Vigilante Middle House

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This was once a guard station in the early 1920s. The Vigilante cabins were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1920s.  Forest Service employees still use the other buildings during the year. Only the middle house is available for public use. Drinking water and flush toilets  Available June through September. Open year round.  $50/night fee. 

• This is a 3 room cabin that sleeps 6. The cabin is equipped with a wood burning stove for heat. Firewood is available for use in the cabin stove only. It is also equipped with a refrigerator & lights. Flush toilet and potable water is available June through September.

• There is minimal cooking equipment provided.

• Renters must call the district office with their reservation number at 406-682-4253 during office hours for the lock combination. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Mountain Time) Mon-Fri, closed on weekends and Federal holidays.

• The outhouse is located approximately 100 feet east of the cabin.

• Bears frequent the area with mandatory food storage and refuse requirements in effect March 1 through December 1 annually. All food, garbage and animal carcasses must be properly stored and made unavailable to wildlife. Contact the Madison Ranger District for more details.

• Potential exposure to hantavirus due to presence of mice droppings in cabins.

• Rodenticide may be in use in cabin. Take appropriate precautions to avoid ingestion by children and pets.

• No garbage service provided. Please Pack it in, Pack it out.

• No cleaning service provided. Please clean the cabin before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided.

• Please replenish supply of split wood and kindling before leaving. Please do not chop wood on the porch.

• The Ruby River is located several hundred yards east of the cabin. Water should be properly treated for drinking or cooking.

• Livestock are not allowed at this site.


Located approximately 40 miles south of Sheridan, Montana, via the Rub River Road.  Four-wheel drive is not necessary to reach Vigilante, except during wet or snowy conditions.  About 30 miles of the drive is on a gravel road, which can be slippery when wet or snow-covered.  To purchase the SW Montana Interagency Visitor/Travel East Half Map, call the Madison Ranger District.

Courtesy of USDA Forest Service

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