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JUDITH GUARD STATION, MT

Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Judith Guard Station is a historic ranger station dating back to the early 1900s. Designated as a National Historic Site, the cabin is decorated with historically accurate furnishings and wallpaper. It is just a stone's throw from the Middle Fork of the Judith River and a small campground with a picnic area.

The cabin, located about 30 miles south of Stanford, may be accessed by regular passenger vehicle until snow season. The road is usually plowed within 2 miles of the station, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle can often make the trip. In times of heavy snowfall, the last half-mile to the cabin may require a snowmobile, skis or snowshoes.

Natural Features:

Judith Guard Station sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet on the northern banks of the Middle Fork of the Judith River. The region boasts wooded hills topped with lodgepole pine, Douglas fir and ponderosa.

Wildlife in the region includes mountain lions, bears and bobcats.

Recreation:

Hiking, hunting and mountain biking opportunities abound. Nearby hunting includes deer, moose and elk in designated areas. Snow shoeing and cross country skiing are popular in winter.

Facilities:

The two-story frame building has a modern vault toilet outside and a porch with chairs. Furnishings include propane heating and a cook stove and beds to fit eight guests. A table and chairs plus cooking utensils are provided in the kitchen. Portable propane lanterns are available, but users must bring their own propane cylinders.

A hand well with drinking water is available outside from May to September. No water is available during the winter so guests must bring plenty. Guests are asked to bring garbage bags, flashlights, bedding, an ice chest and all personal toiletries. (Click here for more cabin details.)

Nearby Attractions:

Grocery stores and gas is available in Stanford, about 30 miles from the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cooking Pots
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Propane Stove
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • The Guard Station is a historic site and is meant to be rented for use of the Guard Station itself. Due to the historic nature of this facility, campers and RVs may not be parked out front of the Station, but can be parked at the campground just down from the Guard Station. Not abiding by this historical preservation policy is grounds for eviction without refund.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No water, electricity or sewer hookups available
  • Cell phone reception is unreliable
  • Firewood is provided for wood stove only; please restock firewood box prior to departure
  • Collect downed, dead wood for campfire firewood
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabin at any time, but can be kept outside in a kennel or on a six-foot or less leash. Users are responsible for removing all pet food and droppings from rental site prior to departure.
  • No camping units permitted at cabin site
  • Visitors must clean cabin prior to departure; a fee will be charged if extra clean-up is needed
  • Walk-in reservations no longer accepted
  • Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • 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):
46.84833, -110.29056
46°50'54"N, 110°17'26"W

From Great Falls, travel east on U.S. Highway 87 for about 63 miles to Windham, Montana. From Windham, turn right off Highway 200/87 and head south for about 10 miles to Utica. At the Oxen Yoke, turn right on the graveled county road. Continue south for about 13 miles, and turn right at the "Y" junction onto Middlefork Road. Continue southwest for about one mile, at this "Y" junction, stay to the left and continue on for about one mile to the Judith Guard Station cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

JUDITH GUARD STATION
109 CENTRAL AVE. P.O. BOX 484
STANFORD MT 59479

Phone Number:

Information: (406)566-2292