|Mountain Valley Lodge & RV Park
is hidden away in Southwestern
We offer LOW RATES ALL YEAR LONG
Great for birders on a budget
It is a wonder-filled place for Birders, Mountain Bikers, Hikers, and our night sky awakens an
awe that brings folks back next year and the year after that to gaze at the heavens. They
start calling themselves Astronomers, though some prefer Star Gazers or Incurable
We have beautiful views of the Chiricahua Mountains, one of the prime destinations for
literally hundreds of bird species. Portal, Arizona, famed for being base camp to Birding
Afficianados from around the world, is 7 miles away. So when you stay with us, you are
close to the action but far from the "Madding Crowd".
The Chiricahua Mountains provide a migration corridor above the surrounding desert and
rise through seven life zones. Providing a wide range of ecosystems and a variety of plant,
animal and bird species, it is one of only two sites in the US where the elegant trogon nests,
and it is also home to 16 varieties of hummingbirds.
Nestled in the area are hummingbirds, screech owl, great horned owl, elf owl, ring-tailed cat,
skunk, coati, gray fox, deer, black bear, javelina, and bighorn sheep.
Come and visit. Bring all your relatives. We have cottage, motel and RV accommodations. It
is a beautiful place for a family reunion. You can relax by the koi pond while the more
energetic strike out to discover the beautiful land that Geronimo and Cochise loved. This
country is steeped in the history of the Old West. The famed town of Tombstone is less than
100 miles away. Tucson, Arizona is only a 2 hour drive, while the Mexico border is about an
hour away. Rivers, canyons, and mountains are all within easy driving distance.
|SUNSET FROM THE LODGE
The Arizona & Southwestern Railroad was a 36 mile long route from the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona to a connection
with the Santa Fe's Arizona & New Mexico Railraod at Fairbank, Arizona built in 1889. The objective was to transport copper
from Bisbee to an El Paso refinery. At the turn of the century, Phelps Dodge replaced the smelter at Bisbee with one in
In1901, Phelps Dodge formed the El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Company and extended its line from Douglas, Arizona to El
Paso, Texas. Completed in 1902, the railroad line consisted of 291 miles of track from El Paso to Benson, Arizona, with 40 miles
of branch lines.
Along this route was Rodeo, an important shipping point for livestock. The name came from the Spanish for "roundup,
enclosure." This could have been referring to the shape of Hwy 80, which dips from I-10 south to Rodeo and then across to
Douglas, returning north to I-10. The route resembles the shape of a lasso.
2016 concluded the third week long SWRS Chiricahua Arizona Bird Tour. A total of 123
different of birds were recorded for the week. Highlights included: Long-billed Curlew,
Western and Whiskered Screech-Owls, Great Horned, Northern Pygmy, and Elf Owls,
Lesser Nighthawk, Common Poorwill, 6 species of hummingbirds including a beautiful
male LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD, 6 Elegant Trogons, Greater Pewee, Sulphur-bellied
Flycatcher, Mexican Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Phainopepla, Black-throated Gray,
Grace’s, and Red-faced Warbler, Painted Redstart, SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (a
rare vagrant to the United States), RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW, and Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. This tour also recorded 17 species of butterflies, including Western Tiger
Swallowtail, Thicket Hairstreak, Deva Skipper, and 6 ORANGE-EDGED ROADSIDE
SKIPPERS. Thirteen species of mammals and 7 species of herps were also seen. The
cumulative bird list for all three trips totaled 177 species.
|COME AND EXPLORE THE CHIRICHUA
MOUNTAINS WITH US.
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By Doc and Dixie
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Cave Creek Canyon, Sunny Flats Area, Chiricahua Mtns
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