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PORTAL BUNKHOUSE, AZ
part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe Portal Bunkhouse is a two-room cabin located one mile west of Portal, Arizona. Constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Bunkhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure is one of the finest remaining examples of river-cobble masonry construction from that era.
The Portal Bunkhouse is located at the entrance to Cave Creek Canyon at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The canyon's soaring cliffs, with their caves and pinnacles, are often described as "Arizona's 'Secret' Grand Canyon." Cave Creek, a perennial stream, flows through the canyon nearby the Bunkhouse.
Cave Creek Canyon is located on the eastern slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, about 2.5 hours from Tucson. Cave Creek Canyon is world-renowned for its dramatic rock formations and diverse wildlife. Birding is exceptional year-round, and particularly rewarding during the summer months. Hiking and rock-climbing are also popular activities.
The Portal Bunkhouse is a two-room cabin, suitable for four people. The house has electricity and running water. The cabin has a bedroom with bathroom including a shower, sink, and toilet; and a kitchen with dining area. The bedroom has a bunk bed (twin over double) and a single futon. A small dinette with seating for four is located in the kitchen, which is equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee pot. Pots, pans, utensils, and dishes are provided. Outside, guests will enjoy using the propane grill and furniture for outdoor dining. Although the cabin has amenities for comfortable lodging, guests will need to provide some of their own supplies, including food, sleeping bags or linens, pillows, towels, dish soap, matches, a first aid kit, toilet paper, and garbage bags. It is recommended that guests bring additional drinking water and a flashlight in case of emergencies.
The Portal Bunkhouse is approximately 1 mile west of Portal, Arizona. Attractions in the area include Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historical Park, the historic Camp Rucker and Geronimo Surrender sites, and the International Border.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Tucson, take I-10 east for 139 miles to Road Forks, NM. Turn right (south) on US 80 and drive 28 miles to Portal Road. Turn right (west) and drive 7 miles to Portal. Turn left on Forest Road 42 for approximately 1 mile (you’ll cross the Forest Boundary). The Bunkhouse is the rock masonry building just past the Visitor Information Center.
Mailing Address:PORTAL BUNKHOUSE
1192 W. Saddle View Road
Douglas AZ 85607
Phone Number:Project Office: (520)364-3468