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BISHOP MOUNTAIN CABIN, ID

part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BISHOP MOUNTAIN CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Bishop Mountain Cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. The one-room cabin formerly housed Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees who stayed there to watch for forest fires. A historic fire lookout tower is nearby. The cabin was used for lookout workers until the early 1980s.

Guests can drive to the cabin from mid-May through mid-November, although about 13 miles of the trip are on gravel roads. These roads are only accessible by snowmobile the remainder of the year. The cabin provides several conveniences, but guests should be prepared to bring some of their own supplies and gear for a comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at 7,800 feet on the summit of Bishop Mountain, which is covered by pine trees. This mountain sits on the western border of Henry's Fork Caldera, an 18-mile long, 23-mile wide caldera located just west of Yellowstone National Park. Visitors are awarded scenic views of the surrounding mountains, and Island Park Reservoir can be seen to the north from the lookout.

Wildlife in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest includes black bear, wolf, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, grizzly bear, mountain lion and pronghorn. Click here for bear safety tips.

Recreation:

Guests at Bishop Mountain Cabin can participate in numerous recreational activities. Nearby logging roads are suitable for mountain biking. Hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding trails are nearby. This area is also popular with hunters and berry pickers.

Facilities:

Guests will find two sets of bunkbeds with mattresses, a dining table and chairs, cooking pots, dishes and tableware. A wood stove is available for cooking and heating, and firewood is provided. A vault toilet is located in a separate building.

Running water and electricity are not available. Guests must bring their own water supply as well as trash bags for packing out garbage. Bedding, matches, lighting and first aid supplies are not provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Harriman State Park is approximately 14 miles east of Bishop Mountain and open year-round. It lies within a wildlife refuge that's part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Visitors often see moose, elk, sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans. Anglers can find some of the best fly-fishing in the nation, and there are numerous multi-use trails.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Pickup and return the key to the Ashton Ranger Station in Ashton, Idaho between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; to arrange for after hours pickup and return, call (208) 652-7442 during regular business hours
  • Drinking water is not provided
  • During the winter months, do not attempt travel to or from the cabin during severe snowstorms as whiteouts frequently occur
  • Guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Caribou-Targhee National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.33361, -111.55361
44°20'1"N, 111°33'13"W

From Ashton, ID, travel north on Highway 20 for 16 miles, then turn left (west) on North Antelope Flat Road (#168). Travel 7.5 miles to Bishop Mountain Road (#120) and then turn right (north) and travel for about 5.4 miles. The road dead ends at the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BISHOP MOUNTAIN CABIN
BISHOP MOUNTAIN ROAD
ASHTON  ID  83420

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)652-7442
Information:(208)652-7442

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