Snow Survey Cabin

Area Status: Open
Winter 2012

The Snow Survey Cabin provides visitors with a rustic accomodation on the Snowy Range. The cabin, located just off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway at nearly 10,000 feet elevation is available for rent year round. This is an excellent cabin to enjoy everything from warm summer evenings to the weekend snowmachining or cross country skiing. The one room cabin can accommodate up to four people on two sets of bunk beds. There is a propane cook stove/heater, and solar lights. West access to the cabin during the winter months is one mile from the upper "chains end" gate. A lower closure gate is six mile from the cabin. Winter renters access the cabin via snowmachine, skis, or snowshoes.  There is no indoor plumbing, a vault toilet is located outside. Plan to bring water with you.  Basic cooking and eating utensils, plates, knives, forks, spoons, cups, and basic pots and pans are furnished. If you use these items, they need to be cleaned and put away after use. The garbage is pack in, pack out. Recreational opportunities accessible from the cabin are almost unlimited. In summer months a vast hiking trail system that accesses the highest elevations of the Snowy Range including Medicine Bow Peak is nearby. Fishing is available at many alpine lakes and streams including the very popular Mirror Lake Day use site. Winter brings deep snow for the snowmachiner or crosscountry skier.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance.
Rentals & Guides: Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or at
Area Amenities: Toilets
Fees: $50/night, by reservation only.
Open Season: January
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Saratoga, WY
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Saratoga: Travel south on Hwy 130 for 8 miles to the Hwy 130/230 junction. Turn left (east) on Hwy 130 and drive 20 miles to National Forest Road 257.  Turn onto Road 257 and continue for approximately 100 yards to the cabin. Winter access requires parking at the  'chains end' closure gate, approximately one mile west of the cabin and using a snowmachine, skis, or snowshoes to reach the cabin.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Cabin Rentals

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at\&parkId=75090\&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

Lake and Pond Fishing

The Cabin is in proximity of several alpin lakes which provide good fishing. Common fish speices found in the lakes include, brook trout, rainbow trout and Splake (a hybrid between a male brook trout and a female lake trout). Many of the lakes are stocked by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout can be found in many local streams.

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing



Toilets: Vault toilet

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