TROUT CREEK GUARD STATION, UT

Trout Creek Guard Station is located in the Trout Creek area, approximately 21 miles west of U.S. Highway 191 near Vernal, in eastern Utah. It is part of the beautiful Ashley National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the complex in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt...
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  • A maximum of 12 people is allowed within the guard station complex per reservation
  • Trout Creek Guard Station is secured with a combination lock, which is provided upon reservation; call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three days prior to your reservation to confirm combination
  • Wheeled vehicle traffic is allowed access to Trout Creek Guard Station from approximately May 16 to Dec. 19; snowmobile, cross-country ski or snowshoe travel is required from approximately Dec. 20 to May 15
  • Level parking is provided for a maximum of two RVs or camp trailers; no hookups are available
  • No trash collection is provided; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map
  • Click here for more information on the Ashley National Forest, or call (435) 789-1181
  • 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.
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Overview

Overview

Trout Creek Guard Station is located in the Trout Creek area, approximately 21 miles west of U.S. Highway 191 near Vernal, in eastern Utah. It is part of the beautiful Ashley National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the complex in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal instituted during the Great Depression. It was a residence for rangers who patrolled the forest on horseback prior to the age of modern vehicles.

The Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District has chosen to rent this guard station to the public so guests can enjoy a primitive experience similar to that of the first rangers. The cabin is open for reservations all months of the year except November, April and May.

Natural Features:

The charming red cabin sits at the edge of a meadow, just above Trout Creek. A scenic forest of pines and aspens surrounds the expansive meadow. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant.

Recreation:

In summer months, numerous hiking, biking and off-road trails crisscross the area. In winter months, endless snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are right out the door.

Facilities:

The cabin can sleep four people on two, twin-sized bunk beds. No linens, bedding or pillows are provided. Up to eight additional guests can camp outside within the complex.

The kitchen contains basic amenities including a sink, propane stove and oven, refrigerator, table and four chairs. A basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes and utensils is provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own. The cabin has a wood stove inside for heat, and a campfire ring with a grill is outside. A vault toilet is provided outside the cabin.

From approximately Sept. 26 to March 31, most amenities are shut off, including the refrigerator. The operable amenities during this time are an outdoor vault toilet, propane stove for cooking and a wood-burning stove for heat.

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Nearby Attractions:

Numerous scenic driving routes on maintained dirt roads crisscross the area, providing miles of trails for off-road enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers. Trails lead to Oaks Park, East Park and Long Park Reservoirs, as well as smaller lakes, overlooks, forests, meadows and historic sites.

Booking Window
Tue Apr 29 2014 - Sat Oct 25 2014

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 Sun Jun 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Peak Mon Dec 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mattress(es)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Stove
  • RV Parking
  • Showers
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowmobiling
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
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 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $35.00
Peak Season
Dec 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
CABIN NONELECTRIC $35.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
CABIN NONELECTRIC $35.00

*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):
40.75472, -109.67417
40°45'17"N, 109°40'27"W

Follow the mileage indications below and look for signs on the ground when traveling to Trout Creek Guard Station. Leave with plenty of time to arrive at the guard station before dark.

From Vernal, travel north on U.S. Highway 191/Vernal Avenue for approximately 20 miles. Turn left (west) on Forest Road 020/018; a paved parking lot with a restroom is located at this intersection. Follow paved Forest Road 020 northwest approximately 9 miles. The pavement ends and the road turns to gravel after the East Park Campground junction. Continue on gravel Forest Road 020 (locally called White Cloud Loop after pavement ends) approximately 10 miles. Trout Creek Park will be in the foreground and Trout Creek Guard Station will be visible to the northwest. Turn right (north) to Trout Creek Guard Station (red building). If you reach the intersection with Forest Road 018 (Red Cloud Loop), you have gone too far.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

TROUT CREEK GUARD STATION
355 N Vernal Ave
VERNAL UT 84078

Phone Number:

Information: (435)789-1181
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