Arizona

8 Wonderfully Secluded Arizona Cabin Rentals

by DT Christensen

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There’s never been a better time to plan a socially distant getaway – and Arizona is one of the best places to do it.

Being one of the biggest states in the nation has its perks: wide open spaces, dark skies, and a lifetime’s worth of trails and back roads to explore.

Though Arizona’s popular vacation destinations like Flagstaff, Williams, Prescott, and Payson can get crowded, ducking the masses may be easier than you’d think. In fact, getting just a few miles out of town can be enough to put sufficient space and privacy between you and the next-door neighbors.

Here’s a look at some of the best Arizona cabin rentals for private getaways, from rustic homes in the high desert to luxurious chalet-style Airbnbs in the pines.

1. Rainbow Shackteau

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Why you should stay: A comfortable desert cabin in one of Arizona’s least-accessible areas.

  • Nearest town: Cane Beds
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $189/night

If the Arizona Strip – the state’s three million acres of land north of the Colorado River – was its own state, it’d be larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. That vastness makes it the perfect place to escape the crowds and find a high-desert cabin damn near the middle of nowhere.

The Rainbow Shackteau is a surprisingly refined cabin near some of the Southwest’s main attractions. It’s an hour to Zion National Park and less than two hours to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, with lesser-known spots like Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park just a few miles down the road.

The shack is on a 400-acre ranch property with a few other rentals, but they’re spread out and designed by host Laura and family to embrace the solitude of the area.

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2. Deluxe Cabin in the Pines

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Why you should stay: Stunning views from a hard-to-reach (and totally private) Arizona cabin rental.

  • Nearest town: Prescott
  • Sleeps: 11
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $212/night

You know you’re headed to a secluded cabin when past guests leave tips on how to find the place in their Airbnb reviews.

That’s the case with this family cabin outside Groom Creek, south of Prescott. The four-acre property isn’t far from popular natural attractions like Goldwater Lake and Lynx Lake, but the drive out makes it one of the more remote-feeling cabins in the community.

“Beautiful – if remote – space in the woods. Recommended if seeking something truly away from it all and surrounded by majestic scenery.”

Ryan, New York, NY

There’s hiking nearby – check out Groom Creek Loop Trail – but there’s plenty of forest to explore on the property, too. When it’s time to unwind for the day, enjoy the cabin’s two large decks and hot tub, and when the kids get fidgety, send ’em down to the playhouse and swing near the lower deck.

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3. C7K Modern Cabin

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Why you should stay: Seclusion and family-friendly amenities deep in the Bradshaw Mountains.

  • Nearest town: Prescott
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $360/night

When Abby and Zach designed this modern miner’s cabin southeast of Prescott, they incorporated their own mantras for adventuring, including the idea that kids aren’t a travel burden, and “all you need is a quiet moment with a coffee and a fantastic view.”

They checked off these concepts and more with C7K, a beautiful hillside cabin at an elevation of 7,000 feet. It was designed with views in mind, from the 700-square-foot deck to the purposefully placed windows in each room. The living room is centered around a slim, towering chimney in front of sliding glass doors, completing a floor plan that ensures you always have expansive forest views.

Throughout the home you’ll find thoughtful spaces for families, from the loft’s bunk beds to storage cabinets packed with kids toys, games, and books. If you’re looking for quality family time in the wild, this is the place to be.

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4. Flagstaff Cabin on 5 Acres

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Why you should stay: Beautifully designed (and massive) open-layout cabin just far enough from downtown Flag.

  • Nearest town: Flagstaff
  • Sleeps: 13
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $448/night

This luxury cabin southeast of Flagstaff is all about open spaces, from the five-acre lot to the 800-square-foot-deck out back. Inside, it’s more of the same: the barn-style design of the home creates extra-high ceilings and airy spaces that make the home seem immense.

“Phenomenal cabin in a fantastic location! Heavily wooded, private residence, conveniently located.”

Robin, Chandler, AZ

But it’s also cozy, and the massive stone fireplace in the living room introduces a traditional cabin element to make the home feel warm and inviting. Reviews praise the balance of stone and wood throughout the home, and the layout is ideal for large family gatherings.

