The West Fork of Rock Creek Cabin is located on the western edge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and is open for reservations year-round. It is a quaint cabin that provides a great experience in the mountains of southwestern Montana. The cabin offers access to numerous...
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates


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1.The cabins are locked; to obtain the combination, call the Deer Lodge Work Center at 406-846-1770, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2.This facility is located in a remote location. Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed at any time due to ever-changing weather and road conditions.

3.Be Bear Aware; for more information about recreating in bear country, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5324172.

4.Hantavirus; guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to Hantavirus while staying in the cabin. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps/transmission.html for more information about Hantavirus.

5.All food and garbage must be packed out.

6.A map may be helpful for locating this facility. Visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf for more information. Maps are available at each District Ranger Office.
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The West Fork of Rock Creek Cabin is located on the western edge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and is open for reservations year-round. It is a quaint cabin that provides a great experience in the mountains of southwestern Montana. The cabin offers access to numerous trails and wildlife viewing, as well as a comfortable place to picnic and spend the nights.

There are six structures at the site, which was once used as a Forest Service Guard Station and later as a youth camp. Only the westernmost of the two small cabins at the south end has been restored and is available to the public.

The site can typically be accessed by vehicle, depending on conditions. Excessive snowfall may require renters to walk about 200 yards from the plowed highway to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The log cabin is situated near the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness in an open meadow surrounded by evergreens. The area is known for its high, rugged and beautiful mountain scenery, where hundreds of mountain goats make their home. The cabin is close to some scenic, clear mountain streams and ponds, where a number of wildlife species, including elk, moose, deer, mountain lions and bears, come to water (learn more about bear safety).

There is a fenced pasture for horses but you must check the fence for damage before using it. As a reminder, pelletized or certified weed seed free feed and straw is required in all National Forests in Montana; please plan accordingly.


A variety of hiking and horseback riding trails are available in the area, as well as ample wildlife viewing. Visitors enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Fishing is popular in the many clear mountain streams adjacent to the cabin. Anglers may see plentiful trout populations, as the area is known for some of the world's finest trout streams.

The cabin is located along the scenic Skalkaho Highway, which links Hamilton and Philipsburg, in southwestern Montana. The drive into the Sapphire Mountains is primitive and was once a trail widely used by Native Americans. The roadway was built to provide access between mining areas and agricultural communities in the Bitterroot Valley. The road leads to Skalkaho Falls in the nearby Bitterroot National Forest; however, the road may be closed to traffic in the winter.


The primitive, one-room cabin is equipped with two sets of bunk beds with mattress pads that can sleep up to four people. It has a table and chairs, basic cooking utensils and minimal cooking pots. A propane stove is available, but fuel is not supplied. A wood stove is provided for heat. Firewood is available, but not guaranteed.

Drinking water is available approximately 100 yards west of the cabin. An accessible outhouse with a pit toilet is located a short distance north of the cabin.

There is no cell phone service available in the area. Guests need to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, lanterns or flashlights, disposable propane fuel canisters, matches, food, toilet paper and garbage bags. Guests are asked to replenish the supply of split wood and kindling, pack out all trash and food, and clean the cabin before leaving.

Booking Window
Tue Jul 15 2014 - Wed Jan 14 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
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fenced Pastures
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mattress Pad(s)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Stove
  • Scenic Drive
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • 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
The non-refundable fee is $20 per night. Any changes to scheduled dates may be assessed an additional fee by the National Recreation Reservation Service. The cabin is available year-round.

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014

*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):
46.22917, -113.57083
46°13'45"N, 113°34'15"W

From Philipsburg, travel south on Highway 1 for just over 6 miles. Turn right onto Skalkaho Highway/Highway 38 and travel west for about 13 miles. The entrance to the cabin is on the left, behind a locked gate, which uses the same key code as the cabin. The last 200 yards of the road may be closed due to snowfall during the winter months. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

266 Warren Lane
Deer Lodge  MT  59722

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)846-1770
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