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STUMP CREEK GUARD STATION, ID

part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: STUMP CREEK GUARD STATION
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Stump Creek Guard Station is located along what was once the Lander Cutoff for the Oregon Trail. Visitors can trace the path that covered wagons traveled on over 150 years ago on their way to the Pacific Northwest. Wagon ruts are still carved into the soil.

The guard station is accessible by car during warmer months, but guests should be prepared to ski, snowshoe or snowmobile more than a mile to reach he cabin in winter. Guest will need to bring much of their own supplies and gear to ensure a comfortable stay.

Natural Features:

The guard station is situated at an elevation of 6,500 feet in a scenic mountain valley dotted with mixed-growth pines. The dwelling sits in an open, grassy area surrounded by sagebrush. Thickets of willow line meandering Stump Creek, which flows adjacent to the cabin.

Wildlife in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest includes black bear, wolf, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, grizzly bear, mountain lion and pronghorn (bear safety tips).

Recreation:

Hikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers have access to the Stump Creek/Lander Trail, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Off-road vehicle trails are nearby (Idaho OHV safety message).

Anglers can fish in Stump Creek. Hunting for game and game birds is also a popular pastime in the area.

Facilities:

The cabin can accommodate a maximum of 15 people. One large sleeping room is available with a total of two bunk beds. Please bring your own sleeping pads. The kitchen has a gas stove for cooking, a few dishes and cups and a table with chairs. A propane heater and propane lanterns are provided, and propane is available. A vault toilet is on-site.

Water and electricity are not available at the cabin. Guests must provide their own drinking water, as well as garbage bags for parking out trash. Bedding, towels, dish soap and emergency supplies like flashlights and a first aid kit are not provided. Guests should be prepared to shovel snow in the winter to access the cabin and outhouse.

Nearby Attractions:

Auburn, Wyoming is the nearest town for groceries and supplies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Lantern
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Please call the district office at (208) 847-0375 four days prior to arrival to confirm the security combination
  • No water is available at the cabin
  • Lighting instructions are posted in the cabin; please read and follow them carefully before lighting any appliance
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more
  • Click here for more information about Caribou-Targhee 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):
42.79417, -111.08
42°47'39"N, 111°4'48"W

From Afton, Wyoming, travel 4 miles north on Highway 89 to the town of Grover. At Grover, turn west and travel 3 miles to Auburn. Then go south 1/2 mile to Road 110, then west 4 miles to Road 109 for 2 miles. This will put you at the guard station. Maps are available upon request at the district office.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

STUMP CREEK GUARD STATION
421 WEST 2ND SOUTH
SODA SPRINGS  ID  83276

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)847-0375
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