Big Elk Guard Station Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Built in 1929 to replace a 1907 cabin, Big Elk Guard Station is the oldest continuously used administrative site within the Rogue River -- Siskiyou National Forest. For many decades it served as summer headquarters for solitary forest "guards" who built forest trails, fought forest fires, and patrolled the forest on horseback. Most recently the site was used to house Forest Service seasonal fire crews. The cabin is the last remaining example of Forest Service log construction on the Forest. The cabin and associated outbuildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the cabin contains a main room/office and a kitchen on the ground floor, and two upper-story bunkrooms that are reached by a double landing stairway. The original fir flooring remains intact. Light and cooking/refrigerating fixtures are electric. In the main room, a mortared-rock fireplace with a grout-covered chimney provides heat.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beds
  • Cabin Rental
  • Electric Range
  • Electric Refrigerator
  • Electricity - Lights
  • Fence Yard with a Gate
  • No Water at Site
  • Picnic Table
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilet
  • Wood Stove
  • garage


Peak Season
May 20 2010 -
Oct 30 2010

Alerts and Important Information There is a 3 day minimum advance window for reservations. Check out time is 12:00 pm and check in time is 2:00 pm. The combination to this cabin will be included in your confirmation letter. Please call/email the High Cascades Ranger District office at 541.865.2700 4 days prior to your arrival to confirm your combination. For your convenience, the office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 and closed on weekends and holidays.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 17 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Big Elk Guard Station
Campground Phone: 541-865-2700
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
Location: Butte Falls (near Ashland), OR
Phone: 541-865-2700

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More About Big Elk Guard Station Campground

Big Elk Guard Station is a campground located in Ashland, Oregon. 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 -122.3569 latitude, and -122.3569 longitude into your GPS device.

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