Diamond Butte Lookout

2378 US Highway 212
Ashland, MT
Diamond Butte Lookout is perched atop a 30-foot masonry tower to take in the view of the surrounding country side. The lookout is furnished with a table, chair and three beds with mattresses. There is NO Electricity and NO water. There is a propane cook stove with an oven, propane refrigerator, propane lights, propane heater and a few cooking and eating utensils. There is also a broom and mop with a bucket. The Forest Service does not provide cleaning services or garbage removal for this lookout. Cleaning and trash removal is each renter's responsibility and your efforts are appreciated in keeping the lookout clean for the next user. You will not be able to park directly next to the lookout. You will need to hike two hundred feet up a steep hill to reach the lookout. There is a wagon in the basement of the lookout to help you in getting your gear from the gate to the top of the hill. Parking and a vault toilet are located at the gate two hundred feet below the lookout.


From Ashland Montana travel east on State Highway 212 for approximately 3 miles. Turn south onto Otter Creek Road and travel 20 miles. Just past the Fort Howes Work Center turn east onto Taylor Creek Road and travel 12 miles to Sonnette Divide Road. Turn north onto the Sonnette Divide Road for 2 miles then turn east on the Diamond Butte Lookout Road, travel 1 mile to the lookout.1