Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Copper Creek #983

The Copper Creek Trail #983 begins at the Copper Creek Trailhead and provides access to Copper Lake.  This trail enters the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Judd Falls is a popular site along the trail.  After approximately 4.5 miles the trail intersects with the Conundrum Trail #981 which travels onto the White River National Forest and the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness where it becomes Conundrum Trail #1981 and continues on toward Aspen.


Copper Salmon Wilderness

The 13,757-acre Copper Salmon Wilderness is tucked away in the northwest corner of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 11 miles east of Port Orford on the Elk River, and includes the North and South Forks of Elk River and the upper Middle Fork of Sixes River.

The area contains one of the nation's largest remaining stands of low-elevation old-growth forest, and in the north Fork of the Elk, one of the healthiest salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout runs in the continental United States. Its forests feature Douglas-fir trees as large as 10 feet in diameter and up to 300 feet in height, and large disease-free stands of Port-Orford cedar. The Copper Salmon Wilderness also has an abundance of wildlife, including marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls and Roosevelt elk, mountain lions and black bears.



Trailhead with kiosk structure with maps and trail information.

Cottonwood Cabin

Cottonwood Cabin is in central Washington's Entiat Valley, on the banks of the Entiat River four miles above Entiat Falls, in a mature lodgepole pine and spruce forest at an elevation of 3,000 feet.

Steeped in history

The cabin was constructed in the 1940s as an administrative site to house fire, trail and campground crew personnel. The facility also includes a barn and corral where the district kept stock during a portion of the season for use by the trail crew and fire lookouts.

A recreational oasis

Today the cabin offers visitors a wonderful setting for recreation and relaxation from June through November in the forested mountain terrain of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  The area surrounding the cabin is home to abundant wildlife.

Guests will find that the surrounding area offers opportunities to hike, fish, bike and enjoy a long list of outdoor recreational activities throughout the year.

Anglers will enjoy casting a line into the Entiat River above Entiat Falls. Carving through a wide, U-shaped valley, the river is dominated by relatively shallow riffles interspersed with pools, plunge pools and glides where the trout fishing is quite good.  

Nearby Silver Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile hike along Silver Creek to the base of the 141-foot Silver Falls. Along the way, hikers are treated to views of the 141-foot cascade, as well as the Entiat valley below, and the mountains above. Beautiful stone staircases and bridges along the trail offer many stopping points to take the perfect photograph. 

Cowpuncher Guard Station


Cowpuncher Guard Station is located in the Dixie National Forest, 20 miles northeast of the town of Escalante in southern Utah. The cabin is situated just off the Hells Backbone Road and is accessed by road during summer and fall. Roads are usually closed by snow 5.5 miles from the cabin from late November to mid-April. Check the ranger station for winter conditions.


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The cabin is comfortably furnished with bunk beds and one full size bed, table and chairs, wood cook stove, propane stovetop, kitchen sink with cold running water (summer and early fall), battery operated lanterns, pots and pans, dishes and utensils. A covered porch extends the space outside with a picnic table and fire ring below. A vault toilet is located 150 ft. from the cabin and firewood is provided.

Natural Features

Cowpuncher sits in a secluded meadow surrounded by pine and aspen groves next to a small trout stream. The elevation at the cabin is 8,000 feet and the adjacent pine and aspen covered slopes quickly rise up to 8,900 feet. Summer days are warm and nights are cool.


The cabin is surrounded by trails, including the Great Western Trail which offer abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Horses may be kept in a corral just down the road. Pine Creek flows through the site offering excellent trout fishing. The scenic Hells Backbone Road is minutes away and is a popular scenic drive for both cars and OHVs.


  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Battery Lights
  • Bed(s) with mattress
  • Drinking Water (peak season)
  • Firewood
  • Propane Stove
  • Wood Stove
  • Stove/Oven
  • Grills/Fire Ring
  • Quiet Area
  • Furnished
  • Non Smoking
  • Deck
  • Picnic Table
  • Accessibility
  • Privacy
  • Fire Pit
  • Woodstove/Fireplace
  • Supplies

Nearby Attractions

Cowpuncher offers a cool escape from the surrounding desert landscape and is often used as a base to explore the surrounding area. The Escalante area of southern Utah offers breathtaking scenery nearly everywhere you look. Sightseeing along Road 153, Hells Backbone Road, and Utah Highway 12, a National All American Highway, is very popular. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Anasazi State Park, and the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park are all located in the area.
Crocker Guard Station

Recently refurbished by volunteers so that it can be shared with our visitors, this rustic cabin sleeps 10. It's ideal for a family get together, weddings or special event. No water and no electricity make it a perfect location to get unplugged and relax.

