Payson Lakes Guard Station is located in the Uinta National Forest, approximately 13 miles south of Payson, Utah, along the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway. The Guard Station was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 as part of the New Deal Program. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers the cabin for advance reservation so visitors can enjoy an experience similar to that of early Forest Rangers and their families.
The Guard Station complex can sleep a maximum of 8 people in bunk beds; four people inside the cabin and four people in the bunkhouse. Up to 7 additional day use only guests may visit. Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement. An adjacent pasture is included which can accommodate 8 horses. There is a 2-night minimum stay and a maximum 7-day stay limit. Pets are not allowed. Guests should bring their own bedding, plates and utensils. Guests will check in with the Payson Lakes Campground Host who will escort them to the cabin. Guests may bring their own firewood or purchase at the campground; firewood collecting at the Guard Station complex is not allowed.
All Individual sites at this campground will operate on a 4-month rolling basis: On January 19, 2023, at 08:00 am MST, availability will be released through May 19, 2023.
For campground Rules and Regulations visit https://www.gocamputah.com/rules .
The Guard Station is a historic structure. As such, the maximum person and vehicle limits are strictly enforced. The guard station cannot be reserved for large groups.
The Guard Station complex can sleep a maximum 8 people in bunk beds; four people inside the cabin and four people in the bunkhouse. Up to 7 additional day use only guests may visit. There is not room for RVs or trailers. Tents will not be allowed on the grounds. Parking space is limited to 5 family vehicles. No vehicles are permitted off the pavement.
Guests are to check in and out with the Camp Host at the nearby Payson Lakes Campground for access to the site. Rules of use will be reviewed and the lock combination will be provided during check in.
There is a 2-night minimum stay and a maximum 7-day stay limit.
Guests may bring their own firewood or purchase at Payson Lakes Campground. Firewood collecting at the Guard Station complex is not allowed.
No pets or animals allowed at or in the cabin to help ensure this historic structure is preserved.
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For more information, please call Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571 or call Utah Recreation Company at 385-273-1100
To reserve a campsite call Recreation.gov reservation line 1-877-444-6777
Please note: Utah Recreation Company is not responsible for accident or injury to any person or property resulting from the use of this facility and is not responsible for the loss of money or valuables of any kind. The user of this permit assumes full and complete responsibility for the conduct and actions of all members in his or her party.
The Guard Station is nestled in a forest of aspen and Douglas fir trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The Payson Lakes area includes McClelland, Box and Big East Lakes. Summer wildflowers are abundant. A variety of wildlife makes its home around the lakes.
A popular day-use area is located on the shore of Big East Lake, with a small swim beach, picnic tables and flush toilets. A paved nature path begins at the parking area and circles the lake. The Mount Nebo Wilderness Area is adjacent, brimming with beautiful mountain scenery, pristine waters, abundant wildlife, vibrant summer wildflowers and numerous trail opportunities.
The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway stretches 37 miles through high alpine terrain, dense forests and colorful meadows. Devil's Kitchen Geological Area can be found along the loop. It offers a 1/2-mile round-trip trail to interesting red rock hoodoos.
The nearby Payson Lakes Recreation Area offers great canoeing and kayaking. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout. There are many nearby trails for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.
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564 W 700 S Ste.305, Box #5 Pleasant Grove UT 84062
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For campground inquiries, please call: SPANISH FORK RANGER DISTRICT 801-798-3571 OR UTAH RECREATION COMPANY 385-273-1100
From I-15, take exit 250 toward north Payson/Salem and proceed south on Main Street to 100 North/Highway 198. Travel east to 600 East. Turn south onto 600 East, which becomes the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway/Payson Canyon Road. Travel south along the Nebo Loop Road 015 until you see the Payson Lakes Guard Station sign on the right. Proceed up the driveway and through the gate.