Montana Forest Service Cabins: Spanish Creek

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Spanish Creek Cabin

On the edge of Lee Metcalf Wilderness, vacationers will find Spanish Creek Cabin. This is the ideal getaway for those who love seclusion and privacy in a rustic setting. Read More

  • In the summer, you can drive to Spanish Creek Cabin, but in the winter, it is a 3 1/2 ski or snowshoe to get here.
  • The Cabin has a bunk bed downstairs and 2 beds in the loft making for a comfortable stay for 4 people.
  • Reservations are available by contacting the Bozeman Ranger Station (406)522-2520.

Overview
Spanish Creek Cabin sits at the base of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness south of Bozeman, Montana. It makes an excellent base camp for those wanting to day hike into the Spanish Peaks. Several Forest Service Trails are adjacent to the cabin.

Location
This rustic cabin can be found approximately 20 miles from the City of Bozeman. In the summer, you can drive to Spanish Creek Cabin. In the winter, it is a 3 1/2 ski or snowshoe to the cabin.

Directions

  • From Bozeman, head west on Main Street until you reach Four Corners.
  • Turn left at the stop light and head south on Highway 191 for 13 miles.
  • Turn right on Spanish Creek Road and travel 5 1/2 miles west on gravel road.
  • At the end of the gravel, you will turn left and head south and on paved road.
  • Drive 4 miles to the Spanish Creek Trailhead.
  • Just after crossing a bridge over Spanish Creek and before the parking area take the small road to the left, pass through the gate and follow the road 1/4 mile to the cabin. 

Winter Trail
You can not drive to this cabin until after 5/16, weather dependent. During the winter, the Spanish Creek Road is plowed for 3 or 4 miles but you can generally drive to the beginning of the pavement. Snowdrifts drifts above this point usually prohibit further travel by vehicle.

Reservations
Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance. Last minute reservations (up to 3 nights in advance) are available by calling or going to the Bozeman Ranger Station (406)522-2520.

Specifics

  • Season or Open Dates – Spanish Creek Cabin was built in 1934 and is open from December 1 - October 15.
  • Fee - Price is $30 per night and the cabin can be reserved from 1 to 5 nights.
  • Capacity – Capacity is 4 people. Spanish Creek Cabin has a bunk bed downstairs and 2 beds in the loft.
  • Cabin Amenities - There is a wood cook stove and the Forest Service supplies the firewood. There is no electricity and no running water. There is a vault toilet.
    There is a stream near the cabin. Water should be treated.
    Other amenities include broom & dustpan, dishes & tableware, pots & pans, and table & chairs.

Nearby Activities & Attractions
In the summer, you could actually drive back into Bozeman, if “rustic living” begins to get you down, to enjoy all of the city amenities. In the immediate area, you can enjoy:

  • Great Hiking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

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