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LA BARGE GUARD STATION, WY

part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LA BARGE GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Historic La Barge Guard Station is located 87 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming in the Hams Fork Area of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The cabin is situated in beautiful La Barge Meadow, among vibrant summer wildflowers at the base of pine-covered Commissary Ridge.

Constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the rustic cabin welcomes guests for sightseeing, hiking, fishing and more. Pets and horses are allowed at the cabin.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits near La Barge Creek in a grassy meadow at about 8,500 feet in elevation. Pine trees dot the land around the cabin and cover the surrounding hillsides.

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.

Recreation:

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular summer activities in the surrounding area. The Wagner Pass Trail begins behind the cabin, offering scenic hiking as it follows the Lander Cutoff Historical Trail. Snowmobiling and cross country skiing can be done right out the front door in winter.

La Barge Creek offers pleasant trout fishing opportunities.

Facilities:

The guard station is a basic, 1930s style CCC cabin with two rooms. It sleeps six people on three bunkbeds with mattresses. The cabin is available year-round.

The cabin is equipped with a propane oven, refrigerator, lights and a wood stove. In summer months, an indoor flush toilet, sink and shower are available. In winter, the indoor plumbing is not available. A vault toilet is located behind the cabin. Some dishes, pots, pans and utensils are provided, but the presence of these items is not guaranteed.

No electricity, linens or bedding are provided. In winter, no drinking water is available, so guests should bring plenty for drinking and cooking. Recommended items to bring include dish soap, dish towels, toilet paper, garbage bags and a flashlight. Firewood is provided. Please contact the Kemmerer District Office for information on road access and availability of amenities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Entry requires a permit, key for the cabin and combination lock for the gate; contact the ranger district at (307) 877-4415 during office hours to arrange for pickup
  • Winter access is by snowmobile only on a 22-mile trail
  • Summer access is on gravel and dirt roads; high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended
  • No water is available in winter months
  • Horses must be watered from the creek; do not fill stock tanks with water from cabin
  • Hay must be certified weed-free
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • 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):
42.51944, -110.69944
42°31'10"N, 110°41'58"W

From Kemmerer, WY, follow US-189 north to the junction of La Barge Road, just south of the town of La Barge. Turn left on La Barge Road and travel 25 miles (the first 11 miles of this road are paved) to the forest boundary. Continue following La Barge Road/Forest Road 10138 for 14 more miles to the Tri Basin Divide/Forest Road 10072 junction and turn left. Drive 1/2-mile and turn left. La Barge Guard Station is at the end of the road.

From Afton, WY, follow US-89 south 14.5 miles to the Smith's Fork Road/Forest Road 10072 junction. Turn left at the junction and follow Smith's Fork Road for about 22 miles to the La Barge Guard Station road. Turn right. La Barge Guard Station is at the end of the road.

Winter access is by snowmobile only on a 22-mile trail.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LA BARGE GUARD STATION
308 US HWY 189 N
KEMMERER  WY  83101

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)877-4415
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