Half Moon Ranch

Area Status: Open
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Half Moon Ranch is a ranch style house located in the east Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains of Coronado National Forest. The house is situated in a dramatic canyon surrounded by granite spires, massive boulders, and golden cliffs that provide excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities.

The ranch consists of a main ranch house, a barn, and corrals. It can accommodate up to 10 people, with up to 8 horses. The house contains two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, living room, dining room, and a fully-equipped kitchen. A pond on the property makes for excellent wildlife viewing.  View photos

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: after 2:00 pm
Check out: before 12:00 pm
Reservations: Reservations for this cabin can be made at Recreation.gov. Additional cabin rental information.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $150 per night.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Pearce/Sunsites, AZ
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District  (520)364-3468

General Information


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, and travel for approximately 3 miles to the first creek crossing. The entrance to the Half Moon Ranch is on the left beyond this creek crossing.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

General Info:

General Notes

Natural Features:

Half Moon Ranch is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Cochise Stronghold. Located to the west of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 feet, 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 ranch house lies in a mountain range or "sky island" in the Coronado National Forest, rising dramatically from the desert floor, supporting abundant and biologically diverse plant and animal communities.


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 most revered birding areas. With 15 species of hummingbirds, 36 species of wood warblers, and over 256 documented bird species, the area is a birder's paradise.


Half Moon Ranch is a seven-room ranch style house, suitable for groups of up to 10 people. The house has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed and the second bedroom has both a bunk bed and a single bed. The living room contains two double futons and a fireplace. There are two full baths and a separate dining room with a table and seating for six.

A small dinette set with seating for four is located in the kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, coffeepot, and a can opener. The house has electricity and running water. Outside, guests will enjoy using the propane grill and furniture for outdoor dining.

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.

A barn and corrals are located to the east of the main house. There is a covered storage area for hay and water is available in the corrals. 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. Guests must bring an axe and materials for starting a fire if they intend to use the fireplace.

Fees: $150 per night
Reservation required?: Y
Rental info:
  • 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 kitchen 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 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 only allowed on designated roads and trails
  • Learn more about Coronado National Forest.


Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Two full bathrooms
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

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