Our trip to Cochise County, Arizona was a venture into frontier history, tracing the life of an ancestor who prospected for gold and silver in the nearby Swisshelm mountains in the 1870s. Once at Sunglow, it was easy to slip back 140 years in time, as the landscape in this ranching area near the Mexican border bears hardly a mark of 21st century life in the rest of the United States. Sunglow Ranch nestles into the high desert sandy earth, unseen from any road, quiet but for birdsong and the occasional breath of wind. With the invaluable help of the Sunglow staff, we were able to meet and talk with local residents, to hear their tales of life past and present. The stories were of early settlers pitting human ingenuity and hard work against the forces of nature in a land where every growing thing has thorns, water is more precious than gold, and a break in a fence line means loss of food and income for a whole family. The ranch offers guests the rare opportunity to experience both past and present. History is exposed in the regional landscape of ghost towns, old mines, forts, ranches and cemeteries. The present is found in nearby small towns like Elfrida, chatting with folks in the mercantile store or the Lone Star Restaurant. And the present is also found on the roadways, which are rigorously patrolled by the Border Police in cars, helicopters, vans and ATVs. Travelers who venture to Douglas, 40 miles south of Sunglow, will see the ongoing construction of an impenetrable metal wall along the length of the US-Mexican border. Talking with locals reveals varying points of view about this immigration crisis, which is largely unknown to most Americans. In sum, our week at Sunglow was not only one of immersion in a unique and hauntingly beautiful desert and mountain eco-system, but also one of the best 'out of classroom' educational experiences we have ever had.
- 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