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SEELY CREEK GUARD STATION, UT

Photo: SEELY CREEK GUARD STATION
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 26 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Seely Creek Guard Station is located near the top of the Wasatch Plateau, within the Manti-La Sal National Forest in central Utah. The cabin was built in late-1907 or early-1908 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests enjoy year-round recreational activities, including hiking, off-roading, snowmobiling and skiing.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated in a beautiful wildflower-filled meadow, at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. Seely Creek flows along the edge of the meadow.

Skyline Drive runs along the top of the Wasatch Plateau for more than 60 miles, rewarding visitors with beautiful mountain scenery, glacial cirques, spruce-fir and aspen forests, numerous lakes and reservoirs. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are plentiful, and autumn leaves put on quite a show.

Due to the guard station's high elevation, guests should be prepared for all types of weather including snow or hail, especially after September.

Recreation:

Skyline Drive passes along the ridge line just above the cabin, providing great trail opportunities for off-road vehicles, mountain biking and hiking. In the winter, the surrounding area becomes a playground for snowmobile enthusiasts. Cross-country skiing, back country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities.

Horseback riding trails crisscross the area as well. A maximum of 20 horses is allowed at the guard station, though no horse facilities (corrals, hitching posts, etc) are present. The surrounding meadow can be used for picketing or hobbling.

Facilities:

Seely Guard Station can accommodate a maximum of 30 people, with six inside and 24 camped outside in a maximum of six vehicles (truck and trailer combination counts as one vehicle). The rustic guard station is spacious inside, with four single bunks without mattresses. Guests must bring their own linens, bedding and pillows.

The cabin is equipped with a table and chairs, a fireplace and wood stove. No water is available. A vault toilet is located approximately 50 feet behind the cabin and a campfire ring lies outside the fenced area on the north side.

Nearby Attractions:

John August Lake is less than three miles from the guard station, with fishing and scenic high alpine views. Pete's Hole and Soup Bowl are less than eight miles away, offering fishing and a hiking trail.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Solar Lights
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Scenic Drive
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
Know Before You Go
  • To obtain the key to the cabin, you must stop by one of the three Ranger District offices during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday); Ferron Ranger District: 115 West Canyon Road, Ferron, UT 84523; Sanpete Ranger District: 540 North Main Street, Ephraim, UT 84627; Price Ranger District: 599 W. Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501.
  • Keys must be returned to the office from which they were acquired between December and March; from April through November, they may be left in a drop box in the cabin (alternatives may be provided if requested in advance)
  • Access to the cabin may be very difficult during inclement weather; the last mile into the cabin is through a meadow that gets rather muddy and may require four-wheel drive and/or high clearance vehicles
  • Anytime after September, snow may make the cabin inaccessible to wheeled vehicles; snowmobile access is necessary after significant snow accumulation; call the Ferron Ranger District at (435) 384-2372 for current conditions
  • No water at the cabin; guests must bring their own lanterns, water and matches
  • Solar powered lighting is available
  • Firewood supplied from December through March only
  • This is a "pack it in, pack it out" site; please bring garbage bags and haul your trash out upon departure
  • Bring a snow shovel to access to the toilet in the winter
  • Forest Service will not guarantee enough feed/grass available for your horses, so bring your own; hay must be certified weed-free and removed upon departure
  • Livestock is not allowed within the fence surrounding the cabin
  • Water for horses is available in a creek 200 yards across the meadow, south of the cabin; water must be treated if used for human consumption
  • No pets allowed in the cabin
  • All Utah State OHV rules are enforced on the forest; call the OHV Hotline at (801) 538-7433 for more information; maps of the road and trail system may be obtained at the Ranger District
  • Click here for more information on the Manti-La Sal 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.31222, -111.42944
39°18'44"N, 111°25'46"W

From Orangeville, travel west on State Highway 29 to Joe's Valley Reservoir. At the reservoir, turn right and follow the road around to the other side. When you start heading away from the reservoir and toward the plateau, you'll pass Orange Olsen Administrative Site on the right and then a road on the left. Do not turn. Continue on Highway 29, which is now a dirt road, and continues to the top of the plateau. (Warning: The road here gets narrow and when wet, can be extremely slick. Travelers may want to wait for it to dry especially if pulling a trailer). From where the road turns to dirt, it's about 11 miles to the top. Just before you reach the top, look for Forest Road 050 and a sign on the left that says, "Seely Guard Station 2 miles." This will be within a quarter-mile of Skyline Drive (Forest Road 150). Take Forest Road 050 to the left and travel 1.25 miles to the cabin.

From Ephraim, head east on State Highway 29 along Ephraim Canyon. You'll pass the Forest Boundary about 3.5 miles from town. Stay on Highway 29, which is now a dirt road, all the way to the top of the plateau (approximately another 11.5 miles). When you reach Skyline Drive on the top of the plateau, turn right and at just over a tenth of a mile, take Forest Road 2326 to the left. Go down this two-track road for just under a mile, to the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SEELY CREEK GUARD STATION
115 West Canyon Road, P.O. Box 310
Ferron UT 84523

Phone Number:

Information: (435)384-2372