Tiny House In a Landscape

I grew up in Arizona and made quite a few visits to the Grand Canyon, both the North Rim and the South Rim. I never did more than a short hike or a couple of miles into the main canyon. We backpacked and spent several days in the Havasupai Canyon, a side canyon of the Grand Canyon.

This photo is of a cabin at Phantom Ranch. Located 4,600 feet below than the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a community of eleven tiny houses designed by architect Mary E. J. Colter back in 1922. This is Phantom Ranch – the only lodging facility below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

The only access is by mule train, foot, or rafting down the Colorado River. It must be a welcoming site along the Bright Angel Creek with its bunks, fresh bedding, towels, and toilets. Showers are located centrally.

Learn more about Phantom Ranch.
Photo credit: Grand Canyon National Park Service.

Phantom Ranch

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is called Shelter from the storm, White Mountains Arizona and was spotted on flickr. The photograph was taken by Al-HikesAZ so not sure who the actual photographer is, but I loved the setting and wanted to share it. Here is the caption with the photo and the flickr link.

“We went camping and hiking in the White Mountains in northern Arizonain the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Big Lake and Mount Baldy. Eric went trout fishing on the Little Colorado River and the West Fork of the Black River. We saw great beauty.”


Diminutive Abode

It is always fun to see someone take a set of plans and create a tiny house. Shay Cameron was one of the early buyers of the Sonoma Shanty plans and has made some major modifications. He is in the process of building his Diminutive Abode and I’ll turn the story over to him now.

I purchased the Sonoma Shanty plans back in July ’09, and you asked at the time if I would send you pictures of the finished product. Well, I am still in early stages of building, and I have adapted the plans way beyond recognition, but I do have pictures and you can view them at the Diminutive Abode.

I started with a 20′ trailer bought at a good price locally (last year’s model). My tiny house is only around 16′ long, so I will use the remainder of the trailer length, plus the 4′ hinged ramp on the back, as a deck outside my front door. Continue reading