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part ofBighorn National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Muddy Guard Cabin dates back to the late 1930s and offers views of wildflower-topped meadows and snow-capped mountains. Originally used as a Forest Service guard station, the quaint cabin appeals to those looking for a peaceful getaway with hiking, horseback riding and fishing.

Winter access is possible, but only by cross country skis, snowmobiles or snowshoes along a 200-yard stretch of road.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated in a large open meadow near Muddy Creek at about 7,800 feet elevation. A dense forest of lodgepole pine surrounds the meadow. A short distance northeast lies Crazy Woman Canyon.

Moose, deer and elk may be spotted in the area. Summer climates are typically warm days in the 70s and 80s and cool nights.


Fishing in Muddy Creek is enjoyable and various trails for hiking and mountain biking can be found in the area. Horseback riders appreciate the convenience of keeping horses at the cabin and heading out on surrounding trails.


Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the cabin is made of peeled logs with saddle corner notching. Outside, a horse corral and hitching post are available. Inside is a kitchen and two bedrooms. One bedroom is furnished with two bunkbeds and the other has a double bed. The kitchen comes with an electric cooking stove, a wood stove for heat, a small refrigerator and a grey water sink. Furniture includes a sofa, dining table and chairs and a dresser. Cleaning supplies, a snow shovel, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarm and fire alarms are also included.

No drinking water is available. Guests should bring water, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, trash bags, matches, a first aid kit and firewood.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Buffalo offers conveniences like grocery stores, just a half-hour drive from the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Couches
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Snow shovel
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Skiing
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Facilities
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Entry is by combination lock; contact the ranger district at (307) 684-7806 during office hours for combination
  • No drinking water available
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided
  • Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • 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):
44.15944, -106.9125
44°9'34"N, 106°54'45"W

From Buffalo, Wyoming, take Wyoming State Highway 16 west 24 miles. Turn left on Crazy Woman Road (FSR 33), travel 400 feet, turn right on Forest Service Road 473. Visitors will use a gate to access the cabin. Please keep the gate closed.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BUFFALO  WY  82834

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)684-7806
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