GRIZZLY CREEK GUARD STATION, CO

At an elevation of 8,500 feet, Grizzly Creek Guard Station is located between Walden and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, offering guests an unique lodging opportunity in the Routt National Forest. The area around the guard station offers a chance to view abundant wildlife and experience...
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  • Water not available at this facility
  • In winter, the road to the guard station is not always passable as a result of heavy and drifting snow; the road is often unplowed within 3 miles of the cabin, making it accessible by snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes only
  • Access to the cabin is by a combination lock; please call the Parks Ranger District at (970) 723-8204 prior to your stay to get the access combination for the cabin (Forest Service office is not open evenings, weekends or federal holidays)
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Pets are not allowed at this facility
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Please clean cabin upon departure
  • Make sure cabin is locked upon departure
  • Drink plenty of water before arrival and during your stay to avoid altitude sickness
  • Learn more about Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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Overview

Overview

At an elevation of 8,500 feet, Grizzly Creek Guard Station is located between Walden and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, offering guests an unique lodging opportunity in the Routt National Forest. The area around the guard station offers a chance to view abundant wildlife and experience a variety of recreational opportunities year-round.

The guard station is accessible by passenger vehicle when there is no snow; however, high clearance vehicles are recommended in the spring and fall. Access to the cabin in winter is only available by snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes. The cabin offers some creature comforts, but guests should be prepared to bring some of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in an open area among grassland and sagebrush, with nearby aspen groves and lodgepole pine forests.

The Mount Zirkel Wilderness lies east of the guard station. The wilderness was one of the original areas protected under the 1964 Wilderness Act and has since been expanded twice to its present size of 160,648 acres. The area boasts ecosystems ranging from sagebrush meadows in the lower areas, through pine and spruce/fir forests, to alpine tundra at high elevations.

Elk, deer, moose and other wildlife are often seen in meadows adjacent to the cabin, and cattle frequently pass by the area as well.

Recreation:

In summer, hiking and fishing can be found within the vicinity. Trailheads leading to hiking and horseback riding trails are an easy drive from the guard station. Designated areas for off-road vehicles are also near the cabin.

In winter, the area is blanketed by snow for wintertime play. Cross-country skiers and snowmobile traffic often pass by the guard station during daylight hours.

Facilities:

The historic two-room cabin sleeps five on bunkbeds with mattresses. The cabin has a heater, range and refrigerator powered by propane. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, cooking utensils, pots and pans. An accessible outhouse with pit toilet is also on-site.

Water, electricity, indoor plumbing and trash collection are not available. Water must be hauled from a campground approximately three miles away during the summer. In the winter, guests must provide their own supply of water for cooking, cleaning and washing.

Guests must bring their own food, sleeping bags, lanterns or flashlights, pillows, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. All trash and food should be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Booking Window
Fri Sep 05 2014 - Sun Mar 01 2015

Reservations must be made 4 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 Mon Sep 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Historic Sites
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
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
Sep 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $55.00

*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):
40.55694, -106.58722
40°33'25"N, 106°35'14"W

From Walden, take Highway 14 west for approximately 11 miles to Hebron. Turn right on County Road 24, driving west. Follow County Road 24 as it forks left and then right at intersections with County Roads 1 and 5. After approximately 10 miles, the road becomes Forest Service Road 60 and you arrive at the Grizzly Creek Guard Station.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

GRIZZLY CREEK GUARD STATION
PO BOX 158
WALDEN  CO  80480

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)723-2700
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