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INDIAN CREEK GUARD STATION, UT

part ofManti-La Sal National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: INDIAN CREEK GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Tue Oct 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Indian Creek Guard Station is located next to Ferron Reservoir, just below the Wasatch Plateau on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in central Utah. The cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and was used by generations of forest rangers serving in the back country.

Guests enjoy year-round recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, off-roading, snowmobiling and skiing.

Natural Features:

The guard station is situated facing Ferron Reservoir and the front porch offers partial lake views through the trees. Stands of Englemann spruce, fir and aspens cover the area.

Skyline Drive runs along the top of the Wasatch Plateau for more than 60 miles, rewarding visitors with beautiful mountain scenery, glacial cirques, spruce-fir and aspen forests, numerous lakes and reservoirs. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are plentiful, and autumn leaves put on quite a show.

Due to the guard station's high elevation of 9,400 feet, guests should be prepared for all types of weather including snow or hail, especially after September.

Recreation:

Ferron Reservoir is adjacent, providing canoeing, boating (small craft only) and fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Skyline Drive passes above the campground on top of the plateau.

The expansive Arapeen ATV Trail System can be accessed close by, and offers more than 350 miles of designated, maintained trails suitable for all riding levels.

In the winter, the surrounding area becomes a playground for snowmobile enthusiasts. Cross-country skiing, back country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities.

Facilities:

The guard station complex can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, with six inside and four camped in tents outside of the facility. RVs are not allowed. The guard station contains single bunks with mattresses for four people. Guests must bring their own linens, bedding and pillows.

The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, sink, wood stove, propane lighting and propane appliances, including a refrigerator, stove and oven and hot water heater. Limited utensils and cookware are available but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies and matches.

Drinking water and an indoor flush toilet and shower are available from July through mid-September. A vault toilet is available 50 feet from the cabin during the winter months.

Forest Service volunteers are stationed on-site during the summer months. They usually stay in a trailer on the guard station compound near the cabin.

Nearby Attractions:

Ferron Campground is located less than a half-mile away from the guard station. Rush Pond and Willow Lake are a short drive east, both with additional fishing and scenic views.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Parking Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
Know Before You Go
  • To obtain the key to the cabin, you must stop at one of the three Ranger District offices during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday); Ferron Ranger District: 115 West Canyon Road, Ferron, UT 84523; Sanpete Ranger District: 540 North Main Street, Ephraim, UT 84627; Price Ranger District: 599 W. Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501
  • Keys must be returned to the office from which they were acquired between December and March; from April through November, they may be left in a drop box at the cabin (alternatives may be provided if requested in advance)
  • Anytime after September, snow may make the cabin inaccessible by wheeled vehicles; snowmobile access is necessary after significant snow accumulation; call the Ferron Ranger District at (435) 384-2372 for current conditions
  • Indoor plumbing will not be available from approximately mid-September through March; guests must bring their own water and use the vault toilet outside (bring a snow shovel to access toilet in the winter)
  • Firewood is supplied from December through March only; bring your own matches year-round
  • This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility; please bring garbage bags and haul all trash out upon departure
  • No pets or livestock allowed
  • Basic cleaning supplies are provided; guests must clean the cabin before departure
  • All Utah State OHV rules are enforced on the forest; call the OHV hotline, at (801) 538-7433; maps of the road and trail system may be obtained from the Ranger District
  • Click here for more information on the Manti-La Sal 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):
39.14083, -111.45806
39°8'27"N, 111°27'29"W

From Ferron, head west on West Canyon Road. Heading out of town, you will pass the golf course and Millsite Park. The pavement ends near the forest boundary. Stay on this road till you get to Ferron Reservoir, about 27 miles. Go to the left around the reservoir and you will see a sign for the guard station.

From Mayfield, head east through Twelve Mile Canyon, on Forest Development Road 022. Near the top of the plateau, you'll see Twelve Mile Flat Campground on the right. Across from the campground, make a left and continue on Forest Development Road 022, over the plateau and down the other side, about 3 miles. You'll see the guard station on the left before you pass the reservoir.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

INDIAN CREEK GUARD STATION
115 West Canyon Road, P.O. Box 310
Ferron  UT  84523

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)384-2372
Ferron District Office: 435-384-2372 or Sanpete District Office: 435-283-4151

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