Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and fostering appreciation of wild lands.



The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area is one of the true crown jewels of the entire Wilderness Preservation system. Together, the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges make up a sublime roadless wilderness that fully deserves its status as ‘Wilderness’–this country’s highest level of protection for our shared public lands. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is dedicated to helping protect this vast wilderness to such a high standard.

Welcome to Wilderness © by David Kallenbach

This is Wilderness on a truly large scale and at its primitive best! At 944,000 acres, the “A-B” is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48 states, larger than Yosemite, and similar in size to Glacier National Park. If the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area were somehow plucked from its present location and reinserted in just about any other place in America, it might well merit National Park status, so exceptional is its mountain scenery, rugged beauty, superlative recreational opportunities, pristine natural resources, and vacation-worthy destinations. It’s hard to take it all in. So close to Yellowstone National Park, thousands pass it by on their way to Yellowstone, so it’s relatively unknown and often overlooked. You’ll find great beauty & solitude all around you in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Increasingly, though, there ARE impacts to wild areas like the A-B. It would be unforgivable to let those impacts go unchecked. There are those of us who believe the A-B Wilderness should not be overlooked. Places this unspoiled and unique need supporters. Concerned that this wondrously wild & pristine place might deteriorate due to Forest Service budget shortfalls and personnel cut-backs, a “Friends-Of” type group began forming in 2007-08 with the goal of assisting in the stewardship of the remarkable resources that constitute the A-B Wilderness. That group is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF)!

The ABWF is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of this special place and educating others about how to protect its treasured resources. Stewardship is what we do. We deliver “boots-on-the-ground” experiences — like volunteer trail maintenance projects, Citizen Science activities, and educational programs — that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with the amazing Wilderness that is the A-B. There are not many places left like it!



We’re Hiring Summer Wilderness Steward Interns!

Love being outdoors, connecting with others, and passionate about wild lands?

The ABWF is seeking two Wilderness Steward Interns for summer 2021. Each steward will work with U.S. Forest Service trail crews and ABWF staff and volunteers in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Click here to learn more and apply!

Each steward will work with U.S. Forest Service trail crews and ABWF staff and volunteers in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. One position will be stationed in the Gardiner Ranger District in Gardiner, Montana; the other will be stationed in the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge, Montana. Both will include backcountry hitches as long as 9 days at a time, requiring hikes with heavy packs as much as 12+ miles a day


Check out our Award-Winning Atlas!

The “Atlas of the A-B Wilderness” is an award-winning book!  Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone…was recently a Gold Medal selection by the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards! We are also one of three finalists for a High Plains Book Award in non-fiction! Order NOW online! Read a review!


ABWF’s Specialty Montana License Plate by Parks Reece

At the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, our greatest achievements have always been driven by people with a passion for the A-B Wilderness. The ABWF organizes volunteers who work tirelessly with the Forest Service on trail building and maintenance projects: everything from wielding a Pulaski or crosscut saw to pulling invasive weeds. We also carry on educational outreach, artist-in-residence and trail ambassadors programs, tapping the talents of people who love the A-B Wilderness.

We are excited to announce our brand new ABWF-sponsored Montana specialty license plate, sporting beautiful and fanciful artwork by renowned Livingston artist Parks Reece. It just came out and is already generating tremendous buzz. We thank Parks for his generosity and passion for supporting our magnificent Wilderness!