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PARADISE GUARD STATION, UT

part ofAshley National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PARADISE GUARD STATION
Status: Closed through Sun Nov 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Paradise Guard Station is located on the Ashley National Forest, approximately 25 air miles northwest of Vernal, in eastern Utah. Folklore states the district ranger built the cabin in his spare time in 1922 and it has changed very little since then. In 1929, the Bartlett Sawmill was built just 75 yards south. It burned down in 1940, but some remnants of the old facility still remain.

The Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District has chosen to rent this guard station to the public so visitors can enjoy a rustic experience similar to that of the first rangers. Guests enjoy canoeing and fishing on Paradise Park Reservoir, and exploring local hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails.

Natural Features:

The small white cabin sits at the edge of a grassy meadow surrounded by a dense spruce-fir forest, at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Paradise Creek, a tributary of the Whiterocks River, flows lazily through the meadow in front of the cabin.

Recreation:

Paradise Park Reservoir is nearby, covering just less than 60 acres. Canoeing and fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout are popular activities. Dead Lake, Mill Pond and Julius Park Reservoir are within a short distance.

A variety of hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area, including the 8.4-mile Deadman Lake Trail, which begins at Paradise Campground.

Facilities:

The guard station complex can sleep a maximum of nine overnight guests (four inside the cabin, five camped outside). The cabin contains two, twin-size bunk beds for four people, though no linens, bedding or pillows are provided. Level parking is provided for a maximum of one RV/camp trailer. Ample room for tent camping is available outside.

The kitchen is equipped with basic amenities including a sink, propane stove/oven, refrigerator, table and chairs. A basic assortment of pots, pans, dishes and utensils is provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies. A wood-burning stove is supplied for heat. A combination campfire ring and grill is located outside.

Water is available from approximately mid-June to mid-September, but the plumbing system is winterized and shut off from approximately mid-September to mid-June. The refrigerator is also turned off. A vault toilet is located outside for year-round use.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kitchen
  • Lake Access
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Stove
  • RV Parking
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Call the District Office at (435) 789-1181 three days prior to a reserved visit to confirm lock combination
  • Water is available from approximately June 15 to Sept. 25; the water system is then shut down from approximately mid-Sept. to mid-June to prevent freezing of the lines
  • Wheeled vehicle traffic is allowed access to Paradise Guard Station from approximately May 16 to Dec. 19; snowmobile, snowshoe or cross-country ski travel is required from approximately Dec. 20 to May 15
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map
  • Pets are not allowed inside the cabin
  • Click here for more information on the Ashley National Forest, or call (435) 789-1181
  • 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):
40.6625, -109.9125
40°39'45"N, 109°54'45"W

Follow the mileage indications below and look for signs on the ground when traveling to Paradise Guard Station. Leave with plenty of time to arrive at the guard station before dark.

From Vernal, travel west on Highway 121/Maeser-Lapoint Highway, toward Lapoint. After passing the landfill and descending the hill along the curved road, some houses come into view. While approaching Deep Creek Road, look for brown signs to Paradise Park Reservoir. Turn right (north) at Deep Creek Road (approximately 12.5 miles west of the Dry Fork Canyon Road junction with Highway 121). Continue north on Deep Creek Road for nearly 7 miles and watch for a fork in the road. Turn left (northwest) onto Paradise Park Road and continue approximately 8.5 miles, reaching the Ashley National Forest boundary. The paved road ends and turns to an unsurfaced road at the cattle guard. Paradise Park Road becomes Forest Road 104. Follow the road along the switchbacks and continue northwest for approximately 9.5 miles. The guard station will be visible on the left side, at the junction with Paradise Park Campground. Travel may require skiing or snowshoeing during winter months.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PARADISE GUARD STATION
355 N Vernal Ave
VERNAL  UT  84078

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)789-1181
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