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Status: Open through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates


The Bear Creek Cabin allows visitors to experience southwestern Montana's vast wilderness areas, including wide open fields and a variety of nearby mountain ranges. Situated on the Bear Creek, the cabin offers a scenic location to enjoy activities such as hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, as well as hiking and horseback riding on nearby trails.

The cabin is used as an administrative site in the summer and fall months, but is open to the public between December and April. The site can be accessed by vehicle, however, a portion of the road may be muddy or snow-covered, as it is not plowed. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities, including water.

Natural Features:

The facility is located at the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, at the foot of the Madison Range. The cabin is situated at an elevation of 6,250 feet, amid open meadows that are surrounded by mature hardwoods and other trees.

Bear Creek runs near the cabin and nearby bunkhouse, and the Bear Creek Wildlife Management Area lies immediately to the north. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, black bears and grizzly bears, mountain grouse, and other species (learn more about bear safety).


Big game hunting is an activity enjoyed by visitors to the cabin. In addition, there are a variety of hiking and horseback riding trails in the area. The trails are popular among visitors for cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

The nearby wilderness areas do not allow motorized vehicles or bicycles. Camping and fishing in the backcountry are allowed, but the proper permits are required. The Bear Creek Wildlife Management Area to the north of the cabin is closed to all off-trail access between Dec. 2 and May 1.


The large, two-room cabin can sleep four people comfortably with one set of bunk beds and two single beds, each with a mattress. The cabin has electricity and is equipped with lights, a refrigerator, a stove and an oven. A table with chairs and basic cooking equipment are also provided.

The cabin has a wood stove for heat and comes with firewood, which is usually stacked on the porch and on the side of the cabin. An outhouse with vault toilets is located 40 feet south of the cabin and there are two additional concrete vault toilets adjacent to the campground to the west.

Visitors must bring their own water; the creek is the only source of fresh water and may be difficult to access during the winter. Sleeping bags and extra blankets are not supplied, and users will need to bring their own food, toilet paper and garbage bags, among other necessities.

Garbage and cleaning services are not provided. Renters must clean the facility prior to departure, as well as replenish the supply of split wood and kindling.

Nearby Attractions:

Bear Creek is approximately 60 miles north of Old Faithful Geyser.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Climbing
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lights
  • Mattress(es)
  • Parking Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in a remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety (including avalanche danger)
  • Water is not available; Creek 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
  • When visiting a cabin, visitors should learn about the potential dangers of exposure to hantavirus
  • 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):
45.15556, -111.55556
45°9'20"N, 111°33'20"W

From Ennis, take Highway 287 south for 11 miles, to Cameron, Montana. From Cameron, turn east on Bear Creek Loop and continue approximately 6 miles to the cabin.

The last several miles are gravel or dirt roads, which may be muddy or snow-covered and may not always be plowed. Maps (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest-South) may be purchased by calling the Madison Ranger District.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ENNIS MT 59729

Phone Number:

Information: (406)682-4253

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Bear Creek is approximately 60 miles via MT Highway 287 from Yellowstone National Park, visit www.nps.gov/yell for information. from Mar 24 2009 to Dec 31 2050
  • For events in Ennis, Montana please go to www.ennischamber.com from Mar 24 2009 to Dec 31 2050