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part ofWallowa Whitman National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Antlers Guard Station was built in 1935 for the fire crews who patrolled Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Forest Roads were not yet well developed, and it was impractical for crews to travel daily between the remote parts of the forest and the ranger station. The Civilian Conservation Corps built this structure to allow crews to stay where they worked. Antlers Guard Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Guests who stay at Antlers Guard Station can still get away from it all while enjoying the basic comforts of home. The cabin is accessible by car. The road leading to the cabin is typically plowed in winter, but snow chains, shovels or high clearance vehicles may be required to get through the deep snow in the driveway.

Natural Features:

Antlers Guard Station sits at an elevation of 4,107 feet on the west bank of the scenic North Fork of the Burnt River. The surrounding forest is ponderosa pine.

Rattlesnakes, mountain lions and black bears inhabit this area (information on bear safety).


This cabin is popular with cross-country skiers and snowmobilers in winter, and groomed snowmobile routes are available nearby. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking down forest roads, hunting and riding OHVs. Anglers can fish for trout in the North Fork Burnt River. Panning for gold is also permitted.


Antlers Guard Station is a cozy, rustic cabin with 2 small rooms. The combined living room and bedroom is furnished with a double futon and 2 sets of bunk beds that sleep 6 people comfortably. The kitchen has a table and chairs, a propane range and refrigerator, and utensils for cooking and eating.

A propane fireplace for heating and propane lights are provided. An outhouse and garage are located near the cabin. Water is available from an outside hand pump, and there is a fire ring and picnic tables for outdoor dining.

Guests are required to bring garbage bags to pack out their trash, and they are expected to clean the guard station before leaving. Bedding, towels and emergency items like flashlights and first aid kits are not provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Whitney is 2 miles from Antlers Guard Station. This ghost town, once the home of railway and sawmill workers, fell into decline around 1918. Several long-abandoned buildings are still standing.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Futon(s)
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Fireplace
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Oven
  • Propane refrigerator
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Berry Picking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Snowmobile Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; call (541) 523-6391 two weeks prior to stay to confirm the combination
  • Maximum capacity is 6 people
  • Cell phone coverage is limited in the area
  • Additional use of RVs, tents and trailers must be within the capacity of the cabin and site usage; guest camping at the site is not allowed
  • Pets are welcome but must remain outside
  • Vehicle parking is allowed in the driveway, not in cabin yard
  • Riding and pack stock are not allowed in the cabin yard or premises
  • Hanging and cleaning of game animals is not allowed on the premises
  • ATVs are only allowed on designated roads and trails; a State of Oregon ATV permit is required to use ATVs on Forest Service Roads and trails
  • All Forest Service Cabin rentals are nonsmoking facilities
  • Click here for more information about Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.63361, -118.2875
44°38'1"N, 118°17'15"W

From Unity, Oregon: go northwest 2 miles toward John Day on Highway 26. Turn right (north) on State Road 245 and go past Unity Reservoir. Approximately 2 miles past the reservoir, turn left (north) on County Road 535 (which becomes County Road 529) and go 18 miles to the Antlers Guard Station on your right. Driving time from Unity is approximately 45 minutes.

From Baker City: take State Highway 7 south approximately 38 miles to County Road 529. Turn south at the old Whitney town site. Follow County 529 (approximately 2 miles) along the North Fork of the Burnt River to the Cabin on your left. Driving time from Baker City is one hour.

From John Day: take State Highway 26 east to Austin Jct., turn north on State Highway 7 to County Road 529. Drive approximately 15.5 miles, and then turn south at the old Whitney town site. Follow County Road 529 (approximately two miles) along the North Fork of the Burnt River to the cabin on your left. Driving time from John Day is approx. 1 hour.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 947
Baker City  OR  97814

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)523-6391

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