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Overview of Vigilante Cabin Campground

Vigilante Cabin Campground, situated within the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a rustic outdoor experience in one of the largest national forests in the United States. This campground gives campers access to breathtaking mountain scenery, various wildlife habitats, and a multitude of recreational opportunities.

Camping and Facilities


  • The campground provides basic amenities which usually include fire pits, picnic tables, and toilets. Details should be confirmed by contacting the local ranger district for the most recent information.
  • Drinking water might not be available at the campground, so visitors need to bring their own water supply or have means to purify water from natural sources.
  • The Vigilante Cabin is a historic structure and provides a different experience compared to typical campground sites, but the amenities inside the cabin can vary.


  • Visitors to Vigilante Cabin Campground can expect primitive camping experiences. The available sites may be more suitable for tents rather than RVs due to the natural terrain and access roads.
  • If staying at the Vigilante Cabin, it typically offers a sheltered place to sleep and may include beds or bunks, though again, details should be verified before arrival.

Access and Location

Getting There:

  • Access to the campground can involve gravel and dirt roads, potentially necessitating vehicles equipped to handle such conditions.
  • It is important to have detailed driving directions as GPS devices may not be reliable in such remote areas. Directions can be obtained from the local ranger district.

Address: The exact location of Vigilante Cabin Campground can be found with the help of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service. Before heading out, it's advised to have a map or detailed directions.

Recreational Activities

Outdoor Activities: Campers at Vigilante Cabin Campground can engage in numerous activities including:

  • Hiking: Numerous trails offer a range of hiking experiences from short day hikes to more extensive backpacking trips.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to diverse wildlife, offering opportunities for viewing and photography.
  • Fishing: Streams and lakes in the area may provide opportunities for fishing, but always check local regulations and obtain necessary permits.
  • Hunting: During specific seasons, with the proper licenses and adherence to regulations, hunting is a popular activity.

Seasonality and Weather:

  • The campground and cabin are typically available year-round, but access and amenities may vary by season. Heavy snowfall can make access difficult or impossible during winter, and access roads may not be maintained for snow removal.
  • Weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Campers should always be prepared for a range of temperatures and weather events.

Reservations and Regulations


  • Reservations for the Vigilante Cabin often need to be made in advance, which can typically be done through recreation.gov or by contacting the Forest Service directly.
  • Campsites may be first-come, first-served or reservable, so it's crucial to verify the current policy before arriving.


  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  • Campfires may be permitted in designated areas, but check for any current fire restrictions.
  • Pets are often allowed but need to be controlled and in some areas may need to be leashed.
  • Observe all rules and regulations regarding food storage and wildlife safety.

Safety and Considerations

  • Always inform someone of your camping plans, including your expected return.
  • Bring appropriate gear for weather conditions, including warm clothing and rain gear.
  • Be aware of the signs of wildlife, and know how to safely store food and dispose of waste.
  • Emergency services may be far away, so carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.

For the most current information, including regulations, reservations, and seasonal accessibility, contact the local ranger district office or visit the official website of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest before planning your trip.

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