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A River Rock Cabin in Cascabel

Bedrooms 1
Space 1 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Built 100 yrs ago. Sleeps 2 + a double bed in nearby 'penthouse' that's extra $

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 screened 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.

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. Own vehicle essential.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Sue

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.

Sue purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Sue chose Cascabel

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.


Cascabel Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathhouse is separate from the cabin. It contains a shower, sink and a composting toilet system. There are 3 steps up to get inside and a grab bar on the outside. Footing is a little uneven.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The Penthouse - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Double Beds (1) standard double bed, Double bed in the Penthouse also. That is rented separately for a small fee, less for long term stays. Please negotiate with owner. That space is not rented to anyone else, only to those staying in the cabin.
  • Books ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
If keeping your vehicle pristine is a priority, you won't like the road dust you gather as you make your way here. I need to emphasize for long term renters... those wishing to stay longer than 3 weeks... that an overnight here is advised. When you stay this long, you will provide your own maintenance whether it be with maintaining the composting toilet or helping to keep up the wood supply for the cabin. I try to stay ahead of need but it is always more fun to do it together.


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A River Rock Cabin in Cascabel
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 22 reviews

Perfect get away, where a dog can be a dog.

  • 5 of 5

Adorable little cabin with so much character. Relaxing surroundings where you still can experience a rustic feel of outdoor life without a lot of work. My dog was in heaven, able to play and run free and just be a dog. Sue is a wonderful host, very knowledgeable about the area. I will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary. it was a treat to have you and Bear here! Your genuine response to the cabin and this wilderness feeds me, knowing that deep down you've received the gift of this still pristine valley. And leaving the cabin in apple pie order is so appreciated. I look forward to your return!
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Quiet Solitude And Serenity

  • 5 of 5

I spent five days at the cabin and hiked around the area. The cabin is well maintained and intimate. Sue introduced me to a local naturalist who took me out on a couple of very interesting guided hikes. The evening skies were quite beautiful. I saw numerous wildlife in the vicinity of the cabin - javelinas (peccaries), a coyote and many road runners, dozens of kangaroo rats (don't worry, they're not real rats - just adorable jumping desert animals), a great horned owl and numerous coues ("coos") - a diminutive sub species of white tail deer native to the Senoran.

If you stay here make sure you see the magnificent Karchner Caverns just out side Benson. And speaking of Benson - make sure to get some of that delicious pie at the Horseshoe Cafe!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Many reviews have shared how wonderful the property is. It is that. Sue pointed me to the Parrot Sanctuary and Donkey Sanctuary where I spent hours volunteering. Sue introduced me to local residents whom I've become good friends with. I liked it so much I've bought property down the road from Sue. If you're going to stay for awhile, let Sue point you towards interesting things in the area. Sues horses like carrots!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sue is such a wonderful person and a wealth of information. She is so friendly & enjoyable to talk

  • 5 of 5

All the hard work Sue has put into her place over the years, especially the cabin, was well worth it. My stay was so relaxing, for the first time in 6 years I did not think about work at all.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy was a here just a short time but I suspect from her experience she will return. She was considerate and, as an Arizonan, well aware of the water issues the region is dealing with. I would enjoy having her back again as she really honored the place, the cabin, the surroundings. We laughed together when she recounted some of the reviews complaining about dust. Among other things, it is the reason you get such spectacular sunsets! I am delighted that she had such a grounding, cleansing time here.
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  • 5 of 5

This was my third stay at Sue's cabin. I find it very comfortable, yet still connected to the land. I enjoy the cabin, screen porch and outside area, The bath house works well. It is surprisingly-well-equipped with cooking equipment. But the homey touches - lots of hooks, storage, great book selection - are the best part. Cascabel is full of interesting, friendly people and Sue is a wonderful conduit to meet them.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Langley. Wa USA

We Loved our stay with Sue!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin in the high dessert of Arizona. Quiet, peaceful and very welcoming. Sue is a sweet host and she graciously shared her friends and community with us. Me who is not a good sleeper, slept 10 hours every night!

Thank you Sue. Hope to see you again next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt Lemmon - Tucson
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. 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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Please note that for more than 2 people, or those wishing to use the extra penthouse bedroom there is an additional $20 for the first week and $10/night for longer stays. Ok to pay this on arrival. The program can't accurately calculate it.
LATE ARRIVAL: If you misjudge distances, easy to do in the West, please assume that I will NOT meet you at the cabin after 10:00 PM. Lights will be on for you and I will go through the moving parts with you in the morning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.