Beatty's Guest Ranch and Orchard, Sierra Vista

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  • I wish there was a sign to tell us we were in the correct location. We drove all the way there on a rough dirt road and the only sign was a large STOP sign warning people they were on private property...  more »
  • The proper name of this places is Beatty's Miller Ranch and Orchard. This is one of the best placesin NorthAmerica to see a large variety of hummingbirds. Up to 14 have been seen here in one day. You ...  more »
  • We love this place! It's a drive up Miller Canyon, paved and then dirt road. Private driveway, be respectful. There is a $5 charge and a short uphill climb. I'm 80 with a bad knee, but I take it slowl...  more »
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  • I'm loath to give this low of a rating to a place that has netted me a life bird, but unfriendly stewardship has consistently fostered a fraught relationship with the birding community with a combination of unleashed dogs on the property and mean-spirited and erratic treatment of birding guides and organizations. Favoritism and intimidation are poor business strategies, especially when virtually every canyon here may net you rare local specialties given sufficient time and effort. It's a shame because I really want to laud their efforts at protecting wildlife such as the Chiricahua Leopard Frog. With luck, this location may still be a productive part of one's southeast Arizona birding tour (especially if one's primary encounters are with the son rather than the father), but it's important to be forewarned, especially as recent reports indicate a downturn in the upkeep of the once-heralded hummingbird viewing areas.
  • Met with the son today, Tom Jr. as he stated he could show me the Spotted Owl. He had his hunting dogs with him and I was at first put off, but that quickly faded. It's a 3/4 mile trek up the mountain and often times the dogs were off doing their own thing. He found both owls and I was able to obtain the photos I wanted. I expressed concern coming down the mountain on the trail about slipping. Tom then made me a staff out of an old tree branch and it was awesome!! Once back down the mountain, I spent an hour in the Hummingbird area and it was impressive. The bridge over the creek was new and solid. The viewing area was great with close action, cover for the sun and plenty of hummingbirds. All in all, it was a good experience and I left satisfied. I didn't give it 5 stars as the dogs were off-putting at first, but like I said, once I got used to them, all was fine. BTW - the dogs had zero impact on the owls...they simply sat there and snoozed.
  • I first started going to Beatty's in 2006 and have been there about 4 times from then until 2011. Overall, it was a good experience for me and I was fine with the various cabins (not for those seeking luxury for sure), but the location right next to the Huachuca Wilderness offers an experience that is probably not able to be duplicated. Yes, Tom Jr. does have a lot of hunting dogs and yes, Tom Sr. has an unusual demeanor and can come across as rude, but my dealings with him have been benign. However, knowing them, I can see the potential for unpleasant incidents in some cases. I haven't been there since 2011, so I can not offer a review of more recent visits. But, I love the setting, the leopard frogs, the view of Sierra Vista from the hills at night, the complete reliability of seeing Mexican Spotted Owls and Red-Faced Warblers as well as all of the hummingbird species. At one time, this exact location held the U.S. record for most hummingbird species seen in a day. I will say that if you actually stay there, you are much more likely to enjoy your experience a lot more. If I went there just to see the hummingbirds and had to pay $5 per person to do so (partly to pay for all the sugar), I would probably not be writing the same review. Also, you can see ring-tailed cats on this property at night and it is one of few places in Southeast AZ that has a documented Ocelot sighting. Unfortunately, the really bad wildfire and subsequent horrible flood took its toll on the property and the Huachuca Wilderness adjacent to it, but I still think it is a fabulous place overall.
  • An outstanding spot, with a very sensitive owner. Have been there a number of times. He loves nature?
  • Avoid this place like the plague! The accommodation is strange and substandard, the hummingbird feeders are in decline, and the owners are disrespectful, anti-birder bullies, more interested in hunting with a pack of dogs and shooting mountain lions and bears. The atmosphere is unpleasant and intimidating. Stay away!
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