Buck Park Cabin

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Buck Park Cabin

Buck Park Cabin is located on Cuddy Mountain, in the Payette National Forest of central Idaho. Guests enjoy the remote area for its hunting opportunities and abundance of hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails. The cabin sits at an elevation of 7,280 feet within Buck Park, a scenic meadow surrounded by a dense conifer forest. Rush Lake, Hornet and Lower Hornet reservoirs are nearby.

This very rustic cabin can accommodate a maximum of three people. Metal cots are provided, but guests must bring their own sleeping bags. A wood stove is provided for heat and cooking. No plumbing or electricity is available. A vault toilet is located outside. Guests must bring water, food, bedding and firewood.

Reservations for Buck Park cabin may be made through Recreation.gov (here) for use July through September. Site fees are $20/night. During the winter or off-season, November through June, the cabin is first-come, first served, and no fees are charged; however, site access requires snowmobiles during most of the winter.

The cabin sits near small Rush Lake, which offers fishing opportunities. Hornet and Lower Hornet lakes are a short distance away. Hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and off-road enthusiasts will find several motorized and non-motorized trails in the surrounding area. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message.

  • Water is not available at the facility; guests will need to bring their own
  • No electricity or hookups at this cabin
  • Hay brought in for horses must be certified weed-free
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Access to the cabin is via 15 miles on a rough four-wheel drive road; high-clearance vehicles are strongly recommended and trailers are not advised
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: See availability and reserve up to six months in advance at: recreation.gov.
Reservations: Reservations may be made for July through September at www.recreation.gov: Buck Park Cabin. Availability for reservations is six months in advance, on a rolling basis.
Fees $20/night, $140 /week.  Group size of 6.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Council, ID
Water: No
Restroom: Outhouse
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the town of Council Idaho, drive 12 miles northwest of Council on Council-Cuprum Road 002 (paved), then 12 miles southwest on Buck Park Road 055 (gravel and native surface, high clearance needed, 4 wheel drive strongly recommended, trailers not recommended), then 0.2 miles south on Buck Park Spur. Expect large rocks and a narrow one way road. Buck Park is 1.5 hours drive from Council, ID.

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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 http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Buck_Park_Cabin_Id/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74039&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
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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 Recreation.gov.
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