Saguache Ranger Residence, CO 2018

Saguache Ranger Residence, CO 2018

Scope of Work Difficulty Level:  

Historic photo of the Saguache Ranger Station, August 9, 1940 (source)

About the Site:   Tent camping only   Site is RV/trailer accessible     showers available Indoor lodging provided  Elevation is +/- is 7,700'

Volunteers should plan on arriving at the campsite between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of the session, and departing after lunch on the last day.

PROJECT PARTNER: Rio Grande National Forest

HISTORY:  The Saguache Ranger Station was constructed in 1939 to serve as a ranger residence, office and garage. Assisted by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the United States Forest Service (USFS) designed and built this Pueblo-style complex. The complex is described as "the best preserved representative of a Pueblo-style complex, as well as one of the best preserved CCC-era Region 2 urban ranger stations in Colorado" (source).

Currently, the Ranger's residence and garage are still in use as constructed while the office has been converted to a bunkhouse to serve seasonal USFS employees.

The bunkhouse's vigas, or log beams, are an interesting and iconic element of southwestern architecture. The popular style has been imitated in modern architecture as well, primarily for decorative purposes. The vigas we will work on support the bunkhouse structurally, and over time have deteriorated. Help us repair them so this building can continue to serve the public!

HistoriCorps is especially excited to return to the Saguache Ranger Station, as it was the site of our very first preservation project in October 2009!

SCOPE OF WORK: Volunteers will work with field staff to learn and improve their skills at the following tasks:
Task Approximate Percentage of Scope*
1. Remove and replace severely deteriorated wooden vigas  65%
2. Identify and restore rotted log sections  20%
3. Caulk connecting vigas to walls, and paint to match  15%

Great Sand Dunes National Park, one hour from Saguache

*Note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups' work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

WHO CAN COME: All are welcome, no experience is necessary!

WHERE: 400 5th St, Saguache, CO (map)
LODGING: We will be staying at the Upper Crossing Guard Station, which is a lovely historic rental cabin managed by the Forest Service. It is 25 minutes' drive from the jobsite.

AREA TOURISM: Saguache, CO is rural Colorado at its best. Lovely vistas surround the town, and it's a pleasure to drive or bicycle the area's small roads winding through mountain ranges. Saguache is only an hour's drive from Great Sand Dunes National Park as well.

  • Please visit our Volunteer Information and FAQs page for general information.
  • Plan to arrive between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the first day of your project session.
  • Volunteers must provide their own camping equipment including tent with rainfly and groundcloth and sleeping bag and pad.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to the campsite and jobsite.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
  • Are you interested in earning a hands-on education in historic preservation? This project counts towards the HistoriCorps Institute Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction, contact Jamie Tobias at, or enroll online today!

Remember, we can't do it without you - truly!  HistoriCorps projects require a lot of careful preparation and planning for volunteers, and we carefully orchestrate our work and meal plans around your registration. When you register, we take it seriously and understand that you are committed to joining us for the full project duration. So before you complete your registration, kindly remember to double-check the calendar, project location, and scope of work to make sure it's a good fit for you (and if you're not sure, give us a call! We are here to help.).

You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated email and/or a HistoriCorps staff member greets you. The majority of our communications with you will be via email, so please do check your spam/junk folders to make sure you're getting information from us!

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice at or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.

  • Session 1
    August 24, 2018 - August 29, 2018
Details Price Qty
Session 1show details + $0.00 (USD)  

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