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Public Facilities Notice

In support of efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and following guidance from local and state health authorities, American Prairie is taking a phased approach to open visitor facilities under modified operations. Learn more.


Current Facility Status:

We ask all visitors to travel and recreate responsibly this summer by complying with guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. Visitors must observe social distancing guidelines, and no gatherings larger than 10 are permitted.

  • Open for weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights)
  • 4-day vacancy window between groups
  • Guests must provide their own cookware, dishes and utensils
  • Huts may be booked by Montana residents who have not left the state in the previous 14 days, or residents of other states who have completed a 14-day quarantine in Montana as directed by Governor Bullock's emergency directive.

American Prairie Reserve’s hut system provides visitors with a base camp from which to explore the Reserve. In the tradition of other hut systems around the world these huts offer comfortable and affordable accommodations in spectacular settings. 

The Founders and John and Margaret Craighead huts are located on the PN property. Each hut consists of two 30-foot yurts connected with a hallway and can accommodate 9 people in 4 bunkrooms. Three rooms have 2 XL-twin beds, one room has a twin bunk and XL twin. The living yurt contains a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, a library, and interpretive displays. Solar panels power LED lighting, a refrigerator and an outlet for charging cell phones/camera batteries. A propane stove and solar air-conditioning unit provide heating and cooling in the living yurt. A third yurt contains a composting toilet and a changing area.
Guests bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, groceries, and supply of water for drinking, cooking, and washing dishes. Non-potable water is available at the ranch center (marked with an "i" on maps).
Similar to U.S. Forest Service rental cabins around the western United States, American Prairie Reserve’s huts are self-service facilities. We depend on users to take good care of these buildings and leave them clean for the next group.

For those who’d like a full-service option – including meals, sleeping bags, and guided tours – please contact our friends at Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures. Custom trips are available for groups of six or more. 

Rates and reservations:

$125 for entire hut
American Prairie Reserve supporters receive a 20% discount.

See photos of the huts. 

John and Margaret Craighead Hut
Set in a cottonwood grove near the banks of the Judith River, the John and Margaret Craighead Hut is an ideal base for visitors looking to bike, fish, or paddle on the Missouri and Judith rivers (note: the lower Judith contains cottonwood snags/strainers/portages and should only be attempted by competent paddlers). From April to October 19th it is possible to reach the hut via 4WD vehicle in dry conditions. From October 20th to December 1st the hut is accessed via a 1.25-mile walk, bike or ski.  The hut is closed from December to April (spring opening date is dependent on weather). All water must be packed in, drawn and treated from the Judith, or melted down from snow/ice (if available).

Founders Hut

Located high above the Missouri River valley, the Founders Hut has views of numerous Central Montana mountain ranges. Two track roads are ideal for hiking, biking, and winter cross-country skiing. From April to October 19th it is possible to reach the hut via 4WD vehicle in dry conditions. October 20th to November 3rd the hut is accessed by way of a 6.75-mile walk, bike or ski. The hut is closed from November 3rd to April. The spring opening date is dependent on snow melt and road conditions, stay tuned to this page or check the @apr_info twitter feed for updates.