HORSE PRAIRIE CABIN, MT

Horse Prairie Cabin is a fairly large, two-room cabin situated on the edge of beautiful Horse Prairie in the southwestern corner of Montana. Forest service work crews used the cabin for lodging in the past. The cabin is available year-round and provides access to abundant hiking...
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  • 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)
  • The cabin remains locked; please call the forest district office at (406) 683-3900 for a key code four days prior to arrival
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Livestock and domestic animals are prohibited at the site
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Learn more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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 dontmovefirewood.org.
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Pets Allowed - no
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Overview

Overview

Horse Prairie Cabin is a fairly large, two-room cabin situated on the edge of beautiful Horse Prairie in the southwestern corner of Montana. Forest service work crews used the cabin for lodging in the past.

The cabin is available year-round and provides access to abundant hiking, biking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. It is equipped with a variety of amenities, providing guests with a somewhat comfortable and adventurous experience in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

The cabin is accessible by vehicle, depending on conditions. Excessive snowfall may require skis, snowmobiles or hiking for up to six miles of the route. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located on a hillside in a sunny, open prairie on the southern edge of the Beaverhead Mountains. The range straddles the Continental Divide in Montana and Idaho. The view from the cabin overlooks the grassy meadows of Horse Prairie.

There is abundant wildlife in the area, including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, lynx, marten, deer and black bears (learn more about bear safety).

Recreation:

Hikers and mountain bikers can access some great trails in the area. To the west of the cabin, Coyote Creek Road provides access to excellent cross-country skiing. Coyote Creek Road runs approximately seven miles to the top of the Big Hole Divide, climbing about 1,500 feet. The prairie and surrounding area is also open to unlimited snowmobile access during the winter (learn about avalanche danger).

Fishing is available in nearby creeks, and anglers might see rainbow and brook trout, as well as mountain whitefish. The waterways drain into the Big Hole River, a blue-ribbon trout stream at the southern end of the forest.

Facilities:

The two-room log cabin is relatively modern and comes equipped with bunk beds and mattresses to sleep up to four people, as well as a table and chairs. It has a wood burning stove for heat. Propane appliances include a stove, oven and overhead lighting. The kitchen area of the cabin is stocked with basic cookware, utensils, dishes and tableware. There is ample cupboard and counter space for food preparation and storage.

Drinking water is provided. Cleaning equipment, including a mop, broom and dustpan, is provided, as well as a bucket, shovel and an axe. An outhouse with a vault toilet is located nearby.

Guests need to bring their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, as well as matches, food, flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags and other necessities. Firewood may be available, but the supply cannot be guaranteed. Guests are asked to replenish the cut wood supply, pack out all trash and food, and clean the cabin prior to leaving.

Booking Window
Wed Sep 24 2014 - Mon Mar 23 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Area
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Special Policy Applicable to this Facility
Any changes in scheduled dates may be assessed an additional fee by the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $20.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
CABIN NONELECTRIC $20.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.02306, -113.32139
45°1'23"N, 113°19'17"W

From Dillon, travel south on Interstate 15 for about 20 miles, to Highway 324. Cross the Clark Canyon Reservoir Dam and travel west on Highway 324 for about 21 miles. At Red Butte, continue west on Forest Road 181 (Bloody Dick Road) for about 6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 7340 (Coyote Creek Road). Continue about 2 miles to the cabin.

In winter, over-the-snow distance to the cabin will vary from 1 to 6 miles. Maps may be purchased by calling the Dillon Ranger District.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

HORSE PRAIRIE CABIN
420 BARRETT STREET
DILLON  MT  59725

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)683-3900
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