The historic Silesca Cabin, once used as a ranger station, is a semi-rustic dwelling with comfortable modern conveniences like electricity, a shower and refrigerator. Located 40 minutes southwest of the city of Montrose, the cabin is set back 100 feet from the main road, providing...
Status: Open through Wed Oct 29 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Entry is by combination lock; contact the ranger district at (970) 240-5300 for combination prior to arrival
  • Cabin does not meet current established accessibility standards
  • No drinking water available; guests must bring their own supply
  • Collection of firewood is prohibited
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving
  • No discharge of firearms within 150 yards of cabin
  • No smoking allowed
  • No pets allowed
  • Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • 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
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The historic Silesca Cabin, once used as a ranger station, is a semi-rustic dwelling with comfortable modern conveniences like electricity, a shower and refrigerator. Located 40 minutes southwest of the city of Montrose, the cabin is set back 100 feet from the main road, providing easy access with some privacy.

The cabin is accessible in the summer and fall by passenger vehicle, when the road is dry. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended when the road is wet.

Natural Features:

The cabin is perched in a meadow surrounded by spruce and aspen trees at an elevation of 9,200 feet. The meadow is along the Uncompahgre Plateau, bordered on the east by the wide valleys of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers, and on the west by the narrow gorges of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers.


Hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicle riding, horseback riding, hunting and wildlife viewing are all available in the vicinity. Silesca Pond is a short walk north of the cabin.


The rustic cabin accommodates up to six guests. Electricity and non-potable running water are included and a small barn is available for short-term storage of off-road vehicles, bicycles and similar equipment.

Amenities include three bedrooms with six twin beds, a bathroom with a shower and flush toilet, an electric stove, refrigerator and a wood stove. Limited cooking utensils, dishes and cleaning supplies are provided. A campfire ring and picnic table are located outside.

No drinking water is available. Items to bring include food, bedding, warm clothing, toilet paper, flashlights, towels, dish soap and toiletries. Click here for more cabin details.

Booking Window
Fri Oct 24 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Silesca Cabin is available for rent from mid-June through October. Before and after this period, the cabin is often inaccessible due to snow or poor road conditions.

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jun 11 2014 Wed Oct 29 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Electric Hookups
  • Electric Stove
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Star Gazing
  • Trailheads
  • 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:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

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
Jun 11 2014 -
Oct 29 2014

*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):
38.33278, -108.12528
38°19'58"N, 108°7'31"W

Follow Highway 90 southwest from Montrose. Watch for signs as the highway makes several turns as it weaves its way out of town. The pavement ends where the road begins to climb out of the Uncompahgre River Valley and enters lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. In 20 miles, it enters the Uncompahgre National Forest. Silesca Cabin is about a half-mile further on the left side of the road.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

2505 South Townsend Avenue
Montrose  CO  81401

Phone Number:

Information:  (970) 240-5300
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