Historic Cayton Ranger Station ready for use south of Silt | PostIndependent.com

Historic Cayton Ranger Station ready for use south of Silt

Mike McKibbin
Citizen Telegram Editor
Mike McKibbin/Citizen Telegram
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With renovations completed on the historic Cayton Ranger Station, located on the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest, the public is invited to visit or rent the cabin, according to the vice president of the nonprofit group that oversees the cabin.

Rosemary Patterson of the Cayton Ranger Station Foundation said an open house was held at the station on Saturday, Aug. 31, and another was held around the Fourth of July.

“We’ve had a wedding there, last fall we had a big birthday party,” she added. “We want the public to know it can be rented for these types of activities, even year-round.”

Activities would be limited to day-use only, Patterson added.

Built in 1910 by forest ranger James Cayton, it is the second oldest surviving ranger station in the national forest system. Located in the Divide Creek watershed, about 20 miles south of Silt, efforts began in 2003 to restore the station to its former state and seek national historic designation, which was gained in 2005.

“We need to do some landscaping with a fire pit and some benches,” Patterson said. “We’re always looking for volunteers and board members, too.”

Those interested in getting involved, renting the cabin, or learning more about the Cayton Ranger Station can go online to caytonrangerstation.org.


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