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part ofRio Grande National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Upper Crossing Guard Station is located at an elevation of 8,400 feet, along a scenic byway near the Continental Divide, offering visitors a comfortable lodging experience in a remote setting in Rio Grande National Forest.

This guard station is the original headquarters of the old Cochetopa National Forest that existed for only a few years during the early part of the last century.

Today, guests to the guard station will find plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation in south central Colorado.

Natural Features:

Upper Crossing Guard Station provides a remote setting that is easily accessible year-round via CO Highway 114. The brief dirt road leading to the cabin is actually the old stagecoach route, complete with historic graffiti that served as billboards advertising goods and services at the stagecoach stops.

Views from the cabin include portions of the Continental Divide and unspoiled surrounding countryside, showcasing high mountain peaks, diverse forests, streams and lakes in addition to some of Colorado's most scenic working ranches.

Historically, Ute Indians traveled through this area and found it favorable for living in the San Luis Valley.


The area offers many opportunities for hiking in summer, hunting in the fall and cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

The cabin sits at the confluence of two creeks and offers visitors excellent fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brown and brook trout right out the front door.

Hiking opportunities are in close proximity to the cabin, extending out to nearby wilderness and other public lands.


Upper Crossing Guard Station has all the amenities of a standard home, including electricity, heat and inside running water. It is furnished with three bunk beds, with twin beds on the top and fold-out full beds on the bottom, accommodating up to nine people. The cabin has electric lights, propane heater and wood burning stove. The living area has a table and chairs, couch and other furniture. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, hot water, some cooking utensils and some pots and pans. A picnic table, campfire grill and horseshoe pit are also on-site.

Although the cabin has most amenities, guests do need to provide their own food, sleeping bags, linens, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. It is recommended that guests bring an additional light source in case of emergencies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Site
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Ring
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couch
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Grills
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock, which is provided in the confirmation letter or email which is sent after a reservation is made.
  • Please contact the Saguache Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Do not leave food or trash outside the guard station; there are bears in the area
  • All garbage and food must be packed out; do not burn garbage in the fire pit or wood stove
  • The guard station is a no-smoking facility
  • Please clean guard station upon departure
  • Make sure guard station and gate is locked upon departure
  • Livestock not allowed at the facility
  • Pets are allowed at the facility, but must be under control at all times; they must not harass wildlife or livestock
  • Drink plenty of water before arrival and during your stay to avoid altitude sickness
  • Expect afternoon thunderstorms in the summer and below freezing temperatures in the spring, winter and fall
  • Travel maps for the Rio Grande National Forest can be obtained by calling the Forest Service Office in Saguache at (719) 655-2547 or the Forest Service Office in Monte Vista at (719) 852-5941
  • Learn more about the Rio Grande National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.13889, -106.45611
38°8'20"N, 106°27'22"W

From Saguache, take Highway 114 west for approximately 22 miles. The turnoff for the Guard Station is 1 mile past County Road NN14. From Gunnison, remain on Highway 114 until approximately 4 miles past the Buffalo Pass Campground entrance. The exit to the station is between mile marker 39 and 40. Look for the Upper Crossing sign on the highway. Turn east for a short distance until the road ends in a “T.” Turn right and go .5 mile. The cabin will be on the left.

During the winter guests may need to snowmobile, snow shoe or ski .5 miles from the nearest maintained road in order to access the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

46525 ST HWY 114
Saguache  CO  81149

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)655-2547
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