Bird Watching Bed and Breakfast Inns
Whether you are a back yard bird-watcher or even someone who likes to trek out in the field, Cochise County is a prime spot to use your binoculars. Here are 7 of Cochise County’s bed and breakfast inns where you can bird-watch to your hearts content!
- Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast & Birds
More than 150 bird species have been seen from the yard at Battiste’s Bed & Birds. Situated in Miller Canyon, the small bed and breakfast inn is ideal for birders who want privacy and quiet time with the birds. It features a private deck with views of bird feeders and Miller Peak, the highest of the Huachuca Mountains. Their website’s slide show features birds seen in the bed and breakfast’s yard. Website: http://battistebedandbirds.com/
- Casa de San Pedro
Casa de San Pedro’s property is adjacent to the San Pedro River, just east of Sierra Vista, the Hummingbird Capital of the U.S. Built as a birder’s haven, it has regular hummingbird banding sessions in the summer. At these fascinating sessions, scientists from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory capture, weigh and measure the hummingbirds as they stop along their annual migration.
Weighing about as much as a penny, you get to watch as these miraculous birds make stops in the middle of their long journey from Mexico and Central America. If you’re lucky, you might even get to use the palm of your hand as a launch pad when a hummingbird is released.
Plus, the inn offers fabulous homemade breakfasts, a solar-heated pool, and a lovely courtyard. Website: http://www.bedandbirds.com/
- Down By the River Bed & Breakfast
Each of the 4 rooms at Down By the River Bed & Breakfast has a door that leads to a private patio. The bed & breakfast’s location is adjacent to the San Pedro River at the northern end of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. You can watch the birds as they migrate through the San Pedro River Valley.
Hosts Mike and Angie Hug make hearty breakfasts for their guests and even have smoothies sometimes made with the fruit from nearby local farms. Website: http://downbytheriverbandb.com/
- Ramsey Canyon Inn
At Ramsey Canyon Inn, you can stay in the world-renowned birding area of Ramsey Canyon. The canyon is a lush riparian woodland of maples, sycamores, cottonwoods, willows, and ash. It provides food, water, shelter, and nesting sites for resident and migratory birds.
Guests can stay in any of the inn’s 6 rooms and 2 suites. They also have pies baked fresh daily by a blue-ribbon winning baker. Website: http://www.ramseycanyoninn.com/
- Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast
This bed and breakfast inn is a straw-bale constructed casita that is perfect for dedicated birders’ getaway. The inn sits in the Huachuca Mountains Important Birding Area (IBA) as defined by the National Audubon Society. The yard list contains many of the bird species found in the U.S. only in the Sky Islands region — the mountain ranges near the Mexican border — such as Arizona Woodpecker, Bridled Titmouse, and Gould’s Wild Turkey, and Elf Owl and Lucifer Hummingbird (spring and summer).
The extensive feeding station is also open to day visitors with a small donation. It contains feeders of all types, water features, and native plantings to attract wildlife birds, and butterflies. The yard is wheelchair accessible. Website: http://ashcanyon.com/
- Sunglow Ranch
Set on 475 acres, Sunglow Ranch is an all-inclusive boutique resort in the birding hotspot next to the Chiricahua Mountains. Sit on the porch of Sunglow Café, and you’ll look out at the small pond where Great Blue Herons wade and hummingbirds buzz through, feasting on the nectar of native plants.
Sunglow Ranch offers services of a traditional western guest ranch combined with the ambiance and amenities of a first class resort. It also features casitas with hand-painted murals, a delectable café menu, a fitness center and hot tub, hiking trails, horseback riding, and mountain bike rides. Website: http://www.sunglowranch.com/
- Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat B & B
Photo courtesy of Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Just 14 miles south of Willcox, is the Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat B & B. In the ghost town of Dos Cabezas – once flush with miners – the small, friendly retreat is alive with birds and can be your home base for birding trips to the Chiricahua Mountains and Chiricahua National Monument.
Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat serves a hearty continental breakfast for guests, along with fresh fruit, dark roast coffee and a heaping amount of fascinating Old West history of the original adobe guest homes. Website: http://www.doscabezasretreat.com/
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