Silesca Guard Station is an original Ranger Station that once housed Forest work crews. The Station is a semi-rustic cabin with some modern amenities such as a modernized kitchen with propane appliances, an indoor shower and flush toilet, electric lighting and a pot belly stove. The cabin accommodates 8 people. Silesca Guard Station is approximately 45 minutes west of Montrose, CO. The Ranger Station will be open from mid-June through mid-October. Reservations are required.
he historic Silesca Cabin is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau at 9,200 feet in a beautiful meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce/fir forests. The Plateau itself is a long, narrow geologic uplift 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. The Plateau contains federal, state, and private lands with 545,907 of National Forest. The cabin is located 40 minutes southwest of the city of Montrose and is set back 100 feet from the main road, offering some privacy. There are a number of outdoor recreation opportunities available nearby, including: hiking, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle riding, horseback riding, hunting, and wildlife viewing. 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. The Silesca Cabin is a great destination for a weekend getaway or a week-long hunting trip. This rustic facility will accommodate up to six guests. Amenities include three bedrooms with six twin beds, one bathroom with a shower and flush toilet, an electric stove and refrigerator, a wood-burning stove, and a fire ring and picnic table outside. A small barn is available for short-term storage of ATV's, bicycles, or other equipment. Electricty and running water (non-potable) are available. Limited cooking utensils, dishware, and cleaning supplies are provided. There is no trash collection service.
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. The Silesca Cabin is about a half mile further on the left side of the road.