Monument Peak Lookout

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Looking to stay in an active fire lookout- a room with a view? Monument Peak Lookout is on the top of a mountain and has a spectacular view of the Little Belt Mountains. It was built in 1936 by the CCC and has been removed from its original tower and restored for the public.

The last 4 miles of road access are rough and a high clearance vehicle is recommended.  

There are good small and big game hunting opportunities in this area.

Pets are to be leashed or kenneled outside of the rental building. Users are responsible in removing all pet food and droppings prior to departure.

There is no water, electricity or sewer at the cabin.The cabin is not accessible to the disabled. Bring your own bedding, flashlight, food, small propane cylinders and cooler. Firewood is not provided for the wood stove. Please plan on and provide your own wood. Very little firewood is available in the area.Visitors must clean the lookout and police the grounds prior to departure. (Occupants will be billed for damage or extra clean-up costs.) The shutters to expose and allow visibility through the windows are heavy and usually will take 2 individuals to lock the shutters open. Hardhats are available on site for safety purposes while opening the shutters. Open June 1 through October 31.  $45/night fee.

Bears may frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating. Mandatory food storage is required.


From Great Falls go east on US Highway 87/89 about 22 miles (just past Belt) and turn right (south) at the Rest Area onto US Highway 89 as if you were going to Monarch and Neihart. Go about 9.5 miles to County Road 340 at the Sluice Boxes State Park and turn right (south) onto Road 340. Go about 8 miles to the junction with Road 349 and turn left (south) onto Road 349 and go about 4.3 miles to junction of County Road 839. Turn right (south) onto it and go approximately 8.5 miles to junction with Road 268. Turn right (west) onto Road 268 and go about 3.5 miles to the Lookout.

Courtesy of USDA Forest Service

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