A River Rock Cabin
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Benson cabin description
Built in the ancient floodplain of the fabled San Pedro River, this rustic old cabin has been fully electrified and refurbished. It is 1 room with a large screen porch doubling its living space. It has a double bed - towels, pillows and bed linens provided.
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 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 atmosphere. We are part of a working ranch operation. If this is objectionable, this isn't the place for you.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
Location & View
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Mountain Climbing
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- The San Pedro River is the only remaining SW river not dammed - as a result, it is the largest migratory flyway in the country. The cabin is located on a dirt road, deep along the river valley, across from the river. The birding is fabulous, as is the hiking or horseback riding, if you haul your horses in. Stabling available on the ranch. Or a guided horseback ride is available at a neighboring ranch. The area is under major conservation which has preserved wildlife corridors from the mountains to the river. Bear, ring-tailed cats, coati, mountain lions, desert tortoise, deer... they are all here. A wildlife guide is available for hire for back country exploration. If you were to hike up Hot Springs Canyon, it brings you through a year-round running stream and to Hooker Hot Springs on the Muleshoe Ranch. This is wild back country and is generally considered to be a very long day hike or an overnight hike. It is possible to have someone meet you and drive you back to the cabin. Other trips, with back country permits, can take you into the Aravaipa Wilderness. Of course there's the alternative - sitting on the porch or out in the sun and being quiet and still, separating yourself from the frantic rush of the outside world. Being here is like living in an earlier century....moreless
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Great Riparian Hideaway
Great Riparian Hideaway
Our stay at the cabin was everything that we had hope for. A very quiet and rustic cabin that was the antidote to the frenzy of modern life and an opportunity to live close to nature. In spite of the fact that that we were both dealing with a mild case of flu on this trip, we still managed to have a good time. In a desert area the diurnal temperature undergoes wide swings while inside the cabin it remained remarkably constant. The cabin is conveniently located to beautiful hiking trails (both riparian and upland). The animals on the other side of the property are amusing and far enough away as to not be an annoyance with noise or odors. If you like, you can help feed them. Her dog is a real sweetheart. Part of the experience is the owner (Sue) herself. She is friendly, gracious, and highly energetic and eagerly shares her knowledge of the local area. Since we had a 4WD vehicle she took us on an off road tour of the ranch lands adjacent to the property. She even had us perform a few minor repairs on some of the range fencing...Hmmm! Seriously, it was great fun and a priceless western experience. For those of you who are tired of the Hilton and are not quite into the rough reality of camping, this place is perfect. Although internet and mobile phone service is a bit spotty at times (as advertised) you can stay somewhat connected. Needless to say, this place is not for a Wall Street wolf itching to cement the next deal or a glamour queen, but if you need a break from modern life but would like retain a little bit of comfort in a beautifully rustic location, you're in luck. We truly enjoyed our time spent at the cabin and look forward to going back there one day soon.
- Guest Greg (Bay Shore, NY)
- Date of stay 04/06/13
- Review Submitted 01/08/14
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing.
Wonderful 2-week stay over the holidays
Wonderful 2-week stay over the holidays
My husband and I spent 2 wonderful weeks over the winter holidays at Sue's cabin in Cascabel. From the get-go, Sue was quite upfront about how "rustic" the cabin is, so we went prepared with outdoor clothing, survival gear for hiking, and games to keep us entertained at night. We felt the cabin was all it is said to be on this website, and more. I have Verizon, and I was able to get cell coverage at the Community Center about a quarter of the mile down the road...no that I really wanted to be in touch with the outside world when in God's country! Sue, the owner, was an exceptional hostess. We were invited to the Community Center's Christmas party, which got us connected to several people in the community. We had the pleasure of really feeling like we were a part of Cascabel, a quirky, genuinely lovely group of people that welcomed us with curiosity and open arms. We enjoyed the peace and solitude of being so far away from the hustle and bustle. I would recommend this property to family or friends... In fact, my parents are thinking of going in the near future! I recommend asking Sue about great hikes in the area. She has a nice picture book that she created that takes you to a beautiful rock structure, and she pointed us in the direction of several other beautiful landmarks. A little farther away, we enjoyed an excursion to Bisbee. We also liked driving through Remington Pass, which seems like it should be a shortcut to Tucson, but the road is so "primitive" that it took 3 hours! It was well worth it, because the views were spectacular. Highly recommended for people who want adventure combined with a respite from the distractions of the modern world.
- Guest Katie B.
