Brewery Creek Guard Station Cabin

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

located near mining town of Bonanza

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. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. 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

Current Conditions: Seasonally opens mid May  and closes late November
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 link in right column --> or call 877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $50 per night 
Permit Info: $ 50.00 per night, plus a $9.00 non-refundable reservation fee.
Open Season: Closed November 15th Until
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: 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. 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 is was found or better. Please lock door when leaving. Be sure to close the gate when you leave. Lock entry gate.
Closest Towns: Villa Grove, CO
Water: Yes - outside hand pump
Restroom: Yes - outside vault
Operated By: Forest Service - This cabin is part of the NRRS. Reserve this unit by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777

General Information


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 gate is located .25 miles before the cabin.

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