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Attention: From October through May, this facility is winterized. Renters will be required to bring their own potable water for drinking. Kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as toilets and showers will be non-functional and disconnected.


part ofCoconino National Forest Recreation, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Fri Nov 13 2015   Season Dates


Fernow Cabin offers a quaint, forested retreat near Flagstaff and Sedona, in central Arizona. The rustic, three-bedroom log cabin is a retired U.S. Forest Service guard station constructed in the 1970s to house firefighters during wildfire season. Now, it offers groups of up to eight people a unique recreation opportunity in a beautiful Southwest setting.

The cabin can be accessed by vehicle. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The site lies in a ponderosa pine forest on the Mogollon Rim, a 200-mile slope that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation. At an elevation of 6,656 feet, the cabin is fairly isolated, offering a private location for visitors to enjoy nature.

The area is characterized by warm summer days and cool nights, with afternoon thunderstorms common from mid-June through mid-September.


The area is a hub for hiking, mountain biking and off-road vehicle riding. The cabin is adjacent to the Sycamore Canyon and Red Rock/Secret Mountain Wilderness areas, which boast numerous hiking trails. Bikes and off-road vehicles are only allowed on designated roads and trails.

Flora, fauna and unique rock formations in the surrounding area also present excellent opportunities for photography.


The cabin has running water from mid-May through mid-October. It also has an indoor shower, hot water heater, propane lights, a small dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms, a loft, wood stove and covered porch. It is furnished with beds and mattresses, dressers and a small dining table with chairs.

The kitchen includes a stove, oven, small refrigerator, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, coffee pot and can opener. The toilet is a short walking distance from the cabin, and an outdoor campfire circle and grill are also provided. The ramp to the front porch is accessible. Firewood and propane are provided (click here for more cabin details).

Visitors must bring their own sheets (two double beds and four single beds) and blankets, or sleeping bags, flashlights, towels, garbage bags, dish soap, dish towels, extra firewood, an axe for splitting wood, and matches and newspaper for lighting the wood stove. Lawn chairs are not provided, but are a nice treat for summer months. If visiting before mid-May or after mid-October, guests must bring their own water.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby city of Flagstaff offers ample lodging, shopping and dining opportunities. Grand Canyon National Park is about a two-hour drive northwest of the cabin.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Star Gazing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin is closed to reservations on Tuesdays for weekly maintenance; it is also closed between mid-November and early May
  • Guests must bring their own water before mid-May and after mid-October
  • Lock codes are included in the reservation confirmation letter; key to the toilet is in the cabin near the refrigerator
  • Written instructions are posted in the cabin regarding turning on and off of propane, lights, appliances, gas, etc.; please read immediately upon arrival
  • Check-in is after 2 p.m. and check-out is before 11 a.m.
  • Cell phone service is limited to non-existent in the area
  • Dogs are allowed, but must be kept outside; please clean up after pets
  • No horse facilities at this cabin
  • Off-road vehicle users need to tread lightly and stay on designated roads complying with regulations applicable to your vehicle
  • Click here to learn more about Coconino National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.01639, -111.84972
35°0'59"N, 111°50'59"W

Fernow Cabin is located approximately 22 miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Road 231. All roads are suitable for passenger vehicles, with caution required for the last mile. High-clearance vehicles are recommended. During periods of heavy rainfall, roads may become difficult to navigate. Roads are not always maintained after each weather event.

From Phoenix, travel north on Interstate 17 to the junction with Interstate 40 in Flagstaff. Go west on Interstate 40. Turn right at the Flagstaff Ranch Road exit and continue to the stop sign. Turn right onto historic U.S. Route 66. Turn right at the Woody Mountain Campground, onto Forest Road 231 (Woody Mountain Road) and continue for 21 miles. At Forest Road 231A, continue along Forest Road 231 for less than a mile, taking the second right, onto Forest Road 231E/Fernow Draw. The cabin is a quater-mile further on Forest Road 231E.

From Flagstaff, take Milton Road south and turn right onto historic U.S. Route 66. Turn left onto Forest Road 231/Woody Mountain Road at the Woody Mountain Campground. Stay on Forest Road 231 for 21 miles. At Forest Road 231A, continue along Forest Road 231 for less than a mile, taking the second right, onto Forest Road 231E/Fernow Draw. The cabin is a quarter-mile further on Forest Road 231E.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

5075 N. HWY 89

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)526-0866
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