Gravelly Range

Gravelly Range

Black Butte Gravelly Range July 2013
Highest point
Peak Black Butte
Elevation 10,542 ft (3,213 m)
Coordinates 45°05′21″N 111°51′25″W / 45.08917°N 111.85694°W / 45.08917; -111.85694Coordinates: 45°05′21″N 111°51′25″W / 45.08917°N 111.85694°W / 45.08917; -111.85694
Country United States
State Montana

The Gravelly Range, highest peak Black Butte, el. 10,542 feet (3,213 m),[1] is a mountain range southwest of Cameron, Montana in Madison County, Montana.

About 310,000 acres total are roadless, separated by roads into nine units, the largest of which is 66,000 acres in size.[2] Nearly all the range is part of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. In the northern part of the range is the Bureau of Land Management's Axolotl Lakes Wilderness Study Area, 7,804 acres in size, which is part of a larger roadless area of 47,000 acres.[2] The Axolotl Lakes WSA is home to a unique form of indigenous tiger salamander.[2] This part of the Gravellies is characterized by open foothills rising to mixed coniferous forest interspersed with meadows.[2] Some of the highest-elevation pronghorn habitat in Montana is found here.[2]

Gravelly Range July 2013

On the eastern slope of the Gravellies, Cave Mountain is home to unique undisturbed grasslands and caves that attract spelunkers.[2] The most rugged part of the range is a 52,870-acre roadless area centered on 10,281' Big Horn Mountain, with deep canyons, cliffs, steep benches, and undulating basins.[2]

The largest roadless area in the Gravellies features rolling basins cut by rocky canyons, old Indian campsites along the Gravelly Divide, and westslope cutthroat trout in the remote canyons of the Elk River.[2]

The southeastern part of the range, near the Continental Divide, features a chain of lakes that provide homes to nesting trumpeter swans and bald eagles.[2] Grizzly bears have recently been confirmed to be living in the Gravellies.[3]

Wildflowers July 2013
East face Gravelly Range

See also


  1. "Montana's Tallest Peaks by Mountain Range". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Cunningham, Bill (1990). Montana Wildlands. Helena, MT: American Geographic Publishing. pp. 72–73. ISBN 0-938314-93-9.
  3. French, Brett (September 13, 2012). "Conservation group looks for signs of grizzlies in Tobacco Root Mountains". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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