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A River Rock Cabin

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Last updated: 06/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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.

Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered:

                animals allowed if under control - can not go in horse or alpaca pens. or chase chickens large livestock guardian dog on property - Pyrenees - easy going...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                children love it but must not go in animal pens alone...moreless

              • Smoking Allowed:

                prefer smoking only on porch/outside...moreless

              • Alternative Lifestyle

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

                microwave, toaster oven, electric coffee maker, electric fry pan, rice cooker, crock pot, 2 burners, pots and cast iron frying pans....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                small refrig in cabin larger refrig for long term stays...moreless

              • Microwave

              Amenities

              • Air Conditioning:

                small swamp cooler - summer is hot and not recommended...moreless

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                linked to house phone cell service is very spotty...moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                cell service is spotty and variable...moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                calling card necessary...moreless

              • Wireless Internet

              Outdoor Features

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        In the San Pedro river valley with the Rincons and Catalinas to the west and the Galiuros to the east...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Ruins
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Mountaineering
                       

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                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $50
                      $280 $440
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      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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                      Location

                      60 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Tucson
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Benson
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Benson
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Benson
                      60 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Mt Lemmon - Tucson
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Benson
                      35 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Benson

                      Car: Necessary

                      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.

                       

                      Owner info

                      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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                      Photos

                      • The river rock cabin, 100 yrs old.

                        The river rock cabin, 100 yrs old.

                      • Yes, your dog is welcome if it is under control - can't go in the horse pens.

                        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.

                        Food storage cabinets, a counter for eating or working at your computer.

                      • The brick floor with a sunflower medallion of tile.

                        The brick floor with a sunflower medallion of tile.

                      • The Mexican sink in the bathhouse.

                        The Mexican sink in the bathhouse.

                      • Fabulous hiking territory. You'll never run into another soul for days.

                        Fabulous hiking territory. You'll never run into another soul for days.

                      • An old dirt airstrip and hanger, decommissioned and to become an orchard.

                        An old dirt airstrip and hanger, decommissioned and to become an orchard.

                      • One of our mother cows

                        One of our mother cows

                      • Luna's Secret - April 2010 - I didn't know I had a pregnant horse!

                        Luna's Secret - April 2010 - I didn't know I had a pregnant horse!

                      • Twister right before shearing

                        Twister right before shearing

                      • Oh dear, they're all gone now. Time flies.... a new generation and color is here

                        Oh dear, they're all gone now. Time flies.... a new generation and color is here

                      • Guests visiting you can stay right next door... in the 'penthouse'.

                        Guests visiting you can stay right next door... in the 'penthouse'.

                      • The cabin and the bathhouse.

                        The cabin and the bathhouse.

                      • Looking out the screen porch

                        Looking out the screen porch

                      • The pot bellied wood stove, counter and sink. More cabinets overhead.

                        The pot bellied wood stove, counter and sink. More cabinets overhead.

                      • The old cabin, built into the hillside.

                        The old cabin, built into the hillside.

                      • A magical spring when the rains were just right.This is the mesa above the cabin

                        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

                        Driving through the desert up the valley to Cascabel

                      • Eggs available daily

                        Eggs available daily

                      • The cows on irrigated pasture

                        The cows on irrigated pasture

                      • Here he is at 6 months

                        Here he is at 6 months

                      • Twister and Shadow, alpacas

                        Twister and Shadow, alpacas

                      • Get your adventure shoes on and come on out!

                        Get your adventure shoes on and come on out!

                      • Bunkhouse gecko - space rents for $20/night or $100/week.

                        Bunkhouse gecko - space rents for $20/night or $100/week.

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                      This listing was first published here in 2012.

                      Date last modified - Sunday, July 06, 2014

                      $50 per night (USD)
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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

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                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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