Fishlake National Forest

Gooseberry Administrative Site

In past years, the Forest Service had no rapid means of transporting people to and from the back country. This required stations, lookouts, and other housing facilities to be built for crews to use, while fighting fires, constructing roads, timber sale preparation, and other duties. With the advent of modern transportation, these facilities have infrequent use. Some have been removed, while others are being preserved for their historical importance. Over the years, the public has expressed an interest in using some of the structures for summer recreation retreats.

Because of a lack of Forest Service use and reduced budgets, creative ways of use and preservation were needed. The recreational cabin concept has been used throughout the National Forest System. The Fishlake National Forest, Richfield Ranger District has implemented this system for the Gooseberry Administrative Site.

The Gooseberry Administrative Site Cabins are historic structures.

There are 3 bunk cabins, a large recreation hall, kitchen, bathroom with showers, picnic tables and a small amphitheater. This facility must be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Elevation: 7,900 feet

Season: June 12 through September 9

Number of Guests: Max. 250 people (only 50 single beds available)

Daily Fee: $300.00


* Gooseberry is situated at an elevation of 7,900 feet. Sufficient clothing and bedding should be on hand since most buildings are not heated.
* Gooseberry is in a remote location with no telephone or emergency services, except in Salina and Richfield. We recommend taking extra food, extra clothing, and a first aid kit.
* Wildlife viewing is fun and exciting. Please remember to enjoy the animals from a distance. The forest is their home, and we are only guests.
* Ground squirrels and other rodents are cute, but can be diseased, so do not feed them or initiate contact with them.
* Stinging plants and insects are in the area. Bring insect repellent and be aware that insects are attracted to perfumes. Stinging nettle is found in area around the buildings and grounds.
* The stairs are steep and become slick when wet. Please use caution. The two creeks flowing adjacent to the site are usually of low flow, but can become swollen after a storm.
* This site is historic and not very accessible for people with disabilities.


Reservations must be made at least 7 days prior to arrival and no more than 360 days in advance. Contact Reserve America (NRRS) by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at and ask for Gooseberry Admin Site Cabins.

Remarks and Rules:

* A Camp Hosts is on site to provide assistance.
* Check out time is by 11:00 A.M. and check in time is after 2:00 P.M.
* There are three bunkhouses with 50 single beds and a large meeting hall with tables and chairs.
* No bedding or linens are provided.
* The kitchen has two propane cooking stoves, three small propane refrigerators and two outdoor group grills, with three sinks and food preparation area.
* Bring your own dishes, utensils and cookware.
* There is running water, with hot water in the shower building and kitchen.
* The bathroom facility has flush toilets, sinks and showers (bring your own towel).
* A few picnic tables are available.
* Trailer parking is limited to a few locations.
* Pets not allowed in buildings and must be on a leash or caged.
* A propane generator is available for power and lights for a couple hours in the morning and in the evening.
* Garbage service is provided.
* No ATV's allowed.
* No smoking allowed inside buildings.
* Quiet time is between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
* Facilities for livestock are limited, contact District office for more information .


18 miles southeast of Salina, Utah

Gooseberry Admin Site Cabins may be reached by taking I-70 east-bound from Salina Utah to the Gooseberry Road exit #63. Then south on County Road #640 a two-lane paved road for 5 miles with the final 5 miles being a two-lane gravel road. The Admin Site Cabins are on the right side, just beyond the campground. For current information contact the Ranger District office at 435-896-9233.