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14 Gorgeous Cabin Rentals in Arizona

by Dustin Christensen
Updated August 19, 2022

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Arizona built its economy on the five “Cs” – copper, cattle, citrus, cotton, and climate — but there could be a sixth: cabins.

Despite its reputation as a desert, Arizona has a surprisingly strong cabin game. The state’s nearly 4,000 mountain peaks — 26 of which are over 10,000 feet in elevation — make for prime cabin land, particularly in the high country of Northern Arizona.

Whether you’re looking for a remote getaway or something closer to the state’s top natural attractions, there are hundreds of cabin rentals in Arizona to consider. Here’s a look at 14 of ’em.

1. Cabin Near Snowbowl

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Why you should stay: epic views of the San Francisco Peaks from your living room.

  • Location: Flagstaff
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

A wall of windows at this Fort Valley home highlights one of the most iconic landscapes in Arizona — and the state’s highest point in Humphreys Peak. A wraparound deck offers the same gorgeous views, and when you’re ready to explore the peaks up close, it’s only a five-minute drive to Snowbowl’s entrance.

The two-bedroom cabin is on one acre of quiet land just north of downtown Flagstaff, and though there’s plenty to enjoy inside, the home’s location also makes it easy to fit in a road trip to the Grand Canyon, just over an hour away.

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Related Read: 10 Best Flagstaff Cabin Rentals to Escape to This Year

2. Mt. Lemmon Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: gorgeous basecamp for Mt. Lemmon adventures.

  • Location: Summerhaven
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Most folks in Arizona head north for cabins, but bucking the trend and goin’ south has its own perks. Case in point: this hillside Summerhaven home on beautiful Mt. Lemmon. The drive up Mt. Lemmon Highway (Catalina Highway Scenic Drive) winds up to 8,000 feet and a small community of homes, shops and skiing at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley.

And this log cabin’s the perfect place to take it all in. The home’s within walking distance of quaint shopping and scenic hiking, and if you’re there for the snow, a quick stroll behind the house leads to the perfect sledding hill.

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Related Read: 15 Unforgettable Romantic Getaways in Arizona

3. Chalet in the Woods

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Why you should stay: luxurious cabin fully loaded with family activities.

  • Location: Show Low
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

This cabin’s moniker — Chalet in the Woods — is no exaggeration: the 3,300-square-foot home’s located on one woodsy acre Sierra Pines just south of Show Low, and it’s European-influenced décor brings all the right chalet vibes.

Inside, two master suites make this rental ideal for large families or separate groups who need their own spaces. A game room and spacious open layout makes great use of the square footage, and outside you’ll find plenty of lawn games and activities to keep everyone entertained, including mountain bikes and a zipline.

And as big families know, cabin days up north often revolve around mealtimes, so the Chalet in the Woods is about as stocked with kitchen goods and supplies as possible.

“The house was beautiful and fully stocked with everything we could need,” said guest Sierra. “I can’t count the times we have shown up to a home and wished we had things in the kitchen that weren’t there, this place had it all!”

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Related Read: 10 Best Cabin Rentals in Show Low, Arizona

4. Oak Creek Cabin

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Why you should stay: Mellow vibes in one of Oak Creek Canyon’s most sought-after communities.

  • Location: Oak Creek Canyon
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

If you can’t snag a cabin at the Forest Houses in Oak Creek Canyon, consider this cozy rental in the nearby Pine Flats community. It’s one of the most affordable cabin rentals you’ll find in the canyon, and with hiking trails accessible from the back porch and the creek just a short walk away, it’s a steal for the price.

It’s near some of the area’s most popular hikes, including West Fork, but you can avoid the busier hiking crowds by hitting spots like Cookstove Trail. It’s also just a short drive south to Sedona’s best hikes.

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5. Butcher Lodge

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Why you should stay: stylish cabin compound to fit the whole fam damnly.

