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Spencers Cabin


Reservations for Spencer's Cabin are now available for the rest of the summer season. Please visit for current information about Eagle County's Public Health Order, COVID-19, and current fire restrictions.  To protect the health of the public, please follow social distancing guidelines; no more than 10 people can use the Spencer's Cabin Site at one time.

Spencer’s Cabin is a primitive back country structure located on mile 43 of the upper Colorado River. The structure, located one mile above Burns, is owned and maintained by Eagle County through its Open Space Department. All payments/deposits are non refundable. Because of the cabin’s remote location, use of Spencer’s Cabin may be temporarily suspended due to high river flows, wildfire danger, or other conditions. This site is regularly patrolled by Open Space Rangers. Eagle County has the right to cancel or refuse use to users at anytime. 

For more information about this area of the Colorado River, please visit the and BLM UCRRA websites. 

BLM Upper Colorado River Recreation Area Interactive Map

Rules and Information:

Payment: $25 per night is collected at time of booking. Payment is non-refundable, unless the reservation is canceled by Eagle County.

Reservation Restrictions (June 1 - Sept. 15): Reserving users are limited to one Friday and/or Saturday per month. Any Friday or Saturday night reservations beyond the allowed amount will automatically be cancelled by Eagle County.

Check-in/Checkout: Cabin users can check in at 1 p.m. Users must depart by 11 a.m. following their stay.

Occupancy: Spencer’s Cabin can comfortably sleep 4-6 adults. Tent camping is available next to the cabin. The cabin is 180 square feet.

Pets: Dogs are allowed at Spencer's Cabin, be sensitive to surrounding wildlife. Permit holder is responsible for any property of structural damages incurred by pets. All pet waste must be picked up and removed from the site.

Location:  Located 4 miles downstream from Catamount, on river left at mile 43. This is the first structure downstream of Catamount river access. 39.881 -106.881 Degrees

Access: Spencer’s Cabin can only be accessed by floating down the Colorado River. The surrounding section of river contains class II water and a class III rapid (Rodeo Rapid). Rodeo Rapid may be portaged using the Colorado River Road, however portaging crafts may not be an option for most users. Please scout the rapid during flows below 700cfs as navigating Rodeo Rapid may be difficult or impossible for large rafts. River running experience and class III whitewater skills are highly suggested for this section of river. Due to its remote location, there is no access to the cabin by land.

Bedding: Spencer’s Cabin is a minimalist shelter. There are no mattresses or bedding provided, please supply your own.

Cooking: No cooking inside the cabin. Users must provide stoves and cookware.

Water: There is no treated water source at Spencer’s Cabin. It is suggested users bring potable water, however water from the Colorado River is accessible. Always filter or treat water before use.

Toilets: There are no toilet facilities at Spencer’s Cabin. You must bring your own toilet system. Because of the cabin’s close proximity to the river, digging a “cat hole” is not allowed for waste.  Please follow the pack-in / pack-out toilet guidelines set forth by the Bureau of Land Management at

Fires: Campfires are allowed in the provided fire ring. Users must follow any current Eagle County fire restrictions. Fires should be completely out before departing Spencer’s Cabin. Wood may not be available at the cabin, users are encouraged to bring their own firewood. Cutting or gathering wood around Spencer’s Cabin is not allowed due to habitat impacts.

Railroad: Public access across or along railroad tracks is strictly prohibited. This is an active railroad line.

Fishing: All anglers must be properly licensed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Emergencies:  There is no cell phone service at Spencer’s Cabin. If a member of your group is injured or becomes ill, you cannot rely on outside help. Plan ahead and be prepared to execute a self-rescue. Your group should be equipped with first aid supplies and have experience in emergency medical procedures.  Users may want to consider a SPOT, inReach, PLB or satellite phone for more reliable emergency communication, and hand-held, two-way radios for inter-group communication. In an emergency, call 911 or Eagle County Communications 970-479-2201.

Cleanup: There is no trash service at Spencer’s Cabin. Please pack-in / pack-out all trash from your stay. Do not leave any food in the cabin, it will attract unwanted wildlife. Please sweep floors, wipe surfaces, close all doors and windows, and secure all locks before departing.

Miscellaneous: Use of firearms and fireworks is prohibited. Please, do not modify the cabin, its furnishings or the surrounding area.

Enjoy your time at Spencer’s Cabin. The Eagle County Open Space Ranger can be reached at 970-471-9465.

Reservation Calendar: Use and reservations for Spencer's Cabin ends on October 31st. The reservation calendar for the upcoming summer season will be opened up on March 15th at 8:30am (MST). Please note the above weekend use restrictions June 1 - September 15th. 

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***Due to health and safety concerns, and to protect the health of the public, please follow social distancing guidelines, no more than 10 people can use the Spencer's Cabin Site, and continue to remove all trash and waste upon departure. If you have any questions, please contact Open Space Ranger Phil Kirkman at***

Service:Spencer's Cabin - 1 night $25 change

Check in time: 1 p.m.

Check out time: 11 a.m.

Reservation fee of $25 is non-refundable.

Date/time:Choose one of the openings below. (MDT)
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