Forest Houses is for people who enjoy peace and quiet in this crowded world. Please help us keep it this way. Because of its small size, Forest Houses is not suitable for noisy, shouting adults or children. We do not accommodate loud parties, weddings, or any group larger than 10 people. Please do not use your house as a daytime base for friends who are camping or staying elsewhere in the area. No more than the stated maximum number of people are to sleep in each house. This includes all people 3 years old and older, and is regardless of what name(s) the reservation is made under. Because of the narrow roads and overhanging roofs and trees, no campers, trailers or other vehicles larger than a passenger vehicle are permitted. Please, no weapons, motorcycles, or off road vehicles. Bicycles are welcome.
All plants, trees and wildlife are protected. We reserve the right to refuse reservations to those people who jeopardize the enjoyment of other guests through noise or lack of respect for them, the houses, their contents, or the environment. Forest Houses Resort complies with the Smoke Free Arizona Ordinance, no smoking inside any house.
There is one public telephone on the resort which doesn't take money and is a free call within Sedona and the Verde Valley. However, there are no phones, no television and no computer/internet hookups in the houses. Your cell phone won't work here either. Bring a calling card if you need to make long distance calls.
From time to time, the noise or activity of maintenance projects might inconvenience you or interfere with your enjoyment of Forest Houses. For information regarding work scheduled near your house, please call prior to the 30 day chance/cancellation date. No refund will be given due to work being done during your stay.
Advance reservations are required. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST, daily. We do not go on daylight savings time. Please call our office at 928-282-2999 to check availability, make reservations or ask questions. We do not have e-mail or wifi as both require microwave line-of-sight transmission which doesn't work in the canyon.
Reservations are taken no more than one year in advance. A valid (at your time of stay) credit card number is required to hold and confirm your reservation. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, personal checks and cash are accepted. No seasonal rates.
We do not provide handicap access, nor do we provide roll away beds or cribs.
Due to Arizona State law, we are a non-smoking facility.
Little people, age 8 and younger, no charge, although anyone 3 years old and older must have a bed of their own and will be counted within the maximum number of people allowed to sleep in the house.
Check-in is 3 p.m. or later; check-out is by 11 a.m.
We are closed after New Years until early March. However, reservations can be made at this time for our open months. Please leave your inquiry, along with your choice of dates, on our voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible. We must actually speak with you to book your reservation.
Only the person who made the reservation may cancel it and you must actually speak with us (if you leave a message, we will call you back). We must give you your unique cancellation number. Non-verbal communication (i.e. internet or email) is not sufficient and no reservation is cancelled without our issuing the cancellation number. Please remember that our cancellation deadline is 30 days prior to your arrival date with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's when we ask you to make your commitment 60 days prior. This provides us with the maximum opportunity to rebook your dates and not be charging you for un-rented days.
You are responsible and will be charged for all of the vacant portion of your reservation if we do not receive advance notice of cancellation. Please plan accordingly. No refund on shortened stays.
Sixteen unique and secluded 1-5 bedroom houses. Each house is in harmony with the surroundings – original designs built with native boulders and log beams – with fine views of Oak Creek or the surrounding forest. All of the houses have patios or decks, comfortable furnishings, and tub or shower baths. All have full kitchens, including all pots, pans, glasses, silverware, etc., a full-sized refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, toaster and drip style coffee maker. Most have rock fireplaces or free-standing fireplaces and Select Comfort King or Queen sleep number beds. Bath and bed linens are provided as well as charcoal briquette barbeques (but not charcoal or lighter), and firewood and kindling (in season).
We welcome your furry family members but we want to insure that petless guests may enjoy a quiet and restful stay as well. Please adhere to the following policy:
Limit 2 pets: dogs-maximum 60ish pounds (lab, golden size), cats, birds, etc. per house. A refundable per pet responsibility deposit is required and may be forfeited, or the pet(s)/pet owner may be asked not to return if there are infractions of this policy. The pet owner agrees to be totally responsible for any damage to Forest Houses Resort, other pets and/or people caused by their pet(s).
Dogs must be leashed at all times. This includes when they jump from the car upon your arrival and during early morning or late evening walks. Don't just turn them loose, and please, clean up after their waste needs. This includes the walking trail to Junipine. (What's a bar stool? What Daniel Boone stepped in.)
Please do not leave your dog outside unattended or allow it to lie, dig or play in the flower beds. Bring a crate if you need to leave your dog alone in the house. If your dog is a barker, please leave it at home. If your dog enjoys the creek, please bring your own clean-up towels.
