Brewery Creek Guard Station Cabin
Brewery Creek Guard Station is situated in a densely wooded aspen grove overlooking Brewery Creek a few miles south of the Continental Divide on the northern end of the San Luis Valley, Built in 1935, the two-room cabin was originally used by a forest ranger who oversaw the Poncha and Bonanza Districts of what was then called the Cochetopa National Forest. The cabin offers wonderful views of Antora Peak (13,266') and Windy Point while the creek with active beaver dams just below the cabin provides enjoyable fishing for all, (please check Colorado Division of Wildlife for fishing seasons and rules).
The area offers many opportunities for hiking, 4WD adventures in summer, hunting in the fall, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Brewery Creek Guard Station is located 2 miles from Bonanza, a historical silver mining town that was booming in the 1880's. Today visitors to Bonanza can see old mines, historical buildings, and old-time mining equipment as they follow the Bonanza Mines Off-Highway Vehicle Tour (Maps for the Bonanza Off-Highway Vehicle Tour are available at the Saguache Ranger Station). Several hiking trails are also in close proximity to the cabin, including the Elkhorn Trail and several other trails leading up to Antora and Antora Meadows. Elk, deer, and other wildlife are often seen in meadows adjacent to the cabin.
Renters are required to pack out all garbage. CABIN MUST BE CLEANED BEFORE LEAVING. LEAVE THE CABIN IN THE CONDITION YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IT! Visitors to the National Forest are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the forest. Travel maps for the Rio Grande National Forest can be obtained by calling the Forest Service Office in Saguache (719)655-2547 or the Forest Supervisor's Office in Monte Vista (719)852-5941.
At a Glance
|Cabin opening date: 5/18/2023.
Cabin closing date: 11/20/2023.
Access via combo locks. Details will be sent by Recreation.gov once reservation is confirmed.
|Reservations and payment made through recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. This cabin offers only 4-night blocks, from Thursday evening to Monday morning. You must reserve at least four nights in the block. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
|Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
|$50 per night. Recreation.gov charges a reservation fee.
|$ 50.00 per night, plus a $9.00 non-refundable reservation fee.
|Late May - Mid-November
|Villa Grove, CO
|Yes - Outside hand pump
|Yes - Outside vault
|Forest Service - This cabin is part of the NRRS. Reserve this unit by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777
|Access via combo locks. Details will be sent by Recreation.gov once reservation is completed. Call the Saguache Ranger District, 719-655-2547, with questions. Hours M-F 0800 - 1630, closed weekends & holidays. Renters are required to pack out all garbage. 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 it was found or better. Please lock door when leaving. Be sure to close the gate when you leave. Lock entry gate.
From Saguache, go north on Hwy 285 15 miles to Villa Grove. Take the Bonanza turnoff, Cnty Rd LL56, on the left .1 mile north of Villa Grove. Stay on LL56 about 13 miles west to the "Brewery Creek " sign and make a left turn, crossing a bridge. Travel on Forest Road #880 for 1.5 miles. The road crosses private property, remain on the road. The gate is located .25 miles before the cabin.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
During winter months may be accessible only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes, call Saguache Ranger District 719-655-2547 for current road conditions.
|This cabin is part of the NRRS. Reserve this unit by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or visiting the website at www.recreation.gov ( Click here to reserve)
|Sleeps 9; three bunk beds (Top =single; Bottom = fold out futon couch that sleeps two)
Lake and Pond Fishing
Mosquito Lake and other nearby streams and beaver ponds. Get permission before accessing private property near the cabin.
|flies, lures and bait where allowed
Trail head for #763, 762 & 765 to Antora Meadows
Big Game HuntingOpen during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 681
Wildlife viewing. Elk, deer, and other forest animals are viewable in the area.
|Elk, deer, and many other types of animals live in the area.
OHV Road Riding
OHV riding allowed on forest roads. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available online and at all Rio Grande National Forest offices.
|Class of Vehicle
|4WD, ATV \& motorcycle
OHV Trail Riding
Several 4WD roads off County Road LL56 including the Mears Toll Road OHV trails north of the town of Bonanza, CO.
|Class of Vehicle
|4x4, ATV \& motorcycle
XC Skiing/SnowshoeingCross country ski opportunities on 4x4 roads
Snowmobiles as well as ATV's, UTV's, and motorcycles modified with tracks are allowed off road beyond over-the-snow boundary restriction areas. Tracked vehicles must remain on top of the snow and not cause resource damage to soil underneath. See the Rio Grande National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and Saguache District Map for additional information. Remain clear of private property in the area. Riders must have a Colorado State snowmobile permit in addition to their normal ATV permit if the vehicle is used year-round. Contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife for permit information.