Apache Maid Cabin

Area Status: Open
Apache Maid Cabin

This rustic Forest Service facility, located at the eastern base of Apache Maid Mountain, is 2 hours north of Phoenix, Arizona, and just 45 minutes north of Camp Verde, Arizona. The cabin is located in the shade of a ponderosa pine forest just south of the Mogollon Rim. Nearby Stoneman Lake, Beaver Creek, and Sedona offer popular recreation activities. The cabin was originally built by Charles Babbitt in 1909 and served as a ranch house for cattlemen, and later as a Forest Service ranger station. The cabin has been restored to its historic character.

The Apache Maid cabin is a small cabin (520 square feet) and can accommodate up to 6 overnight visitors inside. The house has one bedroom (with a bunk bed, a double size bottom and a twin top; and a rollaway single bed), living room (with a futon couch), and a kitchen/dining room. The kitchen has a stove, but no refrigerator. An outdoor vault toilet is 50 yards from the house. The house is not handicap accessible.

The house has solar lighting and gas heating (no electricity). Outside, there is a propane grill, picnic tables, and a fire pit. Visitors must bring their own linens, bedding, and water (for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning).

There is parking for one RV at the site, for a maximum site occupancy of 10 people. All smoking must be done within enclosed vehicles or outside where the area is cleared of all flammable material. This is a "pack-it-in, pack- it-out" facility, so all garbage/trash must be disposed of by the renter. Please, do not leave any trash behind.


Important Information:

  • There are no housekeeping services.
  • There is NO electricity
  • Guests are required to clean up after themselves and leave the cabin clean for the next renter. This includes washing dishes, sweeping and mopping floors, wiping down countertops, etc. Cleaning supplies are provided.
  • Reservation dates subject to weather conditions.
  • Apache Maid Cabin can be reserved 180 days in advance.
  • There are beds for 6 people in the cabin.
  • No linens or bedding provided.
  • No water is provided.
  • All trash must be hauled off.
  • Roads leading into this cabin are passable by passenger car, but high clearance vehicles are recommended. Four-wheel drive is required during inclement weather.
  • Pets are allowed, but must remain outside the cabin; renters must clean-up after their pets.
  • This is a pack it in - pack it out facility, so all garbage/trash MUST BE disposed of by the renter. Please, do not leave any trash behind.
  • Off-highway vehicles are also only allowed on designated roads and trails in this area.
  • The site is not handicap accessible.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.
  • Visitors should take normal precautions concerning wildlife when visiting northern Arizona.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservations are required and can be made through Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Reservations: Reservations may be made through Recreation.gov. See the Camping and Day Use Reservation Policies on Recreation.gov for information on cancelations, refunds, and other details.
Fees: $75.00 per night May 1st through October, weather permitting.
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. Know before you go! During Fire Restrictions, outdoor campfires are not permitted at this cabin.  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: No - Bring your own Drinking Water
Restroom: Outhouse
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900
Information Center: Access to the Apache Maid Cabin is through a locked gate. The gate has a combination lock, and house key is located in a lock box on the kitchen door. The combinations for the gate and the lock box are given out once a reservation is made.

General Information


From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Exit #306 (Stoneman Lake Road/Forest Road 213).

Go east on Stoneman Lake Road for approximately 6 1/2 miles to the Forest Road 229 Junction.
Turn right on at Forest Road 229 and go 4.5 miles to Forest Road 230.

Veer right, continuing on Forest Road 229 and continue approximately 1/4 mile to the intersection of Forest Road 229 and Forest Road 620 (to the Apache Maid Lookout).

Veer right and the gate to the cabin is at this intersection on the left hand side. Look for the small sign that reads Apache Maid Cabin.

Note: The cabin is NOT on the mountain, so if you are driving uphill toward the mountain, you have missed the cabin entrance gate.


GPS (Map): 34°42'40.6"N 111°31'13.8"W

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Cabin Rentals

Rental info: Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance on-line through Recreation.gov or by calling their toll-free number: 877-444-6777.

You may cancel a reservation within 14 days of your scheduled arrival and pay a $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's fee. No-shows, early departures, or after the scheduled arrival date are NOT ENTITLED TO A REFUND.

Cancellations for single night use will not be assessed a service fee but will forfeit the night's fee.

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