Wapiti Cabin is a primitive, rustic, log structure open year-round for recreational enjoyment. It provides access to several trails for summer hiking and biking, and winter skiing and snowmobiling. The cabin can be accessed by vehicle in warmer weather, but snow conditions may require a six mile trek on skis, snowshoes, or by snowmobile.
Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and they must bring several of their own amenities.
This is a primitive cabin. It can sleep up to four people, with a maximum group size of six people for overnight use. There is a seven night maximum stay per group. A wood stove is available for heat, and an old-fashioned wood cook stove is also available. Basic ammeneties such as an axe, shovel, bucket and table with chairs are also provided. Four cots are available.
An outhouse is located outside and adjacent to the cabin. Firewood is supplied for indoor use only. Renters must gather their own wood for outdoor campfires. A corral is available for stock. A stock pot is provided for boiling water. It is strongly recommended that campers bring their own back country cookware and dishes for use.
No electricity or water is available. Guests must bring their own drinking water, flashlights and lanterns, bedding, matches, extra toilet paper, garbage bags, dish soap, and other necessities. The cabin will need to be cleaned and all trash removed prior to departure.
The Hebgen Lake Ranger District is committed to historic restoration at the Wapiti Cabin. The cabin will be closed from August 1, 2022 - August 12, 2022 for restoration assessment and planning for 2023.
Please be aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is not cleaning this rental cabin between user visits. To protect health and safety for all cabin visitors, we recommend you clean all "high touch surfaces" when you arrive and before you leave. Cleaning supplies are not provided; you are expected to bring your own. Leave nothing behind - pack it in, pack it out. Please take any garbage, food, books, and personal items with you. Immediately report any unsanitary conditions to the local Ranger Station.
Grizzly bears frequent the area; store all attractants (coolers, food, beverages, stock feed, garbage, toiletrie, etc,) inside the cabin. Hebgen Lake Ranger staff will be patrolling for compliance with the Food Storage Order in the cabin vicinity throughout the season.
Do not leave pets unattended.
FIREWOOD ROUNDS IN WOODSHED ARE LIMITED TO INDOOR USE ONLY. Availability of firewood cannot be guaranteed. Firewood is not provided June 1st to September 30th.
Weather conditions vary. Please check forcast and road conditions before your trip.
Wapiti Cabin is situated inbetween the Madison Mountain Range and the Gallatin Mountain 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 around Wapiti Cabin is grizzly bear habitat, but it's also home to deer, elk, moose, and other wildlife.
Wapitit Cabin is within the vacinity of West Yellowstone, MT, home of the West Gate to Yellowstone National Park.
It is also close to Hebgen and Earthquake lakes as well as the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center.
The junction of Taylor Fork Road and Wapiti Creek offers several trailheads leading into the Cabin Creek 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 sports enthusiasts, the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail is within 2 miles of the cabin, and it offers some of Montana's best backcountry snowmobiling. The area around Wapiti Creek also offers good terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The cabin is open to stock, and there is a corral available for horses. A hitching rail surrounds the cabin for stock use.
Please keep in mind that fall hunting season brings big game hunters to this area.
PO BOX 520 WEST YELLOWSTONE MT 59758
For campground inquiries, please call: 406-823-6961 (FOR CABIN AND ROAD INFORMATION - NO BOOKING)
Summer access (May 16 to December 1): 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.
Winter access (December 2 to May 15): From Sage Creek Trailhead parking area off of Highway 191, follow the newly relocated Big Sky/Carrot Basin Trail for eight miles. Please note that the cabin is located on the edge of a winter wildlife closure area. Off trail snowmobiling around the cabin is permitted only to the south of the access road (on the left side, if traveling to and beyond the cabin).
Trail grooming occurs December 1 - March 31 depending on snow conditions. View grooming report at destinationyellowstone.com/snowmobile. Trail maybe impassable due to weather.
Skiers and snowshoers may access the cabin by traveling south on FS road 2522 which is not plowed or groomed.
During the spring and fall, guests are encouraged to call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District at (406) 823-6961 for road conditions and access to the cabin.