Upper Crossing Guard Station Cabin

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

off hwy 114

Upper Crossing Guard Station is the original headquarters of the old Cochetopa National Forest that existed for only a few years during the early part of the last century. The cabin is also located in an area that was once one of the favorite camping areas of the Ute Indians in the San Luis Valley. Located along a scenic byway near the Continental Divide, Upper Crossing Guard Station provides a remote setting that is easily accessible year-round via U.S. Highway 114. The brief dirt road leading to the cabin is actually the old stagecoach route, complete with historic graffiti that served as billboards advertising goods and services at the stagecoach stops. Though Upper Crossing Guard Station offers visitors relaxing solitude in a secluded setting, the cabin is situated near a paved highway and also offers numerous modern amenities, such as: running water, heated water, electricity, propane heat, a full bathroom (with ADA accessible shower) and ADA accessible kitchen with appliances. The cabin was recently remodeled and is the Rio Grande National Forest's most accessible facility to persons with disabilities, despite it being a remote and historic Forest Service Guard Station. Views from the cabin include the Continental Divide and unspoiled surrounding countryside, as well as some of the State's most scenic working ranches. The cabin sits at the confluence of two creeks and offers visitors the opportunity for various streamside activities, including fishing. The surrounding public lands are a wide open opportunity for visitors to enjoy all sorts of Colorado outdoor recreation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in time 2 pm, check out time is 12 noon.  Access via combo locks.  Details will be sent by NRRS once reservation is completed.  Call the Saguache Ranger District, 719-655-2547, with questions.  Hours M-F 0800 - 1630, closed weekends & holidays.
Reservations: Reservations and payment made through recreation.gov link in right column --> or call 877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Fee is $75.00 per night
Permit Info: $ 75.00 per night, plus a $9.00 non-refundable reservation fee.
Open Season: January 1
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: May thru November
Restrictions: Make sure the fire in the outside fire ring is completely out. No hot coals above or below the surface of the soil. Clean the cabin, leaving it in the condition is was found or better. Please lock door when leaving. Be sure to close the gate when you leave. Lock entry gate. During the winter you may need to snowmobile, snow shoe or ski from the nearest maintained road (approximately .5 miles) in order to access the cabin. Horses are not allowed at this time. Dogs must be under master's control at all times and are not allowed to harass wildlife or livestock. Renters are required to pack out all garbage. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. CABIN MUST BE CLEANED BEFORE LEAVING, LEAVE THE CABIN IN THE CONDITION YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IT!
Closest Towns: Saguache, CO
Water: Yes - hot water & shower
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: This cabin is part of the NRRS. Reserve this unit by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777

General Information


From Denver, travel about 185 miles south on Highway 285 to Saguache. From Colorado Springs go south on Hwy 115 to Florence, then west on Hwy 50 to Salida, then south on Hwy 285 (total of 165 miles) to Saguache. From Albuquerque, travel about 57 miles north on I-25 to Santa Fe, then north on Hwy 285 (total of 275 miles) to Saguache. From Saguache, take Colorado Hwy 114 for 22 miles northwest from Saguache (set your Trip Meter/Odometer at the intersection of Highways 285 and 114 in town). Turn right (east) on Forest Road 810 (Sheep Cr. Road). When you come to the 'Y' in the road turn right and go approx .5 mile and the cabin will be on your left. If you are traveling on HWY 114 from Gunnison, the Sheep Cr. Road (FR 810) exit is approximately 8 miles from the Continental Divide. A notable landmark to help find the Sheep Cr. Road (FR 810) exit is the 'Holey Rock', a small hill covered with 'holes', located on the west side of HWY 114 and directly opposite to the Sheep Cr. Road (FR 810) exit.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water Indoor plumbing water must be boiled before use
Toilets Indoor restroom
Accessible ADA accessible bathroom and kitchen