We spent three days at Cave Creek Lodge in the Woodland Cottage. The cottage is right on the creek, quiet and private with spectacular views of Cave Creek Canyon between the shade of the trees. There is no cell phone service here but there is WiFi on the office porch where you can watch the hummingbirds at the many feeders while you check your email.
The cottage felt like a small house with a full kitchen & bath. It has a brand new full sized refrigerator and full sized gas stove. The gas stove seems to need to be adjusted though as the simmer setting was set more like medium heat. There is a full bathtub in the bathroom. The cottage was clean and seemed well maintained.
The living room had two cushioned chairs as well as a small dining table and chairs in front of a large corner picture window. It is equipped with a gas fireplace and an air conditioner, neither of which we needed as the weather was perfect with added dramatic thunderstorms in the afternoons. There was an eclectic mix of books to read; many nature related and field guides. You could also borrow any of the many books from the library in the office, if you liked.
This is a perfect spot for birders and most of the other guests appeared to be birders although Reed said some other guests were into reptiles or insects.
We were here only about a month or so after the Horseshoe II fire and many of the roads and trails in the Chiricahua Mountains were closed due to fear of falling trees or flash flooding. However, there were still plenty of places to go. The recent monsoons had turned the landscape lush and green with wildflowers --oh and chiggers. Avoid walking in the grass during this time of year.
Reed kept lots of hummingbird and other assorted bird feeders full and we saw more types of hummers in one place here than anywhere else we went to in SE AZ. We also saw Elegant Trogons on our last day here on South Fork Road.
During our stay we came back to the cottage after a hike and saw a sealed note on the door from Reed. It was a detailed account that one of our neighbors back home had relayed to him about our 15 year old dog. The dog had become suddenly ill and had to be put down. Reed was very helpful relaying the message to us as soon as he could and was very gracious and understanding.
If you come here be sure to take the very short hike to Vista Point on South Fork Road. The view of the canyons took my breath away not unlike the way I felt looking at Yosemite Valley. This is Arizona's best kept secret.
I would return in a heartbeat. This is not a place for those looking for luxurious surroundings. This is a place for nature lovers. I hope to return and go to the Chiricahua National Monument. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. Reed is an excellent host.
- 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