Big Meadows Guard Station

Step back in time and experience what it was like to live in a Forest Guard Station back in the 1930s. The Big Meadows Guard Station, located in the Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monumnet, was constructed between 1933 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in that area.  In 1964, the Forest Service no longer needed the use of the cabin full time and used it intermittently as a guard station up until the late 1980s.

The cabin was restored in 2001 and is available for overnight guests to the southern Sierra Nevada.  The cabin features historical photos and items that would have been found in a Forest Guard Station during the 1930s.

The cabin is 900 square feet, single story and consists of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen with a service porch. The original cabinets, living room and bedroom flooring and bath fixtures remain. The cabin is available for overnight rental up to a 14 day stay between June 15 to October 15; depending on weather.

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Latitude: 36.7192787 Longitude: -118.8352114 Elevation: 7605 ft
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Number of Persons Shelter Will Accommodate

12 maximum number allowed (cabin will sleep 6 with plenty of room for tents/cots outside)

Structure Access

The Big Meadows Guard Station is located 75 miles east of Fresno, California. Take Highway 180 east to the Kings Canyon National Park Entrance, proceed 2 miles past the entrance to the Generals Highway.  Turn right on the General's Highway and travel southbound for approximately 6 miles to the Big Meadows turn off.  Turn left onto the Big Meadows Road (Forest Service Road 14S11) and travel 4 miles to the Guard Station that is located on the left hand side of the road

Shelter Warming Source

Electric Heater

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans, utensils, coffee maker, microwave, etc., along with paper towels and miscellaneous cleaning supplies. There is a refrigerator with freezer, stove and oven, kitchen table with 4 chairs with four additional folding chairs.  There is also an outdoor fire ring/barbecue (a bucket and shovel for attending a campfire are also provided), and picnic table for your use.  The living room has end tables, coffee table, bookcase, rocking chair, an overstuffed chair, a double sofa sleeper, and a desk containing various information to help you with your explorations and knowledge of the southern Sierra Nevada.  In the bedroom, there is a queen size bed, twin bunk beds, a bookcase, night stand, and small closet.  

What to Bring

Plan on bringing sleeping bags or bedding and pillows, bath towels and toiletries. No food or condiments (salt, pepper, etc.) are provided, so be sure to bring all food items you will need.  You may also want to bring a couple of folding lawn or camp chairs for outside.  Other items you may wish to bring include books, a flashlight, camera, insect repellent, sun screen, fishing poles and a fishing license.

Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)

$125/night plus $20 entrance fee that is good for 7 days to get into the Park/Monument.

Direct Link to Reservation Site

ADA Accessibility Notes

The cabin does not meet ADA accessibility standards.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets are allowed inside the cabin.


I have stayed at this guard station several times now; once on my own for several nights and once with family. I found it to be a great, peaceful retreat. Secluded, but not too far from civilization. You wake up in the morning and the air is so fresh and crisp (Sept/Oct) and you feel like you’re king off the hill. If you’re lucky you'll see some wildlife and maybe try your hand at reading some of the fresh animal tracks around you. We went horseback riding at the pack station a few miles away and that was also an awesome experience. Have not tried fishing, but plan to do that next year. Hiking is also great there and be sure to ask the ranger for recommendations based on your skill and time. Enjoy a great experience. You will not regret it.

Hesham , 9/8/2012

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