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JOHNSON GUARD STATION, ID
part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewJohnson Guard Station is located 30 miles east of Soda Springs, Idaho, on a site that was established in 1910. The current building was constructed in 1934, and is named after James J. Johnson, who served as ranger of the Georgetown Ranger District from 1907-1913. It's been used for various purposes over the years, from serving as summer headquarters to housing work crews.
The cabin is accessible by car in warmer months and by snowmobile in winter. The cabin provides a few conveniences, so guests should be prepared to bring the supplies and equipment they need to make their stay more comfortable.
The cabin sits in a meadow at an elevation of 6,500 feet surrounded by the peaks of Dry Ridge and the Webster subrange in southeastern Idaho. Stands of aspen and lodgepole pine dot the landscape.
The Bear Canyon OHV Trail is about 1 mile north of the guard station (Idaho OHV safety message). Hikers and mountain bikers will also find trails nearby. The area surrounding the cabin is a playground for snowmobilers and skiers in the winter months.
The guard station has a maximum capacity of 15 people. One sleeping room is available with four bunk beds (sleeping eight people total). Guests need to provide bedding and sleeping pads. The kitchen has a gas stove for cooking and a dining table with chairs. A gas furnace heats the cabin. Propane is provided for the lights, cook stove and heater. A vault toilet and picnic table are located outside.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Soda Springs, take Highway 34 north approximately 12 miles to the China Hat turnoff (Blackfoot River Narrows). This road will follow Blackfoot River for another 11 miles to a junction; there is a Forest Service sign at this point. Take the right fork (Caribou National Forest Road 102) southeast for another 10 miles to the guard station. The road will turn into Diamond Creek Road. Maps are available upon request at the district office.
Mailing Address:JOHNSON GUARD STATION
421 WEST 2ND SOUTH
SODA SPRINGS ID 83276
Phone Number:Information: (208)847-0375