Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Box Canyon Guard Station Exterior View

The Box Canyon Guard Station cabin sits beneath a canopy of Douglas fir at an altitude of 3,620 feet on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. It is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. The guard station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and used as a dwelling for fire guards. They were the smoke chasers, often riding on horseback through the tall timbers to the location spotted by the lookout tower guards. The first on the scene, they often tried to put out any fires they may have found on their own, or reported back for additional help. Trailheads into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Chucksney Mountain Roadless Recreation Area are adjacent to the guard station. 

The guard station is open from mid-June through the end of October and is easily accessible by car. Some creature comforts are already provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

The 16x24-ft. cabin sleeps 4 and comes furnished with 2 twin beds with mattresses, a desk, a sofa bed, a table with chairs, wood stove and cleaning supplies. An outhouse, fire ring and picnic table are located nearby. A horse corral that measures approximately 45 feet in diameter is provided. Electricity, firewood and potable water are not provided. Guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Water is available from a nearby stream, but it should be treated before using. Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, dishes and cookware, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

To rent this cabin, see "Fees" information below. Looking for rentals on another Forest? Find out about Recreation Rentals on other National Forests across the Pacific Northwest from the Pacific Northwest Regional website.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Cabin closed through mid May 2018.
Reservations: Reserve online at or phone 1.877.444.6777.
  • $60.00 per night
  • Visit to make reservations.
  • Reservations can be made for up to 6 nights.
Open Season: mid May - mid October
Usage: Heavy
  • Check in at 2:00 p.m. Check out at 1:00 p.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
  • Maximum 4 people
  • NO pets allowed in guard station.
Water: Bring all the water you think you will need or bring the means to treat the non-potable water.
Restroom: An outhouse is located outside the building.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Service Road 19). 

Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive, taking the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.  Continue south on Aufderheide Drive past Cougar Reservoir for 31 miles to Box Canyon Horse Camp on the west site of the road a the top of the pass. 

General Notes:

Area Attractions

The cabin is located on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. Trailheads into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Chucksney Mountain Roadless Recreation Area are adjacent to the Guard Station.

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Rental Information

FURNISHINGS: 2 twin beds, desk, 1 hide-a-bed, wood burning stove, table, chairs, and miscellaneous cleaning supplies. A horse corral (approximately 45 feet in diameter), located next to the guard station, is included in the rental. No electricity. 

BRING: Warm bedding or sleeping bags, cooking equipment, utensils, etc. are needed. Wood for stove. Propane lanterns or flashlights and extra batteries. (Propane stoves, heaters and lanterns are recommended since they create less fumes than liquid gas appliances). No drinking water in the cabin. Guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing.  There is stream located behind the horse camp, but flows are not reliable . All water needs treatment before using.

HEAT:  Wood stove.  Wood is NOT provided.

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