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part ofDixie National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sun May 04 2014   Season Dates


Cowpuncher Guard Station is located about 20 miles northeast of Escalante, Utah, in a meadow surrounded by pines and aspens. A small trout stream runs in front of the cabin. Summer days are warm and nights are cool. Popular activities include stream fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and big game hunting.

This rustic two-room cabin sleeps four people comfortably on one double bed and one set of bunk beds with mattresses. No linens or bedding are provided. A couch, propane cook range, propane refrigerator, hot water heater, wood cook stove, lanterns, and indoor shower are provided. An outhouse is located just down a trail from the cabin. Some dishes, pots and pans are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Restroom
  • Bird Watching
  • Dishes & Tableware
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Photography
  • Pots & Pans
  • Scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • Table
Know Before You Go
  • Site access is difficult; about 14 miles of the road is gravel, with some steep sections.
  • Water is shut off before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
  • Water may not be available.
  • There is no electricity.
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant.
  • Fees are nonrefundable.
  • Use is limited to a maximum of 7 persons.
  • Same day reservations are allowed.
  • Camping is not allowed at this site. Please do not use tents, motor homes, or RVs. No saddle, pack or draft animals are allowed.
  • ATVs are allowed for ingress and egress only.
  • You are responsible for the removal of your own trash from the cabin. Please bring garbage bags. This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility.
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    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.97972, -111.65611
    37°58'47"N, 111°39'22"W

    From Highway 12 in Escalante, turn north on 300E. Drive 14 miles to the junction of Forest Roads 154 and 153. Continue on FR153 for 4.5 miles. Turn left on FR145 toward Blue Spruce Campground. Travel 0.7 miles to Cowpuncher Gate. Cabin is 0.2 miles past the gate.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O BOX 246
    ESCALANTE UT 84726

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