Prairie City , OR
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Sunshine Guard Station is situated along John Day River in the Malheur National Forest at an elevation of 3,700 feet, about 43 miles northeast of John Day, Oregon. The former guard station was built in 1936 and until the 1990s was used alternatively as a bunkhouse or a work station for fireguards. The guard station can be accessed by vehicle. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. County Rd. 20 along the Middle Fork John Day River, accessing Sunshine Guard Station, receives limited winter maintenance. On occasion the road may be closed or entirely inaccessible. Please be sure to contact the Prairie City Ranger District at 541.820.3800 prior to visiting the Guard Station to check conditions. The Sunshine Guard Station is remote with limited to no cell phone coverage. There are no services along the Middle Fork of the John Day River should you need assistance. Be prepared and self-sufficient when traveling on the Malheur National Forest. Travel at your own risk. The cabin does not have drinking water; guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing Guests must bring trash bags and pack out their own trash Guests must clean the cabin before their departure Guests must bring sleeping bags/bedding and pillows, as well as a flashlight or lantern for emergencies, first aid kit, washcloths and towels and dish soap Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; the combination to the guard station will be in your confirmation letter Please contact the Malheur National Forest Recreation department before arriving at the cabin rental to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms Most of this area is closed to snowmobiles, except on open road, to protect winter range for elk and deer This is bear country; food should be stored properly; <a href=”″>learn more about bear and other safety precautions Learn more about the <a href=””>The Malheaur National Forest 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 for further information.


  • BBQ
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fire Pit
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Picnic Table
  • Restroom

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Prairie City Ranger District - 327 SW Front St., P.O. Box 337 , Prairie City , Oregon, 97869

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