Johnson Guard Station

Area Status: Open
Johnson GS

Johnson Guard Station is located 30 miles east of Soda Springs, Idaho, on a site that was established in 1910. The current building was constructed in 1934, and is named after James J. Johnson, who served as ranger of the Georgetown Ranger District from 1907-1913. It's been used for various purposes over the years, from serving as summer headquarters to housing work crews.

The cabin is accessible by car in warmer months and by snowmobile in winter. The cabin provides a few conveniences, so guests should be prepared to bring the supplies and equipment they need to make their stay more comfortable.

Natural Features: The cabin sits in a meadow at an elevation of 6,500 feet surrounded by the peaks of Dry Ridge and the Webster subrange in southeastern Idaho. Stands of aspen and lodgepole pine dot the landscape.

Wildlife in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest includes black bears, wolves, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, grizzly bears, mountain lions and pronghorn (bear safety tips).

Recreation: The Bear Canyon OHV Trail is about 1 mile north of the guard station (Idaho OHV safety message). Hikers and mountain bikers will also find trails nearby. The area surrounding the cabin is a playground for snowmobilers and skiers in the winter months.

Anglers can fish in nearby Diamond Creek. The surrounding area also attracts game and game bird hunters.

Facilities: The guard station has a maximum capacity of 15 people. One sleeping room is available with four single beds.. Guests need to provide bedding and sleeping pads. The kitchen has a gas stove for cooking and a dining table with chairs. A gas furnace heats the cabin. Propane is provided for the lights, cook stove and heater. A vault toilet and picnic table are located outside. 

No water or electricity is available at the cabin. Guests will need to supply their own water for drinking, washing and cooking. Bedding/sleeping pads, cookware, kitchen utensils and emergency supplies are not provided.

Guests are required to bring garbage bags to pack out their trash. The cabin should be cleaned before leaving, so guests should bring some cleaning supplies.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round
Reservations: Reservations can be made here or call 877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance.
Fees: For current fees, please go to
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Snow machine only access in winter.
Closest Towns: Soda Springs, ID
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please call the district office at (208) 847-0375 four days prior to arrival to confirm the security combination No water is available at the cabin Lighting instructions are posted in the cabin; please read and follow them carefully before lighting any appliance Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.72111, -111.20722
42°43'16"N, 111°12'26"W

From Soda Springs, take Highway 34 north approximately 12 miles to the China Hat turnoff (Blackfoot River Narrows). This road will follow Blackfoot River for another 11 miles to a junction; there is a Forest Service sign at this point. Take the right fork (Caribou National Forest Road 102) southeast for another 10 miles to the guard station. The road will turn into Diamond Creek Road. Maps are available upon request at the district office.

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Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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River and Stream Fishing

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Small Game Hunting

Game Bird/Waterfowl

OHV Trail Riding

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