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BRUSH CREEK WORK CENTER BARRACK, WY

Photo: BRUSH CREEK WORK CENTER BARRACK
Status: Closed through Sat Aug 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Brush Creek Work Center is located in the Brush Creek drainage on the western slopes of the Medicine Bow Mountain Range in southern Wyoming.

The original structure was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937, reflective of Forest Service architecture and philosophy. The current facility was built in 1981 and offers a comfortable, unique lodging opportunity in the Routt National Forest from December through April.

The cabin is accessible by car and offers many modern amenities. Guests only need to bring a few of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

Brush Creek Work Center sits in a valley formed by the Barrett Creek and Brush Creek drainages at an elevation of 8,100 feet. The buildings are bordered by dense pine forest to the north and east, and open sagebrush to the west.

From open, high expanses to valleys and canyons that rise steeply to snowy ranges, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests encompass mountain ranges, tributaries to the North Platte River and the Colorado River, and a mix of forested ecology with spruce, lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, aspen and shrub lands.

This diverse landscape supports a variety of wildlife species. Bald eagles and ospreys may be seen perched on tall trees or in flight. Lucky guests may catch a glimpse of pronghorn, elk, moose, deer or black bear.

Recreation:

The cabin offers an ideal winter playground, with a snowy landscape perfect for recreation. Snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities. The Brush Creek Cross-Country Ski Trails are made up of loop trails winding through aspen, lodgepole pine stands and reclaimed clear-cuts. The frequency of trail grooming depends on weather conditions and equipment.

Facilities:

This bi-level house can accommodate up to eight people comfortably in four bedrooms with a set of twin beds in each. The small living room has a TV, but reception is weak. The large kitchen and dining area is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, basic kitchen utensils and cooking supplies. Two bathrooms include showers and flush toilets. The house has electricity and heat.

Guests should bring a few of their own supplies, including food, sleeping bags, pillows, towels, dish soap, extra toilet paper and garbage bags. Additional light sources should be brought for emergencies. All trash and food should be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electricity
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flush Toilets
  • Heater
  • Lights
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table and Chairs
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Please call the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District office at (307) 326-5258 prior to your stay to confirm key location for the house; the Forest Service office is not open evenings, weekends or federal holidays
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Pets and livestock are not allowed at this facility
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The house is a no-smoking facility
  • Please clean house upon departure
  • Make sure house is locked upon departure
  • Learn more about Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.34, -106.52
41°20'24"N, 106°31'12"W

From Saratoga, Wyoming, travel south on Highway 130 for 8 miles to the junction of Highway 130 and Highway 230. Turn east on Highway 130 and travel for 12 miles to the Brush Creek Work Center. Turn into the work center and park at the bi-level house. The driveway is plowed to the Brush Creek Barracks.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BRUSH CREEK WORK CENTER BARRACK
5556 South Highway 130 P.O BOX 249
SARATOGA  WY  82331

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)326-5258
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