Cold Springs Guard Station


Cold Springs Guard StationCold Springs Guard Station is the perfect destination for visitors wanting the creature comforts of a home while in a rustic, natural setting. The multi-room cabin is comfortably equipped with two bathrooms, one featuring a tub and the other a shower, and both sporting flush toilets. The kitchen has a propane cook stove and a propane refrigerator, and is stocked with basic utensils and cleaning supplies. There are three bedrooms, complete with beds, and a living room. The lights, heat, and hot water are all propane operated. The cabin also has solar lights. Drinking water is available in the building. A picnic table and fire ring are available for outdoor dining and campfires.

  • Nearby Activities Include: Nature Viewing, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Hiking, Fishing, and Hunting.
  • Availability: Cold Springs Guard Station is available for rent mid-May through mid-October, and MUST be reserved.  Once reservations are made a confirmation letter will be sent out from and it will contain the door code to access the cabin for your stay. 

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance, but not less than 1 day in advance. The maximum length stay is fourteen consecutive nights.  To make reservations call 1-877-444-6777 or visit
Fees $90 per night per group, with a maximum of eight occupants.
  • No smoking
  • Pets permitted outside only
  • No domestic livestock are allowed at this site (horses, llamas, etc.)
  • No RVs or camp trailers are allowed at this site
Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin rental to check on any additional restrictions or conditions, such as fire closures, road, weather or storms, etc, that may affect the quality of your visit.
Closest Towns: Prineville, OR
Water: Potable running water is available inside the cabin.
Restroom: There are 2 bathrooms with flushing toilets available within the cabin.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest Visitor Center 3160 NE 3rd St, Prineville, Oregon 97754 (541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville: Travel 16 miles east on Highway 26.  Turn right at the junction to Ochoco Ranger Station (County Road 23), and travel 9 miles to the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 42. Stay (right) on Forest Road 42 and travel approximately 22 miles. Just after crossing the North Fork of the Crooked River turn left on Forest Road 30 and travel approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 100 at the signs to Cold Springs Guard Station.  Turn right again just as the road forks and proceed though the gate. The route is easily accessible by car, with paved roads most of the way. The last 2 miles to the cabin are on a good dirt road.

General Notes:


  • Drinking water
  • Flush toilet
  • Shower
  • Bath tub
  • Propane cook stove
  • Heater
  • Water heater
  • Propane lights
  • Propane refrigerator
  • Picnic table
  • Standing Grill
  • Fire ring

Please remember that when you leave the rental cabin you are responsible for cleaning including: Bathroom (toilets, shower/bath, sink), Floors (sweep, mop, vacuum), Kitchen (counters, stove, fridge).

Please bring sleeping bags/bedding, as well as a flashlight or lantern for emergencies, first aid kit, washcloths and towels, and dish soap. The nearest store is in Prineville or Mitchell, about 45 miles away.


This is not an ADA accessible site.


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Viewing Wildlife

Several bands of wild free-roaming horses live in the Ochoco National Forest. The herd’s exact origins are unknown. Historically, ranchers would selectively turn breeding stock loose to ensure a supply of horses when needed for ranch work. The U. S. Army’s Remount program added to the herd’s lineage as horses either escaped or were turned loose to augment the wild horse bands. And in later years, thoroughbred-racing stock may have been released in the area. Today’s wild horses often resemble sturdy, well-muscled Morgans, while others have distinctive facial markings. Coat colors tend toward dark bay and black, with a few light bays and chestnuts. Watch and listen for these strong and beautiful creatures. Visitors can learn more from a Forest Service interpretive sign on Forest Service Road 42 on the way to the cabin.

In addition to the wild horses you may also see Squirles, Chipmunks, Antelope, Deer, Elk, Geese, Hawks, Osprey and Eagles, Sandhill Cranes and Great Horned Owls.

Viewing Plants

In the Spring, Big Summit Prairie is ripe with wildflowers including the following: Bitter Root, cobalt-blue Meadow Larkspur, and brilliant red Indian Paintbrush.

Once Spring has passed there are still many other plants that add beauty to this serene location, the most prominent being sagebrush and old growth Ponderosa Pines.

Fire Danger Level: Low
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