Area Status: Open
Cape Horn Winter Rental is located in beautiful Elk Meadow approximately 16 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, situated in a stand of lodgepole pines at an elevation of 6,660 feet. On clear days, the guard station's front porch affords breathtaking views of the rugged Sawtooth Mountain Range to the south. The Cape Horn area offers unlimited cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling opportunities in the surrounding meadows, and telemark skiing is available on the slopes behind the station.
The guard station is open for reservations at Recreation.gov from December 15 through March 15.
At a Glance
||Open December 15th through March 15th Make reservations through recreation.gov
||This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or reserve on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campground
||$40/ night max group size of 10
||12/15/2014 - 3/15/2015
||Please be aware of winter logging activities in the Cape Horn area.
Facilities at the guard station include pots, pans and dishes, an electric stove and lights (do not count on the electricity as storms can knock out power for extended time frames), a wood stove for heat and warming food/melting snow if necessary, a table and chairs, one double bed, one single bed, one couch, candles and matches and an oil lamp, a snow shovel and an axe for splitting wood. Follow instructions posted on the wall adjacent to the wood stove and read the “wood stove safety” instructions enclosed. SPLIT WOOD OUTSIDE USING THE CHOPPING BLOCK. Putting up the large plywood shutters on the outside of the windows can help hold heat. The shutters are stored on the front porch. The front door is opened by a combination. Please follow the directions on your confirmation information to receive this combination. If you need more information, call Jody Wisner at 208-879-4135 or 4100
Cape Horn Guard Station is located in the Stanley Basin, 16 miles northeast of Stanley, Idaho. The Guard Station is 1.75 miles to the west of State Highway 21. Access during the winter is by skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling from parking areas on State Highway 21. It is about a three hour drive from Boise to the Stanley Basin, from either State Highway 21 coming through Idaho City and Lowman and Banner Summit or from State Highway 55 coming through Horseshoe Bend, turning right at Banks to Garden Valley and on to State Highway 21 at Lowman and over Banner Summit. The drive from Sun Valley over Galena Summit is approximately two hours.
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