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Status: Closed through Sun May 31 2015   Season Dates


La Prele Guard Station is located south of Douglas, Wyoming in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. It was originally built as a remote ranger station in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was converted into a work center when the La Prele Ranger District was discontinued in 1956.

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Today, it provides a unique lodging experience and delightful spot for guests seeking recreation and relaxation in south central Wyoming.

The guard station is open from June through October each year and is accessible by car. Many modern conveniences are provided, but guests will need to bring a few of their own supplies to make their stay comfortable. There is no electricity, the Forest Service provides battery operated lanterns for use. Please note that candles are not permitted and are in violation with Special Order No. MRBTB 2013-07. Please click here for more info about Exhibit A.

Natural Features:

The guard station sits in a grassy clearing surrounded by a mixed conifer forest at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Mountains define the landscape and La Prele Creek flows nearby.

Wildlife viewing is abundant near the cabin, including elk and deer. Migratory birds, squirrels and an occasional black bear find habitat in the forest as well.


Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding and hunting can be found within the vicinity. Off-road vehicle riders can access trails in the area as well.

The trailhead for the Twin Peaks trail is three miles north of La Prele Guard Station and provides great access for elk and deer hunters. The trail meanders through both private and public land to the base of Twin Peaks. From the top of the peaks, views of the Laramie Mountains dominate the landscape.

Anglers will enjoy fly fishing for a variety of trout at La Prele Creek within walking distance from the cabin.


The log structure has two bedrooms equipped with beds and mattresses that can accommodate up to ten people. The kitchen offers a refrigerator, stove, table with chairs, basic cooking and eating utensils, and cookware. The cabin has indoor plumbing, giving guests access to running water, a shower and a flush toilet; however, it is recommended that you bring drinking water. A propane water heater provides hot water.

The cabin does not have electricity. The fireplace upstairs is usually adequate for heating the guard station during the summer, though there is also a coal and wood-burning furnace. Coal and firewood are available in the basement. A campfire ring is just outside.

Guests need to provide their own food, sleeping bags, pillows, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. An emergency light source is recommended. There is no trash collection; all trash, food, and personal items must be taken with you at check out.

Adjacent to the guard station, Campbell Creek Campground has six campsites that can accommodate tents, campers and trailers up to 22 feet. Campsite #1 can accommodate a longer trailer of 30 feet.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flush Toilets
  • Heater
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Table & Chairs
Less Than 1 Mile
  • RV sites
  • Tent sites
Within 10 Miles
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Access to the guard station is by combination lock, and the combination is included with the confirmation letter at the bottom. If there are any questions, please call (307) 358-4690.
  • Contact the ranger district office prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Pets, of all sizes, are not allowed at this facility
  • No more than four horses are permitted in the corral at one time. Horses must remain in the corral and are not to be ridden around the grounds.
  • All manure and hay (weed free) must be cleaned up and packed out upon departure.
  • Rental agreement is for the main cabin only, use of the other buildings on the grounds is not permitted under any circumstance.
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • Please clean cabin upon departure
  • Make sure cabin is locked upon departure
  • There is no trash collection at this facility; "Pack it in, Pack it out"
  • Learn more about Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
  • 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):
42.45278, -105.83389
42°27'10"N, 105°50'2"W

From Douglas, Wyoming, take Highway 94 (Esterbrook Road) for 2 miles. Turn right on County Road 9 (Chalk Buttes Road) and travel 3 miles. Turn left onto Highway 91 (Cold Springs Road) and travel 25 miles south. The pavement ends and the road becomes Converse County Road 24. Continue south and southwest on Converse County Road 24 for about 14 miles to the guard station, which is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DOUGLAS  WY  82366

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)358-4690
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