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CLOSURE: Warm River Cabin will close on September 9, 2015 and will re-open for reservations on September 26, 2015 due to repairs.


part ofCaribou-Targhee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Warm River Cabin is located less than 20 miles from Ashton, Idaho, at at Warm River Springs. An Idaho fish and game hatchery operated here from the 1930s to the 1950s. The cabin was formerly the hatchery manager's house. It was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938.

The cabin is open year-round and can be accessed by car in the warmer months. Snowmobiles and cross-country skis are required to access the cabin from approximately early December through mid-May. The trek from the nearest available parking at Bear Gulch Trailhead to the cabin is 6 miles. Guests should be prepared to bring much of their own gear and supplies to make their stay comfortable.

Natural Features:

The cabin is named after the adjacent Warm River Springs, which is the source of the Warm River. The dwelling sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet in an open, grassy area flanked by a conifer forest. Moose and bears are sometimes seen in this area (bear safety tips).


Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers can use the nearby trails. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers can find trails within 10 miles (Idaho OHV safety message).

Visitors can find an abundance of berries ripe for picking in late summer. The Warm River is excellent for trout fishing and wading. Game and game bird hunting is available in season.


This charming cabin can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. It offers six sets of bunkbeds with mattresses, a dining area with a table and benches, a wood stove for cooking and heating, storage cabinets, firewood and cooking pots. There is a living room with seating. A picnic table, campfire ring and vault toilet are located outside the cabin.

Water and electricity are not available. Guests must either bring their own water or treat any water that they use from natural sources. Trash bags are required to pack out garbage. Bedding, towels, dish soap, lights and emergency supplies, like a first aid kit, are not provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is a short distance from the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. The star attraction of this 29-mile sightseeing drive is Mesa Falls, which is divided into the 114-foot Upper Falls and the 65-foot Lower Falls. This is the only major waterfall in Idaho that isn't used for hydroelectric or irrigation purposes.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Hunting
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Snowmobile Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Pick up the key at the Ashton Ranger Station Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; to make arrangements for after hours or weekend pickup, call (208) 652-7442 during regular business hours
  • No water is available at the cabin; water from the spring must be treated if used
  • Please leave the cabin clean for the next occupant
  • This is a pack-it-in/pack-it-out facility
  • Access to the adjacent trailhead and parking area must not be blocked; the gate at the bridge must remain open at all times
  • 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):
44.20583, -111.25139
44°12'21"N, 111°15'5"W

From Ashton ID, travel east-northeast on Highway 47 (also known as the Mesa Fall Scenic Byway) for approximately 15 miles to the intersection of Highway 47 and Forest Road 150. Turn right onto Forest Road 150 and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Road 150 and Forest Road 154. Turn right onto Forest Road 154 and travel approximately 1.0 mile to the intersection of Forest Road 154 and Forest Road 367. Keep left on Forest Road 154 for approximately 1.5 miles to the cabin. The cabin is located across the bridge adjacent to Warm River Springs and Warm River.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ASHTON  ID  83420

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)652-7442
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