  • Location: Pinetop
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

If the bold black-and-wood color scheme doesn’t give it away, the Wu-Tang Clan and Pink Floyd flags in the garage play room will: this isn’t your average cabin rental. A recent remodel of Butcher Lodge, a “resort” style cabin with a separate guest house, makes it one of the most dapper cabins on our list.

“The pictures don’t do it justice; the grounds are beautiful and very well maintained,” said guest Danielle. “We loved how private it is and it offers everything you need.”

The style points rack up outside the house too, where a sprawling seating area and fire pit set the tone for memorable nights under the stars. And with only one neighbor around and more than an acre of land to explore, there’s plenty of solitude for whatever’s on your itinerary.

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Related Read: 14 Best Cabin Rentals in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

6. Acre’s Away A-frame

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Why you should stay: renovated A-frame with clean color schemes and chill spaces.

  • Location: Prescott
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

Prescott isn’t as far north or high up as Flagstaff, but it’s an easy cabin destination if you’re looking to quickly get out of the Valley. It’s also home to a crop of recently remodeled cabins like Acre’s Away, a chic A-frame on one acre just south of town.

The cabin’s bright, open layout and manicured décor makes it a cozy place to shack up in the winter, and a fire pit and spacious deck offer places to relax in any season. “Honestly, I can’t say enough great things about this place!” wrote one Airbnb guest. “The décor, the location, the amenities, the cleanliness…it was an absolute dream.”

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Related Read: 12 Best Cabin Rentals in Prescott, Arizona

7. The Lodge

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Why you should stay: luxurious digs near a creek and excellent hiking.

  • Location: Payson
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Payson’s the gateway to the Mogollon Rim, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer cabin in the area than The Lodge, a lux chalet-style home overlooking Tonto Creek. The cabin’s ample deck space offers a scenic spot to take in the surrounding forest and sounds of the flowing Tonto.

“Perfect house, indoors and outdoors, for gathering of family and friends,” said guest Louis. “We all enjoyed sitting on the large back deck and listening to the sound of the creek flowing.”

Best of all, the cabin’s sandwiched between some of the best hiking in Arizona: Horton Creek Trail lies south of the home, and a quick drive north takes you to Hatchery Trailhead, where you can hit the Babe Haught Trail.

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Related Read: Mogollon Rim Camping & Hiking Guide

8. Lake View Lodge

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Why you should stay: Spacious family cabin backing to a small private lake.

  • Location: Pinetop
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Lake View Lodge, one of three cabins owned by the Wiggins family, backs to beautiful Jackson Lake on the east end of Pinetop, on the state’s eastern side. It’s a cozy three-bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood perfect for bike rides and afternoon walks with the fam.

The interior is tastefully decorated and makes great use of living space, but you’ll be tempted to spend most of your time outside, where a large deck and grassy area offer the ideal spot to start and end your days.

“The back porch and the hammock was one of our favorite places to rest,” said Airbnb renter Melissa. “The lake was lovely and we took walks around the neighborhood in the evenings.”

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Related Read: 8 Secluded Cabin Rentals in Arizona for a Remote Getaway

9. Arizona Rim Retreat

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Why you should stay: A massive deck with every imaginable outdoor amenity.

  • Location: Pine
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

AZ Rim Retreat’s interior is beautiful, sure, but we wouldn’t blame you for never spending any time indoors. The culprit: a 2,000-square-foot deck complete with private hot tub, hammock, fire pit, grill, and more

The cabin’s main draw features expansive views of nearby Ruin Hill and beyond, and there’s plenty of hiking to be had in nearby Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
is a 15-minute drive south, and since the cabin is on the north end of Pine, it’s easy to explore the charming nearby town of Strawberry.

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Related Read: 12 Best Hikes in Arizona, From Desert to Tundra

10. Creekside Cabin

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Why you should stay: One-of-a-kind stay in the heart of Red Rock country.

