It is the mission of the Absaroka Beartooth
Wilderness Foundation to support stewardship
of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and to
foster appreciation of wild lands.

50 years

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation

It's a broad-shouldered, big hearted land this Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Nearly a million acres on the Montana-Wyoming border, an unfathomable puzzle of high country tossed with bear and elk and moose and coyotes and wolves. A place where snow comes even in July. Where in the month of May rocks as big as school busses thunder down thousands of feet of mountainside, nudged loose by the creeping thaw of spring. Where in the bright flash of a ten-week summer the alpine meadows and sprawling tundra so common to the area erupt suddenly, utterly with wildflowers. An astonishing place. And more than that, a place critical to the grand sweep of country known as Greater Yellowstone – today the largest generally intact ecosystem in the temperate world.

As with many of the world's beautiful places, in the days of long ago this high, wide run of mountains was a sacred landscape to native peoples. Beyond raw materials for tools and clothing, here they found medicine. Here they found powerful threads of myth and story, enough to spin tales around the winter fire for thousands of years. In more recent times, in 1978, after brief flurries of mining and timbering and sheep grazing, and with civilization spreading fast across the interior West, more than nine hundred thousand acres were preserved as the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. And thus in a modern sense, these unforgettable uplands became yet again, hallowed ground.
Gary Ferguson – August 2010

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red lodge creekAugust 8th-12th (Fri-Tues)

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This is one of the most beautiful settings for a trail project imaginable!  For the third year in a row, the ABWF and its volunteers will return to the tundra-covered Red Lodge Creek Plateau and finish off the trail-building project we started in 2012.  This project takes place at the crest of the Senia Creek Trail before it drops down to Crow Lake and the E. Rosebud.   Last summer, with the help of the Beartooth District’s trail crew, 13 volunteers largely finished a mile-long reroute of the trail that now relieves hikers from having to drop deeply into the gulch and climb back out again.  This year we will cover up and rehabilitate the old trail, and then connect the two ends of the new trail with the existing trail to complete the project.  You will be astounded to see how much ABWF volunteers have accomplished!

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