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part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Tue Dec 01 2015   Season Dates


Monture Guard Station sits in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana, offering excellent winter recreation for visitors.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located about 8 miles north of the town of Ovando at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The surrounding forest contains a wide variety of trees, plants and wildlife. The area is home to mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, deer and grizzly and black bears. Both the bald and golden eagle reside in the forest, along with trumpeter swan, herons and dozens of varieties of ducks.


Monture Guard Station offers modern amenities and furnishings just like home, but it also provides access to a variety of outdoor winter recreation opportunities that can only be enjoyed in a National Forest. A system of groomed trails surrounds the cabin and the nearby Seeley Lake, leaving lots of land for exploration.

The area also offers plentiful opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.


The two-story cabin is fully furnished and can accommodate up to eight people. Beds with mattresses are available on the second floor, while the first floor contains the kitchen, dining room and living room areas. A hand-pump drinking water faucet is available and a vault toilet outhouse is located approximately 75 yards northeast of the cabin.

The kitchen is equipped with a propane stove and oven, a small microwave, refrigerator and a variety of cooking and eating dishes and utensils, as well as pots and pans. There is a large table and ten chairs, as well as couches and other seating. The living space has electricity, rugs and wood floors throughout. Heat is provided by a propane heater. Propane fuel is provided.

Guests should bring their own bedding, towels, food, garbage bags, toilet paper and other necessities. Cleaning supplies and equipment are provided and guests will need to clean the cabin prior to leaving.

The cabin is only available in the winter and guests will need to hike, snowmobile or ski about a mile to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest gas and groceries is available about 10 miles from the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couches
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Lights
  • Microwave
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Oven
  • Propane Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Utility Sinks
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • The cabin remains locked. A combination lock code will be included in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Snowmobiles are the only motorized vehicles allowed up to the cabin during the rental period
  • All garbage, food and personal belongings must be packed out
  • Pets are allowed at the cabin; owners must clean up after their pets
  • Learn more about the Lolo 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):
47.12778, -113.15167
47°7'40"N, 113°9'6"W

From Clearwater Junction (Highway 83 and Highway 200), travel east on Highway 200 for about 13 miles. Turn north on Forest Service Road 89 and continue for 8 miles. Cross the bridge over Monture Creek and proceed, veering slightly to the left for about 100 yards, to a small parking area. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

The total distance from the parking area to the cabin is approximately a mile. The winter entrance to the cabin is on the rear (east side) of the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

3583 HIGHWAY 83

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)677-2233
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