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part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Kelley Guard Station is a historic Forest Service guard station built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. Located about 45 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming, along the Big Springs Scenic Backway, the cabin attracts overnight guests year-round and provides convenient access to hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Big Springs Scenic Backway is a 68-mile road that boasts magnificent mountain views, wildflowers covered meadows and river valleys where grazing sheep may be spotted.

Natural Features:

The cabin is perched on a grassy space surrounded by a stand of mixed conifers at 8,200 feet in elevation. Kelley Creek flows beside the guard station, offering a serene soundtrack of flowing water.

Moose, elk, eagles and sandhill cranes are among the wildlife likely to be seen. An abundance of wildflowers color the landscape in summer.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states.


Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and off-road vehicle riding are popular summer activities in the surrounding area. Snowmobiling and cross country skiing can be done right out the front door in winter.


This rustic two-room cabin sleeps four people on two bunkbeds with mattresses. The kitchen is equipped with a propane stove, refrigerator, lights and a wood stove for heat. Drinking water, a flush toilet, bathroom sink, shower and kitchen sink are available during the summer months only. Some dishes, pots, pans and utensils are provided, however the presence of these items is not guaranteed. A picnic table and campfire ring are located outside the cabin, and firewood is provided.

No running water is available during winter months but an outhouse is on-site. No linens or bedding are provided. Items to bring include food, bedding, dish soap, dish rags, toilet paper, garbage bags and a flashlight. Visitors should bring plenty of drinking water in winter months.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Propane Lights
  • Showers
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • A permit must be reviewed and signed before occupancy of the cabin; signature must be the same name the reservation is under. Once this is completed, the combination to the cabin lock will issued. A permit can be obtained at the Kemmerer Ranger District Office, 308 US Hwy 189, Kemmerer, WY, Monday-Friday 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (excluding weekends and Federal Holidays) or call (307) 828-5100 to arrange for permits to be sent and signed and approved via email or fax.
  • Winter access is by snowmobile only on a 10-mile trail
  • Summer access is on gravel and dirt roads; high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended
  • No water is available in winter months
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided
  • Pets are allowed
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • No horses or livestock allowed
  • No smoking allowed
  • Bears frequent the area; be aware of bear safety
  • Beware of poisonous chemicals used to control rodent population
  • Click here to learn more about the Bridger-Teton 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):
42.26444, -110.79889
42°15'52"N, 110°47'56"W

From Kemmerer, WY, follow U.S. Highway 189 north to the junction of Wyoming Highway 233 and Ham's Fork Road. Turn left on Ham's Fork Road and drive about 38 miles (the first 19 miles of this road is paved) to Ham's Fork Campground. Just past the campground, take the left fork in the road and cross Ham's Fork River. Drive about 2.5 miles to Green Knoll/Forest Road 10198 junction and turn left. Then drive 3.8 miles to Nugent Park/Forest Road 10069 junction and turn right. Drive 0.8 miles to Kelley Guard Station Road and turn right. The guard station is about 1/2-mile from the junction.

Winter access is by snowmobile only on a 10-mile trail.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

308 US HWY 189 N

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)877-4415
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