The hosts creatively planned a treasure hunt for kids, and adults can rest easy on the property’s three hammocks while the adventure unfolds. The cabin is less than four miles from downtown Flagstaff, and for a more challenging journey to town, hike or bike the nearby Flagstaff Urban Trail System.

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5. R & R Ranch

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Why you should stay: Private, lodge-style cabin on 20 acres of forest and prairie land.

  • Nearest town: Williams
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $325/night

The R & R Ranch isn’t far from I-40, making it an easy option for families wanting privacy without having to navigate miles of winding forest roads. From the cabin’s wraparound porch, you’ll catch epic views of both the San Francisco Peaks to the east and open prairie surrounding the home.

The cabin’s A-frame structure creates a typical cabin atmosphere highlighted by natural light and bright spaces. With six bunk beds and an air hockey table, the upstairs loft feels like summer camp for kids, and adults will enjoy the large and well-stocked kitchen downstairs.

The cabin is between some of Williams’ popular wildlife attractions, with Bearizona to the west and the Grand Canyon Deer Farm to the east. And if you’re daytrippin’ it to the Grand Canyon, it’s about an hour to the South Rim entrance.

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6. Hand-built Log Cabin

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Why you should stay: One-of-a-kind cabin built with local timber and reclaimed materials.

  • Nearest town: Flagstaff
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $475/night

You can tell this is a special home even from across the meadow near this custom log cabin, with crooked branches that form the porch railing and dark round logs defining the cabin’s frame. The entire structure is neatly camouflaged at the meadow’s tree line, dropped in an ideal spot for admiring the property’s five quiet acres.

“We absolutely loved the place! It was close enough to town to run to the store when I needed too but far enough and secluded to feel completely peaceful and off the grid.”

Alicia, Chandler, AZ

That the home matches its surroundings should be no surprise – back in the late ’70s, the homeowners crafted the cabin by hand using local logs and wood, including alligator juniper, used for the countertops and other home accents. This is a total bespoke cabin, and every room was designed and built specifically with the owners’ personal tastes in mind.

Like the barn-style cabin mentioned earlier, this log home is within a few miles of downtown Flagstaff and is an easy drive to the area’s popular attractions. Northern Arizona’s Airbnb market is chock-full of newly built cabins, but this home’s character is a refreshing departure from rentals that often feel too by-the-book.

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7. Roadrunner Ranch A-Frame

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Why you should stay: One of the most wish-listed Arizona cabin rentals on Airbnb.

  • Nearest town: Flagstaff
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $130/night

When it comes to secluded Arizona cabins, there’s “a few miles out of town” secluded, and then there’s Roadrunner Ranch secluded; the latter is on 100 acres bordering the Navajo Nation. Here, you’ll find a comfortable if basic solar-powered A-frame with hiking right at your doorstep and some of the best stargazing in the state.

There’s no Wi-Fi or cell service, but host Jason provides a detailed map to ensure you reach the cabin. As remote as the cabin is, it’s conveniently located within 20 minutes of two national monuments – Sunset Crater to the west and Wupatki to the north.

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8. Cochise Cabin

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Why you should stay: Quiet cabin in one of Arizona’s most fabled mountain ranges.

  • Nearest town: Cochise
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

Not all the cabin action happens up north, as evidenced by this humble home on the eastern side of the Dragoon Mountains. This area was home to the Chiricahua Apache for hundreds of years – and the backdrop to some of Arizona’s most infamous Indian Wars during the 19th century.

Today, it’s one of the more popular hiking, birding, and climbing destinations in the region, and not far from Southern Arizona’s popular tourist draws. Tombstone and Bisbee are both within a 90-minute drive, or you can cruise the Ghost Town Trail or visit Fort Bowie for more regional history.

Though most guests come here for the scenery, the cabin itself is clean and comfortable – a relaxing escape from the busyness of Phoenix and Tucson. The home’s surrounded by beautiful desert, towering rock formations and a slow-moving stream that attracts deer and other wildlife at dawn and sunset.

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