Background: we came here for birding, hiking, natural history, etc.
Notable positives: spacious, functional rooms (we stayed in #9); convenient food service (3 basic meals a day provided and included with your daily rate); grounds are fantastic with many bird species, deer and other animals on the many acres on the property; having common meals allows you to meet some really great folks; great access to the South Fork of Cave Creek.
Notable negatives: nothing in particular but you must check in by 5 PM so don't tarry (we made it by 10 minutes); slow Wi-Fi (have to sit out on porch to get connected); no cell reception (but can connect east of Portal AZ)
Wonderful experiences: opening blinds in our room to see 4 Arizona white tail deer munching on the grass outside the window; watching a Say's Phoebe flycatcher feed a growing brood of chicks in a nest adjacent to our room; having dinner in a beautiful meadow under a huge tree next to a rustic swimming pool and enjoying acorn woodpeckers hustling about in the trees
Other: No TV (hooray)
- Also Known As:
- AMNH Southwestern Research Station Portal, Arizona