Paradise Guard Station

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Photo of the Paradise Guard Station.

Paradise Guard Station is located on the Ashley National Forest, approximately 25 air miles northwest of Vernal, in eastern Utah. Folklore states the district ranger built the cabin in his spare time in 1922 and it has changed very little since then. In 1929, the Bartlett Sawmill was built just 75 yards south. It burned down in 1940, but some remnants of the old facility still remain. 

The Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District has chosen to rent this guard station to the public so visitors can enjoy a rustic experience similar to that of the first rangers. Guests enjoy canoeing and fishing on Paradise Park Reservoir, and exploring local hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails.

Natural Features:
The small white cabin sits at the edge of a grassy meadow surrounded by a dense spruce-fir forest, at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Paradise Creek, a tributary of the Whiterocks River, flows lazily through the meadow in front of the cabin.

Paradise Park Reservoir is nearby, covering just less than 60 acres. Canoeing and fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout are popular activities. Dead Lake, Mill Pond and Julius Park Reservoir are within a short distance. 

A variety of hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area, including the 8.4-mile Deadman Lake Trail, which begins at Paradise Campground. Other popular activities in the area include birding, wildlife view and mountain biking.

The guard station complex can sleep a maximum of nine overnight guests (four inside the cabin, five camped outside). The cabin contains two, twin-size bunk beds for four people, though no linens, bedding or pillows are provided. Level parking is provided for a maximum of one RV/camp trailer. Ample room for tent camping is available outside. 

Please note that this cabin is rustic. There is no sink, stove, oven or refrigerator. The cabin has no water or plumbing, however there is a vault toilet outside for year-round use. A wood-burning stove is supplied for heat. A combination campfire ring and grill is located outside. 

Other Amenities Within Facility 

  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Parking Area
  • RV Parking
  • Table & Chairs

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At a Glance

Reservations: Summer season dates are June through October.
Winter season dates are December through March. Recreationist can access the guard station via snowmobile. The guard station is un-reservable in November, April and May due to difficulties in accessing the guard station because of road conditions. This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777).
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $40/group size of 4
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pets are not allowed inside the cabin.
Closest Towns: Vernal, Utah
Water: Yes
Restroom: Non-flushable (vault) toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three days prior to a reserved visit to confirm lock combination 
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map 
  • Click here for more information on the Ashley National Forest, or call (435) 789-1181 
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit

General Information


Follow the mileage indications below and look for signs on the ground when traveling to Paradise Guard Station. Leave with plenty of time to arrive at the guard station before dark. 

From Vernal, travel west on Highway 121/Maeser-Lapoint Highway, toward Lapoint. After passing the landfill and descending the hill along the curved road, some houses come into view. While approaching Deep Creek Road, look for brown signs to Paradise Park Reservoir. Turn right (north) at Deep Creek Road (approximately 12.5 miles west of the Dry Fork Canyon Road junction with Highway 121). Continue north on Deep Creek Road for nearly 7 miles and watch for a fork in the road. Turn left (northwest) onto Paradise Park Road and continue approximately 8.5 miles, reaching the Ashley National Forest boundary. The paved road ends and turns to an unsurfaced road at the cattle guard. Paradise Park Road becomes Forest Road 104. Follow the road along the switchbacks and continue northwest for approximately 9.5 miles. The guard station will be visible on the left side, at the junction with Paradise Park Campground. Travel may require skiing or snowshoeing during winter months.

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During the summer, this Cabin has running water. The kitchen has basic amenities including sink, table, and chairs. There is a basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes, and utensils. However, bringing your own supplies is always a good idea. There is a combination grill and fire ring located outside. The Cabin has a wood-burning stove as a heat source.  There is no running water. The operable amenities are an outdoor vault toilet, and a wood-burning stove for heat. There are two (twin-size) bunk beds in the Cabin that will sleep four people. No linens, bedding, or pillows are provided. The maximum capacity of overnight visitors inside the cabin is four people. Level parking is provided for a maximum of 1 RV / camp-trailers. There is ample room for tent camping outside. The maximum capacity for overnight visitors at the Paradise Guard Station complex is nine people (four inside cabin; five camped outside).


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Drinking water
Toilets Non-flushable toilets (vault)
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