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Release Date: 02/20/13
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Dillon BLM Makes Changes to Reservation System for Popular Cabin

DILLON (Feb. 19, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office will begin a new reservation system for one of its popular rental cabins for a limited time starting on March 1.

Due to the increasing use, popularity and demand for Axolotl Cabin, users will be required to make reservations by leaving a voice message at (406) 683-8053 from March 1-15.  After March 15, the public may make reservations by calling (406) 683-8000 during business hours, or by visiting the Dillon Field Office at 1005 Selway Drive.

Axolotl Cabin is located 14 miles southwest of Ennis in the foothills of the Gravelly Range—a  picturesque land of small lakes, grasslands, meadows, and forests which offer excellent opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting and wildlife viewing.

Starting March 1, those callers who dial (406) 683-8053 will reach a voice message system that provides further instructions on how to make a reservation.  Users will be requested to leave their name, contact information and the dates they would like to reserve the cabin.  They should state their preferred dates and alternative dates in their message.  Each caller will be limited to two weekend nights and seven nights per call, and no more than seven nights in any 30-day period.  Reservations will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

A BLM representative will return the call to confirm the reservation, gather the remaining information needed and answer any additional questions.  This system will only be in place for two weeks (March 1–15).  After these two weeks, reservations may be made by calling (406) 683-8000 during business hours, or by visiting the Dillon Field Office in person.  No walk-in or direct phone reservations will be taken until after March 15.  Phone reservations may be made starting at 8 a.m. on March 1 and messages can be left any time thereafter, including non-business hours.  Calls made prior to 8 a.m. on March 1 will not be included in the reservation system.

The rental fee is $50 per night.  Permits for the cabin are issued to anyone 18 years or older and are good until 2 p.m. the day following the last night of stay.  Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card.

The cabin sleeps a maximum of seven people on a queen bed, queen-size fold-out futon, and three bunks.  Bedding is not provided.  The cabin is equipped with a propane stove/oven, lights, small refrigerator, wood cook stove, fireplace, vault toilet, barbecue grill, and basic cooking and eating utensils.  Non-potable water is available from an outdoor year-round hydrant.  Firewood and propane are provided.  Guests should bring their own drinking water with them to the cabin.

Access to the cabin includes six miles of primitive road and requires a high-clearance vehicle.  Parking is available at the cabin for up to three vehicles.  Overflow parking is available at the gate approximately a quarter-mile from the cabin.  Motorized access is not always possible so visitors should be prepared to reach the cabin on foot.

Two small corrals are provided near the cabin and can accommodate four horses.  Users are required to bring their own certified weed-free feed.  Grazing is not allowed.

For more information, contact Chris McGrath, Outdoor Recreation Planner in Ennis, at (406) 682-4082 or

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, Montana 59725  

Last updated: 02-20-2013