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


Wapiti Cabin is a rustic log structure open year-round for recreational enjoyment. It provides access to several trails for hiking and biking in the summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle in warmer weather, but snowy conditions may require a 1.5- to 5-mile trek on skis, snowshoes or snowmobile, via access trails from the plowed road. Guests should call ahead to the Hebgen Lake Ranger District in the spring and fall to get information on road conditions.

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

Natural Features:

Wapiti Cabin is situated on hilltop meadow in the Madison Range at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Beyond the meadow, guests at the cabin can see dense stands of evergreens and rugged mountain ridges. Wapiti Creek flows nearby.

The area is known grizzly bear country; elk, moose and deer are also common. Birders may identify a large variety of bird species.


The junction of Taylor Fork Road and Wapiti Creek offers several trailheads leading into the Cabin Creek Recreation and Wildlife Management Area. Mountain bikers will find several route options in the Wapiti Loops in Taylor Fork, including a 14-mile route that begins at the cabin.

For winter sport enthusiasts, the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail passes right by the cabin, offering some of Montana's best back country snowmobiling. The area around Wapiti Creek also offers good terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowmobilers must stay on the groomed Wapiti Creek Road 2522 route to the cabin. Cross-country snowmobile travel is prohibited along the entire route from lower Wapiti Trailhead to the cabin.

Fall hunting season brings big game hunters to this area.


The cabin has cots to sleep up to four people. A wood stove is available for heat. An old fashioned wood cookstove is available and basic cookware, dishes, an axe, shovel, broom, mop and table with chairs are also provided.

An outhouse is located outside and adjacent to the cabin. Firewood is supplied for the wood-burning stove only. Renters must gather their own wood for outdoor campfires. A corral is available for horses.

No electricity or water is available. Guests must bring their own drinking water, flashlights and lanterns, bedding, matches, extra toilet paper, garbage bags and dish soap, among other necessities. The cabin will need to be cleaned and all trash removed prior to departure.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Corrals
  • Cot(s)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available in the cabin; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use
  • Winter travel can be difficult due to deep snow, wind, low visibility and trail signs/markers being obscured by snow; always travel with others and be familiar with the area and traveling in avalanche terrain
  • The cabin remains locked; on the last business day before a scheduled arrival, call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District office at (406) 823-6961 during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • 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 personal belongings
  • Please use the corral at the cabin for holding stock; scatter manure to be considerate of other recreationists
  • Hay and feed brought to the site for stock must be certified weed-free
  • Candles are prohibited inside the cabin
  • 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):
45.04, -111.28583
45°2'24"N, 111°17'9"W

For summer access from West Yellowstone, proceed north on Highway 191 for approximately 33.5 miles. Turn left on Taylor Fork Road/Forest Service Road 134 and proceed approximately 3.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Road 2522 and proceed approximately 1.5 miles. The cabin is located on the right side of the road.

For winter access from West Yellowstone, proceed north on U.S. Highway 191 for approximately 33.5 miles. Turn left on Taylor Fork Road/Forest Service Road 134. If Forest Service Road 134 is plowed, proceed approximately 3.5 miles and turn left into the parking area at the junction of Forest Service Road 134 and Forest Service Road 2522. From the parking area, ski or snowmobile approximately 1.5 miles to the cabin on the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail 914. If Forest Service Road 134 is not passable due to snow, park at the Sage Creek Trailhead just south of where the Taylor Fork Road/Forest Service Road 134 intersects U.S. Highway 191 and ski or snowmobile approximately 3.5 miles west. Turn left on the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail 914 and proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the cabin. Snowmobilers must stay on groomed trail to the cabin. Snowmobile travel off Taylor Fork Road or Wapiti Creek Road is prohibited due to elk and moose winter range.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 520

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)823-6961
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