If you're looking for a posh resort, this isn't the place to go. This is more rustic, doesn't have room service, and should be viewed more like renting an apartment. However, if you're going to southern Arizona to immerse yourself in as much nature as possible, this is one of my favorites.
I stayed at the Cave Creek Ranch for three nights in early August (my fourth visit there over the past six years). The bird feeders, deer, snakes, and other animals were incredible. Reed (the owner) lives nearby and had tons of great advice, even heading out once with me to look for an owl when he wasn't busy.
Every unit comes with a small, remodeled kitchen containing a stove, kitchen, utinsels, etc. I've found it's easiest here just to fix my own meals, use the ranch as a base, and also to spend evenings watching the wildlife all around and speaking with other people staying there. Reed has converted the main house into a larger unit, which might be the best choice for someone wanting a less rustic feel (might be a good choice for a family reunion as well?). The other units are converted from an old hunting ranch and are clean and comfortable (do keep in mind that they are restored from older buildings). The cliffs around the grounds are beautiful, as is the stream running through the east side of the property.
For nature lovers going to southern Arizona looking for more of an apartment rather than just a room to stay in with great wildlife viewing (particularly birds right on the grounds), I think Cave Creek would be a great choice. I'm sure I'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cave Creek Ranch is a peaceful retreat from the modern world. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the simple rooms and cottages are clean and neat. While there is Wi-Fi on our front porch, the rooms are free of modern noise and distractions -- no cell service, TVs, or radios. We do have a small library in every room, and more books on natural history available to borrow from the office. Guests tell us they haven't slept so well in years; we think it's because they can relax and get away from the news. Cell service is available a mile away in downtown Portal. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cave Creek Ranch Hotel Portal
- Cave Creek Ranch Portal, Arizona