Historic Ranger Stations- Live The History...


Silesca Cabin Today

Tucked in a small grove of aspens lies the Silesca Guard Station

Silesca History:
The original historic log ranger station was constructed between 1916 and 1936, on the rim of the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose. Originally it had a living room, kitchen, hall, and two bedrooms. The structure burned down in 1977, but the new modern Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabin and garage build in 1936 still remain. The property includes a log cabin and a picturesque barn and pastures. The Silesca Ranger Station’s significance is manifested in the materials and construction style of the structures present in the surrounding landscape. Silesca reflects the regional style mandated by the Forest Service for woodland areas during the CCC-era.  Adherence to this style, as well as the method of its construction and placement within the Uncompahgre National Forest, demonstrates attempts at economic development in the western Rocky Mountain region during the implementation of Roosevelt’s New Deal, federal influence over our nation’s natural resources, and the visibility of Forest Service Administration sites as a reflection of that influence.

This historic ranger station is listed on the National Register for its historical significance. It is also available to rent for the night! Its location makes it a perfect getaway with lots of great hiking and riding trails nearby for all sorts of family fun! (directions and rental information)


Silesca cabin today

Side view of the Silesca Guard Station on a beautiful sunny day!