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Established Camping

Lupine Shelter


USDA Forest Service

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest


Lupine Shelter is a picnicking facility open year-round, however it is most heavily visited during the winter, when it is used by snowmobilers as a warming hut. It is an excellent location to have a picnic or a family gathering any time of year.


In winter, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities in the snow-covered meadow surrounding the shelter. During the spring, summer and fall, a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails can be found in the area.


The day-use shelter boasts a beautiful large rock fireplace, lots of window and two tables with chairs inside. Guests are encouraged to clean up after themselves with the provided broom and dust pan. Additional picnic tables are available outside the shelter. Accessible vault toilets are provided. No drinking water is available, nor is trash collection.

Natural Features

The shelter was built in the early 1990s, as a replica of a Civilian Conservation Corps-style building. It is situated in a grassy meadow surrounded by a forest of mature pine trees at an elevation of 7,600 feet. In spring and early summer, vivid wildflowers color the meadow. A variety of birds and wildlife make their home in the area.

Nearby Attractions

The closest town is Wise River, Montana, which is about 25 miles north of the picnic area.

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Lupine Shelter is located in Montana

Detail location of campground


From Wise River, Montana, take the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway approximately 25 miles south.


PO BOX 100
Wise river, MT 59762


45.5022222 N
113.1011111 W

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