Magazine article Sunset

Across the Creek at Aravaipa Farms, Winkelman, Arizona

Magazine article Sunset

Across the Creek at Aravaipa Farms, Winkelman, Arizona

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After several hours of hiking through Aravaipa Canyon, your boots or tennis shoes will have sluiced off enough creek water to irrigate the Sahara, and your head will spin trying to remember how many species of birds you've seen. This remote riparian wilderness area in southeastern Arizona hosts eagles and herons and other more rarely seen birds that congregate here for the year-round water. If you wanted to rough it, you could camp near the trailhead. But since you don't, you can make the 5-mile drive back to Across the Creek at Aravaipa Farms.

Carol Steele bought the apricot, pear, and peach orchard in 1995. She renovated the main house for herself, and set up two nearby cottages for guests. (She kept the business in the family when she sold it to her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Susan.) Each cabin comes with a private bath, fireplace, queen and twin bed, patio, and plenty of art.

Breakfast is a do-it-yourself proposition. …

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