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part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Shaw House is a stone cabin located in the east Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains of Coronado National Forest. The house is nestled in a dramatic landscape of canyons, rock formations, and the shade of several large cottonwood trees, offering guests to the area a unique lodging experience. Nearby trails provide excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities.

Natural Features:

Shaw House is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Cochise Stronghold in Coronado National Forest. West of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains, this sparsely wooded area is a protective rampart of granite spires, sheer cliffs, balanced rocks and boulders, which were once the refuge of Apache Chief, Cochise.

The area is abundant with wildlife, including white-tailed and mule deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, and squirrels. Bats, black bear, Coati, foxes, ring-tailed cats, bobcats, and mountain lion find habitat in the area as well, but are more often seen in the twilight and nocturnal hours.


With rugged granite formations, wooded slopes, seasonal streams, and an amazing variety of plants and wildlife, the Cochise Stronghold area is a popular recreational destination.

Rock climbing is long standing in the area, boasting backcountry and protected routes ranging from one to seven pitches in length, and from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty. Most approaches are 30-60 minutes in length, although there are a number of known areas that are easily accessible from the roads.

Birders congregate in southeastern Arizona as it is touted as one of the country's revered birding areas. With fifteen species of hummingbirds, 36 species of wood warblers, and over 256 documented bird species, the area is a birder's paradise.

Nearby trails provide excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities.


Shaw House is an eight room house, suitable for groups of up to 10 people. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, the second bedroom has two bunk beds, and there is a double-futon in the third bedroom. The living room contains three couches, several end tables and a fireplace. One bathroom has a shower, and the second has a bathtub.

The dining room is furnished with a table and seating for six. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, coffeepot, and can opener. The house has electricity and running water. Outside, guests will enjoy using the propane grill and patio furniture for outdoor dining. The cabin also has a screened in porch.

Although the cabin has amenities for comfortable lodging, guests do need to provide some of their own supplies, including food, sleeping bags, linens, pillows, towels, dish soap, matches, a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. Although electricity is available, it is recommended that guests bring an additional light source in case of emergencies.

Horse corrals are available near the cabin. Up to eight horses/mules are permitted in the corrals, and feed for the horses must be certified weed-free.

Firewood is provided, although often needs to be split. Visitors must bring an axe and materials for starting a fire if they plan on using the fireplace.

Nearby Attractions:

The Shaw House is located approximately ten miles west of Sunsites, Arizona. Attractions in the area include the Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, and the Willcox Playa.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Stove
  • Equestrian Area
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Stock Watering Tank
  • Table and Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Hiking Trails
  • Climbing
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Museum
Know Before You Go
  • Access to the house is through a locked gate; the gate has a combination lock, and the house key is located in a lock box on the back door; the combinations for the gate and the lock box are given out once a reservation is made
  • Reservation dates subject to weather conditions
  • Cell phone coverage is usually available in the area, but may be unreliable in certain places; the cabin does not have a phone
  • The access road leading into the cabin is passable by passenger car, but high clearance vehicles are recommended
  • Keep the building and grounds clean to deter squirrel, mice, rats, bears, and other wildlife from area
  • Clean the cabin; this includes washing dishes, sweeping and mopping floors, wiping down countertops, cleaning bathrooms and showers and packing out all trash
  • Pets are permitted in the cabin, but owners must clean-up after their pets
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • The house is located in a desert environment; please be aware that scorpions, snakes and other insects may be present at any time
  • This cabin does not honor Golden Passport Discounts
  • A cabin manual is located inside the cabin to answer specific questions during your stay as well as provide you with area recreational information
  • A helispot is located at the far west end of the pasture; emergency crews may periodically use this site for emergency rescue operations
  • Off-highway vehicles are also only allowed on designated roads and trails
  • Learn more about Coronado 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):
31.92639, -109.95556
31°55'35"N, 109°57'20"W

From Tucson, take I-10 east to Exit #318 (Dragoon Road). Turn right onto Dragoon Road and travel for approximately 10 miles to the Cochise Stronghold Road. Turn right on Cochise Stronghold Road and travel for approximately 6 miles to Ironwood Road. The paved road dead ends at Ironwood Road. Turn right on Ironwod Road and travel for approximately 4 miles.The Shaw House is the large rock house located off to the left of Ironwood Road behind a locked gate.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

West Ironwood Road
Pearce  AZ  85625

Phone Number:

Project Office: (520)364-3468
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