AQUARIUS RANGER STATION, UT

Aquarius Ranger Station is located about 15 miles south of Loa, in eastern Utah. It sits on the west side of beautiful Boulder Mountain, which makes up half of the expansive Aquarius Plateau. The station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and was used by generations...
Status: Open through Mon Oct 20 2014   Season Dates

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  • Absolutely no pets allowed in the Ranger Station.
  • Same day reservations are allowed
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • No electricity
  • No saddle, draft or pack animals are allowed within the site
  • No RV hookups at this site; the nearest dump station is in Torrey, Utah
  • Click here for more information on the Fishlake National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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AQRS CABIN NONELECTRIC 20 30
Pets Allowed - no
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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Overview

Overview

Aquarius Ranger Station is located about 15 miles south of Loa, in eastern Utah. It sits on the west side of beautiful Boulder Mountain, which makes up half of the expansive Aquarius Plateau. The station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and was used by generations of Forest Service employees working in the surrounding back country.

Recreational activities abound in the surrounding area. Guests enjoy fishing in many lakes on Boulder Top, and exploring local trails.

Natural Features:

The ranger station is situated at the edge of a meadow lined with aspens and mixed conifers, at an elevation of 8,700 feet. Grasses, sagebrush and summer wildflowers fill the meadow. From the front porch, guests are awarded scenic views of surrounding area. Summer days are warm and nights are cool.

Boulder Mountain rises to an elevation of 11,317 feet. Capitol Reef National Park lies on its eastern edge. Boulder is comprised of over 50,000 acres of rolling pine, spruce and aspen forests on its slopes and broad, lake-studded meadows on its top.

Recreation:

Pine Creek Reservoir is less than a mile from the ranger station. This small lake covers three acres, and offers fishing for brook trout. Cook Lake, Miller Lake and numerous additional fishing lakes are scattered across Boulder Top.

Many hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails meander through the surrounding area. The Great Western Trail spans nearly 4,500 miles through five states, and runs alongside the station. Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and off-road enthusiasts love this spectacular trail.

Big game hunting for black bear, mule deer, elk, grouse and antelope is also a popular activity.

Facilities:

The Aquarius Ranger Station Complex can accommodate a maximum of 20 people, with four inside and 16 camped outside in tents or RVs. The rustic two-room cabin sleeps four people comfortably on one double bed and one set of bunk beds. No linens or bedding are provided. Two or three RVs and several tents are allowed outside.

The cabin is equipped with a table and chairs, a wood stove and propane appliances including a cook stove and oven, refrigerator and hot water heater. Some pots and pans, dishes and utensils are provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own.

A vault toilet is located adjacent to the cabin, as is a campfire circle and several picnic tables. Potable water is available inside the cabin and at a hydrant outside. Solar lighting is available inside the cabin.

Please note: pets are not allowed inside the Ranger Station.

No smoking in the Ranger Station.

Booking Window
Sun Aug 31 2014 - Sat Feb 28 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Mon Sep 01 2014
Non Peak Tue Sep 02 2014 Mon Oct 20 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Aug 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Grills
  • Mattress(es)
  • Parking Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1000 Feet
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Trails
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Sep 01 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00
Non Peak Season
Sep 02 2014 -
Oct 20 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Aug 31 2015
CABIN NONELECTRIC $30.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.19528, -111.57611
38°11'43"N, 111°34'34"W

From Loa, travel directly south on the paved county road for about 2 miles. From that point, turn south on Forest Road 154 and travel about 8 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 178 and travel about 5 miles, then turn left onto the Aquarius Ranger Station Road and travel approximately a quarter-mile to the cabin.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

AQUARIUS RANGER STATION
P.O BOX 129 138 SOUTH MAIN ST
LOA  UT  84747

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)836-2811
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