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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Benbow Area

The Benbow area is between the Stillwater River and West Rosebud. It is a popular place to ride OHV's. Please consult the motor vehicle use map (MVUM) to know which roads are legal to drive on. The roads in Benbow are in poor condition and high clearance vehicles are needed.

To see a map of the Benbow area hiking trails, click here. Or to see a list of all the Beartooth RD maps, click here.

The Benbow weather Forecast can be seen here.

The following non-motorized trails can be found in the Benbow area:

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

On July 10, 2015, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California. 

The 330,780-acre monument extends from nearly sea level on Bureau of Land Management lands around Lake Berryessa in the south, up to 7,000 feet through the northern Snow Mountain Wilderness and the eastern boundary of the Yuki Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest.

Conveniently located just north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument offers a wealth of natural, historical and cultural resources, as well as exciting recreation opportunities for visitors.

This is a landscape filled with ancient, historic and modern stories.  The dramatic geology, remarkable biological diversity and rich history sparked the President’s use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish the Monument.  However, the area also offers great recreation and breathtaking scenic vistas.

Visit the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument page. 

Big Bar River Access

Located approx. 8 miles downstream from Orleans, Big Bar offers a gravel dirt road to an excellent boat launch for drift and jet boats. There is an information kiosk, ample parking and excellent access to the river’s edge for fishing. This is a popular take-out for boaters floating down from Orleans through the “gorge”.

For all boating on the Klamath, please read the restrictions on the Karuk Ceremonial dates.  Water and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage, fish guts and dog droppings with you when you leave.

Big Belt Mountains

Big Belt Mountains


The Big Belt Mountains are an island range primarily in Broadwater, Lewis and Clark, and Meagher counties with small portions in Gallatin and Cascade counties. The geographic area includes the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, the outlying Dry Range, and the small communities of York and Nelson. The nearest population center is Helena.

More information on the Big Belt Mountains

Big Bend Day Use

From eastbound I-80, take Big Bend exit and continue east one-quarter mile to the day use area.  From westbound I-80, take the Rainbow Road exit and continue west for one and one-half mile to the day use area.

Elevation:   5,900

Facilities:   3 picnic tables, 3 grills

Potable water and vault toliets are available at the Big Bend Group Campground.

Big Creek Landing

Big Creek Landing, located on a high bank overlooking Black Creek Wild and Scenic River, serves as the northern terminus and beginning/end point for both the Black Creek float trip and the Black Creek Hiking Trail.  Here the stream ranges from 20 to 100 feet wide and, depending on the season and rainfall, 1 to 15 feet deep.

Big Creek Landing is a small recreation area.  Facilities include one camping or picnicking site and a concrete boat launch.  Drinking water and sanitary facilities are not available.

Big Creek Landing is open year-round unless weather conditions require the area to be closed. No user fees required

Big Fat Gap Trailhead

Big Fat Gap Trailhead – 3083 foot elevation.  

The Big Fat Trail starts at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead, reached by a nine mile drive on the FSR # 62 Big Fat Gap Road, accessed from US Route 129 north of the Robbinsville area.  This  road is gated, and closed to the public from January 1 through  April 1 annually.

The Big Fat Trail leaves the parking area near the information kiosk, descending steeply to Slickrock Creek in the valley below.  This is a very steep trail, heavily used by fishermen and hikers to reach the valley floor.  At 1.4 miles, the trail reaches a junction with the Nichols Cove Trail, then turns left, fords a small stream, and ends at the Slickrock Creek Trail junction.

Black Creek Shooting Range

The Black Creek Shooting Range offers a large backstop with targets ranging from 25, 50, and 100 yards.  Shooting bench available.  Open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

Black Creek Wilderness Area

The Black Creek Wilderness was established in 1984 and contains slightly more than 5,000 acres.  The Black Wilderness is named after its dominant feature - Black Creek, which flows through its center.  The wilderness contains a segment of the Black Creek Wild and Scenic River and about 10 miles of the Black Creek National Recreation Trail.

Black Creek bisects the wilderness, creating a large hardwood floodplain containing oxbow lakes and stands of sweetgum, loblolly pine, spruce pine, willow oak, bald cypress, sweetbay, and red maple. The terrain is fairly gentle, with elevations ranging from 100 to 270 feet above sea level.  The only development in this area is the Black Creek Trail.

No facilities are provided. Only foot travel is permitted on the trail.  Black Creek Wilderness is open year-round unless weather conditions require the trail to be closed.  No user fees required.


Black Dragon Trailhead

The Black Dragon Trailhead marks the entrance to the Black Dragon Trail which is 1.8 miles long.  This trail provides a connection between the Ferron Canyon Picnic Area, which is adjacent to Forest Road 0022, and Forest Road 0170, which is south of Joes Valley.  The trailhead is at ~6480' elevation.