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Summit Springs Guard Station

Summit Springs Guard Station



Summit Springs Guard Station is located 2 miles off UT 44 on the upper side of Sheep Creek Geological Loop southwest of Flaming Gorge Reservoir at 8278 ft. in the High Uinta Mountain Range.  The Civilian Conservation Corps built the complex in 1931 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was one of 11 guard stations built in the area to serve as homes for rangers who patrolled the forest on horseback prior to the modern age of vehicles. The complex includes the cabin, bunkhouse, parking area, and fenced yard.  It is set in a rolling pasture, surrounded and interspersed with aspen and pine trees. Wildlife and summer flowers are abundant during the use season, mid-May through mid-September.Summit Springs Guard Station-Main Cabin


The cabin will sleep eight on bunk beds and has a furnished sitting/dining area, kitchen stocked with pots and pans, and bathroom (two flush toilets and two showers). Propane is provided for the fridge, range, water heater, and heater. The bunkhouse will sleep 12 on bunk beds with heat provided by a wood burning stove. There is a large open area for up to four RVs or tents with access to a double vault toilet. There is a group gathering/eating area off the kitchen of the cabin with tables and fire ring. The maximum capacity for the complex is 40 people.

 Bunkbeds in the Summit Springs Guard Station Photo of Dining Room Table at the Summit Springs Guard Station  Photo of Shower area at Summit Springs Guard Station
  Bunks in Guard Station   Dining Room Table Shower Facilities

Nearby Attractions:

Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is known not only for its beautiful red cliffs, but also for its world -class fishing for lake, brown, and rainbow trout. The dam is about 23 miles east of the complex. Sheep Creek Geological Loop, a scenic byway is a 10 mile drive through spectacular canyon scenery and millions of years of geologic history can be seen in this 20 minute drive, thanks to the Uinta Crest Fault and other rock features. The Town of Manila is about 15 miles away, off the north end of Sheep Creek Loop where visitors can find grocery store, restaurants, gas stations and other amenities.


Activities In and Around Facility

              Birding                                                         Boating

            Canoeing                                                      Fishing

            Geological Attractions                                 Hiking                                               

            Horse Back trails                                       Kayaking                                          

            Ute Mountain Lookout Tower                    Mountain Biking                                         

            Off-Road Vehicle Trails                             Rafting and River Trips on the Green River

            Rock Climbing                                              Scenic Overlooks and Drives

            Scuba Diving                                               Star Gazing

            Swimming                                                    Tours of Flaming Gorge Dam

            Wildflower viewing                                    Wildlife Viewing                                          


  Know Before You Go:

      Bring your own linens, dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses. (Pots, pans  and basic cooking utensils provided.)

      Water available from May 15 through September 15 depending upon weather.

      Limited power is for lights only, provided via generator. No outlets are available for any other electronic appliances or items.

      Pack it in, Pack it out for garbage

      Off-road vehicles are allowed only on authorized roads, trails and routes as identified on the Ashley National Forest Vernal Ranger District Travel Map.

      Pets are only allowed outdoors. No pets in the buildings.

      Staff reside onsite and will provide access upon arrival.

      There is a $50 cleaning deposit due at check in. Funds should be cash or check (no credit cards) and will be collected onsite. The money will be refunded if the apartment passes inspection at check out time.


Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

40.86667, -109.73333

40°52'0"N, 109°44'0"W

From Manila, UT at the intersection UT 43 and UT 44: Turn south on UT 44 (between Forest Service Office and Brownings restaurant). Drive 13 miles to the upper (second) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn right onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 364, and turn left onto the drive into Summit Springs.

From Vernal, UT turn north on US 191. Drive 34.8 miles to Greendale Junction. Continue onto UT 44. Drive 14.7 miles to the upper (first) road to Sheep Creek Geological Loop. Turn left onto the Loop, drive 2 miles to FS 364, and turn left onto the drive into Summit Springs.

For Pricing and Reservations:

Contact Information:

American Land and Leisure

260 S 2500 W. Suite 103

Pleasant Grove  UT  84062

Further Information:  (801)226-3564 or (800) 342-2267; Fax (801) 756-7309w


 Additional Photos

 Photo of Bunkhouse at Summit Springs Guard Station Photo of Bunks in the Bunkhouse of the Summit Springs Guard Station Photo of Picnic Area and Fire Pit at the Summit Springs Guard Station
   Bunkhouse at Guard Station Bunks in Bunkhouse Picnic Area and Fire Pit

 Photo of Big Horn Sheep from Sheep Creek Geological Loop 

        Nearby Big Horn Sheep                



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