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If your group needs more accomodations, the Crocker Campground is just a hoot and a holler away.

Crooked Creek Information Center

Nestled at the head of Valdez Arm, the Crooked Creek Information Site is poised between the marine world of Prince William Sound and the forests of the mainland. Staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the site features spawning chum and pink salmon, abundant waterfowl and an occasional hungry black bear.

The Crooked Creek Information Site is a small, 3 acre site which harbors a waterfall and a clear water stream where pink and chum salmon return each summer to spawn. Occasionally, black bears can be observed feasting on the returning fish. The first salmon generally appear in the stream by mid-July and are present through October.

Across the Richardson Highway, the intertidal wetlands of the Valdez "Duck Flats" provide staging habitat for a variety of migrating birds and provide nesting habitat for ducks and geese.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Chugach National Forest staffs a small information site at Crooked Creek. Informational exhibits and Forest Service guides help visitors understand this fascinating area.

Cut Foot Visitor Center

Families enjoy the wildlife mounts and hands on activities. Watch for adventure programs. 

Daisy Pass Blue Lake #404.3A

The Daisy Pass Blue Lake Trail #404.3A begins at an intersection with the Daisy Pass Trail #404 and ends at Blue Lake. This trail is within the Raggeds Wilderness Area where wilderness regulations apply. There is a short steep climb as the trail switchbacks to the shelf cradling Blue Lake. Purple Mountain and Afley Peak form the backdrop for this pretty lake. The cliffs of the Scarp Ridge rim the lake basin to the south and Schuylkill Mountain, raising 12,146 ft., dominates the views to the northeast. In late July and early August the meadows are thick with beautiful wildflowers.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions

Dee Wright Observatory

Take a trip along the southern section of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway to the summit of the McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242) and you will find the Dee Wright Observatory settled atop vast, black lava flows. On the Cascade Range at 5,187 feet, this mountain observatory offers panoramic views of the Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.


As you make your way up to the observatory you will find interpretive panels with accounts of early travelers and area geology. Inside the observatory strategically placed windows frame the surrounding mountain peaks. On a clear day, you may even see Mt. Hood located a whopping 78.5 miles to the north. Continue up the stairs to the roof and you will discover a bronze peak finder with the names and elevations of the surrounding buttes and mountain peaks. 

A Land Full of History
As you journey to the observatory take a moment to consider the history and beauty of the route. The McKenzie Highway has grown from a trail, to a wagon road, to an early automobile route, and finally to the present highway. The route became a state highway in 1917, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. The highway’s designers sought to harmonize built structures with the natural setting, and with this idea in mind the Dee Wright Observatory was created. The observatory was designed by William N. Parke, and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp F-23 of Company 927, during the Great Depression. The circular tower was named as a memorial to Dee Wright, an employee of the Forest Service, a long-time packer, and Conservation Corps foreman. Since its completion in 1935, the observatory has been a favorite attraction for thousands of visitors each summer.

The east flank of the Cascade Range is a geologically young and complex volcanic region. Large composite and shield volcanoes line the crest of the Cascades, and hundreds of cinder cones dot the landscape. The Dee Wright Observatory is constructed on the lava flow which erupted from Yapoah Cone 2,600 to 2,900 years ago; this flow overlaps an earlier flow from the Little Belknap Crater.  The basaltic lava found in the area is called A A lava (pronounced “Ah Ah”); and is characterized by its rough and jagged surface.

The Lava River Interpretive Trail
The accessible Lava River National Recreation Trail is next to the observatory, offers an unusual half-mile hike. This paved interpretive trail provides remarkable views of lava that flowed from the surrounding craters. Hike right through numerous lava formations, learning about the area’s geology from signs along the way.