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part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Sep 01 2015   Season Dates


McCain Guard Station is a rustic cabin that is popular year-round. In summer, hikers and horseback riders frequent the cabin, and snowmobile enthusiasts make use of the cabin throughout the winter. Several trails are nearby, and the open meadows offer gentle sledding for younger riders. Winter access in by snowmobile only on a groomed trail.

Constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the cabin welcomes guests to experience the rustic getaway with impressive scenery. You may bring horses, provided Forest Service Horses are not at the cabin. The entire compound is Free Graze for horses.

Natural Features:

Nestled in a mountain valley at 6,900 feet in elevation, the cabin is perched near a creek that flows into Little Greys River. Pines line the hillsides, but no trees are near enough to offer natural shade to the cabin complex.

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 lands 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.


Numerous creeks and the Little Greys River meander through the area, offering nice fishing opportunities. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails are also in the vicinity. This includes Big Springs Trail and the 9-mile Bailey Creek Trail.


The nonelectric two-room dwelling fits eight overnight guests and an additional five guests may camp outside. A vault toilet, picnic table and fire ring are located outside behind the cabin.

Bunkbeds with mattresses are provided. The kitchen has basic amenities including a propane cook top, propane lighting and a table and chairs. A propane heater is also provided.

No water is available, and dishes, pots, pans and utensils are not provided. Recommended items to bring include drinking water, garbage bags, dish soap, dish towels, toilet paper, a flashlight, sleeping bags and pillows and cleaning products such as bleach or disinfectant.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is 23 miles from Alpine, and the nearest grocery store, gas station and restaurant are located. Due to gravel mountain roads, this drive takes over an hour.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Rings
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Propane Lights
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding 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 be issued. A permit can be obtained at the Greys River Ranger District Office at 671 N. Washington, Afton, WY Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (Excluding weekends and Federal Holidays). Or call (307) 886-5300 to arrange for permits to be sent and signed via email or fax
  • Spring and fall access is not guaranteed, depending on weather and road conditions
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving
  • Winter access is by snowmobile only on a groomed trail
  • Limit 1 RV or trailer at the cabin
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • No water provided; bring plenty for drinking, cooking and cleaning
  • Hay brought must be certified weed-free
  • Out-of-state horses must have current Coggins test
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed on designated trails only
  • No smoking allowed
  • Bears frequent the area; be aware of bear safety
  • Beware of poisonous chemicals used to control rodent population; mice, squirrels and marmots may be present
  • 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):
43.12, -110.71667
43°7'12"N, 110°43'0"W

From Afton, Wyoming, take Highway 89 north about 31 miles to Alpine. At Alpine, turn right (south) onto Greys River Road (Forest Road 10138) and travel about 8 miles to the junction with Little Greys River Road (Forest Road 10124). Turn left (northeast) onto Little Greys River Road and drive about 11 miles to Forest Road 10047. Turn left at that junction and continue another 2 miles. At fork, turn left and follow the road to the cabin, which will be in plain view. Access is along low-speed gravel roads.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

671 North Washington
AFTON  WY  83110

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)886-5300
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