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Overview of Denver Caboose Cabin

Denver Caboose Cabin is a unique rental cabin located in the Tongass National Forest near Denver Glacier, not far from Skagway, Alaska. This remote cabin was originally a caboose on a railway and has been converted into a small lodging facility that offers a rustic and secluded wilderness experience for visitors. It is accessible by train, followed by a short hike, or by helicopter, depending on the season and weather conditions. The cabin is typically available for reservations year-round and is popular among hikers, skiers, and those looking to escape into nature.

Amenities and Facilities

The Denver Caboose Cabin offers basic amenities, which generally include:

  • Bunk space with mattresses (sleeps about 3 to 6 individuals, depending on the specific cabin layout)
  • A wood stove for heating
  • A table and chairs
  • An outhouse toilet
  • An axe or splitting maul for making kindling

Please note, the cabin does not provide running water, electricity, or cooking facilities. Visitors must bring their own food, cooking equipment, and a reliable source of light. It's also crucial to pack in sufficient water or have the means to purify water from nearby natural sources.

Reservations and Fees

The Denver Caboose Cabin can be reserved in advance through the Recreation.gov website or by calling the national reservation system. A nightly fee is charged, which varies by season and is subject to change. As it's a popular spot, especially during the summer months, it's advisable to book well in advance.

Access to the Cabin

Access to the cabin is unique as it involves transportation by the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) Railroad or by a chartered helicopter.

  • By Train: Visitors can catch the train from Skagway and disembark at the Denver siding. It's necessary to arrange for the train to stop in advance. From the siding, you'll need to hike approximately 0.3 miles to the cabin.

  • By Helicopter: In winter or when the train is not operating, access may be possible by helicopter, weather permitting. This requires prior arrangement with local air service providers.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Reservations: Check the reservation system for availability before planning your trip.
  • Wildlife: Be aware of bears and other wildlife; proper food storage and handling are essential.
  • Water: There is no drinking water available at the cabin. Bring your own or be prepared to treat water.
  • Waste: Pack out all trash and follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Safety: Given the remote location, it's important to bring a first-aid kit and be prepared for emergencies. A reliable means of communication is also wise.
  • Weather: Weather in the region can be unpredictable. Always check the forecast and be prepared for changing conditions, particularly if traveling in winter.
  • Travel: Train schedules and access can change, so verify the latest information before departure.

Contact Information

For the most current information regarding the Denver Caboose Cabin and conditions in Tongass National Forest, contact the local ranger district or the Alaska Regional Office. Information such as contacts, cabin details, and reservation policies can typically be found on the official Tongass National Forest website or through the Recreation.gov portal.

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