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Beatty's Guest Ranch and Orchard, Sierra Vista

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#99 of 109 in Wildlife in Arizona
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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  • I have never stayed in the cabins. I only have visited to see birds. I have visited at least 10 times over 20 years, including when the "Controlled Access " area was just a couple of folding chairs an...  more »
  • We went just for the day to watch hummingbirds. Mr. Beatty was taking another guest up the canyon trail to see the resident pair of Spotted Owls and offered that we could come along. That many is amaz...  more »
  • We went to this property for bird and hummingbird watching (did not stay there). They have a lovely viewing area (which is up a rather steep path with ropes to help ensure you keep your balance). Well...  more »
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  • 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!
  • This place is at 6300 feet in the Huachuca Mountains. It offers excellent hummingbird viewing with great sightings of Broad Billed, Broad Tailed, Rufous, Black Chinned and Magnificent Hummingbirds, but unfortunately that's where the fun ends. We found the owners of Beatty's Guest Ranch disrespectful and unwelcoming, treating us (as paying guests) more like common trespassers. I am extremely angry that, during a recent visit, they let their hound dogs terrorise our two young kids - one of whom was just six years of age. The dogs jumped all up them, chased them around the terrace, all with the owner Tom Beatty Jr stood there watching. He seemed to be getting some kind of sick pleasure out of seeing my frightened kids cowering and made no attempt to control his animals or to help until I pleaded with him to intervene. Afterwards, he never once apologised for the extremely frightening experience. My youngest child (aged just six) was literally screaming in terror. Guests pay $5 each for admission onto his property to view the hummingbirds. I would like to remind the owner and his son that if they don't want guests around their property, then just stop offering viewings. We paid $40 over the two days we visited, $20 of which was for one undisturbed hour prior to the dog invasion and intimidation incident. Frankly we felt like this whole 'dog show' was arranged to get rid of us, as there was no other explanation for the unpleasant owner to do what he did. We weren't causing any disturbance, had been perfectly pleasant and reasonable and had abided by every single one of the site rules, of which there were many. The owners clearly have few people skills and struggle with the whole friendliness thing. They have a bad reputation locally and now we can see why. This whole visit to Beatty's Guest Ranch soured our entire holiday and will leave a lasting impression for all the wrong reasons. Our advice is to avoid visiting this place altogether as the dogs are too unpredictable as well as the owners. If you like birdwatching, consider the alternatives like Mary Jo's friendly Ash Canyon B&B (just a few miles south on I92) who has a similar viewing set-up. WE WILL NEVER, EVER, BE GOING BACK TO BEATTY'S.

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