Box Canyon Guard Station sits beneath a canopy of Douglas fir at an altitude of 3,620 feet on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. It is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. The guard station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and used as a dwelling for fire guards. They were the smoke chasers, often riding on horseback through the tall timbers to the location spotted by the lookout tower guards. The first on the scene, they often tried to put out any fires they may have found on their own, or reported back for additional help. The guard station is open from mid-June through the end of October and is easily accessible by car. Some creature comforts are already provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear. Entry to the cabin is by combination lock and key; Call (541) 822-3381 at least 72 hours prior to arrival to confirm combination code and for updates. The McKenzie River Ranger District office is open Monday-Friday, and is closed on the weekends. Please call ahead for information at least 72 hours prior to arrival for updates or other information. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will not be open on weekends. There is no water in the cabin; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing Guests must pack out all trash and recyclables and clean cabin before leaving No camping allowed at the cabin, additional camping is available at the adjacent Box Canyon Horse Camp, an 11-site campground Pets and livestock must remain outside the cabin Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms, etc., that may affect your visit Learn more about the <a href=” http://www.fs.usda.gov/willamette”>Willamette National Forest This campground does not accept walk-ins Don’t Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.
- Fire Pit
- Picnic Table