Activities and Amenities
Travel Alert: Forest Service Road (FSR) 700 from Hwy 131 will be plowed this winter for timber hauling. Piney Guard Station visitors are able to use this road to access limited parking at the “gravel pit” which is located at the junction of 700 and 744. We suggest using a 4WD vehicle to access this parking area. Use caution while traveling this section and expect log truck traffic. Please park with consideration for other users. Access from the parking area to the guard station via FSR 744 is open for snowmobiling but FSR 700 is CLOSED at the gate to snowmobiling Monday-Friday as a safety precaution to allow for log truck hauling. Please plan accordingly.
PINEY GUARD STATION, CO
part ofWhite River National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Apr 29 2015 Season Dates
OverviewPiney Guard Station is a rustic cabin that was constructed in the 1930s as a work station for Forest Service crews. This 14 by 22-ft. structure has a single room and is built from logs. It is open both summer and winter with spring and late fall closures.
Piney Guard Station is located at 9,100 feet in the White River National Forest, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, which is near Vail. The cabin is nestled in a forest dominated by aspen, spruce, pine and fir trees. Guests can enjoy views of the Gore Mountain Range from a meadow to the cabin’s north side.
The cabin is conveniently located in an area offering a variety of year-round recreational activities. The Forest Service road leading to the cabin is used by mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. This area is popular for hunting big and small game, game birds and waterfowl.
Piney Guard Station can sleep up to four people. It contains a bunk bed, two cots, storage cabinets, a table and benches, and a woodstove. Skillet, dishware and utensils are provided. A two burner stove and lantern are provided. These require 16.4-oz. propane cylinder bottles, which are not provided and are your responsibility. A picnic table and metal fire ring are just outside the cabin’s door. A vault toilet is located approximately 50 feet from the cabin. Guests can easily gather firewood around the cabin.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Take I-70 east from Grand Junction, CO, about 126 miles or heading west from Denver about 119 miles to exit 157. Take Highway 131 north through the town of Wolcott about 5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road #700 (Muddy Pass Road). From this location, you must follow seasonal access directions to the cabin, as detailed below:
During the summer season (early June until mid-November), it is recommended to use a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. If you choose to use a 2 -wheel drive vehicle or SUV, your must park at the intersection with Forest Road #700 and #744, which is 3 miles away from the cabin. From this location, one must hike or mountain bike to the cabin with gear and supplies. Off Highway Vehicle (OHV/ATV) may be permitted to access the cabin via Forest Roads #700 and #744; call the Ranger District ahead of time.
Accessing the cabin during the winter season (December 1 to late April) depends on snowpack. During high snowpack, park at the intersection with Forest Road #700 and Highway 131. From here, travel via snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes on Forest Road #700 for approximately 7 miles. Then, turn onto Forest Road #744 and travel 3 miles to the cabin. If the snow is minimal, you may be able to use a high clearance 4-wheel drive to the gravel pit area, which is just past the intersection with Forest Road #700 and #744 and approximately 7 miles from Highway 131. From the gravel pit area, snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe on Forest Road #744 for approximately 3 miles to the cabin.
Mailing Address:PINEY GUARD STATION
EAGLE-HOLY CROSS RANGER DISTRICT PO BOX 190
MINTURN CO 81645
Phone Number:Project Office: (970)827-5715