Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by booking a stay in one of the many national forest service cabins near Big Sky, Montana. These rustic cabins are the perfect getaway in the mountains of Big Sky.

Managed by the Gallatin National Forest, these recreational rental cabins were built decades ago for use by forest rangers and other forest service personnel. Now they are open to the public for rentals. They all come equipped with the basics – a stove, bunks, a roof over your head, and maybe electricity. You just need to bring the essentials – food, sleeping bags, extra layers, headlamp, etc.

The forest service cabins near Big Sky are a bit off the beaten path. They are all affordable and many are available year round. Some you can drive to and others require a hike, ski, snowmobile, horse ride, or ATV ride to access them. These forest service cabins are an ideal way for hikers, hunters, ski tourers, backpackers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to access the backcountry.

Windy Pass Cabin | Photo: D. Lennon
Windy Pass Cabin | Photo: D. Lennon

Book a forest service cabin near Big Sky and spend a night or two. These rental cabins offer stunning views where you can relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Use them as a basecamp for your outdoor adventures or as an escape from our wired world over a long weekend. Just take advantage of these super cool cabins in the woods. Just the health benefits of being outside are worth the adventure!

The Gallatin National Forest covers over 3.1 million acres. Seven Ranger districts manage over 20 forest service cabins in Big Sky Country. These cabins are scattered throughout the Madison Range, Gallatin Range, Bridger Range, Crazy Mountains, Absaroka Range, and Beartooth Range. Imagine a cabin with views of some of the most scenic terrain in the country. Are you ready to book one?

These are the forest service cabins closest to Big Sky:

Spanish Creek Cabin

Little Bear Cabin

Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout

Yellow Mule Cabin

Windy Pass Cabin

Wapiti Cabin

The links to each cabin above will provide details, maps, availability info, and photos. See a map of this area here.

Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance. Cabins must be reserved at least 3 days in advance of stay. If you want to make last minute plans, contact the local Gallatin National Forest district office that manages the cabin.

Book a forest service cabin in Big Sky country today. Reservations can be made 7 days a week by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at

Learn more about the Forest Service Recreational Rental Cabins here.

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