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Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates


Fourmile Cabin is open year-round and offers guests a rustic mountain retreat surrounded by majestic scenery. The cabin offers an electric cooking stove, refrigerator and lights. Guests will need to bring most of their own gear and supplies to ensure a comfortable stay.

The cabin is accessible by vehicle during warmer months, along a gravel county road. Late-season ice may require guests to snowshoe, hike or snowmobile up to 3.5 miles to the cabin. Guests arriving in winter should be prepared to snowmobile, ski or snowshoe up to 11 miles along the access road to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of 6,186 feet on the Boulder River, near Fourmile Creek. The Boulder River carves out a canyon between the peaks of The Needles, Carbonate Mountain and Hawley Mountain in the Absaroka Range. The cabin is nestled in the canyon in an open, grassy area surrounded by mixed forest.

The location provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including bear, moose, antelope, elk and deer. Many species of birds also inhabit the area.


Equestian and hiking trails are accessible from the cabin and head west into the Absaroka Mountains, branching out through the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The winter landscape is ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Anglers can fish for Yellowstone cutthroat or rainbow trout in Fourmile Creek or the Boulder River. Hunting is a popular fall activity.


The two-room cabin has an electric stove, refrigerator and lights. A wood-burning stove is provided for heat along with firewood, which is not available in July and August. The cabin can sleep up to four people on provided twin beds with mattresses. Other amenities include basic cookware and utensils, some cleaning supplies, a table with chairs, axe, bucket and shovel.

There is a campfire ring and a vault toilet outside. Firewood is provided for use in the wood heating stove only. Guests must bring their own wood or collect wood from the nearby forest for campfires.

Water is not available at the cabin. Guests need to bring their own water supply or be prepared to treat water taken from an outside source. Garbage bags are needed to pack out trash, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Guests should also bring their own flashlight, bedding, cookware, dishes, utensils, newspaper, matches, toilet paper and first aid kit, among other necessities

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Electric Stove
  • Electricity
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lights
  • Parking Area
  • Refrigerator
  • River Access
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Renters must call for the cabin combination at the Big Timber Office of the Yellowstone Ranger District (406) 932-5155 (business Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-noon and 12:30-4:30 MST) within a week of rental date
  • Cabin, woodshed and gate are locked with combination locks; be sure to have combination in advance of arrival
  • The cabin is accessible by car year-round, though a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. The cabin is accessible by car in warmer months via a gravel county road, although late season ice may require guests to snowshoe, hike or snowmobile the last 3.5 miles. Guests arriving in winter should be prepared to snowmobile, ski or snowshoe up to 11 miles along the access road to the cabin.
  • Drinking water is not available; water obtained from nearby natural water sources should be treated prior to use to prevent Giardia.
  • Cell phone coverage is not available in this area
  • Please bring garbage bags and pack out all that you pack in
  • Guests must carefully follow the food storage order for Gallatin National Forest; Click here for more information
  • Maximum group size for using the facility and adjacent area is 15 people
  • No liquid fueled (white gas) stoves or lanterns allowed in the cabin or on the porch
  • Stock must be kept at the adjacent trailhead facility; please clean area after use
  • Hay and feed for stock must be certified weed-free
  • Out of state horses must have current Coggins test
  • Please collect your own firewood for campfires
  • Firing a gun or use of any other weapon is not allowed within 150 yards of the of the cabin
  • The primary occupant is responsible to ensure all members of their party abide by US Forest Service regulations
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    45.34222, -110.23222
    45°20'32"N, 110°13'56"W

    From Big Timber, travel 25 miles south on Highway 298 to the National Forest Boundary. At this point, the paved road becomes county-maintained gravel road (Main Boulder Road or Forest Road 6639). Continue on this gravel road another 17 miles. The cabin is on the west (right) side of the road across from the Fourmile Trailhead parking area. The Forest Service sign at the entrance to the cabin reads Fourmile Ranger Station.

    During winter months it is advisable to call the Big Timber Office of the Yellowstone Ranger District at (406) 932-5155 for current conditions.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. BOX 1130
    BIG TIMBER MT 59011

    Phone Number:

    Information: (406)932-5155