Vigilante Cabin

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Vigilante Middle House

This was once a guard station in the early 1920s. The Vigilante cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1920s.  Forest Service employees still use the other buildings during the year. Only the middle house is available for public use.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water unavailable during winter months
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water
Fees There is a $50 per night fee for this cabin.
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No camping or stock allowed at this site.
Closest Towns: Sheridan and Alder, Montana
Water: Water available June-September
Restroom: Indoor flush toilet June - September. Vault toilet available during the winter months.
Information Center: Madison Ranger District
Phone: 406-682-4253

General Information


Vigilante cabin is located about 50 miles southwest of Ennis, Montana and about 40 miles southeast of Sheridan, Montana. From Ennis, travel 23 miles west on Montana Highway 287 to Alder. Turn south toward Ruby River Reservoir on County 248 and travel 29 miles to Vigilante Station. The route is well marked. The last 20 miles are gravel road, which can be slippery when wet or snow-covered. The lock combination for the gate is the same as the cabin. Please keep the gate closed and locked. Maps (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest South) may be purchased ($10.00) by calling the Madison Ranger District at 406-682-4253.

Specific directions are available by calling 406-682-4253.

General Notes:

• This is a 3 room cabin that sleeps 6. The cabin is equipped with a wood burning stove for heat. Firewood is available for use in the cabin stove only. It is also equipped with a refrigerator & lights. Flush toilet and potable water is available June through September.
• There is minimal cooking equipment provided.

Renters must call the district office with their reservation number at 406-682-4253 during office hours for the lock combination. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Mountain Time) Mon-Fri, closed on weekends and Federal holidays.

• The vault toilet is located approximately 100 feet east of the cabin.
• Bears frequent the area with mandatory food storage and refuse requirements in effect March 1 through December 1 annually. All food, garbage and animal carcasses must be properly stored and made unavailable to wildlife. Contact the Madison Ranger District for more details.
• Potential exposure to hantavirus due to presence of mice droppings in cabins.
• Rodenticide may be in use in cabin. Take appropriate precautions to avoid ingestion by children and pets.
• No garbage service provided. Please Pack it in, Pack it out.
• No cleaning service provided. Please clean the cabin before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided.
• Please replenish supply of split wood and kindling before leaving. Please do not chop wood on the porch.
• The Ruby River is located several hundred yards east of the cabin.
• Livestock are not allowed at this site.

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This is a well-equipped cabin with electricity, two bedrooms, living room, kitchen with table, chairs, basic cooking utensils, indoor toilet and shower. There is no water from October to June. 

Maximum Number of People6
Fees: There is a $50 per night fee for this cabin.
Reservation required?: Y
Reservation info: To make reservations, call toll free: 1-877-444-6777 or visit


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Drinking water June - September
Toilets Indoor Flush/Outdoor Vault

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