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COLTON GUARD STATION, UT

part ofAshley National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: COLTON GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Colton Guard Station is located in the Colton Hollow area, approximately 5 miles west of U.S. Highway 191. It is near Vernal, Utah, in the Ashley National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the complex in 1933 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal instituted during the Great Depression. It was a residence for rangers who patrolled the forest on horseback prior to the age of modern vehicles.

The Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District has chosen to rent this guard station to the public so that guests can enjoy a rustic experience similar to that of the first rangers. Colton Guard Station is open for reservations all months of the year, except November, April and May.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle throughout warmer months and during the winter, access is by snowmobile, cross-country ski or snowshoe travel. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The complex sits in Colton Hollow, at an elevation of 8,500 feet. Aspens and pines surround the site, offering nice shade. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant in the area.

Recreation:

In summer months, numerous hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the area. In winter months, endless snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities are right out the front door.

Facilities:

A cabin and bunkhouse are located within the complex. The cabin can sleep four people on one twin-size bunk and one double-size futon. No linens, bedding or pillows are provided. The bunkhouse behind the cabin can sleep up to eight additional people, on several provided twin mattresses. Tent camping is allowed outside. The maximum capacity for overnight guests is 12 people.

From mid-June to mid-September, the cabin has running water, a flush toilet and a shower. The kitchen has basic amenities including a sink, propane stove/oven, refrigerator, table and four chairs. A basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes and utensils is provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies. The cabin has a wood-burning stove for heat. A campfire ring with grill is located outside.

From mid-September to mid-June, most amenities are shut off. There is no water, no indoor toilet and no shower. The refrigerator is also turned off during that time. The operable amenities include the propane cook stove, wood-burning stove and outdoor vault toilet.

Nearby Attractions:

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs, but also for its world-class fishing for lake, brown and rainbow trout. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving are popular activities on the reservoir, which can be accessed within 30 miles.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Futon(s)
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mattress(es)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Oven
  • Propane Stove
  • RV Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Utility Sink
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin is secured with a combination lock, which is provided upon reservation; call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three days prior to your reservation to confirm the code
  • Level parking is provided for a maximum of two RVs or camp trailers
  • Wheeled vehicle traffic is allowed access to Colton Guard Station from approximately May 16 to December 19; snowmobile, cross-country ski or snowshoe travel is required from approximately December 20 to May 15
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map
  • Click here for more information on the Ashley National Forest, or call (435) 789-1181
  • 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):
40.66722, -109.51861
40°40'2"N, 109°31'7"W

Follow the mileage indications below and look for signs when traveling to Colton Guard Station. Leave with plenty of time to arrive at the guard station before dark.

From Vernal, travel north on U.S. Highway 191/Vernal Avenue for approximately 20 miles. Turn left (west) on Forest Road 020. A paved parking lot with a restroom is located at the intersection. Continue northwest on the paved Forest Road 020 for approximately two miles. Turn left (southwest) at Forest Road 019 and continue for less than a mile, reaching an intersection (Forest roads 028 and 019). Turn left, continuing south on Forest Road 019. Continue approximately 1.75 miles, where the road turns sharply to the right (west). Follow the hairpin turn down into a ravine to Colton Guard Station.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COLTON GUARD STATION
355 N Vernal Ave
VERNAL  UT  84078

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)740-4918
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