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Montana's Bear Trap Canyon

The Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness is one of the four units of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and the first wilderness area to be managed by the BLM. The 6,347-acre area offers beautiful wilderness scenery plus exciting whitewater rafting featuring the famous Class IV - V “Kitchen Sink” rapid. The 1,500-foot cliffs that border the canyon provide a dramatic backdrop for nature study, hiking, sightseeing, whitewater rafting and fishing along the nine-mile Bear Trap Canyon National Recreation Trail. The trail follows the river the length of the canyon but can only be accessed from the north end (no through-hiking).


Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.


The Bureau of Land Management's recreation resources and visitor services support strong local economies and public land conservation. As we work to enhance recreational opportunities for the American family, we strive to remain a good neighbor. This means respecting how communities use the public lands, as well as including their voices in our management decisions.

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Taken on September 21, 2012