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Bear Creek Motel and Cabins
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Tucson
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stench of raw sewage”
Reviewed 21 July 2010

We stayed in Cabin 1 at $149 a night. The cabin itself was fine. But the stench of raw sewage was nauseating. Ask about their septic system before you make a reservation.

Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 July 2010

We have stayed at Bear Creek twice now and highly recommend it. Not the cheapest place in the area, but the pines and altitude are worth it. Close to great hiking in the Gila wilderness but not too far from the excellent dining at Shevek & Co. in Silver City.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2010

we stayed 2 nights in a self catering two-storey cabin. Daniel in the office was very friendly, helpful and welcoming, and was able to offer us an excellent rate. the setting is amazing, well off the beaten track in the neat little town of pinos altos, north of silver city, nestled amongst the pines of gila forest. they also have a great hot tub. the cabin was amazing, with room enough for four to stay quite comfortably. it had a kitchenette, so we were able to cook our own dinner which was great. it had an open fire which was handy as it was quite chilly outside, but the cabin also had heating, but with the log fire, we didnt need this. it was well furnished, with nice decor, a TV and DVD, and a huge comfortable bed with lovely fresh, crisp linen. it also had a bath tub. overall, a comfortable, clean, quirky place to stay, which was excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 May 2010

This is our heaven! Stayed at Bear Creek 2 x/yr for the last 3 years, and in a diff. cabin each time. Been going to the Gila since 1986 & missed it all this time. Hidden by gorgeous grounds w/ Deer, squirrels and so many birds we need a book t look them up(never thought about looking such things up until at Bear Creek with the feeders at each cabin which make them hop rt up to you and cock their little heads)! We are picky eaters & money conscious, bring our our food(gros r cheaper at the foot of the hill). The cost has ALWAYS been factored in and we SAVE staying here. The staff bends over backwards & my own mother doesn’t treat me better! Soft cushy towels, fresh laundry smells, listen to the wind in the pines! All have lower level &upper level outer/covered porches with stocked BBQ pits - we live outside! Always had Lots of hot water for soaking & the bed in Cabin B- you rollover &watch the deer or the stars… breathtaking. Better viewing than on our hikes! The drive to the Gila at 6 am,amazing. You are so high up the clouds are below you. The drive is 2 hrs but it’s not just a drive, its an adventure. Where else can you see all this from your comfy car seat! Nowhere we have ever been! Hike thousands of trails, day hike to hot springs, Home to watch the deer/birds. Even on the day hike you won't see but max 6 folks total. Track an Elk, a cat or a Bear if you dare. Play in the copious water, fish and breath in the beauty of the last Wild place in the south. Cliff dwellings are amazing hike not just the site but the hike to them takes your breath away and makes you think how they lived & wonder why they ever left. Ranger station museum does too. We are getting older and a straight drive home after 3-7 days packing it in deserves pampering. We rarely go to Silver City unless we need gas. Pinos Altos is IT for us. We walk to the old cemetery, museum and the Buckhorn(rumored to be re-opening soon)... But cool just to see as you hike around a town that you can grab up book & say ”oh wow, Geronimo … were here not 100 years ago..” The Cat walk (Glenwood/Cliff)and the town of Mogollon are 2 other day things to do and so worth it even with more humans around. Bear Creek will direct you to horse rides, carriage rides & so much more. It is our home away from home, where we reconnect and refuel for a busy busy life.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Arizona
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2010

We've been here over 24 times since 2004, and have always enjoyed the spirituality of the mountains, the beautiful tall pines, the wild animals, the peace, the comfort, and anemities of the cabins (Number 12 especially!), and most importantly, the respect, and kindness that Art and Daniel Bejarano have not only shown to us, but to friends that have also visited these cabins. Art and Daniel are not only our friends now, but our family. It is so sad to hear that they will not be there now on a regular basis for whatever reason. The staff will be missed by us, also. What wonderful people they are!. BCC will never be the same without them. Please let the owners know this so that Art and Daniel can come back, God Willing.

Thank you, Daniel and Art for everything you have given to us and to all the others that have visited.. Also, thank you for the respect you have given to the cabins. They are one of a kind. We will miss you.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Redmond, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2009

We snuck away for a romantic weekend and opted for the cabins rather than a hotel room in town. Only 7 miles from town, turned out to be about a 15 minute drive. It was also right at the base of NM 15 to the Cliff Dwellings. We were in Cabin B, which is close to a fork in the main road, so there was a little traffic noise but it was still surprisingly serene. We had chipmunks, squirrels, deer, and several types of birds right outside our door and easily viewed from either of the two balconies. The manager was very helpful and arranged for a local florist to have flowers waiting in the room at my husband's request. The only things that would make it better are to have a sink in the kitchen area (hard to wash dishes in the bathroom sink) and to have A/C (we were there in mid-July and it was hot, although there were fans throughout the cabin). We would definitely recommend the cabins for romantic weekends or family get-togethers. We'll be back!

Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2009

My husband and I just returned from a very quick (2 nights/3 days) trip to the Silver City, NM area and had a good experience at Bear Creek Motels & Cabins. The advance phone discussions my husband had previous to our arrival led to a complimentary upgrade to Cabin 12, which is the furthest from the entrance and, therefore, the most private. This upgrade was totally unexpected, and a very nice surprise!
We were very happy to enjoy two pleasant, quiet nights and appreciated the many amenities of the cabin. I particularly enjoyed the 2nd story bedroom, since I prefer to sleep upstairs....always. The private balcony off the bedroom, with comfortable adirondack chairs, was a very nice place to enjoy the forest atmosphere!!
Another thing that is obvious about the cabins is how carefully prepared they are for the "needs" of modern travelers>>>>FROM EXTRA TOWELS TO WOOD FOR A FIRE TO BOX FANS AND A SPACE HEATER STORED AWAY FOR OCCASIONAL CHANGES IN WEATHER!
MY ONLY WISH IS THAT THIS UNIQUE "STOPPING OFF" PLACE COULD BE WORKED ON A BIT>>>>>THE BUILDINGS ARE SOLIDLY CONSTRUCTED AND IT WOULDN"T TAKE MUCH TO CREATE A MORE UPDATED LOOK>>>>THE GROUNDS COULD USE SOME ATTENTION>>>>SOME TENDER_LOVING CARE WOULD REALLY MAKE THIS PLACE WONDERFUL>BECKY IN ALBUQUERQUE

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bear Creek Motel and Cabins
Address: 4847 NM Hwy 15, 6 Mi North Of Silver City, Intersection Hwy 15 and Main St, Pinos Altos, NM 88053
Region: United States > New Mexico > Pinos Altos
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Pinos Altos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bear Creek Motel and Cabins 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the edge of Pinos Altos on Bear Creek which is the gateway to 3 1/2 Million Acres of the Gila National Wilderness/Forest. Cozy two story cabins with clean rooms, comfortable beds, warm fireplaces, and friendly staff. Ammenities including, sat. tv, refridge, coffee makers, micro's, linens, bbq grills, decks and some with full kitchens. New jacuzzi enclosed in redwood cabana. Excellent hiking, biking, bird watching, photo ops, star gazing. Perfect central location for siteseeing trips. ... more   less 
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