Cold Springs Guard Station

Ochoco Mountains, Oregon

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  • Cold Springs Guard Station exterior.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • Outdoor dining and fire pit.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • Outdoor dining and fire pit.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • The kitchen.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • The kitchen.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • Living area, with the original switchboard above the desk.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • A bedroom.- Cold Springs Guard Station
  • A bathroom.- Cold Springs Guard Station
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Secluded location. Big kitchen and dining area. Outdoor fire pit.
Cons: 
Few directly accessible activities from property.
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Region:
Ochoco Mountains, OR
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
March 16 to September 15
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Price per night: 
$71-160/night
Sleeps: 
5-8
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Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Pet Friendly (allowed inside): 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
Yes
Potable Water: 
Yes
Showers: 
Yes
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
Yes
Outdoor Fire Pit/BBQ: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Ochoco National Forest
Reservation phone number: 
877.444.6777
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Property Description

Property Description

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Located on the far end of Big Summit Prairie in the heart of the Ochoco Mountains, the Cold Springs Guard Station makes for a perfect rustic getaway for families or small groups.  Constructed in 1934, and used specifically by the Forest Service through the 1990s, the house was the main switchboard station to connect phone calls to and from the numerous fire lookouts and other guard stations in the region, as well as the home for the fire guard and family.  At the time, calls were identified by a series of three long or short rings. The original switchboard desk, with its iconic bells, is still in the house’s main living space.

The house doesn’t have electrical outlets, but there is some lighting from the attached solar panels, as well as a huge propane tank that is used for additional lighting and the kitchen stove.  The kitchen is fully stocked with basic utensils and cleaning supplies.

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