Crescent Moon Cabin


Crescent Moon Cabin Front View

The Coconino National Forest is pleased to provide you with this exceptional recreation opportunity! This beautiful ranch house is located in Sedona, Arizona adjacent to Oak Creek and near the base of Cathedral Rock. Enjoy hiking, photography, and beautiful Oak Creek, or just relax and take in the breath-taking view from the living room.

Please remember that this is a rustic historic ranch house and not a modern hotel. It is a cabin in the forest and very old. It was built by ranchers of the original homestead and made available for public use by the US Forest Service. Your careful stay and light hand so as to not cause any further wear on the premises is most appreciated.

With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large great room, two kitchens and an enclosed sun porch, there is plenty of room. Maximum capacity for the house is 10 people for overnight use (one queen bed, 2 double beds, 1 bunk bed with a full size bed and a twin bed, and one futon in the living room). The house may be rented for day use as well. Day use capacity is 25 people (ideal for weddings and other day gatherings).

Electricity and running water are provided. Each of the three bedrooms has one double size bed. There is also a twin bed in one of the bedrooms. A dining room table with six chairs as well as other living and bedroom furniture is provided.

The larger kitchen has all the basic amenities including a sink, electric range, dishwasher and refrigerator. There is a limited supply of plates, pots, pans, and silverware. If you are not sure bring your own! The kitchen also includes a coffee maker, toaster, crock-pot, electric can opener and microwave. The smaller kitchen has a sink, lots of storage, and extra counter space. Try cooking outside where you will find a grill and picnic table!


  • Pets are not allowed in the building.
  • Crescent Moon Day Use Area – This day use facility is adjacent to the Crescent Moon Ranch House and is an excellent recreation opportunity! Please note that there is a separate day use fee associated with use of this area.
  • Gates: The gate on the access road to the cabin must be kept closed and locked at all times for safety and security.
  • Things to Take With You
    • Food
    • Sleeping bags; double, queen, twin sized bedding
    • Spare clothing (rain gear suggested)
    • Trash bags
    • Cooking utensils and equipment
    • Dish soap, dish rag, towels
    • Toilet paper and paper towels
    • Compass and map
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Flashlight
    • First-aid supplies

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At a Glance

Reservations: Call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or check out their website at Reservations are accepted from one to 180 days in advance of the first night (No walk-in reservations).
Fees The fee is $200.00 per night, per party, up to 10 people.   Check out time is 11:00 a.m., and check in time is 2:00 p.m. Expect to pay a reservation fee and a cancellation fee when appropriate.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. Know before you go! During Fire Restrictions, outdoor campfires are not permitted at rental cabins.  This includes both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.  Gas operated devices with an on/off switch are allowed.
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: Southwest of Sedona next to Crescent Moon Picnic Area.

GPS (Map): 34°49'32.1"N 111°48'07.9"W

Access: From Phoenix, going north on Interstate 17 take the Sedona exit (Exit 298) onto Highway 179 North. Go through the Village of Oak Creek and into Sedona. Take Arizona Highway 89a west (left) through Sedona to Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Turn left and proceed to Chavez Ranch Road and turn left. Road becomes gravel; go through locked gate to Ranch House at the end of the road on the right.

General Notes:

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Map to Crescent Moon Picnic Area

Access to the house is via a combination lock box on both the gated road and on the front door to the house. The combination lock box on the house contains the door key. After making reservations with the National Recreation Reservation Service, you will receive written confirmation including the lock combinations to both the gate and the house.



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