Lochsa Historical Ranger Station

Area Status: Closed
People stroll through the lush landscape surrounding the Historical Lochsa Ranger Station

The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station is located along U.S. Highway 12 in the Lochsa River drainage, approximately 48 miles east of Kooskia, Idaho.  From 1925 to the late 1950s, the station was utilized as a backcountry Ranger Station by the Forest Service. It served as the administrative hub for a system of fire lookouts, smoke chaser cabins, and other remote Forest Service facilities linked together by a system of pack trails and telephone lines.  In 1976, the station was formally dedicated as an interpretive site, as part of the nation's Bicentennial Celebration. The station is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The visitor center, located within the Alternate Ranger's cabin, is a shady oasis on a hot summer day. The mix of conifers and Locust trees provide a pleasant rest stop for the weary traveler.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Closed for restoration in June 2023. Tentative re-open July 4, 2023 weekend. Closes September 12, 2023. Contatct Ranger Station for more information.
Fees: No Fee.
Open Season: TBD-July 2023 - Labor Day Weekend
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is provided
Restroom: 2 flush toilets
Information Center:
  • Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274
  • The Alternate Ranger's cabin serves as a visitor center and is staffed with Volunteer Interpreters.

General Information


Paved roads, parking and walkways make this site fully accessible.


The Historical Ranger Station is located at mile marker 121.5 on U.S. Hwy 12 between Wilderness Gateway Campground and Fish Creek River Access.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station is a great stop for highway cyclists to rest, eat lunch in the shade, refill water and get information about the forest and current conditions (e.g. roads, fires, events, bike trails).

Viewing Scenery

The Lochsa Historical Ranger Station's surrounding landscape is great place to take in the scenery while learning about the grounds and historic buildings.

Interpretive Areas


The station is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year and is staffed by volunteer hosts, many of whom worked at the station when it was a working Ranger Station; a touch that provides a sense of "living history."  2007 was the 30th anniversary of the station's use as an interpretive site.

Visitor Centers

The hosts at the visitor center provide information to the public about recreational opportunities on the forest. They assist visitors with information about trails, campgrounds, the Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Lolo Pass Vistior Center. Books, maps, t-shirts and other souvenirs are available for purchase at the visitor center.


The Ranger Station is a nice place to have a picnic.

Scenic Driving

Highway 12, the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway-All American Road  

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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