Shaw House

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Shaw House

This historic 3-bedroom rock house is located in east Cochise Stronghold, within the homeland of the famed Chiricahua Apache chief. Set in the spectacularly scenic Dragoon Mountains, guests enjoy views of Rockfellow Dome, and the house is close to excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities. 

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for this cabin can be made at Additional cabin rental information.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $150 a night.
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Sunsites-Pearce is 10 miles away.
Water: Drinking water is available
Restroom: Two bathrooms
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District Recreation Staff
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 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.

General Notes:

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.

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