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FITTON GUARD STATION CABIN, CO

part ofRio Grande National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FITTON GUARD STATION CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fitton Guard Station is a small cabin located in a high elevation meadow at 10,600 feet on Burro Creek near an off-highway vehicle trail. The barn was renovated in 2010 and a vault toilet was installed.

Natural Features:

There are meadows, aspen groves and spruce/fir forests near the cabin. At 13, 200 feet, Bennett Peak sits southeast of the cabin. Off Cow Camp is located 400 yards downstream from Fitton Guard Station and is available as a rental cabin to the public.

Recreation:

The surrounding area offers many recreation opportunities, including hunting, hiking, off-highway vehicle riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, horseback riding and fishing.

Facilities:

The small, rustic cabin sleeps four (two bunk beds). There is a wood burning cook stove, firewood, outhouse, barn for horses, fire ring, table, chairs and a small covered porch. There is no potable water. Natural sources of water should be treated before use.

Nearby Attractions:

The Burro Creek off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails connect to many miles of OHV trails and forest roads in the area. The trails are also used by motorcycles, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. During the winter, snowmobilers and backcountry skiers use the area near the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Horse Corrals
  • Pit Toilets
  • Stable
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Caution: Bears frequent the area. Keep the cabin area clean. Store all food in secure, closed containers. Do not leave food outside the cabin.
  • A combination code is needed to access the cabin. Please check your confirmation letter for the combination code.
  • For more information, please call the Divide Ranger District at 719-657-3321.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.48806, -106.46861
    37°29'17"N, 106°28'7"W

    There are several ways to access the cabin from the upper and lower trailheads of the Burro Creek OHV Trail. From the west side of the town of Del Norte, head south on County Road 14 for 12 miles to the lower Burro Creek Trailhead. The cabin is 6 miles upstream from this trailhead and 1.5 miles from the upper trailhead. The upper trailhead is located 28 miles from the town of Del Norte and is accessed by Forest Service Roads 329 and 329.1C.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    FITTON GUARD STATION CABIN
    Rio Grande National Forest, 13308 US Highway 160
    Del Norte  CO  81132

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (719)657-3321
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