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Attention: Drive in access to Antone Cabin may not be available from July 7 to July 25, 2014. The West Fork Blacktail Creek bridge, located 2.5 miles below the cabin, is scheduled for replacement during this period. Walk-in access from below the bridge to the cabin, approximately 2.5 miles, may be required.

ANTONE CABIN, MT

Photo: ANTONE CABIN
Status: Closed through Tue Jul 01 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Antone Cabin sits in a beautiful open meadow, at the edge of a thick forest, providing visitors with a unique camping experience in the mountains of southwestern Montana. The cabin opens for use in mid-summer and stays open through March, as it is most popular during hunting season.

In addition to hunting access, the facility provides ample opportunities for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding, as well as winter sports, such as snowmobiling and cross country skiing.

During most winter months, the cabin can be accessed by snowmobile, depending on conditions. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities to really enjoy their stay at Antone Cabin.

Natural Features:

The historic log cabin is located along the grassy foothills at the southern end of the Snowcrest Range, at an elevation of 8,100 feet. Together with the nearby Gravelly Range, the area is one of Montana's most popular hunting grounds.

The two mountain ranges are home to nearly 10,000 elk and a growing population of grizzly bears (learn more about bear safety). Moose are also frequent visitors to the meadow where the cabin lies.

The large horse pasture adjacent to the cabin is for administrative use only. The public may rent the small horse corral that is next to the trailhead for an additional fee. No livestock is permitted inside the small fenced area immediately around the cabin.

Recreation:

A variety of hiking, backpacking and horseback riding trails extend into the Snowcrest Range, including the Snowcrest Trail, which covers the entire range, providing panoramic views. The 40-mile trail can serve as the means for a hearty horseback adventure, a lengthy backpacking trip, or make for several day trips into the wilderness.

The nearby Blacktail Deer Creek, and other seasonal mountain streams, offer access to freshwater fishing. Anglers can enjoy a possible catch of brook trout, among other species.

Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on the adjacent open meadow and along forest trails, are popular activities enjoyed by visitors during long winter months.

Facilities:

The cabin is a small, primitive, one-room log cabin, equipped with bunk beds that sleep up to two people, a table and chairs. The cabin has a loft, but it is not available for public use, due to safety regulations.

Also inside the cabin is a propane stove with an oven, a wood stove for heat, a shelf and cupboard space, cooking pots, eating utensils, a broom and dust pan, bucket, shovel, axe and cleaning supplies. Foam pads are supplied on the beds.

Outside there is a toilet approximately 40 feet southeast of the cabin. Two propane lights are supplied by a large propane tank outside and firewood is stacked near the outside fence on the porch, however the supply cannot be guaranteed.

Guests must bring their own water. The spring just south of the cabin may have sufficient water for cleaning, but is unreliable. Sleeping bags and blankets are not supplied, and users will also need to bring their own matches, food, toilet paper and garbage bags. Garbage and cleaning services are not provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Backpacking
  • Bed(s)
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mattress Pad(s)
  • Propane
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety (including avalanche danger)
  • Water is not available; Spring water must be properly filtered, treated or boiled for drinking or cooking purposes
  • The cabin remains locked; to obtain a key code, call the Madison Ranger District office during office hours
  • Cell phone coverage is extremely limited
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Potential exposure to hantavirus due to presence of mice droppings within the cabin
  • Hay and feed, including grain, must be certified weed seed-free
  • Learn more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
  • Renters must call for the cabin combinations before the close of business on Friday. Please contact the Madison Ranger Station at (406) 682-4253.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.78083, -112.21
44°46'51"N, 112°12'36"W

From Dillon, travel about 40 miles southeast on Forest Road 202 (Blacktail Creek Road), to Antone Station turnoff. Turn north onto Forest Road 325 and continue about 6 miles to the cabin. During winter months, snowmobiles may be required for the majority of the drive, depending on conditions. Call ahead for road conditions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ANTONE CABIN
5 FOREST SERVICE RD
ENNIS MT 59729

Phone Number:

Information: (406)682-4253