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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 t


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 cabin is not easily accessible by passenger vehicles. However, visitors can hike to it through the Petrified Forest National Park if they do not have an off-road capable vehicle. If you are driving please remember it is only accessible by dirt road. A high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended, the cabin is about 4 miles off the pavement.

This is a remote, back-country, cabin. Guests should plan to bring everything they will need including food, sleeping bags (or) linens for the queen size bed, fire wood, toilet paper and drinking water. Please clean up after your stay and leave the cabin ready for the next visitor.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Ross a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The Petrified Forest National Park provides lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy the fresh air. If you want to see the pa...Read more

Horseback riding

Horses are allowed in Petrified Forest Wilderness, and your welcome to use the cabin as your base camp. There is an old corral ...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Painted Desert Ranger Cabin in Arizona.


There is no valet parking, and certainly no need for advanced parking reservations. There are no public transportation options ...Read more

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Hipcamper Lauren

Exceptional! everything for offgrid

Lauren P.
recommends this listing.
December 29th, 2021

Truly fantastic stay here—2 nights was not enough! The cabin stayed toasty warm despite the wind and snow. Be forewarned that 4x4/AWD was necessary with the soaked clay/sand roads.
This is a little spot of magic and best appreciated for those who want to get away from cell service and settle into a slower, more nature influenced pace of life. Rangers Ross and Kip do a great job of facilitating hospitality and providing for most needs but take heed that those accustomed to glamping & Airbnb’s may find the amenities a bit of a stretch on their comfort zone—alternatively, if you’re a seasoned camper or backpacker, this setting is delux and plush. Basically, be prepared and enjoy!
We certainly will be back! Thank you!

Soaking up as much as humanly possible Petrified wood everywhere The austere, dramatic beauty of devils playground 😍Every season is a good season to visit!
Hipcamper Martina
Martina D.
recommends this listing.
December 5th, 2021

This place it’s just magic. It was our first time sleeping in a canyon and the structure offered all the amenities to experience that in a comfortable way, especially with the colder temperatures. The location it’s great, easy to reach and perfect to enjoy walks in the wild and stargazing at night. Can’t wait to go back for a longer period of time! Thanks Ranger Ross!

Hipcamper Carrie
Carrie G.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2021

Amazing!! This cabin will not disappoint.

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Hipcamper Stephen
Stephen B.
recommends this listing.
November 6th, 2021

Great location very isolated and restful

Hipcamper Sydney

Amazing desert stay

Sydney A.
recommends this listing.
November 5th, 2021

We had a great time! Everything was super tidy and organized. Can’t emphasize enough how remote this listing is, so be prepared with all the supplies you’d normally have car camping and a few exit plans just in case! The stars were AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Thank you rangers for sharing this cabin :)

Hipcamper Suzette

Solitude and beauty abound

Suzette B.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2021

If you are looking for a Quiet place to stay near Petrified Forest National Park ~ this is ideal, but know that you will need a 4x4 high clearance vehicle as the road is not maintained. Its Off Grid yet has some exceptional qualities such as Pellet Stove, Kitchen with mimi Fridge and PropaneStove, Running Water, Flush Toilet and Shower and a Queen Bed. You will need to Bring a few essentials with you such as Drinking Water, Bedding and Food.

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Hipcamper Ginny


Ginny B.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2021

Loved it. Off the beaten path but that is what makes it so fun. Had everything we needed to cook. watched a beautiful sunset and then a full moon. Quiet and relaxing. . Look foward to coming again.!

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Hipcamper Jennifer

Hands down....amazing place!

Jennifer Y.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2021

My husband and I absolutely loved staying at Ranger Ross's cabin! The Painted Desert has a beauty that is difficult to describe. It was quiet, serene, and the sunsets were amazing. The cabin itself has so many amenities that made our trip feel more like glamping :). You definitely need 4 wheel drive to get to it but my husband's Tacoma handled the road to the cabin with no issues. It is definitely the place to stay if you are visiting the Petrified Forest! Thank you Ranger Ross for such an awesome place!

Hipcamper Gucci

Cool off grid experience!

Gucci F.
recommends this listing.
October 14th, 2021

Such a beautiful location! The isolation and bumpy drive in takes a little getting used to but it is so worth it. Cabin was warm and had everything I needed, and the hikes were unreal. Would love to come back in the future.


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