Zekes Meadow

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RMEF worked with willing landowners to conserve some 800 acres they own in two private inholdings and conveyed these lands to the U.S. Forest Service.


The skyline is pure elk country southwest of Phillipsburg, Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.



  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Conservation Minded Landowners
  • U.S. Forest Service

Why It’s Important

Zekes Meadows provides year-round habitat for elk as well as deer, moose, wolverines, Canada lynx, fishers and scores of other species.

The properties also provides spawning habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, and is designated Critical Habitat for the federally threatened bull trout. In

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Home to more than 2,000 elk, it is a paradise for public-land hunters that RMEF worked to expand with another postcard elk park known as Zekes Meadows.