Big Meadow Cabin

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Big Meadows Cabin is nestled at the edge of Big Meadows at an elevation of 7,600 feet and provides a wonderful view of the meadow and surrounding mountains. You will enjoy moments of sitting on the front porch, taking in the views and breathing the fresh air.

Big Meadows Guard Station was constructed between 1933 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC) to provide a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in that area. In 1964, the Forest Service no longer needed the use of the cabin. The cabin is 900 square feet, single story and consists of a bedroom with a closet, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen with a service porch. The original cabinets, living room and bedroom flooring, and bath fixtures remain. The interior has been slightly modified. The cabin is available for overnight rental from June 15 to Oct. 15 (depending on weather, the reservation period may be extended).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cabin closed for winter 2019.
Operational Hours:  Reservable for dates between June 15 to Oct 15
Reservations: 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
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Big Meadows Cabin is 1.5 hour drive from Fresno or Visalia.
Water: Yes, potable water available
Restroom: Yes, inside the cabin
Operated By: Forest Service

Recreation Map

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Cabin Rentals

Overnight use of Big Meadows Guard Station and it's facilities is available for individuals, families and groups up to 8. The bedroom includes a queen size bed, twin bunk beds, a bookcase, a night stand and small closet.  The living room has a coffee and end tables, bookcase, a chair and desk, a rocking chair, an over-stuffed chair, and a double sofa sleeper that sleeps two.  The cabin sleeps six, and up to two more can tent camp outside.  The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker, and microwave.  There is also a refrigerator with freezer, stove and oven, and a kitchen table with four chairs (and four additional folding chairs).  The cabin is also equipped with dishes, silverware, toilet paper, paper towels, and miscellaneous cleaning supplies.  There is an outdoor fire ring, barbecue, a picnic table, and a bucket and shovel for fire prevention for the outdoor fire ring. 

This cabin is to be used as a Recreational Rental Cabin for families and friends.  It is not intended to be used by large groups, or as a base camp for reunions, meetings, or wedding receptions.  There is parking for one RV; no additional RVs may be parked at the cabin.  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.

Reservation required?: Y

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