- Date of stay 12/18/13
- Review Submitted 01/07/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Cabin and services where not as told in listing. No internet service was available and was told by phone that there was. Phone service was supposed to by whitin walking distance but was 25 miles away. Internet was a must for me and I phoned to make sure it was but finaly had to go to comunity center to get it. Since the arangments where not to my expectations and that I was supposed to stay all winter I wanted to go some place else. The owner made me pay for 2 months rent in cash upon arrival. After a week she did not want to pay me back so she kept my 2 months cash. Tried to make thing work but did not get any cooperation from owner. Had to leave because of very bad attitude from the owner. There where lots of issues about the cabin that where not to my satisfaction and all of those where imposible for me to stay all winter there. Cabin was reserved for other travelers but still does not want to pay back. Made complaint to try to get money back, but still no news about it.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 11/10/13
- Review Submitted 12/18/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
Owner response: This renter, I'm afraid, went for price before she really understood what the website was telling her. This is a CABIN, not the Holiday Inn. Self-sufficiency and self-maintenance is part of wilderness living which includes spotty cell service, as noted in the VRBO write up. There is a land line in the cabin that needs a calling card for long distance. The internet access is possible closer to my house but most people happily go up to the Community Center, a short walk up the road, to use the internet there. In that way, they separate their wilderness experience from the urgency of the outside world. I do now understand that there is a signal booster available. She asked far fewer questions than most people do when simply coming for a weekend. I sent her responses that I hoped would assist her but she sent a brisk response telling me she wasn’t a princess. I did not ask for cash. She misunderstood that. I did ask for a non-refundable deposit equivalent to 1 month’s rent as noted in the website and that it would be applied to her last month’s rent, if by chance she left early. She then paid for her first month’s rent on arrival. When she left early, I refunded her half, basically undercharging her for a 1 week stay. As luck would have it, my deposit was lost in the mail and the check bounced. y bank 2 hrs away. Of course there was a cascade of bounced checks. Wouldn’t you know that the check to her was one of them. I sent her a courtesy email. It has been reissued. She seemed appalled at smelling horses and manure – stunned that there were flies! Didn’t she look at the pictures? There are a bunch of animals here and they are as far away from the cabin as they can get. This is a working ranch. In fact I use a biological fly suppression which is amazing. Given the fabulous, unique experiences most people have here, I was stunned by her response and unable to comply with many of her requests as they were outside of being reasonable. As soon as one item was resolved, another took its place. I am glad she is happy where she is now.
A special place!
A special place!
I enjoyed my three days at Sue's place in October. The cabin is very quaint and the screened in porch provides quite a bit of extra living space. The bathhouse was impeccable with hot water for showers and an ecological method for dealing with waste. It's just a short walk to the mesa above the cabin with extraordinary views of the vast expanse of the desert and distant mountains. Another short walk up the road will take you to the Cascabel community centre. A car will allow you to explore this very special part of Arizona further with plenty of opportunities for solitude and awe-inspiring views that only the desert can provide. During my stay, I especially enjoyed spending time with some of the local folks, sampling mesquite tortillas, and seeing creatures I had never heard of like a coati and some javelins. Ask Sue to hook you up if you'd like to be accompanied on a walk in nature and gain a unique perspective on the land and life. I also quite enjoyed simple pleasures like seeing the roadrunner and family of quail that came close to the cabin in the morning. If you're a meditator, you might find the cabin has a special stillness from being built into the hillside, and the mesa above is a beautiful place to just sit and soak in the good vibes of the land.
- Guest Helen (Quebec, Canada)
- Date of stay 10/14/13
- Review Submitted 12/14/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, sightseeing.
Great Rustic Cabin Retreat
Great Rustic Cabin Retreat
Loved my stay here, the cabin was great & this is the perfect country getaway. If you like hiking Hot Springs Canyon was my favorite & there are numerous places to go to for the day. Tombstone was fun, The town of Bisbee has much to offer, Tucson's Biosphere & Desert Museum. The Chiricahua Mountains were also one of my favorite places to hike, really nice rock formations. Sue the owner was very helpfull & Sammy her dog is just a darling. This area still has that wonderful small community spirit that is not always easy to find these days.
- Guest Harmoni (Welland Canada)
- Date of stay 02/26/13
- Review Submitted 04/02/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing.
Sue an excellent and informative hostess. Sammy the dog a delight as well. My 13 year old son loved the area above the cabin and taking pictures. Cabin nicely outfitted. Would have loved to have stayed longer to be able to cook outside one night on the grill. Good directions to and from cabin. Loved the drive to Phoenix from cabin alongside river. Would visit again!! From cabin we went to Texas Canyon and Tombstone but would like to spend more time right there taking in the beauty of the area.
- Guest Mary (Alabama)
- Date of stay 03/25/13
- Review Submitted 04/01/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
The cabin is a few steps up from camping, but still provides a feeling of being close to nature. Many creature comforts, hikes and solitude nearby, plus a wonderful host.
- Guest Fullmoon3466 (United States)
- Date of stay 02/10/13
- Review Submitted 03/02/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
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Please note that for more than 2 people, the cabin rate is an additional $20...
An advanced deposit is required - it is refundable a month prior to reserved date but not afterward. Amount depends on length of stay. If the rental is to be long term, the deposit becomes the last month's rent. That first month's rent will be due on arrival. It is strongly advised for a long term rental that you stay in the cabin at least one night so you're familiar with it.
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- Nearest Airport: Tucson at 60 Miles
- Nearest Train: Benson at 35 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Benson at 35 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Benson at 35 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Mt Lemmon - Tucson at 60 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Benson at 35 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Benson at 35 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Benson:
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 Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.
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The river rock cabin and screened porch
Yes, your dog is welcome if it is under control - can't go in the horse pens.
Food storage cabinets, a counter for eating or working at your computer.
The brick floor with a sunflower medallion of tile.
The Mexican sink in the bathhouse.
Fabulous hiking territory. You'll never run into another soul for days.
An old dirt airstrip and hanger, decommissioned and to become an orchard.
One of our mother cows
Luna's Secret - April 2010 - I didn't know I had a pregnant horse!
Twister right before shearing
Oh dear, they're all gone now. Time flies.... a new generation and color is here
The cabin and the bathhouse.
Looking out the screen porch
The pot bellied wood stove, counter and sink. More cabinets overhead.
The old cabin, built into the hillside.
A magical spring when the rains were just right.This is the mesa above the cabin
Driving through the desert up the valley to Cascabel
Eggs available daily
The cows on irrigated pasture
Here he is at 6 months
Twister and Shadow, alpacas
Get your adventure shoes on and come on out!
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