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COLD SPRINGS CABIN, OR
part ofOchoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed May 20 2015 Season Dates
OverviewCold Springs Guard Station, constructed in 1934, is a historic site tucked into the Ochoco National Forest. It served a special role as the switchboard station connecting phone calls between various fire lookouts and guard stations during the summer months, as well as housing for the fire guard and his family. The current cabin replaced an earlier one that was destroyed by fire. Cold Springs Guard Station continued to be used by Forest Service employees into the 1990s, and remnants of its past can still be seen today.
This is the perfect destination for guests wanting the creature comforts of a home while in a rustic, natural setting. This cabin is can be reserved from mid-May through mid-October, and it accommodates up to eight people.
Several bands of wild free-roaming horses live in the Ochoco National Forest. Visitors can learn more about these horses from a Forest Service interpretive sign on Forest Service Road 42 on the way to the cabin. Other wildlife in the area includes squirrels, chipmunks, antelope, deer, elk, geese, hawks, osprey, eagles, sandhill cranes and great horned owls.
Wildlife watching and wildflower viewing are the primary recreational activities in this area. Nearby activities include mountain biking, road biking, hiking, fishing and hunting. There is a horseshoe pit outside the cabin.
The multi-room cabin is comfortably equipped with two bathrooms, one featuring a tub and the other a shower, and both with flush toilets. The kitchen has a propane cook stove and a propane refrigerator, and is stocked with basic utensils and cleaning supplies. There are three bedrooms, complete with beds, and a living room. The heat and hot water are propane operated. The cabin has solar lights. Drinking water is available in the building. There is a picnic table and fire ring for outdoor dining and campfires.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
To reach Cold Springs, travel 16 miles east of Prineville on Highway 26. Turn right at the junction to Ochoco Ranger Station, County Road 23, and travel 9 miles to the junction of Forest Road (FSR) 22 and 42. Stay right on FSR 42 and proceed approximately 22 miles. Just after crossing the North Fork on the Crooked River, turn left on FSR 30 and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right at the sign to Cold Springs Guard Station.
Mailing Address:COLD SPRINGS CABIN
PRINEVILLE OR 97754
Phone Number:Project Office: (541)416-6500