Cabins Rentals: Half Moon Ranch

Half Moon Ranch, Arizona

Set in a dramatically beautiful canyon surrounded by granite spires, massive boulders, and golden cliffs, the ranch consists of a main ranch house, a barn, and corrals. It can accommodate up to 10 people, with up to 6 horses. The house contains two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, living room, dining room, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Cochise Stronghold was once in the heart of Chiricahua Apache country, and is named for the famed warrior and peacemaker who lived there in the 19th century. The area was part of the short-lived Chiricahua Apache Reservation established in 1872, but the reservation was abolished in 1876 and the Apaches forced to move. Non-Apache settlers soon established homestead claims in the area. The surrounding area became part of the “Dragoon National Forest” in 1907, which was incorporated into the Coronado National Forest in 1908. Half Moon Ranch was constructed by Helen and Charlie Prude in the 1960s. The Prudes felt strongly that their beloved canyon should be enjoyed by the public, and bequeathed the ranch to the Forest Service.


The house contains two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, living room, dining room, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

  • 1700 ft2 of indoor space
  • 1100 ft2 of barn and tack room
  • 300 ft2 of covered corrals
  • Four large exterior corrals
  • The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, the other bedroom has a twin bed and a bunk bed with double-size lower bunk and twin size upper bunk. Two futons in the living room can be converted into double beds.
  • Electric stove, oven and heater
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Large dining table and six chairs, small dinette set with seating for four.
  • Fireplace and wood stove
  • Propane BBQ grill

Parking and a turn around for horse trailers are available on the site.

Things You'll Need

  • Food
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows)
  • Towels (bath and kitchen)
  • Trash bags
  • Warm clothing
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Flashlight
  • Ax for splitting firewood
  • Matches and newspaper for the fireplace and wood stove

Area Attractions and Activities

Half Moon Ranch is located in east Cochise Stronghold in the scenic Dragoon Mountains. Within the stronghold are hiking and equestrian trails as well as rock-climbing opportunities. A barrier-free interpretive trail allows you to explore the history of the canyon, and a nature trail provides information about the plants found there. Attractions nearby include Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Wilcox Playa, and the Amerind Foundation.


Directions from Tucson, AZ: Take I-10 east to Exit 318 (Dragoon Road). Turn right onto Dragoon Road and travel east for about 10 miles to Cochise Stronghold Road. Turn right (south) onto Cochise Stronghold Road and proceed about 6 miles to Ironwood Road (the paved part of Cochise Stronghold Road deadends at Ironwood Road). Turn right and travel west for about 9 miles to the first creek crossing. The entrance to Half Moon Ranch is on the left just beyond the crossing.



The cabin is located on the Coronado National Forest


$150 per night


Maximum capacity for the house is 10 people; the corral can hold up to six horses


Smoking is prohibited inside the buildings. All smoking must be done within enclosed vehicles or outside in areas cleared of all flammable material. Fully extinguish and properly dispose of all cigarette butts. We request that you do not litter the ranch grounds


Pets are not permitted
inside the cabin, but are welcome to come along and sleep outdoors or in the barn. Dogs must be leashed when outside. Renters must clean up after their pets.

A barn and corrals are located to the northeast of the main house.  No more than six mules/horses are permitted in the corrals.  You must supply feed for the animals and it must be certified weed-free.  The house is located in a mountain environment; please be aware that the natural habitat of scorpions, snakes, and other wildlife is right outside the door


The ranch is available year round


Reservations may be made 1 day to 6 months in advance online at or by phone: 877-444-6777; TTY/Hearing toll-free 877-833-6777; International 518-885-3639. No walk-in reservations.

Check-in: after 2 p.m.
Check-out: before 11 a.m.
Fees: Expect to pay a reservation and cancellation fee when appropriate.
Additional information: Access to Half Moon Ranch is through a locked gate.  The gate has a combination lock, and a house key is located in a lockbox.  The combinations for the gate and the lock box are provided after a reservation is made.

Contact Information

Coronado National Forest
300 W. Congress
Tucson, AZ 85621
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