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.
From Highway 126, travel south approximately 26 miles on Forest Service Road (FSR) 19 to Box Canyon Guard Station. From Highway 58, turn at the Westfir junction and travel through Westfir. This road becomes FSR 19. Box Canyon Guard Station is approximately 32.5 miles from Highway 58.