Portal CCC House

  

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The Portal CCC House is a five-room cabin located just west of Portal, Arizona. The fieldstone masonry cabin has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining structures from the 1930s-era Cave Creek CCC Camp. The CCC House was built to serve as the camp's garage; the large vehicle entries were later filled in and the structure was converted to housing for a telephone switchboard and its operator.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check-in: After 2:00 p.m. Check-out: Before 12:00 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations for this cabin can be made at Recreation.gov. Additional cabin information.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $125 a night.
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Portal is 2 miles away.
Water: Yes
Restroom: One restroom
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468

General Information

General Notes:

Natural Features:

The Portal CCC House 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 house.

Recreation:

Cave Creek Canyon is located on the eastern slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, about 2 1/2 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.

Facilities:

The Portal CCC House is a five-room cabin, suitable for up to five people. The house has electricity and running water. The cabin has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a large kitchen/dining area. The first bedroom has a bunk bed (twin over double); the second has a queen sized futon. A table with seating for four is located in the dining area, which also has a wood burning stove. The kitchen 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 flashlight in case of emergencies.


Directions:

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 into Cave Creek Canyon; the Portal CCC House is approximately 0.9 miles on the right.


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Directions

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 into Cave Creek Canyon; the Portal CCC House is approximately 0.9 miles on the right.


Fees: $125.00 Per night
Reservation required?: Y
Hours of Operation: Access is subject to weather conditions. 
Rental info:  Know Before You Go
  •  Access to the bunkhouse is via a driveway on the east side of the facility, accessible by passenger car.
  • The house key is located in a lock box on the bedroom door nearest the parking. The combination for the lockbox is provided once a reservation is made.
  •  Keep the building and grounds clean to deter squirrel, rodents, bears, and other wildlife from the area.
  • Before leaving, renters are expected to clean the cabin; this includes washing dishes, sweeping floors, wiping down countertops, cleaning the bathroom and shower 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.
   
   

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site
Toilets
Parking
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
31.900830

  Longitude : 
-109.160800

 



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