With the arrival of September comes cooler temperatures and fall colors and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities on the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest.  Local forester and outdoor enthusiast Jocelyn Dodge gave us some insight on what to expect this fall if you plan on venturing out into the woods, be it for some late-season camping, the beginning of big-game archery season or just a relaxing drive on a Southwest Montana backcountry road.

"September is here and archery season has started for big game so be aware of increased traffic on forest service roads in the backcountry for hunters," Dodge told us but added that even with the change of seasons it may be a bit early to put away the tents and campers.  "The weather may be getting cooler but there are still camping opportunities to enjoy the fall colors," Dodge added.  "Campgrounds remain open but will begin to close towards the end of September."  In other words, we are running out of season for favorable camping conditions.

Photo: Townsquare Labs/Tom Merton
Photo: Townsquare Labs/Tom Merton

But what about the cool ranger station cabins?  Are they still available in the fall?  They sure are.  "Cabin rentals are available at Fleecer and Hell's Canyon as well as many other cabins across the forest," Dodge told us, adding that many others are available as well.  "Log on to recreation.gov to see a complete listing of cabins for rent throughout the fall and winter."

For more information, please contact the Butte Ranger District at (406) 494-2147.

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