Current Protection Management Agency Total Area
Proposed Wilderness United States Forest Service 53,953 Acres

Madison, Henrys Lake and Gallatin Mountain Geographic Area

The dramatic face of the Bridger Range creates an impressive wall of the Gallatin Valley. The Bridger Bowl Ski area is located on the eastern flank of the Bridger Range. It's proximity to Bozeman means the range is important for recreation. The Bridger Range is an important corridor between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Central Montana. The range supports important winter deer habitat at lower elevations, important elk habitat, and its streams hold genetically pure West Slope Cutthroat trout and Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Approximately 53,953 acres of the Bridger Range is roadless and surprisingly the FS did not recommend a single acre for wilderness. The area around Blacktail Peak in the northern Bridger Range has about a third of this roadless component and should be recommended for wilderness.