Payson Lakes Cabin

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Payson Lakes Cabin August 2015

Payson Lakes Guard Station is located approximately 13 miles south of Payson, Utah, along the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers the cabin for advance reservation so visitors can enjoy an experience similar to that of early Forest Rangers and their families. The Guard Station is nestled in a forest of aspen and Douglas fir trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The Guard Station complex can sleep a maximum 8 people in bunk beds; four people inside the cabin and four people in the bunkhouse. Up to 7 additional day use only guests may visit. Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. An adjacent pasture is included which can accommodate 8 horses. There is a 2-night minimum stay and a maximum 7-day stay limit. Pets are not allowed and tcabin cannot be reserved for large group use. Guests should bring their own bedding, plates and utensils.  The Guard Station was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 as part of the New Deal Program.

The Payson Lakes area includes McClelland, Box and Big East Lakes. Summer wildflowers are abundant.  A variety of wildlife makes its home around the lakes. The nearby Payson Lakes Recreation Area offers great canoeing and kayaking. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout. There are many nearby trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.  A popular day-use area is located on the shore of Big East Lake, with a small swim beach, picnic tables and flush toilets.  A paved nature path begins at the parking area and circles the lake. The Mount Nebo Wilderness Area is adjacent, brimming with beautiful mountain scenery, pristine waters, abundant wildlife, vibrant summer wildflowers and numerous trail opportunities.

The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway stretches 37 miles through high alpine terrain, dense forests and colorful meadows. Devil's Kitchen Geological Area can be found along the loop. It offers a 1/2-mile round-trip trail to interesting red rock hoodoos. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Guard Station cannot be reserved for large groups. To make reservations call 877-444-6777
Reservations: Reservations are made through Recreation.gov or by calling them at 1-877-444-6777 The cabin is not available for large group reservations.
Rentals & Guides: The guard station cannot be reserved for large groups.
The Guard Station complex can sleep a maximum 8 people in bunk beds; four people inside the cabin and four people in the bunkhouse. Up to 7 additional day use only guests may visit. Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. An adjacent pasture is included which can accommodate 8 horses. There is a 2-night minimum stay and a maximum 7-day stay limit. Pets are not allowed. Guests should bring their own bedding, plates and utensils. Guests will check in with the Payson Lakes Campground Host who will escort them to the cabin. Guests may bring their own firewood or purchase at the campground; firewood collecting at the Guard Station complex is not allowed
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees The Payson Lakes Guard Station can accommodate 8 people overnight, for $100 per night, with a 2 night minimum stay. The guard station cannot be reserved for large groups. 
Restrictions: No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. Pets are not allowed and the Guard Station cannot be reserved for large groups. Guests should bring their own bedding, plates and utensils. Guests will check in with the Payson Lakes Campground Host who will escort them to the cabin. Guests may bring their own firewood or purchase at the campground; firewood collecting at the Guard Station complex is not allowed
Closest Towns: Payson, Utah approximately 13 miles North
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: American Land and Leisure 801-226-3564

General Information

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General Notes:

The Guard Station is nestled in a forest of aspen and Douglas fir trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The Payson Lakes area includes McClelland, Box and Big East Lakes. Summer wildflowers are abundant. A variety of wildlife makes its home around the lakes.The nearby Payson Lakes Recreation Area offers great canoeing and kayaking. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout. There are many nearby trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. The Guard Station cannot be reserved for large groups. The Guard Station complex can sleep a maximum 8 people in bunk beds; four people inside the cabin and four people in the bunkhouse. Up to 7 additional day use only guests may visit. Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. An adjacent pasture is included which can accommodate 8 horses. There is a 2-night minimum stay and a maximum 7-day stay limit. Pets are not allowed. Guests should bring their own bedding, plates and utensils. Guests will check in with the Payson Lakes Campground Host who will escort them to the cabin. Guests may bring their own firewood or purchase at the campground; firewood collecting at the Guard Station complex is not allowed.


Parking:

Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. 


Directions:

From I-15, take exit 250 toward north Payson/Salem and proceed south on Main Street to 100 North/Highway 198. Travel east to 600 East. Turn south onto 600 East, which becomes the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway/Payson Canyon Road. Travel south along the Nebo Loop Road 015 until you see the Payson Lakes Guard Station sign on the right. Proceed up the driveway and through the gate.  Located 13 miles South of Payson, Utah along the Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway


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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Toilets
Parking
Fee charged for some activities
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.92472

  Longitude : 
-111.63306

  Elevation : 
8,000 Feet

 



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