Bishop Mountain Cabin

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Bishop Mtn GS

Bishop Mountain Cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. The one-room cabin formerly housed Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employees who stayed there to watch for forest fires. A historic fire lookout tower is nearby. The cabin was used for lookout workers until the early 1980s.

Guests can drive to the cabin from mid-May through mid-November depending on snow/road conditions. Over 13 miles of the trip are on gravel roads. These roads are only accessible by snowmobile the remainder of the year. The cabin provides several conveniences, but guests should be prepared to bring some of their own supplies and gear for a comfortable stay. The cabin is not available from April 1st - May14th.

Natural Features: The cabin sits at 7,800 feet on the summit of Bishop Mountain, which is covered by pine trees. This mountain sits on the western border of Henry's Fork Caldera, an 18-mile long, 23-mile wide caldera located just west of Yellowstone National Park. Visitors are awarded scenic views of the surrounding mountains, and Island Park Reservoir can be seen to the north from the lookout. 

Wildlife in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest includes black bear, wolf, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, grizzly bear, mountain lion and pronghorn. Click here for bear safety tips.

Recreation: Guests at Bishop Mountain Cabin can participate in numerous recreational activities. Nearby logging roads are suitable for mountain biking. Hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding trails are nearby. This area is also popular with hunters and berry pickers.

Facilities: Guests will find two sets of bunkbeds with mattresses, a dining table and chairs, cooking pots, dishes and tableware. A wood stove is available for cooking and heating, and firewood is provided. A vault toilet is located in a separate building. 

Running water and electricity are not available. Guests must bring their own water supply as well as trash bags for packing out garbage. Bedding, matches, lighting and first aid supplies are not provided.

Nearby Attractions: Harriman State Park is approximately 14 miles east of Bishop Mountain and open year-round. It lies within a wildlife refuge that's part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Visitors often see moose, elk, sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans. Anglers can find some of the best fly-fishing in the nation, and there are numerous multi-use trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The cabin is closed until July 1 due to the COVID-19 virus.
Operational Hours: May 15th until March 30th  (Not Available April 1st - May 14th)  
Reservations: Reservations can be made here or call 877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance.

Fees $30/group size of 4
Open Season: May 15 - March 31
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: June-September
Closest Towns: Island Park, Idaho
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Pick up the key at the Ashton Ranger Station, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m to make arrangements for after hours or weekend pickup, call (208) 652-7442
  • This cabin is located in grizzly/black bear country. All food and coolers must be stored according to the Caribou Targhee National Forest Food Storage Order #04-15-117.
  • Please make sure fires in the outside campfire ring are extinguished completely before leaving the cabin. Abandoning campfires during any point in your stay at the cabin can result in a violation.
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility; please take all trash with you when leaving the cabin.
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.33361, -111.55361
44°20'1"N, 111°33'13"W

From Ashton, ID, travel north on Highway 20 for 16 miles, then turn left (west) on North Antelope Flat Road (#168). Travel 7.5 miles to Bishop Mountain Road (#120) and then turn right (north) and travel for about 5.4 miles. The road dead ends at the cabin.

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