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COLD SPRINGS CABIN, OR

Photo: COLD SPRINGS CABIN
Status: Closed through Wed May 21 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cold 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.

Natural Features:

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.

Cold Spring Guard Station is located in an upland meadow near Big Summit Prairie, an area known for colorful wildflower displays that include wild parsley, bitterroot, cobalt blue meadow larkspur, Peck's mariposa lily and brilliant red Indian paintbrush. There are other plants that add beauty to this serene location, the most prominent being sagebrush and old-growth ponderosa pine. Quaking aspen mixes with the pines in the area surrounding the cabin.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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.

This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility, so visitors are asked to bring garbage bags. Visitors should also bring bedding, towels, washcloths, detergent, flashlights, lanterns, extra batteries and a first aid kit. The nearest town to buy supplies is 45 minutes away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Solar Lights
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the guard station is by combination lock; the combination code is included with confirmation letter
  • No RVs or camp trailers are allowed at this site
  • No domestic livestock allowed at this site
  • Smoking is prohibited inside cabin
  • Several old and fragile items, such as a map of Cold Springs, are left for visitor interest; please treat them with care
  • Visitors are expected to clean cabin before leaving
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire closures, road, weather or storms
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Ochoco National Forest

    Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.35667, -120.13167
44°21'24"N, 120°7'54"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COLD SPRINGS CABIN

PRINEVILLE OR 97754

Phone Number:

Project Office:(541)416-6500
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