From Gunnison: Take US-50 west for approximately 35 miles. Turn left on Co. Rd 66 to FSR 867. Follow FSR 867 for approximately 20 miles to its junction with FSR 868. Turn right – Alpine Ranger Station will be 5 miles ahead on the right-hand side.
CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING
Alpine Guard Station
The Alpine Ranger Station is situated on the Alpine Plateau at 9,600 feet, in a beautiful alpine valley surrounded by aspen, spruce and fir forest. With inspiring views and multiple nearby recreation opportunities, the Ranger Station is just the place for a quiet and historic retreat, with a few modern amenities.
Surrounded by miles of National Forest, visitors to the Alpine Ranger Station can enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. There are several hiking and mountain biking trails nearby, as well as opportunities for OHV use, including ATV and motorcycle routes. Also, the ranger station has a horse barn and small corral, offering the opportunity for horseback riding. The Uncompahgre Wilderness is adjacent to the Ranger Station and a trailhead to Uncompahgre Peak (a popular 14’er) is only a mile away.
Visitors can expect to experience a semi-rustic cabin with some modern amenities. The cabin has a modernized kitchen with a propane cooking stove, refrigerator, and sink. There is an indoor bathroom with a shower and flush toilet. Other amenities include: electric lighting, a pot belly wood stove and propane heat. The cabin can accommodate up to six people comfortably – there are two bunk beds with four twin-size mattresses, and one queen bed.
Basic kitchen supplies – pots/pans/silverware – are provided. Cleaning supplies are provided, and guests are requested to clean before they leave. Guests should bring their own bedding and towels.
Plan to pack it in, pack it out. Please take your trash with you when you leave.
The Ranger Station is located at the end of Forest Service Road 868, past the Big Blue Campground and adjacent to Blue Creek and Soldier Creek. This beautiful area offers many scenic viewing opportunities, including the Cannibal Plateau and the Uncompahgre Wilderness.
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