Portal Bunkhouse

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The Portal Bunkhouse is a two-room cabin located one mile west of Portal, Arizona. Constructed in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Bunkhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure is one of the finest remaining examples of river-cobble masonry construction from that era.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for this cabin can be made at Recreation.gov. Additional cabin rental information.
Fees $100 per day.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Portal is 2 miles away.
Water: Drinking water is available. Cabin includes a fully functional kitchen and bathroom.
Restroom: One bathroom
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468

General Information


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 for approximately 1 mile (you'll cross the Forest Boundary). The Bunkhouse is the rock masonry building just past the Visitor Information Center.

General Notes:

Natural Features:

The Portal Bunkhouse 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 Bunkhouse.


Cave Creek Canyon is located on the eastern slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, about 2.5 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.


The Portal Bunkhouse is a two-room cabin, suitable for four people. The house has electricity and running water. The cabin has a bedroom with bathroom including a shower, sink, and toilet; and a kitchen with dining area. The bedroom has a bunk bed (twin over double) and a single futon. A small dinette with seating for four is located in the kitchen, which 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 a flashlight in case of emergencies.

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Cabin Rentals

Fees: $100 Per night
Reservation required?: Y
Hours of Operation: Check-in: after 2:00 p.m. Check-out: before 12:00 p.m.
Rental info: Know Before You Go
  • Access to the bunkhouse is via a driveway on the west side of the facility, accessible by passenger car. A combination lock is located on the left-side front door. The combination for the lock is provided once a reservation is made. Access is subject to weather conditions.
  • Cell phone coverage is usually available in the area, but may be unreliable in certain places.
  • 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.
  • This cabin does not honor Golden Age Discounts.
  • A notebook with information about the facilities, well as area recreational information, is located inside the cabin.
  • Off-highway vehicles are only allowed on designated roads and trails.
  • Learn more about the Coronado National Forest.
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