  • Location: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

You can probably count the number of Sedona’s creekside A-frame cabins on one hand, so it’s understandable why you’d have to stretch your cabin budget for this unique home. But the splurge can be worth it, and those who’ve stayed can attest to this rustic-meets-modern cabin’s waterfront ambiance.

“Words cannot describe this amazing property,” said Jennifer D. “We didn’t want to leave! Everything was so perfect down to the last detail.”

The cabin is just minutes from Sedona’s main drag and half a mile from Red Rock State Park.

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Related Read: Red Rock Hiking: 16 of the Best Sedona Hikes

11. Dancing Bear Lodge

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Why you should stay: One of Pine’s most versatile and popular cabin rentals.

  • Location: Pine
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2–5 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

Most cabins have a defining feature – a big deck, vaulted A-frame windows – but it’s hard to find one that has everything. Dancing Bear Lodge gets about as close as you can, with open living quarters, traditional cabin refinements, and a wrap-around deck with space to eat and unwind. And it’s hard not to be drawn in by the oversized outdoor fireplace and cozy covered outdoor seating.

It’s one of the highest-rated Arizona cabin rentals on VRBO, with more than 100 perfect reviews. The cabin is a few miles north of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, a must-do destination if you’re staying in the area.

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Related Read: 11 Best Cabin Rentals Near Payson, Arizona

12. The 1975

A renovated A-frame cabin rental in arizona
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Why you should stay: Fully renovated cabin with immaculately designed spaces and details.

  • Location: Pinetop
  • Sleeps: 13
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Don’t be fooled by The 1975’s name: this cabin is anything but outdated. In fact, this home’s full renovation included upgrades from floor to ceiling, and it’s easy to see why it’s now one of Pinetop’s most popular cabin rentals.

The spaces are modern while still warm and inviting, and the owners thoughtfully designed every nook and cranny for a comfortable stay. Everything at The 1975 goes above and beyond, including host Jill, who’s always “kind and helpful to work with,” according to Airbnb renter Debbie.

The 1975 is also available for weddings and events, and the cabin’s reviews are full of comments from renters who’ve enjoyed the cabin for intimate weddings, employee retreats, and more.

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Related Read: 9 Unique Places to Stay in Arizona for an Unforgettable Vacation

13. Luxury Munds Park Cabin

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Why you should stay: Luxurious, one-of-a-kind cabin with a resort-style atmosphere.

  • Location: Munds Park
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

Just south of Flagstaff, Munds Park is a low-key cabin hot spot, home to streets of traditional (if a bit outdated) A-frames from the ’70s and ’80s. But you’ll also find newer homes like this log cabin stunner, a five-bedroom behemoth on a quiet cul-de-sac near quaint Lake O’Dell.

This is the epitome of comfortable forest living, and one of the few cabin rentals you’ll find in Northern Arizona with two-zone heat and A/C for all-season comfort. Master suites have their own private wings in the house, so if you’re stuck inside with the in-laws, there’s plenty of room to spread out (just kidding, in-laws.)

The cabin sits on a full acre with enough room to explore, and it’s a short stroll to the lake where you’re welcome to use the rentals inflatable kayaks for an on-water adventure.

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Related Read: 13 Best Cabin Rentals in Munds Park, Arizona

14. Drift Fence Cabin

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Why you should stay: Cozy A-frame with clean, modern updates in Pinetop Lakes Country Club.

  • Location: Pinetop
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

If The 1975 cabin is on the high end of your vacation budget, consider the nearby Drift Fence Cabin. It’s upgraded with a similar aesthetic focusing on practical living spaces, functional design and plenty of spots to unwind for the weekend (reading nook, anyone?).

The outside is just as well-thought-out, with a spacious deck, fully enclosed yard, and fire pit out back for warm nights under the stars. And when you’re ready to venture out, the cabin’s not far from Woodland Lake Park,  and less than an hour from Sunrise Park Resort.

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