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part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Egan Basin Guard Station is a rustic retreat in the Montpelier Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest of southeastern Idaho, near the Utah border. The Montpelier area is known for its abundance of year-round recreational opportunities.

The guard station is accessible by car during warmer weather. Winter guests must be prepared to snowmobile to the cabin in snowy weather, and are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety. The cabin provides few amenities, so guests should be prepared to haul most of the gear and supplies they'll need to make their stay comfortable.

Natural Features:

Egan Basin Guard Station is situated in an open meadow surrounded by mixed conifers and aspens. Wildflowers dot the landscape in the summer. The cabin sits at an elevation of 7,500 feet surrounded by the limestone and dolomite peaks of the Bear River Mountains.

Large populations of deer, elk and moose inhabit this rugged backcountry. Pikas and marmots make their home here as well. Beavers are often spotted in the mountain streams.


Guests can enjoy nearby trails for hiking, mountain biking and off-road vehicles (Idaho OHV safety message). Winter sports include snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Anglers can fish in nearby Beaver Creek. Hunting areas are located nearby.


The guard station has a maximum capacity of 15 people. This is a single-room A-frame cabin with a table and chairs, two single beds and a sleeping loft. A wood stove is provided for heat and firewood may be available.

A picnic table is just outside the cabin. An outhouse with vault toilet is located on-site.

Water and electricity are not available. Guests must provide their own drinking water. A cook stove, light sources, cookware, kitchen utensils, bedding and emergency supplies are not provided.

Guests must bring trash bags to pack out their garbage, and are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Snow shovel
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
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
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility
  • 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 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):
42.05361, -111.57083
42°3'13"N, 111°34'15"W

Egan Basin Guard Station is located 31 miles southwest of Montpelier, Idaho. Follow Highway 89 south 17 miles to St. Charles. Turn west on 200 North. Continue west 1.5 miles to Forest Road 411 (Green Canyon) and follow 411 west/southwest to Forest Road 415. At this intersection, follow the signs west 5 miles to the guard station sign, turn south for 1/4 mile to the guard station. Maps are available upon request at the district office.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

322 N 4TH ST

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)847-0375
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