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Recommended Birding Accommodation

There are HUNDREDS of accommodation options in SE Arizona, from quiet B&Bs to high-end resorts to cheap motels (especially in Tucson, Green Valley, Nogales and Sierra Vista), as well as some first-rate birder-specific B&Bs that you’ll love. I can’t list them all, but some of my favorites appear below.

Please contact me for recommendations based on your preferred location and budget.

Santa Cruz County – Rio Rico & Nogales

Santa Cruz County – Tubac & Tumacacori

Santa Cruz County – Patagonia & Sonoita

Santa Cruz/Pima County – Santa Ritas (Madera Canyon)

  • Santa Rita Lodge
    The classic Madera Canyon lodge, with hummingbirds and a host of wildlife. Highly recommended!
  • Kubo Cabins (Madera Kubo B&B)
    Fun accommodation in great birding habitat with popular bird feeders.
  • Chuparosa Inn
    Classy lodge high in Madera Canyon, with hummingbirds, trogons, the lot.

Pima County – Green Valley

Pima County – In and Around Tucson

  • Azure Gate B&B (east Tucson)
    Highly-rated B&B located on five acres of natural desert, surrounded by wildlife. Convenient for Mt. Lemmon, Saguaro East. Excellent breakfast!
  • Peppertrees Inn B&B (University district)
    Charming, quiet courtyard setting close to downtown. Amazing food!
  • Arizona Inn (midtown Tucson)
    Classic Tucson boutique hotel; quiet, classy, great gardens and fine dining.
  • Westward Look Resort (north Tucson)
    Tucson’s original high-end resort, set in prime Sonoran desert. Recommended!
  • Armory Park Inn (downtown Tucson)
    The Premier Boutique Inn in the heart of historic, downtown Tucson
  • Hotel Congress (downtown)
    For the more lively, it’s the genuine Tucson experience. Great food in the Cup Cafe.
  • Bed and Bagels (midtown Tucson)
    Birder and pet-friendly B&B in midtown Tucson.

Cochise County – Huachuca Mts (Sierra Vista/Hereford)

  • Battiste’s  Bed, Breakfast and Birds
    A great birding B&B set in fabulous habitat in lower Miller Canyon. Superb wildlife photography setup. Highly recommended!
  • Ramsey Canyon Inn
    Delightful B&B in a great location at the entrance to Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Watch hummingbirds a few feet away whilst enjoying an excellent breakfast!
  • Casa de San Pedro B&B
    Stylish boutique B&B in Hereford with great birding at the feeders and nearby San Pedro River. Amazing food! Highly recommended!
  • Huachuca Cottage at Emory Oaks
    Private, charming “home away from home” Air BnB. Birders will love the magnificent Huachuca Mountains setting, near Ramsey Canyon.
  • Quality Inn
    Well-priced chain hotel conveniently located in Sierra Vista.
  • NOT RECOMMENDED: Stay clear of Beatty’s Guest Ranch. This is not a birder-friendly business. The owners are volatile, disrespectful and more interested in hunting with a pack of dogs. The birding in Miller Canyon can be good, but you can get there without entering the Beatty’s property. The hummingbird feeders at Beatty’s aren’t what they used to be, and whatever species are present can usually be found up-canyon, away from their property. I highly recommend staying away and avoiding a potentially unpleasant experience.

Cochise County – Sulphur Springs Valley (Pearce)

  • Hummingbird Ranch
    Scenic vacation rental, perfectly-placed for wintering cranes and with an observatory on-site (bring your own telescope).

Cochise County – Chiricahua Mountains (Portal)