Alder Guard Station Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

The Alder Guard Station is located two miles north of the town of South Fork along Alder Creek. The guard station was built in 1910 and was the residence and office for the local ranger district. The guard station is ideally situated to access trails and roads in the area to explore the Divide Ranger District. The kitchen and bathroom have been renovated. There is electricity, hot water, indoor toilet, electric stove,refridgerator, dining room table, kitchen table, two bunkbeds, one single bed (with mattresses) on the second floor and a couch on the first floor. Some kitchen utensils and pots and pans are provided. Bring sleeping bags and/or blankets/sheets. There is a wood stove in the guard station (wood and splitting maul provided) and several picnic tables outside. The wood stove is the only source of heat for the guard station. The area offers many opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, 4 wheel drive adventures, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, etc. The trailhead for the Alder Bench Trail is located just north of the guard station. Forest Road 610 is a 4x4 gravel road north of the guard station. Renters are required to pack out all garbage. DO NOT BURN GARBAGE IN THE FIRE PIT OR WOOD STOVE. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. CABIN MUST BE CLEANED BEFORE LEAVING. LEAVE THE CABIN IN THE CONDITION YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IT. Visitors to the National Forest are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the forest. Contact the Rio Grande National Forest for moreinformation: call 719-657-3321 or 719-852-5941.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Drinking Water - Peak Season Only
  • Electric Refrigerator
  • Fire Ring
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilet - Peak Season Only
  • Food Available Nearby
  • Historic Byway
  • Hospital Close By
  • Hot Showers - Peak Season Only
  • Kitchen
  • Parking
  • Potable Water
  • Refrigerator
  • Restroom
  • River/Stream
  • Trailhead
  • Trails, Hiking, Moderate
  • Water (hot and cold)
  • Water access, River/stream
  • Wood Stove


Peak Season
May 15 2010 -
Oct 15 2010

Alerts and Important Information The combination to the back door lock will be provided. Please make sure the front and back doors are locked before leaving. Maximum stay is 14 days within 30 consecutive days. Horses are restricted to the corral area near the barn. The renter must provide their own weed free hay/feed for the horses (no grazing allowed). If you bring horses, please contact the District office at 719-657-3321. Dogs must be controlled at all times. There is parking located near the cabin. Do not block the driveway/road around the guard station or you will be towed at your expense. Forest Service employees use the horse pasture adjacent to the guard station for official duties. Do not leave food or trash outside the guard station. There are bears in the area. The Alder Guard Station is at an elevation of 8400 feet.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 15 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Alder Guard Station
Campground Phone: 719-657-3321
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
Forest Service Road 610
Durango, CO

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More About Alder Guard Station Campground

Alder Guard Station is a campground located in Durango, Colorado. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -106.6467 latitude, and -106.6467 longitude into your GPS device.

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