Attention: Eight Mile Guard Station will be closed from 10/22/2013 - 05/31/2014 for repairs.

EIGHT MILE GUARD STATION, ID

Eight Mile Guard Station is a short drive from Soda Springs, Idaho. It was established as early as 1908. Several buildings have appeared on this site, although most were replaced or relocated. The current cabin was built in 1962. The guard station only accessible by snowmobile in...
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  • Please call the district office at (208) 847-0375 four days prior to arrival to confirm the security combination
  • Indoor plumbing may be available from 6/1 to 9/15; guests must supply their own water before and after these dates
  • Lighting instructions are posted in the cabin; please read and follow them carefully before lighting any appliance
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
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EIGHT MILE GUARD STATION CABIN NONELECTRIC 15 0
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

Eight Mile Guard Station is a short drive from Soda Springs, Idaho. It was established as early as 1908. Several buildings have appeared on this site, although most were replaced or relocated. The current cabin was built in 1962.

The guard station only accessible by snowmobile in winter, and guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety. Many conveniences are provided, especially in the warmer months, but additional supplies and gear may be needed to ensure a comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in a meadow at an elevation of 6,000 feet, surrounded by stands of tall conifer trees. Eightmile Creek meanders nearby. The rugged limestone and dolomite peaks of the Bear River Range stretch out around the cabin.

Visitors enjoy viewing summer wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Large populations of deer, elk and moose inhabit this rugged backcountry. Pikas and marmots are sometimes seen, and beavers make their home around mountain streams.

Recreation:

Hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts can all find trails nearby (Idaho OHV safety message). The winter months attract snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.

Anglers can fish in Eightmile Creek. This is also a popular area for hunting game and game birds.

Facilities:

The guard station has a maximum capacity of 15 people.The cabin can sleep eight people on the four bunk beds provided; there are no mattresses. Renters will need to provide sleeping pads and bedding. The cabin contains an indoor bathroom with a seasonally available flush toilet and shower. A large kitchen is equipped with a dining area and propane cook stove. The living room has a propane heater. Propane is provided for the lights, cook stove and heater.

An outhouse with vault toilet is just behind the cabin. There is also a campfire circle with benches.

Water is not guaranteed, and there is no electricity. Guests should come prepared with their own water supply. Bedding, cookware, kitchen utensils and emergency supplies are not provided.

Guests are expected to clean the cabin and pack out their trash upon departure. Garbage bags and cleaning supplies are not available.

Nearby Attractions:

Soda Springs attracts visitors for its variety of parks and historical landmarks. Visitors can see covered wagon ruts left in the soil from pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail, as well as explore Formation Springs and Cave. There's also a museum, a golf course and several places to shop and dine.

Booking Window
Thu Apr 24 2014 - Thu Oct 23 2014

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 Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cot(s)
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • 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
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $50.00

*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):
42.53194, -111.57583
42°31'55"N, 111°34'33"W

Eight Mile Guard Station is located 11 miles southwest of Soda Springs. Head east on Main Street in Soda Springs. Turn right onto South 3rd Street E for 1 mile. Continue onto Bailey Creek 8 Mile Road for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto 8 Mile Road for half a mile. Continue onto Nounan Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Road 425/8 Mile Canyon Road/8 Mile Creek Road. Eight Mile Guard Station will be on the right in about 3.7 miles.

Maps are available upon request at the district office.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

EIGHT MILE GUARD STATION
322 N. 4TH STREET
MONTPELIER ID 83254

Phone Number:

Information: (208)847-0375
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