Stump Creek Guard Station

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

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.

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.

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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).

Nearby Attractions

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


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.

Contact Information


322 N. 4th St. Montpelier ID 83254

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 208-847-0375

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

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.

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