Los Burros Barn, AZ 2021
Los Burros Barn, AZ 2021

Los Burros Barn, AZ 2021

Los Burros Barn, AZ 2021

National Register-listed Los Burros Barn is located at the edge of a breathtaking conifer-ringed meadow. It was originally used by the Forest Service. Today, intrepid campers and hikers make the trek here for the scenery and history it offers.

PROJECT PARTNER:  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

SESSION DATES:  September 19-24, September 26 – October 1, October 3-8, October 10-15

Project Site Description & History

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.

Location and Logistics

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.

ACCESS:    Tent camping only  Site is RV/trailer accessible

  • 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.

Enjoy a beautiful meadow setting on this project. Photo courtesy HipCamp.

It’s quite apparent structural work is required here!

The nearby Los Burros trail is described as a “killer hike!” Photo courtesy Arizona  Highways.

The barn’s interpretive sign reads, “This cabin and the barn nearby are all that remains of the ranger station constructed in 1909-1910. About 240 acres were set aside for administrative use. This use consisted mainly of a fire guard who rode his horse each day to Lake Mountain Lookout, or to fight fires occurring in the area. Los Burros Spring located just each of the cabin provided water for the ranger station and stock animals.”

Scope of Work


Session 1:  

Sessions 2-4: 

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers will learn the skills necessary to preserve and stabilize the historic Los Burros Barn.

Volunteers in Session 1 will focus on stabilizing the buliding, hence the higher difficulty level. Volunteers in Sessions 2-4 will address the remaining preservation tasks.
  • Structural stabilization – 25%
  • Pulling building into plumb – 10%
  • Re-establishing sill and top plates – 20%
  • Siding repair/replacement – 25%
  • Staining siding – 15%
  • Reconstructing historical doors from photographic evidence – 5%

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • Review our COVID protocols here
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.