Adventure Photography Trip in Cave Creek Ranch

Adventure photography can be a fulfilling hobby or job.  It allows you to explore the world and see the world through a different lens.  You can capture breathtaking scenery, wildlife, sunsets, sunrises, and the night sky. A fantastic place to do this is in Portal, Arizona! At Cave Creek Ranch Here at Cave Creek Ranch,… Read more »

Why Choose a Rustic Ranch for a Getaway

Portal, AZ hosts breathtaking natural beauty in this desert state. It consists of the largest mountain range in Southern Arizona, the Chiricahua Mountains, which also contains the Cave Creek Canyon. The Cave Creek Canyon includes cliffs, streams, and a plethora of wildlife for your enjoyment. The Cave Creek Ranch The Cave Creek Ranch includes 7… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News August 11, 2016

Much news from Reed & Cave Creek Ranch! Our book about the Canyon is terrific and has received five awards. We’ve made great progress with the restoration of Willow Tank . At Cave Creek Ranch we are building a classroom-meeting room that will be finished this summer. We’re finished with repairs to the creek crossing… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News May 9, 2016

Much news from Reed & Cave Creek Ranch! Our book about the Canyon is terrific and has received five awards. We’re involved with the Willow Tank restoration effort. At Cave Creek Ranch we finally got our permit, and will build a classroom this summer. We’re almost finished with repairs from the flood of September 2014,… Read more »

News From Cave Creek Ranch October 7, 2015

News from Reed & Cave Creek Ranch! Belize trip with Reed! There are now over 130 frogs in the frog pond and multiple new groups of tadpoles from new egg masses this summer! See below for a late January getaway to idyllic Belize, with fabulous birds and Mayan ruins. Book before Oct 20 and save… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News March 19, 2015

Message From Reed Welcome to this post of Cave Creek Ranch in Portal, Arizona. We hope you enjoy it. There is nothing we enjoy more than talking about our favorite place unless we are out hiking and exploring it! It’s been an exciting time at Cave Creek Ranch! We have an upcoming trip to the… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News January 18, 2015

MESSAGE FROM REED! Welcome to this newsletter of Cave Creek Ranch in Portal, Arizona. We hope you enjoy it. There is nothing we enjoy more than talking about our favorite place unless we are out hiking and exploring it! It’s been an exciting time at Cave Creek Ranch! We have an upcoming trip to the… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News September 8, 2014

Welcome to this blog post of Cave Creek Ranch in Portal, Arizona. We hope you enjoy it. There is nothing we enjoy more than talking about our favorite place unless we are out hiking and exploring it! Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might enjoy a unique nature experience. What Is Cave… Read more »

Cave Creek Ranch News June 29, 2014

Such a lot to cover since April!  The most noticeable change at the Ranch is the Frog Pond we put in on May 6th.  It’s in front of Creekside Cottage, in the dip in the ground by the old well, the round stone structure with the conical roof.  The pond is 40 feet long, 28… Read more »

Spring 2014 News

A kind email from Ranch guests reminded me that it’s been nearly a year since I last posted here, and it might look like nothing was happening a Cave Creek Ranch.    Many thanks for that reminder (and push!).  We’ve been very busy, and it’s hard to know where to start. We have had help in… Read more »

Summer News

June 11, 2013 How did it get to be June already?  I see our last post was in early March, too long ago! We had a good spring season, with all the usual mammals and birds putting in their appearances.  A highlight for some guests in early May was seeing three mountain lion cubs crossing… Read more »

March 9, 2013

Spring is arriving with moisture (always the big news here!).  A half inch of rain in the past day, and more snow on the peaks  around us, mean we’ve already had more moisture this year than in the first six months of last year. The cottonwoods are shedding their bud covers, and I’ve even seen… Read more »

February 21, 2013

Winter again!   Four inches of snow last night, and we hope much more higher up.  It had been in the sixties a few days ago, and should get back up in a couple of days.  This is looking up the creek from in front of Juniper Lodge. Hiking has been very good.  Some friends from… Read more »

Plein Air sketching class at the Ranch in August

   Cave Creek Ranch is lucky to host wildlife   artist Narca Moore-Craig and her students this coming August when she teaches a WINGS sponsored class called Sky Island Sketching:  Field Sketching & Birding in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains.  To be held August 19 to 25, it will feature individual attention for each student from the highly respected artist.  … Read more »

February 3, 2013

Cell Phone Service ! Portal (but not Cave Creek Ranch) now has Cell Phone Service!  A tower went into operation on Wednesday, just north of Rodeo, and the signal reaches Portal and a short distance into the canyon.  It does NOT reach the Ranch, but a five minute walk out the back driveway and up… Read more »

January 23, 2013

Perfect hiking weather, 60’s during the day, 30’s at night.  Stars have been spectacular, although the moon is beginning to dim them.   For the next two weeks as the moon waxes and wanes back to this point it’s very bright when out walking at night, and you don’t need a flashlight. Birds have been… Read more »

January 13, 2013

A cold night,  around 5 degrees F, and the water wasn’t working this morning.  Since we had a lamp in the well house and that was still on, we looked further and found the frozen pipe by the pressure tank inside the garage.  A heater and Sheila working a hair dryer quickly defrosted it, but… Read more »

January 11, 2012

Portal residents and visitors participated in two Christmas Bird Counts December 29 and 30.  The first count was around Portal, and the second was in the nearby Peloncillo Mountains in New Mexico.  It had been a fairly dry fall, so there were few sparrows (sometimes the most abundant group of species), but most of the usual… Read more »

Tuesday December 18, 2012 RAIN!  We had almost an inch of rain on Friday and Saturday (.96 to be exact), making 12.68 for the year so far, with more moisture possible tomorrow.  The higher peaks in the Chiricahuas are white with snow, and we’re hoping this is the beginning of the wet winter promised by… Read more »

December 13, 2012 News

A particularly beautiful Fall is ending, and Winter is arriving with many new birds.   The leaves are falling from the cottonwoods, which had been a brilliant yellow until two days ago.  The sycamores are still holding their bronze leaves, quite a contrast to the big white trunks and limbs.  The juniper, hackberry, and pyracantha… Read more »