Ninemile Remount Depot and Historic Ranger Station

Ninemile Training CenterThis historic site has a visitor center and self-guided tour where you can learn about the Ninemile Remount Depot which provided experienced packers and their animals for fighting fires and for backcountry work projects since the 1930s.

Located on the Ninemile Ranger District compound, this historic site is educational, nostalgic and a visual delight, with its Cape Cod architecture, beautiful pasture and mountain landscapes.

Dutch Oven Cooking BasicsThe historic Remount Depot at Ninemile Ranger Station was established in 1930 when the Forest Service purchased the old Allen Ranch. The Remount Depot bred mules for 32 years to assist with fire suppression. In the heyday, there were over 1500 animals at the station with 35 animal packers. Today 200 head make their way from all across Montana, northern Idaho, and some from Wyoming to spend their winters here. We have a visitor center open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and a self-guided tour available any time of the year. It’s a great place to relax and look into some greener pastures.

The Ninemile Wildlands Training Center (NWTC) is also located at Ninemile, and offers yearly training in stock handling, dutch oven cooking, traditional tools, and far more.

Download our Self-Guided History Tour Brochure

Self-Guided Trail Brochure

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Call Ninemile Ranger District 406-626-5201 for current status of offerings.
Operational Hours: Open 9:00 to 5:00
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No smoking. No pets.  Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Alberton, Montana
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets
Information Center: Ninemile Ranger District, 406-626-5201

General Information

Directions: From Interstate 90, take exit #82 at Ninemile.Turn right, go up the hill for 2 miles. At the intersection with Remount Road, turn right for 2.5 miles to the ranger station. The way is signed to and from the interstate to the ranger station.
General Notes: There is a drinking fountain and flush toilets at the visitor center. View our brochure for details.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Visitor Centers

Come visit our pack animal display and learn about the historic remount depot. The self-guided tour is outside where you can take-in the beautiful pastures, glimpse towering Ch-paa-qn Peak, and see where the hard working mules hang out.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  • Click here to learn about staying safe and following the rules of bear country.
  • Click here to find a map to take on your adventures.
  • Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest.
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3400 feet