Carnero Guard Station is situated in a high open meadow surrounded by forest at an elevation of 9,840 feet. The high-elevation cabin is located in the north-central area of the San Luis Valley in the Rio Grande National Forest. The guard station was first proposed in 1907 by the Cochetopa National Forest, and was originally named the John Smith Ranger Station after a homesteader who built a cabin near the site, but never filed on the land. Construction on the cabin began in 1908 and the name was changed to the Carnero Guard Station in 1916.
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Accessible Vault Toilet, Birding, Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses, Campfire Ring, Cleaning Supplies, Cooking Pots, Cooking Utensils, Cross Country Skiing, Drinking Water (Hand Pump), Equestrian Sites, Hiking, Hunting, Parking Area, Picnic Area, Propane & Cooking Stove, Propane Lights, Propane Refrigerator, Propane Stove, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Table and Chairs, Water (Seasonal), Wildlife Viewing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Off Road Vehicle Trail, Pay Telephone
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