The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is the second largest designated wilderness area in the lower 48 American states, behind only the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. At 3 million acres, “the Bob” is an enormous and extremely wild area. While nearby Glacier National Park gains most of the attention in northwestern Montana, “the Bob” sees very little tourist visitation. Most visitors to the Bob are backpackers, Continental Divide Trail thru-hikers, hunters and horsepackers. Large populations of wolves, bears, bighorn sheep, elk and many other animals live here in this pristine ecosystem that together with Glacier National Park makes up what is referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem”, by far the largest and wildest contiguous wilderness area in the Lower 48. From the breathtaking escarpment of the Rocky Mountain Front rising abruptly from the Great Plains on its east side, to the high Swan Mountains on the western border, “the Bob” is truly one of the most wild places left not only in America, but on planet Earth.
Named after famous National Forest administrator, writer and wilderness activist Bob Marshall, this large slice of alpine wilderness should be on the to-do list of any adventurer who treasures solitude and nearly untouched natural beauty.