From sweeping views and hiking trails around the Grand Canyon to the pine forest of the White Mountains and desert rock formations of Sedona, Arizona boasts breathtaking scenery and a multitude of outdoor entertainment options for the whole family. If you’re looking for secluded cabin rentals in Arizona, these seven top locations that put lakes, mountain trails, and other year-round activities at your fingertips.

1. Flagstaff

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Surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest with views of the San Francisco Mountains, this vibrant mountain town charms visitors with its historic downtown and railroad district along with several parks loaded with hiking trails. Finding a wood cabin here puts you just 73 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is also 28 miles north of Mormon Lake, where you can enjoy boating and fishing, and vacation rentals here are next door to Walnut Canyon National Monument, which features canyon trails ideal for the whole family. You can also see the prehistoric pueblos of Wupatki National Monument just a few miles north via self-guided trails or face the challenge of hiking Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona at more than 12,600 feet. If you’re traveling during the winter, head to the Arizona Snowbowl near Humphreys Peak to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The ski resort also offers scenic chairlift rides and disc golf.

2. Pinetop

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At an elevation of 6,800 feet, Pinetop is a picturesque mountain town surrounded by the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the towering White Mountains, which feature 180 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and more. Check out Woodland Lake Park for playgrounds and kayaking during the summer, or head to nearby Sunrise Park Resort for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing along groomed trails during a winter visit before warming up with some hot cocoa at your log cabin. A cabin vacation rental here is also just steps from Rainbow Lake, where you can enjoy boating and fishing during the warmer months or ice fishing during the winter.

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3. Sedona

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A desert town for outdoor lovers, Sedona offers secluded Arizona cabin vacation rentals with views of red rock canyon walls, rocky buttes, and pine forests. Walk to one of many trailheads within a short distance of your cabin, including Airport Mesa, which offers panoramic views of the rocky city.

Marvel at the high walls of Oak Creek Canyon and cool off in the swimming holes. Explore Red Rock State Park just south of Sedona to hike trails to Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and other natural formations. During the winter, hike through snow-capped rocks, embark on a Jeep tour, or take in the Festival of Lights. No matter when you visit Sedona, you can always enjoy some star gazing from your log cabin.

4. Payson

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This mountain town, surrounded by Tonto National Forest, is all about outdoor adventure. The Payson Area Trails System offers maintained trails for hiking and horseback riding, featuring exciting options such as Staircase Waterfall and the Railroad Tunnel Trail. In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hikes. Right in town, take the family for canoeing on the pond of Green Valley Park, and visit the playgrounds. Try some trout fishing on Tonto Creek to catch dinner to prepare back at the cabin, or spend time hunting for fossils, agates, geodes, and crystals. Payson lies 25 miles northwest of the Mogollon Rim, which offers sweeping views, kayaking on Woods Canyon Lake, and the chance to see elk herds. Check out the Rim County Museum, and walk the high rock bridge of nearby Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

5. Greer

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Find a cabin at this secluded wilderness town in the heart of the White Mountains to enjoy 16 hiking trails, where you’ll spot elk, deer, and dozens of mountain bird species. Cast a line in the mountain creeks during late spring, summer, and fall, or boat the local reservoirs and Greer Lakes to catch rainbow and brown trout. Head to Greer in the winter for cross-country skiing trails as well as snow tubing and sledding on the hills around town. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, Sunrise Ski Park awaits just a 27-minute drive away.

6. Williams

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The gateway to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Williams is a remote mountain town along historic Route 66 surrounded by Kaibab National Forest. Drive from your cabin through Bearizona Wildlife Park, which showcases wolves, mountain goats, bears, and other native wildlife. Cataract Lake and Santa Fe Lake lie at your doorstep for a relaxing kayaking trip, and you find plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as snowshoeing and sledding opportunities in the winter. For a winter trip, check out the Elk Ridge Ski Area a few miles south for snowboarding, skiing, and snow tubing.

7. Show Low

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Located along the Mogollon Rim 6,345 feet of elevation, Show Low is the perfect place to find your rustic cabin in the White Mountains wilderness. Step out of your vacation rental to Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, where you can rent a boat, cast a line, or meander along the hiking trails to spot wild elk. During the winter, warm up while learning about local history at the Show Low Museum, or drive 36 miles to Sunrise Park Resort for skiing. Renting a log cabin in Show Low also puts you amidst the White Mountain Trail System, where you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.

 
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