Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn
A MAGICAL, NATURE-LOVER’S HIDEAWAY IN THE UNSPOILED SONORAN DESERT
Across the creek at Aravaipa Farms you will treat yourself to an experience of a lifetime in the riparian wilderness of Aravaipa Canyon in Southern Arizona’s fertile San Pedro River Valley. We’re an easy drive from Tucson or Phoenix, yet a million miles away from it all. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or relaxation in the great outdoors, you’ll be delighted you came.
Due to our intimate size, you’ll do best to plan ahead.
Full of color, charm, and warmth, every nook of this quaint country inn has been handcrafted using local timber, stone, adobe, flagstone, tin, and mosaic tile. Every room features an eclectic blend of furnishings, textiles, and artwork collected from near and far by Carol Steele and the new owners, Jill and Kevin Madden. All private accommodations come with coffee bar, refrigerator, fresh linens, and the ability to work in advance with our staff on menu selections.
The narrow, winding canyon chiseled by Aravaipa Creek is lined with a lush, riparian habitat, and offers some of the most spectacular and remote scenery found in Arizona. Hiking permits are required to hike the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Permits go on sale 13 weeks in advance and do go fast so check availability on www.recreation.gov. There are other beautiful hikes and things to do in the Canyon, so don’t just plan on that one hike.
For amateur and serious “birders” alike, Aravaipa is a birdwatchers’ paradise, earning the designation by the American Bird conservancy as the best birding in the country. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your patio to observe a great variety of birds. Some local birders feel our farm and orchard has some of the best birding habitat in the canyon.
All private accommodations come with coffee bar, refrigerator, fresh linens and the ability to work in advance with our staff on menu selections. Families and groups have been enjoying coming to Aravaipa Farms for more than 20 years. We hope yours will, too.
ARAVAIPA FARMS ORCHARD AND INN
89395 E. Aravaipa Rd., Winkelman, AZ 85192
If using Google Maps please note: It may stop you short of our driveway by a couple hundred yards. Please see our directions below.Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn is located 120 miles southeast of Phoenix and just 70 miles northeast of Tucson via Oracle Road.From Phoenix: Take SR 60 East toward Superior. At Superior take Highway #177 to Winkelman. Turn right onto SR 77 in Winkelman. Proceed 10 miles South to mile marker #124. From there (at sign for Central Arizona College) turn left onto East Aravaipa Road.From Tucson: Take SR 77 North toward Oracle, Mammoth and Winkelman. Proceed 10 miles North of Mammoth to mile marker 124. Turn right onto East Aravaipa Road (at sign for Central Arizona College).From the turn off you are seven miles plus 100 yards from our entrance. The first four miles are paved but the final section (3 miles) will be a well maintained dirt road.Just past mile post 7, You will see our sign,“Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn” at the top of our driveway. From there you can see the orchard, the creek, and much of the farm. Proceed down the steep driveway, turn right and cross the creek. Slide open the gate (please close it behind you), and proceed through the orchard to the Casitas on the other side. Follow signs to the right and up past the blue truck under the large eucalyptus trees. Look for office sign.Note: Creek flow varies but it’s generally only four to six inches deep at our crossing and the roadbed is rock, sand and silt. Four-wheel drive is recommended but not required. However, after rain, during rain or whenever rain is in the forecast, please call ahead to be sure the creek can be safely crossed. We can shuttle you across if there is any question, but we will never risk anyone’s safety in the process.