Extend your summer at this location near the vacation destination of Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ! Warmer daytime temps here, combined with the beautiful setting and interesting scope of work, make this project a wonderful fall choice.
Historically inhabited by Western Apache, White Mountain Apache, and Pueblo Nations, this land is today part of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. According to our partner, “the Los Burros Ranger Station was constructed in 1910 and housed the fire guard/lookout for the Lake Mountain lookout station. It also served as a temporary base camp for fire-fighting crews. After the Lake Mountain Lookout Tower was constructed the Los Burros Ranger Station changed purpose to housing for Forest Service timber sale administrators and rangers. There was a robust timber operation from McNary, AZ that included many miles of railroad grades throughout the area, including to the Los Burros Ranger Station. As the timber industry slowed, these railroads were repurposed to provide outings for locals and tourists to the Los Burros area.”
Today, there is a campground near the barn, along with wonderful hiking opportunities. Arizona Highways describes the 13.8-mile Los Burros Trail:
”Killer hike” is how you’d describe Los Burros if you were writing a postcard. Even the historic red barn, which greets hikers at the trailhead, is alluring. Or maybe “mystical” is a better word. It’s the kind of place Django Reinhardt might have hunkered down with a bottle of Château Margaux, despite the “no trespassing” sign.” (Read the rest of the description here.)
Volunteers, guided by HistoriCorps staff, will be doing the critical stabilization work necessary to keep this historic building from falling down.
PROJECT PARTNER: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
SESSION DATES: September 19-24, September 26 – October 1, October 3-8, October 10-15. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 6pm and no later than 8pm on the first day of your session.
- Camping area is accessible for tents, campervans, truck campers and trailers up to 22 feet in length.
ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear.