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part ofRio Grande National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Off Cow Camp is a small cabin located in a high elevation meadow at 10,500 feet on Burro Creek near an off-highway vehicle trail. The cabin and barn were renovated in 2010 and a vault toilet was installed.

Natural Features:

There are meadows, aspen groves and spruce/fir forests near the cabin. At 13, 200 feet, Bennett Peak sits southeast of the cabin. Fitton Guard Station is located 400 yards upstream from Off Cow Camp and is available as a rental cabin to the public.


The surrounding area offers many recreation opportunities, including hunting, hiking, off-highway vehicle riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and fishing.


The small, rustic cabin sleeps four (two bunk beds). There is a wood burning cook stove, firewood, outhouse, barn for horses, fire ring, table and chairs. There is no potable water. Natural sources of water should be treated before use.

Nearby Attractions:

The Burro Creek off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails connect many miles of OHV trails and forest roads in the area. The trails are also used by motorcycles, mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. During the winter, snowmobilers and backcountry skiers use the area near the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Rings
  • Corrals
  • Fenced Pastures
  • Horse Corrals
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Backpacking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Potable Water
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin has a horse barn and a several acre, fenced pasture for horses.
  • Access to the cabin is by foot, horse, mountain bike, motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Visitors must travel 1 1/2 miles from the upper trailhead, or 6 miles from the lower trailhead to reach the cabin. The area around the cabin is non-motorized, so ATV and motorcycle users must park next to the ATV trail and walk approximately 150 uphill to the cabin.
  • A combination code is needed to access the cabin. Please check your confirmation letter for the combination code.
  • Caution: Bears frequent the area. Keep the cabin area clean. Store all food in secure, closed containers. Do not leave food outside the cabin.
  • ATV's must stay on designated trails. ATV's or motorcycles cannot enter the fenced in cabin area or pasture/ corral areas.
  • No pets are allowed inside the cabin.
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  • For more information, please call the Divide Ranger District at 719-657-3321.
    • 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.
  • During the winter and spring seasons, call the Divide Ranger District at 719-657-3321 for road conditions and access details. Snow or muddy conditions can affect access.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.48944, -106.47167
    37°29'22"N, 106°28'18"W

    Access is from the upper or lower Burro Creek Trailheads (trail #873). From the west side of the town of Del Norte, head south on County Road 14 for 12 miles to the lower Burro Creek Trailhead. The cabin is 6 miles upstream from this trailhead and 1.5 miles from the upper trailhead. The upper trailhead is located 28 miles from the town of Del Norte and is accessed by Forest Service Roads 329 and 329.1C.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Rio Grande National Forest, 13308 US Highway 160
    Del Norte  CO  81132

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (719)657-3321
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