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MILL CREEK CABIN, MT

part ofGallatin National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MILL CREEK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Mill Creek Cabin was built in 1927 as a temporary lodging for traveling Forest Service personnel.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle year-round, though a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety. This cabin offers rustic accommodations with limited amenities, so guests need to bring most of their own supplies and gear for a comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

Mill Creek Cabin is tucked into the Absaroka Mountains, at an elevation of 5,750 feet. The cabin sits at the edge of a meadow in front of a stand of evergreens. The back porch overlooks bubbling Mill Creek, a tributary of the Yellowstone River.

Deer, elk and black bears are sometimes visitors to this area. Bird species that inhabit this area include bald eagles, owls, jays, western meadowlarks and mountain bluebirds.

Recreation:

Hikers and equestrians can access trailheads that lead into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Anglers can fish for Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Mill Creek. Huckleberry-picking is a popular pastime when they're in season.

Winter recreation includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on the Mill Creek Snowmobile Trail. The cabin also offers easy access to the Snowbank and and Passage Creek Falls ski trails.

Facilities:

This 20-by-14 log structure has a front and back porch. It has bunk beds with mattresses to accommodate up to four people. Other amenities include a table with chairs, wood-burning stove for heat, Firewood is provided for the wood stove, September through June, electric range and electric lights. Water is available in the cabin from mid-June to mid-September. A propane lantern is also provided.

The front porch has a picnic table and benches. A campfire ring and outdoor vault toilet are located near the cabin. A corral for up to four horses is located across from the parking area and has running water and a trough during only the summer months.

Water is not available at the cabin from mid-September through mid-June, so guests need to provide their own drinking water. Guests also need to bring cookware, utensils, bedding, fire starting materials (newspaper and matches), propane canisters for the lantern, flashlights, first aid supplies and extra toilet paper. The cabin and corrals (if used) should be cleaned and all trash removed prior to leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Corrals
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Electric Stove
  • Electricity
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lights
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Cabin, woodshed and gate remain locked; within a week of arrival, CALL the Livingston office of the Yellowstone Ranger District at (406) 222-1892 during office hours (Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.) for the combination lock code.
  • Water is only available from June through September; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use to prevent Giardia.
  • Cell phone coverage is either limited or not available in this area.
  • A high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to access the cabin.
  • Guests must carefully follow the food storage order for Gallatin National Forest (Click here for more information).
  • Maximum group size for using the facility and adjacent area is 15 people.
  • No garbage service; please bring garbage bags and pack out all trash and personal belongings.
  • No liquid fueled (white gas) stoves or lanterns allowed in the cabin or on the porch.
  • Stock corral provided; please clean corral (if used) before leaving.
  • Hay and feed brought to the site for stock must be certified weed-free.
  • Out of state horses must have current Coggins test.
  • Please collect your own firewood for campfires.
  • The primary occupant is responsible to ensure all members of their party abide by USFS regulations.
  • Firing a gun or use of any other weapon is not allowed within 150 yards of the cabin.
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to Hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here for more information
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    45.28944, -110.54528
    45°17'22"N, 110°32'43"W

    From Livingston, travel south on Highway 89 for approximately 15 miles. Turn left (east) on Mill Creek Road 468. From this point, it is approximately 12 miles to the cabin along a paved then gravel road. The cabin (marked as the Mill Creek Work Center) will be on the right, just before the Snowbank Campground. In winter, the road is plowed to the Snowbank snowmobile parking area, which is beyond the cabin.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    MILL CREEK CABIN
    5242 HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH
    LIVINGSTON MT 59047

    Phone Number:

    Information: (406)222-1892
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