The John and Margaret Craighead Hut

The John and Margaret Craighead Hut is one of the Myers Family Huts. Located on the PN and set in a cottonwood grove near the banks of the Judith River, it is an ideal base for visitors looking to bike, fish, or paddle on the Missouri and Judith Rivers. The hut comprises three yurts connected by enclosed hallways, offering visitors a living space, sleeping space, and bathroom/changing area. Four bunkrooms can accommodate nine people. Other features include a kitchen, dining area, a library, and interpretive displays. Solar panels power utilities, which include a refrigerator and heating/cooling unit.

The 2023 season is April 5 – December 3. The John and Margaret Craighead Hut is a self-service facility accessible with a high clearance AWD/4WD vehicle in dry conditions from April 5 – October 19. From October 20 – December 3, the hut is accessible via a 1.25-mile walk/bike/ski. Reservations are required and must be made online.

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  • Four bunkrooms (sleeps nine)
    • Room 1: 2 XL twin beds
    • Room 2: 2 XL twin beds
    • Room 3: 2 XL twin beds
    • Room 4: 1 Twin Bunkbed, 1 XL Twin Bed
  • Kitchen
    • Solar-powered box refrigerator
    • Propane oven and stove top
    • Dish basin
  • Dining area
  • Propane heating stove (in kitchen/dining area only)
  • Solar-powered outlet for charging small electronics (outlet will NOT charge anything larger than a cell phone)
  • Composting Toilet


$165 per night for the entire hut.

Rates do not include lodging tax and nonrefundable processing fees. Maximum stay is 7 days.

Donor Rate: Current American Prairie donors receive a 20% discount code on donation receipts. Apply the supporter code when entering your dates in the booking portal. Please note that we cannot refund the 20% after a reservation has been made.

Cancellation Policy: Canceled reservations are refundable 14 or more days prior to start date. Reservations that are canceled due to weather and/or road conditions are refundable up to the start date. Email to cancel and request a refund. Refunds are processed within 30 days.

Hunting: Hut reservations do NOT include hunting reservations. Refer to hunting guidelines for information on hunting dates.

You can use this link here to download our visitor facilities PDF for viewing or printing on your home printer.

You can use this link here to download a property-specific PDF for viewing or printing on your home printer.

The John and Margaret Craighead Hut is located on the PN property near the Judith Landing campground– approximately 25 miles north of Winifred and 40 miles south of Big Sandy.

To get to the John and Margaret Craighead Hut, navigate to the vicinity of Judith Landing and then follow the marked route.

More details will be provided in your reservation confirmation email. Visit the maps page for more resources and familiarize yourself with the safety considerations prior to your trip.

Check-in is 4 p.m. and check-out is 10 a.m.

Door code will be sent via email. Guests are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. A cleaning checklist will be provided. Huts are not cleaned between stays.


  • Water
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Cleaning supplies. For example, sponge/paper towels/soap
  • Trash bags
  • Bedding and/or sleeping bags
  • Flashlight
  • Bear spray


  • Backup battery supply (The solar powered outlet will not support electronics bigger than a cell phone)
  • Firewood (Obey posted fire restrictions)
  • NOTE: The kitchen is NOT fully equipped and guests should bring items specific to their cooking needs. For example, a kettle and supplies to make coffee or tea.

Visitors should also check the general packing list and safety considerations to prepare for their trip.

  1. No generator use permitted.
  2. No shooting within ¼ mile of the huts.
  3. Leave the hut clean for the next users.
  4. Do not hang or clean game from hut infrastructure.
  5. No fireworks.
  6. Obey posted fire restrictions.
  7. No pets on furniture.

The Myers Family Huts – comprised of  The John and Margaret Craighead Hut, Lewis and Clark Hut, and Founders Hut – are located on the historic PN property. The Myers Family Huts were established with an inaugural gift from Gib and Susan Myers in 2016. Gib and Susan have served as Board Directors for American Prairie since our founding, with Gib serving as Board Chair for the first decade. Together, Gib and Susan have made significant contributions that inspire others to fall in love with the prairie, including their leadership gift to establish American Prairie’s network of visitor huts. To recognize Gib and Susan’s investment and commitment, we are thrilled to name the hut system in their honor.

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