Monture Guard Station Cabin | Ovando, Montana
Now serving as a seasonal work station, the building has been restored to its 1930s ranger station grandeur. The trailhead has year round access, providing one of the few places where people can drive to the edge of the backcountry in the winter. The Ranger Station is available for rent December thru April. The cabin sits at a popular entrance for cross-country and snowshoe adventures accessing the southern Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is also used as a landmark for the annual Race to the Sky sled-dog event.
A short walk up the trail reveals a magnificent stand of old growth larch, and a little farther to walk through the effects of a wildfire. During Sept-Oct observe outfitters and horseback people packing to and from hunting camps.
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Ovando, Montana is the closet town at 8 miles away. From the Junction of Montana highways 83 and 200 (locally known as ""Clearwater Junction"") travel east on Hwy 200 for 12.5 miles. Turn north on FS Road #89 (Monture Creek Road) and go 7.5 miles, cross the bridge over Monture Creek and proceed slightly to the left for about 100 yards to a small parking area (just a small plowed out area on the right for about 2-3 vehicles). Follow snowmobile trail for 1 mile on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile to cabin.
The cabin facilities include: kitchen utensils, skillets, pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups & glasses; propane range/oven (conventional home-style unit), small microwave, refrigerator; propane heater, large wooden table with 10 chairs, furnished living room, office desk/chair, telephone for local and calling card calls only, 8 twin size cot/beds (all of which are located on the second floor via a narrow enclosed stairway), and cleaning supplies. There is electricity throughout the cabin. The heat is provided by a propane heater. There is a standing, hand-operated water hydrant near the porch.
Maximum Number of People Cabin or Fire Lookout May Accommodate
Maximum of 8 people
$60.00 per night