Cape Horn Winter Rental Cabin

Area Status: Open
Cape Horn Winter Rental

Cape Horn Winter Rental is located in Cape Horn Meadows approximately 16 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, situated in a stand of lodgepole pines at an elevation of 6,660 feet. On clear days, the guard station's front porch affords breathtaking views of the rugged Sawtooth Mountain Range to the south. The Cape Horn area offers unlimited cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling opportunities in the surrounding meadows, and telemark skiing is available on the slopes behind the station.

The guard station is open for reservations at from December 15 through March 15.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open December 15th through March 15th Make reservations through
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or reserve on-line at
Fees: $40/ night max group size of  8
Open Season: 12/15
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Stanley
Water: No
Restroom: vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Please be aware of winter logging activities in the Cape Horn area.

General Information

General Notes:

Facilities at the guard station include pots, pans and dishes, an electric stove and lights (do not count on the electricity as storms can knock out power for extended time frames), a wood stove for heat and warming food/melting snow if necessary, a table and chairs, one double bed, one single bed, one couch, a battery powered lantern, snow shovels and an axe for splitting wood. Follow instructions posted on the wall adjacent to the wood stove and read the “wood stove safety” instructions enclosed. SPLIT WOOD OUTSIDE USING THE CHOPPING BLOCK. Putting up the large plywood shutters on the outside of the windows can help hold heat. The shutters are stored on the front porch. The front door is opened by a combination.  The combination for the guard station will be included in the confirmation email.  If you need more information, call  Steve Larrabee at 208-879-4135 or 4100


Cape Horn Guard Station is located in the Stanley Basin, 16 miles northeast of Stanley, Idaho.  The Guard Station is 1.75 miles to the west of State Highway 21. Access during the winter is by skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling from parking areas on State Highway 21.  It is about a three hour drive from Boise to the Stanley Basin, from either State Highway 21 coming through Idaho City and Lowman and Banner Summit or from State Highway 55 coming through Horseshoe Bend, turning right at Banks to Garden Valley and on to State Highway 21 at Lowman and over Banner Summit.  The drive from Sun Valley over Galena Summit is approximately two hours.


Recreation Map

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

 Cabin is a good base for a wide variety of winter activities.

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult


 Rental cabin is a great base for snowmachine trips.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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