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PINE VALLEY GUARD STATION, UT

part ofDixie National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PINE VALLEY GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Mon May 25 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Pine Valley Guard Station is located in scenic Pine Valley Recreation Area, about 45 minutes from St. George, Utah. Built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the station was used to house a recreation guard during the summer months to assist the visiting public.

The cabin is open year-round and is accessible by vehicle during good road conditions. Winter use of the cabin may require snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing about 1.5 miles from the trailhead at the entrance to the Pine Valley Recreation Area.

Many modern amenities are offered, including electricity. Guests only need to bring a few of their own supplies to have a truly comfortable stay in this charming retreat within the Dixie National Forest.

Natural Features:

The cabin is surrounded by ponderosa pine trees and offers scenic views of the Pine Valley Mountains. At an elevation of 6,800 feet, summer days are warm and nights are cool.

The nearby Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, described as a mountain island surrounded by desert, preserves numerous lush meadows and a beautiful forest of Engelmann spruce in the south, and spruce mixed with fir, pine and large stands of aspen in the north.

The Pine Valley Mountains rise through the entire center of the Pine Valley Wilderness, providing habitat for chipmunks, marmots, red squirrels, blue grouse and a large herd of deer in summer. Elevations rise to a high point at 10,365 feet on Signal Peak in the southern portion.

Recreation:

The cabin is centrally located within the Pine Valley Recreation Area, in close proximity to fishing at Pine Valley Reservoir. This small, quiet reservoir offers a scenic location to fish for rainbow trout.

Numerous non-motorized trails provide access into the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. Mountain biking is a popular activity outside of the wilderness area.

The winter landscape provides opportunities for snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Facilities:

The cabin retains most of the historical qualities of the original building, with the added feature of electricity. Six people can sleep comfortably on one futon and one set of double/twin bunk beds with mattresses. A wood burning stove is provided for heat, along with firewood. The kitchen is equipped with an electric range, refrigerator, lights, cookware, dishes and utensils. Indoor plumbing is available in the summer months, offering guests access to a shower and flush toilet.

Guests can enjoy outdoor cooking on the campfire ring with grill. An outhouse is provided for year-round use. Water is only available during the summer months. Guests will need to bring their own supply of water for drinking, cooking and washing during the winter.

Guests should pack sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, matches, toilet paper, a first aid kit and garbage bags. All food and trash must be packed out, and guests are expected to use the provided cleaning supplies to clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Electricity
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Futon(s)
  • Hiking
  • Lights
  • Mountain Biking
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Snow Tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; combination is given on rental confirmation letter, or stop by the office at 196 E. Tabernacle Street, suite 38 in St. George, UT 84770, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Water is only available Memorial Day through Labor Day; guests must bring their own water supply the rest of the year
  • Please bring garbage bags and clean the facility before leaving; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" site
  • All Forest Service cabin rentals are non-smoking facilities
  • No pets allowed in the cabin
  • No saddle, pack or draft animals allowed
  • Please do not use tents, motorhomes or RVs on the guard station site
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms, etc., that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Click here for more information about Dixie 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):
37.37861, -113.47
37°22'43"N, 113°28'12"W

From Exit 6 in St. George, Utah, turn north onto Bluff Street, which turns into Utah Highway 18 North; continue to follow for 27 miles. Turn east onto Pine Valley Highway and travel 6.9 miles into Pine Valley. From the Pine Valley stop sign, turn east onto Main Street and follow 2 miles to the Pine Valley Recreation Area. The Guard Station is located a quarter mile past the reservoir parking lot on the north side of the road.

During winter months, there is a 1.5 mile cross-country ski, snowshoe or walk into the cabin from the winter trailhead at the entrance to the Pine Valley Recreation Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PINE VALLEY GUARD STATION
North Pine Valley Road
Pine Valley   UT  84781

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)652-3100
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