elk herds inhabits the Elkhorns. The remnants of trails and wagon roads once used by American Indians, trappers and gold miners remain and form the core of a primitive transportation system throughout the Elkhorns. Many areas are open to motorized use, although selected areas, including big game winter range, are closed either year-round or seasonally to protect wildlife values. Remains of frontier-era mining towns dot the landscape.
Activities: Wildlife viewing, camping, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking.
Facilities: BLM manages one campground at Crow Creek (8 campsites, restrooms, tables and fire rings, and information kiosk) and a small OHV riding area. These sites are located near Radersburg.
Location/Access: Located in west-central Montana south of Helena. See Elkhorn Mountains Travel and Recreation Map for access points. The two recreation sites are accessed via Montana Highway 285 to Radersburg from US Highway 287 at Toston.
Season/Hours: The area is open year-round subject to travel restrictions.
Maps: Elkhorn Mountains Travel and Recreation Map is available from the BLM, Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Townsend BLM map.
Butte Field Office
106 North Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701