Squirrel Meadows Guard Station

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Squirrel Meadows GS

Squirrel Meadows Cabin is located 24 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, just off the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road. The current cabin was built in 1934, but the site has been used for administrative purposes since 1907. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Only one other cabin in Wyoming was constructed with the same building plan. The 2-room cabin is made of lodgepole pine and features a wood shingled roof.

Squirrel Meadows Cabin is situated at 6,500 feet on the Yellowstone Plateau of southwest Wyoming. The cabin sits in a meadow surrounded by pine trees. Guests can enjoy views of the distant mountains.

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

The cabin provides access to a variety of year-round recreational activities, including horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Berry picking is available in late summer.

Some of the other activities located within a few miles include off-road vehicle and motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, hiking and mountain biking (Idaho OHV safety message). Game and game bird hunting is a popular pastime in season.

This cabin sleeps six and provides bunkbeds, mattresses, a wood stove for cooking, table and chairs, and firewood. A hand pump, vault toilet, picnic table and horse corrals are located outside.

Electricity is not provided. Guests may wish to bring battery or propane-powered lighting. Bedding, matches, and emergency items like a first aid kit are not provided. Trash bags are needed to pack out garbage.

  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Corrals
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Mattresses
  • Picnic Area
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The cabin is reservable during the winter until March 31st, 2019. Access only by snowmobiles, cross-country skiis, or snowshoes.
Operational Hours: May 15th-March 31st
Reservations: This site can be reserved at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/squirrel-meadows-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75164
Fees $40/group size of 8
Open Season: May 15th - March 31st
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: June-September
  • Vehicles park in developed areas only.
  • ATVs only on designated trails.
  • Snowmobile or ski access only Dec. 1st to March 31st.
  • CAUTION: There is a High Bear activity. Exercise caution and follow forest Food Storage Order
Closest Towns: Ashton, Idaho.
Water: Hand pump
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Pick up the cabin key at the Ashton Ranger Station, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (208) 652-7442 
  • This cabin is located in grizzly/black bear country. All food and coolers must be stored according to the Caribou Targhee National Forest Food Storage Order #04-15-117(Food Storage Order).
  • Please pack it in/pack it out.
  • Please make sure fires in the outside campfire ring are extinguished completely before leaving the cabin. Abandoning campfires during any point in your stay at the cabin can result in a violation.
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more.
  • Click here for more information about Caribou-Targhee National Forest

General Information


From Ashton, ID take HWY 47 East (through Ashton) to Hwy 32 and turn right (south) and travel 1 mile to the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road (#261) or 1200 North. Turn left (east) and travel 22 miles to Road #032, turn right (south) and travel to the Cabin.

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