The Beartooth Ranger District office is located in Red Lodge Montana, adjacent to the Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests, and serves as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The Beartooth Mountains are a portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness which is located on the Custer, Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests. This Wilderness offers a variety of wilderness related recreation experiences.
The Beartooth Ranger District is about 65 miles from Billings, Montana, the largest city in Montana, and therefore receives heavy recreation use. The area is also a popular area for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep hunters, as well as fishermen.
There are four National Recreation Trails on the District. They are: Wild Bill Lake, Parkside, Basin Lake, and Silver Run.
There are a number of camp and picnic areas on the District, providing destination type use, and also serve as popular jumping-off places for day hikes into the Wilderness. The facilities at Wild Bill lake are designed specifically for persons with disabilities; ramps for wheel chairs provide access to the lake for easy fishing and docks are also provided.