Area Status: Open

The Oak cabin sits within aspen/mountain shrub vegetation on the north end of the Uncompahgre National Forest. Oak cabin is 1 of 3 cabins at the Cold Springs Work Center. The original cabins were constructed in the 1930's and are located just off Forest Service Road #402, Divide Forks Road. All visitors should expect semi-rustic cabin accommodations. The cabin sleeps 4 adults; one bedroom with two twin size beds, one queen sofa sleeper in the living room and one bathroom/shower; non–electric cabin, with propane stoves/refrigerators. You must bring battery or propane lanterns. Basic cooking and eating utensils, plates, knives, forks, spoons, cups, and basic pots and pans are furnished. Cleaning supplies provided.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Mid-June through mid-October
Reservations: Reservations or call 877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Drinking water
Fees: $40.00 per night
Open Season: Mid-June - Mid-October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Kerosene lanterns are not allowed.
Closest Towns: Grand Junction, CO
Operated By: Grand Valley Ranger District 970-242-8211

General Information


From I-70: Take the Clifton/Delta Exit #37. After exiting onto I-70 business loop go to third stop light take a left on Hwy 141. Proceed south to intersection Hwy 141 & Hwy 50. Take a left on hwy 50 to the town of Whitewater 2.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy 141. Travel 14.4 miles. At this point, you will turn left (south). The road is not marked with a county designation. Just prior to turning onto this road, there is a sign. The sign reads: NATIONAL FOREST ACCESS, DIVIDE ROAD, UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU. Follow this road for 19.6 miles, take a left on Forest Road 406 (you will see a sign that says COLD SPRINGS WORK CENTER) go 0.3 mile then turn right on 406.1A. Cabin is located 0.5 mile after turning onto 406.1A. You will come to a gate with a combination lock. Call Grand Valley Ranger District (Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm) for combination. Oak cabin is the back cabin on the left.

The cabin can be accessed by passenger vehicle in the summer and early fall, and by 4WD from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, depending on weather conditions.

General Notes:

The north Uncompahgre has an extensive ATV trail system known as the Divide Forks ATV complex, which provides 50+ miles of trails. Mountain biking is quite popular as well, with the well-known Tabaguache trail bisecting the Uncompahgre NF. Some fishing is available at Big Creek Reservoir and several small streams. In the fall, the main activities include recreational trail use and hunting.


Parking in front of the cabin.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

 Big Creek Reservoir

River and Stream Fishing


Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,000 ft.


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!