Cabin Creek Cabin

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Cabin Creek Cabin is a primitive, rustic, single-room structure that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It offers a few basic amenities, so guests will need to bring most of their own supplies and gear to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Cabin Creek Cabin is closed during the spring season due to weather and trail conditions. The cabin is open during the summer, fall, and winter months; June to March.

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

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.

The cabin can sleep up to three persons, with a maximum group size of four persons for overnight use. The cabin has a seven night maximum stay per group. The cabin has one bunk bed platform and three cots. A wood stove is available to heat the cabin, but firewood is not provided. Do not cut green trees for firewood. Basic cookware, dishes, an axe, shovel, broom, mop, and a table with chairs are provided. 


An outhouse with a vault toilet is located outside and adjacent to the cabin. A hitching rail for stock is available.

Drinking water, electricity, and firewood are not provided. Guests need to bring their own water supply and firewood, since wood is scarce around the cabin. Garbage bags are also necessary for guests to pack out all trash. Limited cookware, dishware, and utensils are provided. It is recommended that campers bring their own for use.

Lanterns or flashlights are not provided. Items like bedding, dish soap, matches, first aid supplies, and extra toilet paper are not available. Guests are expected to clean the cabin prior to leaving.

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.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The cabin sits at an elevation of approximately 8,700 feet, among a stand of mixed conifers. Middle Fork Cabin Creek flows nearby. The surrounding meadow and forests give way to the peaks of the Madison Range. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Cabin Creek Wildlife Management Area are nearby. Wildlife species in this area include grizzly bears, elk, gray wolves, bighorn sheep, deer, and moose.

Nearby Attractions

Yellowstone National Park is approximately 20 miles from Cabin Creek Cabin, which makes it an ideal destination for a day trip.

The surrounding area also holds Hegben and Earthquake lakes as well as the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center

Recreation

Cabin Creek is surrounded by hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails as well as ATV/UTV and motorcyles routes subject to seasonal restrictions and delayed open dates. Please contact the Hebgen Lake Ranger District to obtain open dates. 

Hikers and equestrians have trailhead access to the Monument Mountain Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, which climbs 10,995 feet in elevation to the Monument Peak. There is a hitching rail provided for stock use. The Big Sky Snowmobile Trail used to access the cabin in winter provides challenging backcountry snowmobiling.

The area offers excellent big game hunting opportunities in the fall.

Contact Information

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PO BOX 520 WEST YELLOWSTONE MT 59758

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 406-823-6961 (FOR CABIN AND ROAD INFORMATION - NO BOOKING)

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Driving Directions

Summer access from West Yellowstone:  

Hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding: Take U.S. Highway 287 to Forest Service Road 681, Red Canyon Rd, then to the Red Canyon Trailhead. Follow trail #205 approximately 5 miles to the junction with Cabin Creek Trail, then an additional 1 mile to the cabin. This is a backcountry cabin, expect a 6-7 mile hike one way.

Motorcycle: Access is possible via motorcycle July 16 - Oct 14 only due to motorized trail restrictions. Take U.S. Highway 287 to Forest Service Road 681, Red Canyon Rd, then to the Red Canyon Trailhead. Follow Trail #205 approximately 5 miles to the junction with Cabin Creek Trail, then an additional 1 mile to the cabin. 

ATV/UTV: Access is possible for wheeled vehicles 50" or less in width July 16-Dec 1 due to motorized trail restrictions. Take U.S. Highway 191 to Forest Service Road 986, Tepee Creek Rd, then to Tepee Creek Trailhead. Follow trail #151 approximately 3.5 miles to the junction with Cabin Creek Trail #205. ATV/UTV riders must park at the junction and hike an additional 1 mile to the cabin. There is no direct cabin access via ATV/UTV. 



Winter access from West Yellowstone: The cabin is adjacent to the Big Sky Snowmobile Trail. Head north from West Yellowstone by snowmobile or car approximately 9.5 miles on U.S. Highway 191. Parking is available at the Fir Ridge Cemetery pullout. The Big Sky Snowmobile Trail starts on the north side of U.S. Highway 191 and runs approximately 11 miles to the cabin.  

During the early summer and fall, guests are encouraged to call the Hebgen Lake Ranger District at (406) 823-6961 for road/trail conditions.

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