Ibex Cabin - Clyde Park
Ibex Cabin is a cozy log cabin situated on the edge of a small meadow, in the foothills of the Crazy Mountains. Lodgepole Pine trees nestle close to the back of the cabin, while the front view looks out to Ibex Mountain (7,354 feet). The cabin was built in 1939 to house forest rangers for the Shields Ranger District. Although the cabin sits on National Forest Land, it is surrounded by three sections of private land. Evidence of past timber harvest and cattle grazing can be viewed from the front porch. The cabin is located at the end of a road that is drivable by high clearance vehicles in spring, summer, and fall months. During wet weather, 4-wheel drive and/or tire chains may be necessary. During the winter months, access to the cabin is limited to over snow travel (snowmobiling, skiing). The elevation of the cabin is 6,600 feet.
This is a rustic log cabin with no indoor plumbing or running water. An outhouse toilet is located nearby. The cabin is a log building (16 by 17 feet) with a front porch. The cabin contains two bunk beds, a table and chairs, a propane lantern and a wood stove for heating. This cabin has a capacity for 4 people; additional people are not allowed to camp outside or sleep on the floor or porch. A limited supply of firewood is provided. There is no drinking water available, so you must bring your own water.
No bedding is provided. Remember to bring food, drinking water, flashlights, propane fuel for lantern, toilet paper, soap, matches, newspaper to start fire, and other miscellaneous camping gear.
It is the cabin renter's responsibility to call the Livingston Ranger District (406)222-1892 for the current combination 7 days prior to reservation date. Combination lock is on the back door of cabin. Combinations are changed at unscheduled intervals.
To reach Ibex Cabin take US Highway 89 north from Livingston, MT. Proceed 1/2 miles north of Clyde Park on Highway 89. Turn right onto Cottonwood Road. Follow Cottonwood road approximately 7 miles to the intersection of Upper Cottonwood Bench Road and Lower Cottonwood Bench Road. Turn left on Upper Cottonwood Bench Road. Take the next right continuing on Upper Cottonwood Bench Road. Continue approximately 4.5 miles to a Y and bear left following signs to Ibex Cabin another 2.5 miles. In the winter, park at the winter parking area at the intersection of Briggs Lane and Upper Cottonwood Bench Road - approximately 9 miles from US Highway 89. Ski, snowshoe or snowmobile the remaining 5 miles to the cabin. CAUTION: The Cottonwood area is extrememly wind blown during the winter months. Roads drift in with snow quickly during high winds and may not be plowed for 24-48 hours.