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Canelo Ranger Residence — Coronado National Forest

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Coronado National Forest

Overview

The Canelo Ranger Residence is a single-story, two-bedroom bungalow at the base of the Canelo Hills approximately 15 miles southeast of Sonoita, Arizona. The building, also known as the Canelo "Big House", was constructed in 1932/33 and served as the home of the District Ranger for surrounding National Forest lands, then part of the Huachuca Ranger District. The facility is located in an oak grassland at approximately 5000' elevation, with generally pleasant year-round weather. The building was renovated in 2023 with new bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances including an electric oven, and a heating and cooling system. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.__ Please note that pets are not allowed inside or outside the cabin.

Recreation

The two rentable cabins at the Historic Canelo Work Center are a 90 minute drive from the Tucson metropolitan area just south of the Sonoita Plain at the edge of the Canelo Hills. The area is appreciated for its scenery, biodiversity and rural pace. It located between the community of Sonoita and Parker Canyon Lake. The area offers excellent hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, fishing and boating at Parker Canyon Lake, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail. After a morning on the trail or at the lake, check out the nearby vineyards in the Sonoita-Elgin area! Lean more about Parker Canyon Lake __ Lean more about the nearby section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail: Canelo Hills East and Canelo Hills West__

Facilities

The two rentable cabins at the Historic Canelo Work Center are a 90 minute drive from the Tucson metropolitan area just south of the Sonoita Plain at the edge of the Canelo Hills. The area is appreciated for its scenery, biodiversity and rural pace. It located between the community of Sonoita and Parker Canyon Lake. The area offers excellent hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, fishing and boating at Parker Canyon Lake, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail. After a morning on the trail or at the lake, check out the nearby vineyards in the Sonoita-Elgin area! Lean more about Parker Canyon Lake __ Lean more about the nearby section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail: Canelo Hills East and Canelo Hills West__

Natural Features

The Canelo Hills are a low mountain range that serve as a connector between the Huachuca Mountains to the east and the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, both higher ranges among Southern Arizona's famed "sky islands". The Canelo Hills offer a beautiful backdrop of rolling, rocky terrain punctuated by riparian areas, oak woodlands, and grasslands. The region is considered among the most biodiverse in the country.

Nearby Attractions

There are several attractions nearby on the Coronado National Forest including Parker Canyon Lake, located 13 miles south on Highway 83. The lake has a marina, campground and boat ramp. Just beyond the lake is access to the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The trail can also be accessed near Canelo Pass. To the north, the Sonoita-Elgin area is home to numerous vineyards and tasting rooms. The closest stores, amenities, and gasoline are located in Sonoita.____ Lean more about Parker Canyon Lake__ Lean more about the nearby section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail__

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For facility specific information, please call (520) 378-0311.

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Location

Canelo Ranger Residence — Coronado National Forest is located in Arizona

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Directions

From Tucson: Follow I-10 W and AZ-83 South to Membrillo Lane in Santa Cruz County (69.1 miles) Turn L on Membrillo Lane Look for the brown Coronado National Forest sign, the Canelo Ranger Residnece is the second, larger cabin on the left. From Sierra Vista: Follow AZ-90 N NS az-82 W to Upper Elgin Road in Santa Cruz County (21.9 miles) Follow Upper Elgin Road, Elgin Canelo Road, and AZ-83 S to Membrillo Lane (17.8 miles) Look for the brown Coronado National Forest sign, the Canelo Ranger Residnece is the second, larger cabin on the left. From Patagonia: Head northeast on AZ-82 E/Naugle Ave (12.6 miles) In Sonoita at the intersection, turn R onto AZ-83 S (17.1 miles) Turn L onto Membrillo Lane Look for the brown Coronado National Forest sign, the Canelo Ranger Residnece is the second, larger cabin on the left.

Coordinates

31.5518203 N
110.5164513 W

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