The Painted Desert Ranger Cabin is a backcountry, off grid cabin built by Ranger Ross in 2011. Ranger Ross lived in the cabin while he worked as a resource protection ranger at the Petrified Forest National Park until 2015 when he transferred to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. Ranger Ross now allows backcountry hikers to enjoy the cabin by renting it out by the night or the week.
The ranger cabin is a rustic off grid cabin that offers almost no amenities. There is no concierge, room service, or continental breakfast. There is no linen service or fancy little bottles of shampoo. It does however, offer beautiful views of the Painted Dessert wilderness, quiet serenity, and amazing star gazing opportunities. All from the comfort of a cozy one room cabin with a queen size bed and a flush toilet.
The ranger cabin sits on a 40 acre parcel adjacent to the south boundary of the Painted Desert Wilderness area. The property is located at the confluence of the Wild Horse Wash and the Lithodendren Wash. It can be accessed by hiking from Devils Playground (about a three mile hike) or from the Painted Desert Inn (about a seven mile hike). Visitors will need a backcountry permit to visit the cabin by hiking thru the wilderness. Backcountry permits are free, and can be obtained at either of the Petrified Forest visitor centers, or the Painted Desert Inn. For information on backcountry permits see the Petrified Forest National Park wilderness page. Bring a GPS to help you navigate, the coordinates for the cabin are 35°02'15.4"N 109°52'07.0"W.
If your not into the adventure of hiking out to the cabin, there is a dirt road just off the Adamana exit that will take you right up to the front door. However, be warned it is not a maintained road, and there maybe times during the year, particularly late summer during monsoon season, when it is only accessible via a 4x4, high clearance vehicle. However, most of the year an all wheel drive vehicle can make it to the cabin if your a seasoned driver. The address to the cabin is 9359 Stonetree Rd, Holbrook, AZ 86025, USA.