COLD SPRINGS CABIN, OR

Cold Springs Guard Station, constructed in 1934, is a historic site tucked into the Ochoco National Forest. It served a special role as the switchboard station connecting phone calls between various fire lookouts and guard stations during the summer months, as well as housing for...
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Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the guard station is by combination lock; the combination code is included with confirmation letter
  • No RVs or camp trailers are allowed at this site
  • No domestic livestock allowed at this site
  • Smoking is prohibited inside cabin
  • Several old and fragile items, such as a map of Cold Springs, are left for visitor interest; please treat them with care
  • Visitors are expected to clean cabin before leaving
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire closures, road, weather or storms
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Ochoco National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.
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AREA COLD SPRINGS CABIN CABIN NONELECTRIC 8 0 Pull-Through
Pets Allowed - no
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Overview

Overview

Cold Springs Guard Station, constructed in 1934, is a historic site tucked into the Ochoco National Forest. It served a special role as the switchboard station connecting phone calls between various fire lookouts and guard stations during the summer months, as well as housing for the fire guard and his family. The current cabin replaced an earlier one that was destroyed by fire. Cold Springs Guard Station continued to be used by Forest Service employees into the 1990s, and remnants of its past can still be seen today.

This is the perfect destination for guests wanting the creature comforts of a home while in a rustic, natural setting. This cabin is can be reserved from mid-May through mid-October, and it accommodates up to eight people.

Natural Features:

Several bands of wild free-roaming horses live in the Ochoco National Forest. Visitors can learn more about these horses from a Forest Service interpretive sign on Forest Service Road 42 on the way to the cabin. Other wildlife in the area includes squirrels, chipmunks, antelope, deer, elk, geese, hawks, osprey, eagles, sandhill cranes and great horned owls.

Cold Spring Guard Station is located in an upland meadow near Big Summit Prairie, an area known for colorful wildflower displays that include wild parsley, bitterroot, cobalt blue meadow larkspur, Peck's mariposa lily and brilliant red Indian paintbrush. There are other plants that add beauty to this serene location, the most prominent being sagebrush and old-growth ponderosa pine. Quaking aspen mixes with the pines in the area surrounding the cabin.

Recreation:

Wildlife watching and wildflower viewing are the primary recreational activities in this area. Nearby activities include mountain biking, road biking, hiking, fishing and hunting. There is a horseshoe pit outside the cabin.

Facilities:

The multi-room cabin is comfortably equipped with two bathrooms, one featuring a tub and the other a shower, and both with flush toilets. The kitchen has a propane cook stove and a propane refrigerator, and is stocked with basic utensils and cleaning supplies. There are three bedrooms, complete with beds, and a living room. The heat and hot water are propane operated. The cabin has solar lights. Drinking water is available in the building. There is a picnic table and fire ring for outdoor dining and campfires.

This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility, so visitors are asked to bring garbage bags. Visitors should also bring bedding, towels, washcloths, detergent, flashlights, lanterns, extra batteries and a first aid kit. The nearest town to buy supplies is 45 minutes away.

Booking Window
Wed Sep 03 2014 - Mon Mar 02 2015

Reservations must be made 1 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 Thu May 22 2014 Tue Oct 14 2014
Peak Thu May 21 2015 Wed Oct 14 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Solar Lights
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
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 22 2014 -
Oct 14 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $90.00
Peak Season
May 21 2015 -
Oct 14 2015
CABIN NONELECTRIC $90.00

*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):
44.35667, -120.13167
44°21'24"N, 120°7'54"W

To reach Cold Springs, travel 16 miles east of Prineville on Highway 26. Turn right at the junction to Ochoco Ranger Station, County Road 23, and travel 9 miles to the junction of Forest Road (FSR) 22 and 42. Stay right on FSR 42 and proceed approximately 22 miles. Just after crossing the North Fork on the Crooked River, turn left on FSR 30 and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right at the sign to Cold Springs Guard Station.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

COLD SPRINGS CABIN

PRINEVILLE  OR  97754

Phone Number:

Project Office: (541)416-6500
Additional Information