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CARIBOU MOUNTAIN GUARD STATION, ID
part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewCaribou Mountain and the National Forest are named after a man known as "Cariboo Jack," who discovered gold in this area in 1870. He was an adventurous man who became a local legend. Today, the guard station on Caribou Mountain is a haven for adventurers who enjoy a variety of recreational activities.
The guard station can be accessed by car during the warmer months, but only snowmobiles or skis can be used in winter. Guests should be prepared to make the 6-mile trek with all the gear and supplies they need to make their stay comfortable.
Caribou Mountain is the second highest peak in southeastern Idaho, with an elevation of 9,803 feet, and the tallest mountain in the Caribou Range. The marshes of Grays Lake spread out below the summit at an elevation of 6,386 feet.
Guests at Caribou Mountain Guard Station can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Off-road vehicle trails include the Caribou Mountain ATV Trail and the Caribou Mountain Mine Trail. Click here for an Idaho OHV safety message.
The cabin can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests. One sleeping room is available with a total of eight single beds with mattresses. A propane cook stove, propane lights and space heater are available, in addition to a supply of propane. A dining area includes a table and chairs. Only a few dishes and cups are provided. A vault toilet and picnic table are located outside.
Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a popular place for bird watching. Sandhill cranes, whooping cranes and trumpeter swans are the main attractions, but the refuge is home to many bird species. Areas of the refuge are open for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Soda Springs, take Highway 34 north approximately 27 miles to W Side Road and turn left. This becomes West Side Road. Drive about 9 miles to Grays Lake Road and turn right. After 3.6 miles, turn left on McCoy Creek Road (Forest Road 087) and follow for 6.5 miles to the guard station. Maps are available upon request at the district office.
Mailing Address:CARIBOU MOUNTAIN GUARD STATION
421 WEST 2ND SOUTH
SODA SPRINGS ID 83276
Phone Number:Information: (208)847-0375