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OLD CONDON RANGER STATION, MT

part ofFlathead National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: OLD CONDON RANGER STATION(MT)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Old Condon Ranger Station is open year-round, providing access to great recreation opportunities in every season. Visitors to the area enjoy fishing in the nearby Swan River, as well as hiking and exploring areas surrounding the cabin. Varieties of birds and wildlife make their home in the area.

The cabin provides modern amenities and can be reached by vehicle. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring some of their own supplies to ensure a comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

The cabin is nestled in Swan Valley just west of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It sits about five miles east of the Swan River. From the front porch, guests can see views of the Mission Mountains across an open field. Behind the cabin is a stand of towering mixed pine trees and Simpson Creek flows nearby.

Part of a historic Forest Service compound, the ranger's residence was constructed in the early 1920s and later restored for public use. Historically, the site was used year round to operate the Condon Ranger District, which has been renamed as the Swan Lake Ranger District. The work center was relocated in the 1960s, but some structures remain to remind visitors of the old Forest Service days.

Recreation:

Guests at the house enjoy fishing in the nearby creek and river, as well as viewing wildlife. The facility affords scenic views of the Mission Mountains.

A variety of trails are available nearby for hiking and backpacking. The same trails serve as popular areas for cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Facilities:

The two-story cabin greets guests with a screened porch and a green painted front door. It has a living and dining room with a wood stove and a gas furnace, as well as electricity and a full kitchen. The kitchen includes a refrigerator with freezer and a modern gas range and oven. Cabinets are stocked with basic cookware, plates, cups, bowls and utensils.

Upstairs are three bedrooms with a mix of two double and four single beds. The couch in the living room also folds flat for use as a bed. Old Condon can comfortably sleep up to eight people. An indoor bathroom features running water and a flush toilet.

Guests should bring bedding, food and personal toiletries. Binoculars are recommended for bird and wildlife watching. Click here for more cabin details. Guests must clean the cabin and carry out all trash before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Limited supplies are sold at a general store in Condon, about 20 minutes from the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couches
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Lights
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • River Access
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Contact the ranger district office at (406) 837-7500, during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to confirm the combination to the cabin and for updates on weather and road conditions; refunds will not be given for inclement weather or road conditions.
  • Grizzly bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage, or store it in the cabin at all times
  • Domestic pets are allowed; please be a responsible owner; clean cabin of dog hair and pick up waste
  • Stock is prohibited
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility
  • This is a rustic cabin rental. While we have supplied the cabin rental with several amenities please realize this is not a hotel room or a vacation house rental. The cabin will not have all modern conveniences or comforts. We clean the cabins about once a week, which means we do not clean after every rental. Some renters are not as courteous as others and may leave the cabin less than spotless. Please take this into consideration when forming your expectations of the cabin rental.
  • Candles or any other open flames are prohibited
  • Please be cautious when moving around the area; porches, ramps, steps and roadways can be slippery when damp
  • Conserve propane by minimizing use of lights and setting the thermostat at 55 degrees when leaving the cabin
  • Commercial use of cabin is prohibited
  • Click here for more information on the Flathead 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):
47.59111, -113.70917
47°35'28"N, 113°42'33"W

Old Condon is located between milepost 46 and 47 on Highway 83, in northwestern Montana. Turn east onto Condon Loop Road 124 following the "Old Condon" arrow. Follow this road for approximately 1 mile. The driveway is on the right, just past a large open meadow. If you reach a bridge, you have gone too far.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OLD CONDON RANGER STATION
1052 Condon Loop Rd
Condon  MT 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (406)837-7500
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