Birds, birds, birds--everywhere. Including four huge, rather intimidating, domestic guard-geese. (The management cheats; there are feeders everywhere). That is the impression of Sunglow Ranch, sitting in the your own patio with a cool drink.
Situated in the foothills at the end of a remote road, Sunglow ranch is a very attractive small resort offering only a half-dozen or so large casita-style rooms. We stayed in Blue Heron, the largest. with a large sitting area and couch facing a fireplace. Our views were out toward the pond where deer wandered in at all hours. We also enjoyed an outdoor private patio.
There is a full size lap pool, hot tub, and a well-equipped fitness room. As warm as the weather was (early May), however, the pool was too cold for comfort.
Breakfast and dinner are served in a separate building. Table cloths and flowers. The food is excellent with three choices for dinner, changed every night. The local wine is very good. Breakfasts begin with berry tarts hot from the oven, followed by your choice from a full menu.
On order, for $12.50, the kitchen will pack a simple sandwich/wrap lunch with chips, cookie and fruit.
The reason for our visit, and probably yours as well, is to visit the Chiricahua National Monument, home to the Apaches, about forty minutes away. There are great hiking trails there, but most are somewhat rough. Bring a staff or buy one from the Ranch shop. And be sure to have a bird book with you and binoculars! (They sell books in the shop as well)
Another possibility is the Cochise Stronghold park across the valley to the west about forty minutes.
If you are a four-wheeler, there are jeep trails everywhere. A particularly enjoyable one was a long eight miles from the Cochise Stronghold to Dragoon along the base of the mountains.
There are horse rides available. I hate horses and they hate me. Enough said!
The only critical comment I can make is timing your visit. Early May is hot and dry. Check Accuweather before you reserve.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 475 acres in the Chiricahua Mountains,a short drive south of the Chiricahua National Monument. This award-winning, hideaway guest ranch resort is surrounded by the 100,000 acre Coronado National Forest. Comfortable lodging and inspired dining. Dinner and breakfast from our menus are included in room rate. Dining guests welcome by reservation. Guest amenities include swimming pool and hot-tub, bocce and horseshoe courts, mountain bikes, private horseback trail rides and uniquely-decorated casitas with private patios and amazing mountain views. ... more less
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- Sunglow Ranch - Arizona Guest Ranch Hotel Pearce