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BASSAM GUARD STATION, CO
part ofPSICC, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 30 2014 Season Dates
OverviewBassam Cabin is located southeast of Buena Vista, Colorado just off of Forest Roads 307 and 187. The cabin dates back to the 1920s and provides visitors with access to many recreation opportunities in the remote back country of the Aspen Ridge area. Historical research, photos and stories available at the cabin are made possible in part through a grant from the Colorado Historical Society.
The cabin was originally built around 1911 and was home to a forest guard. Early forest guards lived in tents or if they were lucky, in a cabin like the Bassam Guard Station. These men monitored grazing sheep and cattle, managed timber harvesting, apprehended poachers and wrote reports about fire, road and weather conditions.
The cabin sits in a stand of Aspens at an approximate elevation of 9,700 feet, south of Bassam Ridge. The cabin is within the Salida Ranger District, spanning 440,000 acres of public lands in central Colorado. The Arkansas River flows through the valley and is one of Colorado's premiere whitewater rafting areas.
Hiking and horseback riding are highly enjoyed activities in the area. Horseback riding around the Bassam Guardstation is limited to cross-country riding. There are no established and maintained trails for horseback or hiking around this area.
The 14'x 16' cabin includes a full-sized bed, dresser, a small table with two chairs and a propane stove. A metal campfire ring and picnic table are onsite. The cabin sleeps two adults, and an additional six adults may camp outside in tents or a camper. The bunkhouse and barn are off-limits to the public
Guests may enjoy a visit to Arkansas Headwaters State Park. The nearest pay phone is located in Johnson Village, about 15 miles away. Visitors should note that 15 miles could take nearly an hour to drive, due to narrow mountain roads.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Salida, drive north on Highway 285 to Johnson Village. Go east on Highway 24/285 about 7.5 miles. Turn onto County Rd 307 and drive for 1.5 miles. Turn south onto County Road 187 and go 7 miles to Forest Road 186 (take the right fork). Drive 1 mile to Forest Development Road 186A, turn left, and go 100 yards to the cabin entrance gate.
Mailing Address:BASSAM GUARD STATION
325 W RAINBOW BLVD
SALIDA CO 81201
Phone Number:Project Office: (719)539-3591