Warm River Cabin

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Warm River GS

Warm River Cabin is located less than 20 miles from Ashton, Idaho, at at Warm River Springs. An Idaho fish and game hatchery operated here from the 1930s to the 1950s. The cabin was formerly the hatchery manager's house. It was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938.

The cabin is open from May 15th until March 31st.  It is accessible by vehicles from mid-May until the end of October.  Snowmobiles, cross-country skis, and snowshoes are needed to acess the cabin from early December through the end of March. The trek from Bear Gulch Trailhead to the cabin is 6 miles. Guests should be prepared to bring much of their own gear and supplies to make their stay comfortable.  There is no water available at the cabin.

The cabin is named after the adjacent Warm River Springs, which is the source of the Warm River. The dwelling sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet in an open, grassy area flanked by a conifer forest. Moose, wolves, and bears are sometimes seen in this area (bear safety tips).

Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers can use the nearby trails. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers can find trails within 10 miles (Idaho OHV safety message).

Visitors can find an abundance of berries ripe for picking in late summer. The Warm River is excellent for trout fishing and wading. Game and game bird hunting is available in season.

This charming cabin can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. It offers six sets of bunkbeds with mattresses, a dining area with a table and benches, a wood stove for cooking and for heating, storage cabinets and firewood. There is a new wood stove located in the living room with available seating as well. A picnic table, campfire ring and vault toilet are located outside the cabin.

The cabin is a short distance from the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. The star attraction of this 29-mile sightseeing drive is Mesa Falls, which is divided into the 114-foot Upper Falls and the 65-foot Lower Falls. This is the only major waterfall in Idaho that isn't used for hydroelectric or irrigation purposes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The cabin is closed until July 1st due to the COVID-19 virus.
Operational Hours: May 15th - March 31st (Not available April 1 - May 14)
Reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/warm-river-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75166


Fees $50/group size of 12
Open Season: May 15th - March 31st
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: June-September
Closest Towns: Ashton, ID
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Pick up the 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.
  • Please do not use the stove in the basement, it is no longer operational. Use the wood stove in the living room.
  • 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.
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility, please take all trash with you when leaving the cabin.
  • Access to the adjacent trailhead and parking area must not be blocked; the gate at the bridge may be locked at night if no vehicles are at the trailhead.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.20583, -111.25139
44°12'21"N, 111°15'5"W

From Ashton ID, travel east-northeast on Highway 47 (also known as the Mesa Fall Scenic Byway) for approximately 15 miles to the intersection of Highway 47 and Forest Road 150. Turn right onto Forest Road 150 and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Road 150 and Forest Road 154. Turn right onto Forest Road 154 and travel approximately 1.0 mile to the intersection of Forest Road 154 and Forest Road 367. Keep left on Forest Road 154 for approximately 1.5 miles to the cabin. The cabin is located across the bridge adjacent to Warm River Springs and Warm River.

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