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Your Guide to Windy Pass Cabin Campground in Custer Gallatin National Forest

Overview: Windy Pass Cabin Campground is located in the beautiful and expansive Custer Gallatin National Forest, which spreads across Montana and South Dakota. The forest is known for its stunning mountain scenery, clear alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife. Windy Pass Cabin offers outdoor enthusiasts a rustic camping experience with the chance to enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, and numerous other outdoor activities.


Directions: Windy Pass Cabin is situated in the mountainous terrain of southwestern Montana. To get there, visitors typically need to follow Forest Service roads that may require a vehicle with high clearance and possibly four-wheel drive, especially during inclement weather. Detailed directions should be obtained from the local Forest Service office as road conditions and routes can change due to weather and seasonal closures.

Amenities and Facilities:

Cabin Features:

  • The cabin usually contains basic amenities such as beds or bunks, a table with chairs, and possibly a wood stove for heating.
  • Cooking facilities might include a simple stove or fire ring. Remember that you often need to bring your own cookware and utensils.
  • Lighting is typically non-existent or minimal, so pack lanterns or flashlights.

Note: Water, electricity, and indoor plumbing are generally not provided at these types of cabins. Visitors must be prepared to bring water or purify water from nearby sources, and use outdoor toilet facilities.

Reservations and Occupancy:


  • Reservations for Windy Pass Cabin are often required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by contacting the Custer Gallatin National Forest office.
  • Reservations are typically made on a first-come, first-served basis and there is usually a limit to the number of nights you can stay.


  • Fees for staying at the cabin vary by season and demand. Check the current pricing when making a reservation.



  • Hiking: Access to numerous trails ranging from easy to challenging.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Look for local fauna such as elk, deer, and various bird species.
  • Fishing: Streams and lakes in the vicinity may offer trout fishing opportunities.


  • Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing: The surrounding area is popular for winter sports.
  • Snowmobiling: Some trails may be open for snowmobiling, depending on regulations.

Please Note: Motorized vehicle use is often restricted in wilderness areas to protect the environment and the experience of other visitors.

Safety and Regulations:

Wildlife Precautions:

  • Proper food storage is crucial to deter wildlife, particularly bears.
  • Be aware of the presence of predators and learn how to minimize encounters.

Leave No Trace:

  • Pack out what you pack in, leaving the campground as you found it.
  • Follow the seven Leave No Trace principles to reduce your impact on the natural environment.

Campfire Guidelines:

  • Observe any fire restrictions, and if fires are allowed, use designated fire rings.
  • Make sure all fires are completely extinguished before leaving or going to sleep.

Weather Awareness:

  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and have appropriate gear for heat, cold, rain, or snow.

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Cell service may be spotty or non-existent, so plan accordingly.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency contacts and procedures.

By respecting these guidelines, you can help ensure Windy Pass Cabin Campground remains a pristine and enjoyable destination for all visitors. Always check with the Custer Gallatin National Forest for the most current information before planning your trip.

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