Dead Mule

Gino A.
Dead Mule Ranch


The cabin was completely renovated in 2011 with a strong feeling of the old west. The large stone fireplace along with propane heat keep the cabin warm and cozy. The spacious upstairs loft features queen size and full size beds. Kids love the separate bunk house out back. Kitchen has all the features of a modern home with a dinning table and bar. Bathroom has a shower/vintage claw foot tub combo along with a washer and dryer. There is a covered wrap around porch that features views of Myrtle Point, gorgeous pine, juniper and oak trees. Renters can relax around the table on the porch which has plenty of room to enjoy an outside meal. A year round spring attracts wildlife with frequent viewings of elk and turkey.

We encourage you to bring your horses -- the riding is fantastic in the Tonto National Forest, which is right through the back gate. There are two 12x12 clean horse pens. Water provided. Renters are responsible for their horses feed and vet supplies.

The cabin is 3 miles from Tonto Creek with excellent trout fishing. Elk and turkey are commonly seen on the property. The Highline Trail is 2 miles away. Several other maintained trails are close by including Horton Creek which is 3 miles east. Restaurants and bars are 8 miles away. Payson, 22 miles away, offers antiquing, restaurants, bars, and a casino.


Property Type

  • Cabin - 700sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Location Type

  • Mountain View:
    Located just under the Mogollon Rim with stunning views of Myrtle Point.
  • Rural:
    Property borders Tonto National Forest.
  • Ski-In:
    Cross country skiing though gate into Tonto National Forest.


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
    No minimum age.
  • Children Welcome:
    Children of all ages are most welcome!
  • Non Smoking Only:
    Smoking is allowed on the front porch or any where outside.Please be considerate and do not through cigarette butts on the ground. I provide ash trays for your convenience.
  • Pets Considered:
    Well behaved dogs are welcome. We have a 2 dog limit. Please keep the dogs off of the furniture and quiet after 10PM.
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6, linens provided.
  • The roomy upstairs loft has one queen and one full size bed.
  • The bunk house has 2 single beds.
  • There is a roll away single in the closet.


  • 1 Bathroom, toilet and an antique claw foot bathtub with shower. Towels are provided.


  • Dining area, seating for 4 people. Additional seating for 2 at bar.


  • Electric Stove
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils


  • Deck / Patio:
    Covered wrap around porch, flagstone patio.
  • Outdoor Grill:
  • Ski & Snowboard: Cross country skiing.


  • Heating:
    Propane & Fireplace
  • Washing Machine & Dryer
  • Internet:
    Very limited!
  • TV & DVD Player
    No cable or dish service.
  • ATVs:
    Only during hunting season, limit 4.



  • Adventure
  • Away From It all
  • Romantic

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseshoes
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Sledding

Sports & Adventure Activites

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Hunting Big Game
Hunting Note: Cabin is located in Unit 22. Guide services are available for elk, deer, bear and lion.

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM / Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital


22 Miles Nearest Airport
7 Miles Nearest Barpub
Double D
22 Miles Nearest Golf
8 Miles Nearest Motorway
HWY 260
9 Miles Nearest Restaurant
Kohl's Ranch
150 Miles Nearest Ski


Standard Rate

  • $150 Nightly
    2 Night Min. Stay

Thanksgiving & Christmas Rate

  • $175 Nightly
    3 Night Min. Stay

Notes: A 50% deposit is required to reserve the cabin. Balance payable upon arrival.

Calendar and Reservation System
(3rd Party Site - VRBO)


Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I live next to the cabin in a log home I built in 1986. I also own the old log ranch house on the property that dates back to 1898, which I am renovating.

Why the Owner Chose Kohls Ranch: I bought my land in 1984 with the intent of building a vacation home. Having grown up in Tempe, my family would often come up to the Rim area for fun. After completion of my home I seemed to spend more time here and less in Tempe. In 1993 I moved here full time.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Privacy. Solitude. Wildlife. Excellent hiking and horseback riding. The views from almost any where on the property are incredible.