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part ofCuster Gallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Basin Station Cabin is a rustic, two-room structure located in the Hebgen Lake District of the Gallatin National Forest. The cabin is open year-round and is accessible by car in the warmer months. The adjacent road is heavily traveled. Winter guests can snowshoe, ski or snowmobile to the cabin up to two miles from the nearest available parking.

Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in an open meadow in the Upper Madison River Valley with views of distant evergreen forest and mountain peaks on all sides. It's situated within a couple miles of the South Fork Arm of Hebgen Lake, a man-made lake known for its excellent trout fishing.

The area around Basin Station Cabin is grizzly bear habitat, but it's also home to bison, elk and pronghorn. Otters are often spotted playing in the South Fork of Madison River. Bird watchers can glimpse a variety of bird species in the area.


The Basin (Trail #217) trailhead is located just to the west of the cabin. The trail is open to hiking, horses, mountain biking, and seasonally to motorcycles and ATVs (from June 16 - December 1). The trail leads into the forest and eventually connects with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Winter activities in the area include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Nearby Hebgen Lake offers opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, biking and hunting. A public boat launch with two docks is located about two miles from the cabin at Lonesomehurst Campground and boat launch.


The cabin is equipped with a double-bed platform and one set of bunk bed platforms with mattresses. A wood stove is available for heat. An old fashioned wood cook stove is available and basic pots and pans are provided, as well as dishes, an axe, shovel, broom, mop, and a table with chairs.

No water or electricity is available at the cabin. Guests must either bring drinking water or treat water they retrieve from natural sources. It is also recommended that guests bring their own cooking stove. Garbage bags are needed to pack out trash.

Mattresses for the beds are not provided. Items such as bedding, flashlights or lanterns with extra batteries, first aid supplies and extra toilet paper are also not available at the cabin.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is approximately nine miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which makes for an ideal day trip.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Parking Area
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trailheads
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Renters must call for the cabin combination at the Hebgen Lake Ranger District office at (406) 823-6961, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m on the last business day before the arrival date; winter renters need to receive parking instructions
  • Water is not available in the cabin; guests need to bring their own or be prepared to treat water taken from a natural source
  • Grizzly bears frequent the area; store all coolers, food, beverages, stock feed, and garbage inside the cabin. Hebgen Lake Ranger staff will be patrolling for compliance with a food storage order in the cabin vicinity throughout the season. click here for more information
  • No garbage service; please bring garbage bags and pack out all trash and belongings
  • Candles are not permitted inside the cabin
  • Stock use at the cabin is not allowed due to lack of adequate space; and because the adjacent pasture is used to house Forest Service stock.
  • Please keep the gate in the fence between the cabin and barn closed; there may be horses in the pasture adjacent to the cabin and they could escape if the gate is not closed
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Gallatin National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.70972, -111.23528
44°42'35"N, 111°14'7"W

Summer directions from West Yellowstone, proceed west on U.S. Highway 20 for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn right on the Denny Creek Road and continue approximately 2 miles north. The cabin is located on the right side of the road.

Winter directions from West Yellowstone, proceed west on U.S. Highway 20 for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn right on the Denny Creek Road. Parking is along the Denny Creek Road, where it meets the highway. Do not block access to the fire station or residences along the road. Proceed along the 2-mile trail to the cabin by skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing.

During the spring and fall, guests are encouraged to call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District, at (406) 823-6961, for road conditions and access to the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 520

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)823-6961
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