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part ofSalmon-Challis National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Mon Dec 14 2015   Season Dates


Cape Horn Winter Rental is located in beautiful Elk Meadow, approximately 16 miles northwest of Stanley, in central Idaho. It sits at an elevation of 6,660 feet. Guests enjoy the area for its endless winter recreation opportunities, including cross-country skiing, back country downhill skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated in a stand of lodgepole pines. On clear days, the cabin's front porch affords breathtaking views of the rugged Sawtooth Mountain Range to the south.


The Cape Horn area offers unlimited cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling opportunities in the surrounding meadows, and downhill skiing is available on the slopes behind the cabin. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message.


The cabin is open for reservations during the winter only. In the summer, it is used by Forest Service employees as a guard station.

The cabin can comfortably accommodate five people on one double bed and one single bed, each with mattresses, and two couches. More people can use sleeping bags on the floor, but due to the cabin's size, it is strongly recommended that groups be limited to eight people, though the absolute maximum allowed is 10.

The cabin is equipped with electricity, which powers the lights and a standard four-burner stove and oven, but due to heavy snowfall on power lines, electricity cannot be guaranteed at all times. Be prepared to cook meals on the wood stove if the power is out. Firewood is provided, though it may need to be split.

A table and chairs and additional seating is provided, along with candles, an oil lamp and a wooden rack for drying clothes. The water system is turned off during the winter season so the indoor flush toilet and running water are not available. A vault toilet is located behind the station.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couches
  • Electricity
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Lights
  • Mattress(es)
  • Refrigerator
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Walk-in use is not allowed; reservations must be made via the website or call center prior to arrival
  • A maximum of 10 people is allowed at the cabin
  • Horses and livestock are not permitted at the cabin
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • No tent, trailer or RV camping is allowed at the site
  • Snowfall can be heavy and Highway 21 may be closed at times; access is still possible from Boise via Sun Valley and over Galena Summit to Stanley
  • On occasion, Highway 21 in the Stanley Basin may not be plowed to the skier's parking pullout, changing the distance to ski to the guard station from 1.7 miles to nearly 9 miles
  • The cabin remains locked; please call (208) 879-4100 or email jwisner@fs.fed.us at least five days prior to arrival to obtain the combination
  • Click here for more information on the Salmon-Challis National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.37111, -115.12583
44°22'16"N, 115°7'33"W

The guard station it is less than two miles by skiing cross-country from State Highway 21 or approximately four miles by following the Stanley-Landmark Snowmobile Trail.

If you are a first time renter, it is important to get detailed directions. To obtain these, click here or call the district office at (208) 879-4100.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Cape Horn Winter Rental (ID) HC 63, BOX 1669
CHALLIS  ID  83226

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)879-4100
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