Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry cabins are the lifeblood of the vital work of backcountry rangers. The 38 backcountry cabins serve as home base to rangers on patrols in remote areas of the park as well as trail crews and park biologists conducting studies.
But Yellowstone’s elements are not kind to these historic structures. Approximately half of the cabins need significant repair work. The remaining cabins need regular maintenance to keep them preserved. One cabin, Lower Blacktail cabin, was swept away in the historic flood event in June 2022.
Yellowstone Forever is helping fund this important work starting with the rehabilitation of the Nez Perce cabin. Built in 1944, the Nez Perce cabin sits one mile east of the Grand Loop Road north of the Mary Mountain Trail. The Nez Perce cabin has extensive damage from decades of use, woodpeckers, snow-load, and general age.
Investing in Historic Structures
Superintendent Cam Sholly’s strategic priorities include improving the condition of historic structures in the park. The project will stop further deterioration of the Nez Perce cabin and preserve the historic structure that ties visitors and employees of the future to Yellowstone’s past.
One of the goals of this project is to continue to partner with Arch Ventures to complete portions of this work. For almost two decades, backcountry rangers have worked with Arch Ventures to complete work projects associated with backcountry and other operations in Yellowstone. This project will continue that partnership and strengthen our relationship with veteran volunteer groups.