PLEASE, Pets are not to sleep on uncovered furniture or beds. Bring sheets or coverlets to protect the furniture and beds. One of our primary cleaning problems (because it significantly increases the time we must spend to clean the house) is dog hair on the furniture and beds. We have sheets available if you need them.
Bugs and Critters
We live adjacent to the Red Rock Wilderness Area, part of Coconino National Forest, deep in the woods at the bottom of a canyon with a small creek meandering through. Seldom too hot in summer or too cold in winter, it is the perfect haven for, among many others, Great Blue Herons and Zone Hawks, at least 5 species of Hummingbirds, Daddy-Long-Legged Spiders, and because of the Desert Shrew, relatively few Field Mice. If you are lucky, you may see a White-Tailed Deer, the migratory Painted Redstart and Western Tanager, and Arizona Mountain Kingsnake or the little Narrow-Headed Gartersnake, unique to Oak Creek Canyon, which is being studied by the Colorado Plateau Research Station at NAU. What amazes me is that there are not more bugs and critters: for example, there are virtually no ticks or fleas, mosquitos, no-see-ums, ravenous black flies so common to many wetland areas, Coyotes or Javelinas. Raccoons and Skunks let us know they are here by making a mess of any garbage left out, and the carnivorous Ring-Tailed Cat (hard-rock miners used to tame them and they are also known as a Miners Cat) helps keep the small rodent/animal population under control.
I love the Zonies and Hummers; during the summer we go through about a gallon of mix per day. The Kingsnake (protected in Arizona) is one of the few natural enemies of rattlesnakes - one of the reasons rattlers are scarce here. The Abert's Squirrel is vital to a healthy pine forest because they open up the pinecones so the seeds may fall out and germinate meanwhile making a mess with the chips and white, sticky sap. I live-trap and relocate the Skunks (the Raccoons are too smart to get trapped) and delude myself into thinking they are not back here before I am.
I understand that you may not care for these guys as I do, but I want you to be aware of their presence. They are part of the forest and wilderness area, Oak Creek Canyon and Forest Houses Resort, just as you and I are. Over the years, we have learned ways of dealing with them (it may involve bug spray or snap-type mouse traps) and can make your stay here as pleasant as possible. June is our hottest month, the time when the spiders (after hatching in the pine tree bark) are driven indoors searching for water and dark corners. During November and December, we trap more mice when they search for a warm place to nest and winter.
If this closeness to nature is unacceptable to you, please let us know prior to our cancellation deadline so we may make your reservation available to another guest. No refund will be given for shortened stays due to meeting up with bugs or critters.
Please help keep Forest Houses and the surrounding nature clean. Leave behind no trace of your passing. This definitely includes cigarette butts. There are bags available from the office if you wish to help us pick up after someone less thoughtful than yourself. We are deeply committed to recycling and strongly support our local programs. Please help.
Peace and Quiet
We've had the following policy since 1965:
Forest Houses Resort is for people who enjoy peace and quiet in this crowded world. Please help us keep it that way. Due to its small size, it is not suitable for noisy, shouting adults or children or large dogs. We reserve the right to deny reservations to those people who jeopardize the enjoyment of others through noise or lack of respect for other guests, the houses or resort grounds.
Suggested Items for Guests to Bring to Forest Houses
- Groceries and coffee fixins - (we supply a Mr. Coffee style coffee maker with filters, salt and pepper, dish washing soap and sponge).
- Napkins, facial tissue (we provide paper towels); aluminum foil, charcoal briquets and lighter fluid for grill.
- Personal toiletries (i.e. shaving gear, toothpaste & brush, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. (We supply bath soap, facial soap and toilet tissue).
- Flashlights with fresh batteries. Also, a radio and/or CD player for news, music.
- First aid kit.
- Clothing that can be layered for those chilly evenings and mornings, and those sometimes surprise storms. Umbrella(s), mittens/gloves, and warm, water resistant or waterproof shoes/boots, slippers for comfort on hard surface floors.
- Fishing gear and a valid Arizona fishing license with a trout tag. As of January 1, 2000, the immediate area around Forest Houses Resort has been designated by the state as a catch and release zone.
- Pet leash if you are bringing your furry family member, blanket or towel for pet to lay on, any other pet supplies.
- Beach towels or a picnic blanket for playing in the creek in the warm months and for sitting up on the lawn.
- Suncreen and insect repellent in the warm months.
- Favorite books, games, playing cards and puzzles. (We have some of these items here for your use.)
- DVDs are available from Redbox in town but you must bring your own TV and DVD player.
- A desire to have a very relaxed and quiet time!