Summit Springs Guard Station

  

Summit Springs Guard Station is located a couple of miles off the Sheep Creek Geological Loop southwest of Flaming Gorge in the high Uinta Mountain Range. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the complex in 1931 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It was one of 11 guard stations built in the area to serve as homes for rangers who patrolled the forest on horseback prior to the modern age of vehicles. The complex includes the guard station, bunkhouse, parking area, and fenced yard. The Ashley National Forest has chosen to rehabilitate and rent this guard station and bunkhouse to the public so that guests can enjoy a rustic experience similar to that of the first rangers. 
 
The complex is set in a rolling pasture, surrounded and interspersed with aspen and pine trees. Wildlife and summer flowers are abundant during the use season.

Nearby Attractions:
Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs, but also for its world -class fishing for lake, brown, and rainbow trout. Boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving are popular activities on the reservoirs. The dam is about 23 miles east of the complex. Sheep Creek Loop Scenic Backway (Geological Loop) is a 10 mile drive through spectacular canyon scenery and back in time. Millions of years of geologic history can be seen in a 20 minute drive, thanks to the Uinta Crest Fault and other rock features. The town of Manila is about 15 miles away, off the north end of Sheep Creek Loop where visitors can find grocery stores and other amenities.

Included in this complex:
•Broom & Dust Pan
•Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
•Cell Phone Service
•Cooking Pots
•Cooking Utensils
•Electricity
•Group Cooking Facilities
•Heater
•Heating Stove
•Kitchen
•Lights
•Pets Allowed
•Propane Heat
•Propane Stove
•Propane refrigerator 
•Table & Chairs
•Wood Stove
 
Know Before You Go
• Bring your own linens, dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses. (Pans are provided.)
• Water available from May 15 through September 15 depending upon weather. 
• Limited power for lights only.
• The lighting is very limited and provided via generator. No outlets are available for any other electronic appliances or items. 
• The cabin has 1 bedroom, 8 beds and 4 rooms. Propane heating and showers are provided. 
• The bunkhouse has 1 bedroom, 12 beds and 1 room and heated with a wood stove. 
• Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map.
• Staff reside onsite and will provide access upon arrival.
• Pets are only allowed outdoors. No pets in the buildings.
• There is a $50 cleaning deposit due at check in. Funds should be cash or check (no credit cards) and will be collected onsite. The money will be refunded if the buildings and grounds pass inspection at check out time. 

 

At a Glance

Reservations: It can be reserved at 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/camping/summit-springs-guard-station/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=123640
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Sunday-Wednesday: $250
Thursday-Saturday & Holidays: $300
Open Season: Mid-May - Mid-September
Water: Two showers are available depending on season.
Restroom: Two flush toilets are available depending on season.

General Information

Parking:

This campground has a parking area.


Directions:

From Manila, UT at the intersection UT 43 and UT 44, turn south on UT 44. Drive 13 miles to the upper (second) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn right onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 364, and turn left onto the drive into Summit Springs.

From Vernal, UT turn north on US 191, drive 34.8 miles to Greendale Junction. Continue onto UT 44. Drive 14.7 miles to the upper (first) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn left onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 364, and turn left onto the drive into Summit Springs.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Cabin Rentals

A cabin and bunkhouse are located within the complex. The cabin has a furnished sitting area, kitchen stocked with pots and pans. Propane is provided for the fridge, stove, water heater, and heater. The bunkhouse will sleep 12 on bunk beds with heat provided by a wood burning stove. There is a group gathering/eating area off the kitchen of the cabin with tables and fire ring. The maximum capacity for the complex is 40 people. Bring your own linens, dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses. Limited power for lights only. Pets are not allowed in the cabin or bunkhouse. Limited power for lights only. Pets are not allowed in the cabin or bunkhouse.

General Info:

Parking

This campground has a parking area.


Maximum Number of PeopleThe cabin will sleep eight people and the bunkhouse will sleep 12 on bunk beds. The maximum capacity for the complex is 40 people.
Fees: Reservations for Sunday-Wednesday: $250 and for Thursday-Saturday & Holidays $300

Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water Accessible drinking water is available from May 15 through September 15 depending upon weather.
Toilets Accessible, flush and non-flushable toilets (vault)
Tent camping There is a large area for up to four RVs or tents.
Camping trailer There is a large area for up to four RVs or tents.
Areas & Activities

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
40.878824

  Longitude : 
-109.745507

  Elevation : 
8,278 '

 



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