Notch Cabin is located in a remote part of southwestern Montana and is open from early July through November. It is somewhat difficult to access, but worth the trouble for outdoor enthusiasts. The cabin is used by big game hunters during hunting season. Hiking is available in the...
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  • 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)
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Rodent poison may be used in the cabin; take appropriate caution to prevent ingestion by children and pets
  • A mandatory food storage order is in effect between March 1 and December 1 annually to ensure food is properly stored away from wildlife; contact the Madison Ranger District for more details
  • Water is not available
  • The cabin remains locked; to obtain a key code, call the Madison Ranger District office during office hours
  • Hay and feed, including grain, must be certified weed-free
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • 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
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Notch Cabin is located in a remote part of southwestern Montana and is open from early July through November. It is somewhat difficult to access, but worth the trouble for outdoor enthusiasts. The cabin is used by big game hunters during hunting season. Hiking is available in the summer and fall.

The cabin was built by a miner in the early 1900s. The surrounding landscape is thick with sage and grasslands, as well as lush riparian zones that are full of wildlife.

A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is required to access the cabin, which is located on a rough road. The cabin offers some basic amenities. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring most of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated at an elevation of 8,470 feet in a notch between Olson Peak and Hogback Mountain on the Snowcrest Range. A small stream runs about 100 feet in front of the cabin.

The Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area is nearby, which is an important elk and big game winter range that spans more than 28,000 acres in southwestern Montana. In addition to elk, the range is home to mule deer, upland birds and a growing population of grizzly bears (learn more about bear safety).


In addition to big game hunting, visitors can enjoy hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in the area. While no Forest Service trails are within the immediate vicinity of the cabin, the Snowcrest Trail is within a mile. It covers the entire range, providing panoramic views of the area. The 40-mile trail can serve as a hearty horseback riding adventure, a lengthy backpacking trip, or make for several day trips.

The nearby seasonal mountain streams offer access to freshwater fishing and wading. Anglers can enjoy a possible catch of brook trout, among other species. The wildlife management area is also good for hunting, but offers a perfect opportunity for visitors to catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Due to the high elevation and short growing season, recreational livestock is allowed only if supplemental feed (certified weed-free) is brought in. No pasture or corral is available. The final two miles of the access road to the cabin are not suitable for horse trailers.


The tiny, low-roofed cabin is equipped with a set of bunk beds with foam pads that sleep up to two people, a propane cook stove, basic cooking utensils, a propane lantern, wood heat stove, broom, dustpan and basic cleaning supplies.

Firewood is provided, stacked under the trees behind the cabin. A primitive outhouse is located 100 feet northwest of the cabin.

Water is not available and any stream or spring water must be properly filtered, treated or boiled for drinking or cooking purposes. It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply for drinking, cooking and washing.

Fuel is not provided for the cook stove or lantern. Guests must bring small propane canisters. Other items to bring include sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, matches, food, toilet paper and garbage bags. There is no cell phone service available in the area. Guests should replenish the supply of split wood and kindling, pack out all trash and food, and clean the cabin before leaving.

Booking Window
Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Apr 21 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 Tue Jul 01 2014 Thu Nov 27 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Peak Thu Jul 02 2015 Thu Mar 31 2016
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Firewood
  • Hunting
  • Mattress Pad(s)
  • Propane Lantern (Fuel not provided)
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Trails
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:
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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

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jul 01 2014 -
Nov 27 2014
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Peak Season
Jul 02 2015 -
Mar 31 2016

*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):
44.88222, -112.1375
44°52'56"N, 112°8'15"W

Notch Cabin is about 62 miles from Ennis, Montana. The final 28 miles are gravel, dirt or primitive two-track.

From Ennis, take Montana Highway 287 west for 23 miles to Alder. At Alder, turn south toward Ruby Reservoir (County 248) and travel 21 miles. Turn right on Ledford Creek Road (County 50) and travel southwest for 3 miles to signed junction. Turn right and after about 4.5 miles, you'll enter the Robb-Ledford WMA. Continue for 0.5 mile to junction, turn right and travel for 5 miles. This stretch of the road will split, with the option of going around or over a hill, then reconnecting a short distance later. After the 5 miles, another road joins in from the west. Continue south toward the mountains and cross Ledford Creek after about 3.5 miles. Go 0.5 mile farther, and you'll reach the Forest Boundary. The cabin lies 1 mile beyond the boundary.

You'll see the cabin straight ahead just as the road turns left across the creek. Driving time from Ennis is nearly 3 hours, with the last 9 miles taking over an hour. Cabin may also be accessed via Sweetwater Creek Road, then Spring Brook road. See map for details. Maps (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest-South) may be purchased by calling the Madison Ranger District at 406-682-4253.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ENNIS  MT  59729

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)682-4253
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