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“Sunglow - A mind-altering experience”

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Sunglow Ranch - Arizona Guest Ranch and Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pearce
New Yorker
2 reviews
“Sunglow - A mind-altering experience”
Reviewed March 5, 2009

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.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

We spent two days and nights at Sunglow Ranch - January 1st and 2nd of 2009. It was a fantastic visit. It is a bit of a drive on a dirt road to get there, but the setting in the Chiricahua mountains is absolutely breathtaking.

When we arrived we were welcomed by the two friendly dogs who live at Sunglow, Darma and Jesse. Susan Nunn, the general manager, greeted us and offered us a larger casita than we reserved, as it was available, for the same price as the smaller unit.

The two-room casita was clean, well maintained and very comfortable. The room has a small refrigerator, a microwave and a fireplace. Breakfasts and dinners were served in the separate dining room and kitchen building, and were just outstanding. The food was excellent and served with wonderful attentiveness and lots of smiles.

It is easy to see that the property is cared for and managed with a lot of love. Susan and her staff made us feel very welcome, as if we were old friends. We would love to return for a bit of a longer stay when we can.

Thank you so much for a memorable visit (and thanks for the Vitamin C!)

  • Liked — Fantastic setting, top-notch service
  • Disliked — Nothing for this space - it was all great!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2009

We spent two days hiking in Chiricahua National Monument and spent the night in between at the Ranch. The accomodations were very nice but the food and the personnel were wonderful - the best I've ever experienced in this type of stay. Susan runs the place and makes you feel like part of the family in the first 5 minutes. All of the staff spent time sitting around talking with us and relaxing. Probably the best part was the food - excellent and far beyond what you would expect. They did many little extra things for us at no additional cost. You'll love the experience from beginning to end.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — No matches for the fireplace
  • Stayed January 2009
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Newton MA
1 review
Reviewed January 3, 2009

We just returned from a beautiful vacation at Sunglow Ranch. Susan and her staff were especially helpful in accommodating our 8-year-old son's many complex food allergies (no dairy, egg, nuts, mustard, apple, etc); we emailed in advance and they made sure he had delicious, natural breakfasts, box lunches, and dinners that met his needs, including desserts and appetizers. I noticed that other guests with special diets (lowfat desserts, vegetarian) were also accommodated.

The food for the rest of us omnivores was fantastic, too -- delicious, varied, fresh, very well prepared, presented and served by the excellent staff. We all looked forward to each meal, which is saying a lot for our family, and is not easy to do in this very rural setting.

The rooms are excellent, very clean and comfortable, with new fixtures and comfortable beds. The scenery, birds, and wildlife were unforgettable, and there's easy access to Chiricahua National Monument, Tombstone, Bisbee (a little farther), and bird sanctuaries. We used the mountain bikes and fishing gear, which were great. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — food and scenery
  • Disliked — no complaints!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed December 10, 2008

My husband and I have been going to Sunglow Ranch every year, sometimes twice a year for the last 3 years. The hiking is great and the accomodations are awesome. They are VERY clean and quiet. We just got married there on November 8, 2008.
I recommend Sunglow Ranch if you are planning a wedding. Susan and staff at Sunglow make it so easy and the food is DELICIOUS!!!
We got married under a beautiful oak tree overlooking a pond.
We will be returning every year for our anniversaries.

  • Liked — Gazing at the stars, the food, the locations, cozy nights by the fire pit.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2008

Gorgeous. Serene. The perfect place to unplug from the madness of modern life. The landscape is stunning. The accommodations are superbly simple and essential. The food is fantastic - not a morsel passed our lips that wasn't delicious.

Ask for the box-lunch the night before. While we could almost make it to dinner without being hungry, we did find that after hours and hours of hiking in Chiricahua National Monument, we were happy to have the snacks.

I highly recommend the Sunglow Ranch for those who just want to get away from everything. If you're expecting to be entertained, to watch television, to stay connected to the outside world, this isn't the place for you.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — Lack of cell phone coverage, but that was ok.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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arizona
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

I just wanted to express my personal appreciation to you for coming through for us for so many things. You were a godsend. You kindly offered to have the lunches delivered for our group as well as making some last minute adjustments which I was astonished by the stark contrast of your personal customer service compared to the Portal Peak Lodge. Your kindness and thoughtfulness were genuinely appreciated and we enjoyed your tasty food as well. Each time we were given the opportunity to sit down in your café we knew we'd be treated to a delightful assortment of flavors.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the wonderful people you employ and with whom we had the chance to get to know if only for a a short time.
The Portal Peak Lodge simply cannot compare to you and the hospitality your location and employees provide, we may look at the Cave Creek Ranch as an option for the Portal area instead.
Special thanks to Erwin for his time and effort arranging for his friend Dan to come out and help us with our vehicle issue.
I have already mentioned to my husband that I would like to come back on our own and stay at your beautiful Sunglow Ranch for our own personal holiday.
I'll contact you in the future to make arrangements for that, thank you again!

  • Liked — Very relaxing location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008
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Property: Sunglow Ranch - Arizona Guest Ranch and Resort
Address: 14066 S Sunglow Rd, In the Chiricahua Mountains, Pearce, AZ 85625-6169
Location: United States > Arizona > Pearce
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pearce
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunglow Ranch - Arizona Guest Ranch and Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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