Some of us Tucson Pathfinders recently spent 6 days and 5 nights (Sunday-Friday) at the non-profit American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in beautiful Cave Creek Canyon near Portal, Arizona for a Chiracahua Mountains birding and nature educational tour. SWRS operates from March through October. The facility offers 15 comfy cabins to the public (and academic researchers [AR]) that contain from one bed (queen size) to multiple beds (twin size) and a private bathroom with shower. In the future after a new AR dormitory building is completed, the cabins will contain mini-refrigerators and microwaves. During May through July, the AR get priority on this lodging, but non-AR visitors can reserve unclaimed cabins up to 1 week in advance. Outside of this time period, non-AR can reserve the cabins up to 1 year in advance. Lodging fees in the cabins range from $75-95 per person per night and include three OUTSTANDING home-style buffet meals prepared by resident on-site cooks and served in an amply windowed dining hall. SWRS conducts public nature programs and tours throughout the year that are led by expert naturalists. See the SWRS Web site (http://research.amnh.org/swrs/index.htm) for more info. The SWRS 95 acres (at 5400 feet elevation) provide numerous nature trails, bird feeding stations, a spring-fed swimming pool, a man-made wetlands habitat with viewing platform, a gift shop, a classroom building, laboratories, a library and specimen collection room, a computer room with Internet access, meeting rooms, a hummingbird feeder area with benches, and a Chiracahua leopard frog restoration habitat. For birding, nature education, or simply a thoroughly enjoyable getaway, the SWRS is a true jewel in a magnificent Arizona environment of Nature that cannot be beat.
Location: United States > Arizona > Portal
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Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty lodging in Portal