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ATTENTION: Water at Scaler Guard Station has been shut off for the winter season. Visitors should bring their own water.


part ofBridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Historic Scaler Guard Station, located 78 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming, provides an excellent hideaway for cabin camping enthusiasts. The cabin allows pets and horses. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity.

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the former ranger guard station dates back to 1937.

Natural Features:

Sagebrush and grasses cover the area behind the cabin. A few pines are dispersed in the vicinity, but shade by the cabin is limited.

Moose, elk, eagles and sandhill cranes are among the wildlife likely to be seen. An abundance of wildflowers color the landscape in summer.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public lands for outdoor recreation. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states.


The nearby Absaroka Ridge Trailhead leads hikers and horseback riders along Fontenelle Creek, and provides access into Pomeroy Basin. This trail also attracts big game hunters. Other trails throughout the LaBarge Creek area are ideal for mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders.


The three-room guard station is a traditional 1930s-era forest cabin that sleeps six guests on three bunkbeds with mattresses. A picnic table and campfire ring are located outside in front of the cabin.

From late May to mid-September, drinking water is available, along with an indoor flush toilet, sink and shower. The cabin is also equipped with a propane stove and oven, a propane refrigerator, lights and a wood stove. A vault toilet is located behind the structure for winter use. Some dishes, pots, pans and utensils are provided, however the presence of these items is not guaranteed.

No electricity is available, and in winter, guests must bring their own water. Recommended items to bring include food, dish soap, dish rags, toilet paper, garbage bags and a flashlight.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Axe
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Hitching Rails
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane & Cooking Stove
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Interpretive Trails
Know Before You Go
  • A permit must be reviewed and signed before occupancy of the cabin; signature must be the same name the reservation is under. Once this is completed, the combination to the cabin lock will issued. A permit can be obtained at the Kemmerer Ranger District Office, 308 US Hwy 189, Kemmerer, WY, Monday-Friday 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (excluding weekends and Federal Holidays) or call (307) 828-5100 to arrange for permits to be sent and signed and approved via email or fax.
  • Winter access is by snowmobile only on a 16-mile trail
  • Summer access is on gravel and dirt roads; high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended
  • No water is available in winter months
  • Horses must be watered from the creek; do not fill stock tanks with water from cabin
  • Hay must be certified weed-free
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Please clean cabin before leaving; cleaning supplies are provided
  • No cell phone coverage available
  • No smoking allowed
  • Bears frequent the area; be aware of bear safety
  • Beware of poisonous chemicals used to control rodent population
  • Click here to learn more about the Bridger-Teton 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):
42.43, -110.58167
42°25'48"N, 110°34'54"W

From Kemmerer, WY, follow US-189 north to the junction of La Barge Road, just south of the town of La Barge. Turn left on La Barge Road and drive 25 miles to the forest boundary. (The first 11 miles of this road are paved.) Continue on La Barge Road/Forest Road 10138 for about 4 more miles to the Scaler Guard Station Road/Forest Road 10013 junction and turn left. Drive 1 mile and turn right. Scaler Guard Station is adjacent to the road on the right.

From Afton, WY, follow US-89 south about 14.5 miles to Smith's Fork Road/Forest Road 10072 junction. Turn left at the junction and follow Smith's Fork Road/Forest Road 10072 for 23 miles to the Tri-Basin Divide. Turn right at the Tri-Basin Divide junction onto Forest Road 10138. Drive south about 10 miles to the Scaler Guard Station Road/Forest Road 10013 junction and turn right. Drive 1 mile and turn right. Scaler Guard Station is adjacent to the road on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

308 US HWY 189 N

Phone Number:

Information:  (307)877-4415
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