Sunshine Guard Station

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Front View Sunshine Guard Station

The Sunshine Guard Station is located approximately 43 miles from the town of John Day, Oregon at 3,700 feet in elevation. This rustic cabin has four rooms - a kitchen, a living room and two bedrooms. Each bedroom is furnished with a Queen size bed. The living room is furnished with a couch, living room chairs, and coffee tables. The kitchen is furnished with a kitchen table and four chairs. Sunshine has electric lights, cook stove, refrigerator, and heater.  The guard station is located adjacent to the Middle Fork of the John Day River.  A beautiful location to relax or explore.

Renovated Sunshine Guard Station Back Bedroom Sunshine GS Renovated Kitchen Renovated in 2011 Living Room Sunshine GS

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/17/2020: Sunshine Guard Station remains closed. To make reservations please visit or call 1-877-444-6777. Be advised there is no cell coverage in or around the guard station.
Operational Hours: Sunshine Guard Station is open year round. 
Reservations: For reservations phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit:
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Price and Capacity:  $60 per night per group, with a maximum of six occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the work station.
Open Season: Open year round.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center: Prairie City Ranger District

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., travel east on US Highway 26 approximately 13 miles to the junction of US Highway 7. Turn left on US Highway 7, travel one mile to the junction with County Road 20.  Follow County Road 20 approximately 10 miles, the guard station will be on the right.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • Pets are welcome
  • There is no additional camping on site


  • Vault Toilet
  • Electric Lights
  • Electric Heaters
  • Refrigerator
  • Cook Stove


The parking area becomes hard to access during the winter months due to snow.  Visitors can park at the end of the driveway and walk into the guard station, it is a short distance.

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Picnic tables Wooden picnic table
Toilets Vault toilet just outside
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