Silesca Guard Station


Silesca Guard Station is an original Ranger Station that once housed Forest work crews. The historic Silesca Cabin is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau in a beautiful meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce/fir forests. The Plateau itself is a long, narrow geologic uplift bordered on the east by the wide valleys of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers and on the west by the narrow gorges of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers. The Plateau contains federal, state, and private lands with 545,907 of National Forest. The cabin is located 40 minutes southwest of the city of Montrose and is set back 100 feet from the main road, offering some privacy. The Silesca Cabin is a great destination for a weekend getaway or a week-long hunting trip. This rustic facility will accommodate up to six guests. Amenities include three bedrooms with six twin beds, one bathroom with a shower and flush toilet, an electric stove and refrigerator, a wood-burning stove, and a fire ring and picnic table outside. A small barn is available for short-term storage of ATV's, bicycles, or other equipment. Electricty and running water (non-potable) are available. Limited cooking utensils, dishware, and cleaning supplies are provided. There is no trash collection service, Pack-It-In, Pack-It-Out.

leather couch and coffe table in living room twin beds in room with wood floors twin beds with wood floor-

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Mid-June through mid-October.
Reservations: Reservations or call 877-444-6777. Reservations are required.
Fees $120.00 per night.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Montrose, CO
Operated By: Norwood Ranger District 970-327-4261

General Information


From Montrose: Follow Highway 90 southwest. Watch for signs as the highway makes several turns as it weaves its way out of town. The pavement ends where the road begins to climb out of the Uncompahgre River Valley and enters lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. In 20 miles, it enters the Uncompahgre National Forest. The Silesca Cabin is about a half mile further on the left side of the road.

The cabin is accessible in the summer and fall by passenger vehicle, when the road is dry. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended when the road is wet.

General Notes:

There are a number of outdoor recreation opportunities available nearby, including: hiking, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle riding, horseback riding, hunting, and wildlife viewing.

Trails near the cabin:

Dry Creek #114

Dry Creek Spur #114.1A

Aspen #125

Buck #149

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log cabin with red roof in meadow surrounded by aspens in leafing out in early spring

Silesca Ranger Station- one of several cabins you can reserve on our forest.

tent in woods

Just about all the shelter you need for a night in the backcountry!

fire in ring with RV in background

RV camping with many of the comforts of home!