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part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Caribou 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.

Natural Features:

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.

The guard station sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet and is tucked into a stand of mixed conifers at the edge of a meadow. Wildlife in the area include black bear, wolf, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, grizzly bears, mountain lion and pronghorn (bear safety tips).


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.

Drinking water is not provided. Guests are required to bring their own water, as well as garbage bags to pack out their trash. Bedding, dish soap, cooking pots, kitchen utensils and emergency items like a first aid kit are not available.

Nearby Attractions:

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Please call the district office at (208) 847-0375 four days prior to arrival to confirm the security combination
  • No water is available at the cabin
  • Lighting instructions are posted in the cabin; please read and follow them carefully before lighting any appliances
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility
  • Guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Caribou-Targhee 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):
43.15028, -111.32
43°9'1"N, 111°19'12"W

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.

Contact Information:

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Phone Number:

Information:  (208)847-0375

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