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Hidden gems in SE Arizona

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Hidden gems in SE Arizona

We're planning a birding trip in August and looking for any suggestions for lodging hidden gems. We stay at all price levels but off-the-beaten path is always the first choice.

Trip will take us on a loop from Tucson to the NM border and all the nature areas in the southern end.

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Ohio
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1. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

we stayed here while in Tucson for a couple of nights. LOVED it!

http://www.thecasitas.com/

Since you are headed into NM as well-- stayed in one of these little cabins on the same trip. Just outside of Pinos Altos (a ghost town with a museum) and... a saloon that has been there since the 1800s which is now a restaurant. Sounds like it might appeal to you. It is just north of Silver City, so not sure if it's on your route. http://www.bearcreekcabins.com/

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2. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

Quirky, fun and out of the ordinary. Tough to book, but worth it if you score.

http://www.theshadydell.com/Rates.html

tucson az
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3. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

http://doscabezasretreat.com/

http://www.chuparosainn.com/

http://www.maderakubo.com/

http://www.theduquesnehouse.com/

http://www.thegeorgewalkerhouse.com/

http://bedandbirds.com/

http://www.spirittreeinn.com/

Phoenix, Arizona
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4. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

Since you are going to the backside of the mountains, I have to assume you know exactly what you are looking for. I also assume you have all your permits. It might help some out here to make suggestions if you told them (in general terms) the area you are looking to stay.

Once you leave there and head west, I assume toward Patagonia, Sonoita, etc., you might be heading up the Old Tucson Road back to Tucson.

Here is the most remote, quiet and peaceful place you can reach for a room in the area. I have stayed there and found just about every bird in the area to be in abundance in the huge wash, the trees and hills adjacent.

http://santaritaabbey.org/content/retreats

Edited: 05 July 2012, 08:50
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

See if a room is available at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee... Plan a meal there.Or at the food Coop South of town...Karchner Caverns, is a must stop... carracar

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6. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

We stayed at Cochise Stronghold and loved it. It is well off the beaten path and very quiet. The B&B supplies most of what you need. The wildlife is phenomenal.

http://cochisestrongholdbb.com/

BG

Phoenix, Arizona
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7. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

Freshmani: If you haven't already done so, I suggest you post this question on the New Mexico Forum as well. All of these places seem to be west of the mountains and I think you are going to want one or two nights on the eastern side.

Also, I do hope you come back and share some of your pictures (if you take them) when you complete your trip. Thanks!

Mesa, Arizona
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8. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

Do you belong to the AZ/NM bird list? If not, you can get good info there.

tucson az
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9. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

For Southern Arizona Birding, see

http://www.sabo.org/

"Premier" spots are Nature Conservancy at Patagonia on Sonoita Creek, Madera Canyon south of Tucson east of Green Valley, Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains west of Sierra Vista, San Pedro River east and southeast of Sierra Vista, and the south side of the Chiracahua Mountains near Portal east of Douglas. The most unusual species are found at the last place, but the most "wild" of all locations. Hummingbirds abound in Madera Canyon, but more so in the winter.

Wherever you go in AZ or NM, ALWAYS have lots of water with you. You will also be here during our summer monsoon rain season. Be aware of any storm possibilities, do not be outside during any lightning activity, and no not cross any washes with water in them.

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10. Re: Hidden gems in SE Arizona

If you have time, include the Silver City NM area (Pinos Altos mentioned above) in your plans. Areas for birding are north and northeast of Silver city along the Mimbres River and in the mountains. Also, there are numerous hot springs in that area. Ones that I like the best are along the Mimbres River, but natural ones not commercial ones. You have to do some searching for them.

Edited: 05 July 2012, 16:29