10) Montana’s Thompson Guard Station

Best For: Groups

Helena National Forest     Photo: Eva Vincent on Flickr

The Thompson Guard Station, which was reportedly built in the ‘50s by the Civilian Conservation Corp is one of a handful of cabins that the forest service rents out in the Helena National Forest. The cabin bunks eight and has a wood stove for cooking. You can get within a half a mile of the cabin by car—making a warm-up mandatory. The riding extends out from the hut to a series of small lakes at the four-mile mark. The riding is mellow, mainly double track and horse trails, but there are plenty of options to appease a group with a wide range of abilities. We recommend the 17-mile ride down a relaxed gravel road to White Sulphur Springs, where there are indeed hot springs.

When to go: Early July before things get too hot and dusty.
Cost: $30/person: fs.fed.us

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