River Rock Cabin in Cascabel

Entire cabin hosted by Susan

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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This old cabin has been refurbished and in use for several years. It is located in the fabled San Pedro River Valley, 35 miles from the closest town, Benson. It sleeps 2 with an additional bedroom space nearby in the 'penthouse'. This is wilderness.

The space
The cabin has one double bed - towels, pillows and bed linens provided.
Use of the additional separate bedroom goes for $20 a night. When you book this additional bedroom it will not be computed in your reservation quote. Please inquire about the second bed so I an include it in a special offer.
There is a counter for eating and food prep plus a sink and small refrigerator, a microwave, toaster oven and all sorts of electrical appliances for cooking.
Heating is with a small pot bellied wood stove that came out of a caboose. Wood is provided.
The bathhouse is separate with a hot shower, colorful Mexican sink and a composting toilet. There is additional space and refrigeration for food storage for long term stays.
Sustainability is a watchword in this community which is most concerned about the impact to the land and its creatures that we humans bring.
Outdoors next to the cabin is a Mexican adobe fireplace with a grill. Sit by the fire in the evening or get it going early and cook your meal there.
The 100 yr old cabin seems to have an old fashioned 'pay it forward' atmosphere as people often voluntarily fill the woodbox for the next guest and leave the place surprisingly clean.
Of course there are the sounds and smells of the animals along with a dusty desert atmosphere. We are part of a spread out working ranch operation. If this is objectionable, this isn't the place for you.

This region is fabulous for hiking forever without meeting a soul. The San Pedro is famous for its birds and we can arrange for you to spend an exciting day with a gifted, local naturalist who will take you to parts of the region you'd never otherwise be able to see.
If inclined you could even join us in the fields, where digging up young mesquite trees is an ongoing adventure to keep the irrigated pastures open for the cattle. They are part of the sustainable picture, running on range only as long as the vegetation will allow, returning to irrigated pasture when range grasses go to seed. This is grass fed/grass finished beef which you can purchase from me.
From the cabin you can travel in several directions to explore Tombstone, 'the town too tough to die' or Bisbee's wonderful artists' work and mining history and tiny houses built up and down the steep slopes. The Amerind Museum in the Dragoon Mts is not far to the east. And to the west, is Tucson, rich in SW history, a 2 hr drive. The International Gem and Mineral Show is in late Jan/early Feb - is a fabulous wander and the Tucson Rodeo and parade is in late Feb. Then come the desert's spring flowers if the rains have been kind.

When I was looking for property and came upon this place, I was really struck by the old cabin built into the side of the mesa. I could feel its potential and also its history. Once I settled in with the animals, I turned my attention to the cabin and saw, once I got windows in and opened it up, how welcoming it was. As was the land. The land is in one of the last remaining old mesquite bosques, very near the river, surrounded by desert leading up to mountains on both sides of the river. This is like a national park or refuge and is actually being considered for that status.

The energy of the surrounding land is palpable. Native ancient populations lived here in great numbers and on the mesa above me is one of the largest documented villages. It is now under conservation easement. Baicatcan. The hiking or riding in the valley takes you into unspoiled deep wilderness. Before I moved out here, each time I visited the valley, I could feel my whole body expand and relax and let in this clean air and wide open space, the amazing quiet and peacefulness. It is possible to do a Spirit walk with some Native American neighbors, if you ask me to arrange it.
Interested in Conservation Ranching? Know someone who is? We’re always looking for folks who would like to learn about what we are doing and would like to help. There’s often a fence to check on range (spectacular views), cows to look for on range (great hiking to find them if you can), or mesquite treelets and thistle to dig out of the irrigated pastures. Let us know if this is something you would like to explore, and we’ll work out a plan.

Parking is right at the cabin and if you are traveling in a trailer, you can pull through.
When I send directions to you, they will include how to get here from the Tucson airport.

Most folks who have come here have a self sufficient streak in them, loving the wilderness and the quiet but also intrigued with this unusual and educated community that is working diligently at preserving this valley. The Community Center is within walking distance, always open. You may take your laptop up there for contact with the outer world as well as make phone calls. Cell service is very spotty, largely restricted to texting.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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4.76 out of 5 stars from 68 reviews


Where you’ll be

Benson, Arizona, United States

This unique valley is one of the remaining unfragmented regions of the state with one of the largest variety of mammals. The group of conservation minded neighbors, in concert with The Nature Conservancy, have managed to preserve a wildlife corridor from the mountains all the way to the river. It is rare to be able to live in such wilderness these days and I am happy to share the experience.

Hosted by Susan

  1. Joined in October 2013
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I left the east coast in '94 after a disastrous downsizing of the company I was working for and of course it was a gift in disguise..... once I got my feet firmly planted again. I opened a boarding stable in Tucson and ran that until the city grew too big and close. So I moved out to the wilderness and started over again. It has been such a gift and I don't know that, if I was ever given the chance, I would have thought I would be allowed to choose such a life. The experience has been enhanced by living among a thriving, tiny community of people seeking the balance of what's best for the land and for themselves, making the land and its wild animals an equal partner in the equation. We are doing conservation ranching, preserving an entire canyon while bringing it back from overgrazing, running cattle on range and on irrigated pasture, selling grass fed beef. None of this takes place on this property, but on the thousands of acres of range land and pasture some miles from here. I say this because I've had people ask if there was butchering or branding or whatever going on here. No there isn't.
Formerly I was married, living in Conn and eventually divorced and raising a daughter by myself. I worked as a professional photographer for 30 years while also working in printing and publications. My MA degree was from Syracuse School of Journalism. Horses were always a large part of my life, even tho' I never owned one as a youngster but the time came when I had to let it all go. It was only in retirement that I was able to bring these fabulous animals back into my life.
I thoroughly enjoy guests in the cabin as they consistently remind me of how much I value living in these wild lands - it is easy to forget that few people live this way any longer. Plus guests bring new ideas, new life with them and I know they leave more centered and filled with that undefinable richness that wilderness provides. Cut and paste this video (Website hidden by Airbnb)
I left the east coast in '94 after a disastrous downsizing of the company I was working for and of course it was a gift in disguise..... once I got my feet firmly planted again. I…

During your stay

2 days advance notice please .I enjoy time spent with guests, helping them plan their time here, suggesting activities and directions to explore. And of course offering driving tips. But they can be as much on their own as they wish. They remind me of the importance of preserving this region.
2 days advance notice please .I enjoy time spent with guests, helping them plan their time here, suggesting activities and directions to explore. And of course offering driving tip…
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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

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