Beginner Offroad Trails Near Bozeman

Moser Views

This trail is a great trail for beginners, involving two steep, off-camber hills at the beginning and middle, and plenty of chunky gravel and loose soil between. At the trail's peak is a phenomenal view…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Langohr Offshoot

A rough, but maintained forest service trail off of the main Langohr Road in Hyalite Canyon. There are various dispersed camping spots off of this trail, as well as several beautiful viewpoints to see the…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Wilson Creek Divide Road

This is a very nice and easy forest service road with several decent-sized boulders sticking up in the road. Once you reach the peak and start down the other side, it narrows to a tight,…
Total Miles
26.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Little Bear Road Offshoot

Essentially a rough gravel road, this is a curvy and pot-hole-filled mountain road that forks off of Wilson Creek Divide Road. You'll likely want to air down your tires so as to not rattle your…
Total Miles
3.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Sp

Olsen Creek

This is a nice drive through the Bridger range that most vehicles can do. The trail forks to Skunk Creek, which has some deep puddles, but nothing a stock truck or SUV wouldn't be able…
Total Miles
19.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Storm Castle to Line Creek Rd

Heading from North to South this trail narrows and grows slightly more challenging as you gain elevation. Near the top the track appears to be sensitive to rain and snowmelt and likely becomes quite muddy…
Total Miles
12
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pine Creek

This is a really pretty drive to some nice views and campsites. Nothing technical to worry about, a car could make it through with some determination. There is a small water crossing and some ruts,…
Total Miles
4.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Moose Creek to Portal Creek Rd

Heading south on 191, take a left onto Moose Creek Road; this trail starts off fairly gentle with plenty of camping areas to make basecamp. Beautiful aspens, golden late September, line the first stretch of…
Total Miles
13
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Sixmile Creek Road

Sixmile Creed Road is a very scenic out and back gravel road that becomes less maintained the further back you discover. The entrance can be found off Dailey Lake Road. From the entrance it is…
Total Miles
4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Wicked Creek Loop

Open Dates: 7/16-9/14. Wicked Creek Loop is in the Absaroka Range and part of the Custer Gallatin National Forest on the Eastern side of the Paradise Valley, South of Livingston, Montana. Beginning at Mill Creek…
Total Miles
16.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Boulder to Toston via Black Sage Pass

For those who like to take the road less traveled, this back road trek will take you between the small Montana towns of Boulder and Toston. Traversing Jefferson and Broadwater counties this route takes about…
Total Miles
40.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Old Gardiner Road

One of Yellowstone's first routes, the Old Gardiner Road connects Mammoth Hot Springs to the national park's north entrance. This historical stagecoach route from the 1880s offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains as well…
Total Miles
3.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Potosi Willow Creek

This is an easy grated out and back dirt road begins through some open range before turning up into the mountains. Watch for range cattle on the road early in the trail. Once the trail…
Total Miles
13.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Townsend To Winston

This 68-mile trail takes you from Old Woman's Grave Road just outside of Townsend, on a winding, twisting path through the National Forest, to Winston. You will travel across the National Guard Training grounds, up…
Total Miles
65.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Beaver Creek Gallatin Forest

This is a lovely little hidden gem of a trail just outside West Yellowstone in the mountains. Beaver Creek runs right along a good portion of the beginning of this trail, and there are lots…
Total Miles
4.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Indian Creek Road

This 10-mile trail takes you from Highway 287 near Townsend into the Helena National Forest. You go through a beautiful canyon, gain 3500 feet in elevation, and experience the majesty of Montana. The scenery is…
Total Miles
9.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Axolotl Lakes Road

Axolotl Lakes Road is like a fine sampling of the beauty Montana has to offer. It begins in one of the state's charming towns, Virginia City, complete with weathered wooden buildings and small restaurants and…
Total Miles
11.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Johnny Ridge Road - FS324

This trail offers either an opportunity to leave the ridge on Gravelly Range Road and descend to a trailhead at McAtee Bridge near State Highway 287 or to climb up to Gravelly Range Road. This…
Total Miles
14.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Red Canyon

This is a pretty out-and-back trail up through red canyon that ends at the hiking trail for Red Canyon Creek. The beginning of the trail is through private property, and the trail surface is well-maintained…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Crow Creek

This 7-mile one-way trail cuts across the Helena National Forest by Glendale Butte and Big Mountain. It connects to Norris Gulch on the south end and Weasel Creek on the north end. You drive along…
Total Miles
6.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Indian Creek Road Spur 1

This 8-mile RT trail explores the Helena National Forest north of Indian Creek Road. The views of Canyon Ferry Lake and the valley are breathtaking. The forest is healthy and well-maintained. The elevation along this…
Total Miles
4.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Whits Lake Trail

This is a beautiful dirt and gravel trail that heads up to a couple of hiking trailheads. There are two designated dispersed campsites on the way up. One had an Airstream parked at it when…
Total Miles
2.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Blacktail Plateau

The Blacktail Plateau drive offers a unique opportunity to hit the dirt in Yellowstone National Park. To avoid crowds, drive the road in the early morning or evening hours. In doing so you'll spot more…
Total Miles
6.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su

Cold Springs Road

This trail connects Weston Creek Lower Portion with Weston Creek Upper Portion by going south around Giant Hill. It's just over 4 miles one way and runs between 5300and 6200 feet in the Helena National…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Weston Creek Lower Portion

The Weston Creek Lower Portion Trail connects Indian Creek Road Trail to the Weston Creek Upper Portion Trail, the Weston Creek Spur #1, the Merrel Springs Trail, and the Cold Springs Road Trail. It's two…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Granite Lake

Fairly easy trail with some great views. Trail got narrow in some spots from freshly cut trees. Some quick switchbacks could be challenging in a longer wheelbase. Not a lot of traffic on the trail…
Total Miles
4.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Rainbow Point

This easy, wide, well-maintained dirt trail connects Rainbow Point and the Rainbow Point campground to Hegben Lake and the first-day use areas on the lake. It's a nice trail through the trees with some washboard…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Hegben Lake Trail

This wide, well-maintained gravel and dirt trail runs along Hegben Lake. Some sections of the trail have a bit of bumpy washboard. Most lake access is from established campgrounds and designated dispersed camping areas. Most…
Total Miles
8.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Weston Creek Upper Portion

Weston Creek Trail connects Indian Creek Road Trail to the Canyon Ferry to Winston via Helena National Forest Trail at the Eagle Guard Cabin. It's two miles, climbing up to 6200 feet in the National…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Cougar Cr Park Boundary

If you want to experience a little Yellowstone but are not planning on going to the park, this trail has a few hidden gems. It is a day-use area and runs right along the Yellowstone…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp