Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast is your headquarters to explore and hike the Chiricahua National Monument,
Chiricahua Mountains, and Ft. Bowie National Historic Site, and experience the new and award winning wine-tasting rooms in Willcox.
NOW $109 per night!
~The historical ranch~
Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat
Bed and Breakfast..
Conveniently located near Highway 186 midway between Willcox, AZ and both the Chiricahua National Monument and Ft. Bowie National Monument for hiking, nature, wine-tasting, dining, museums and the historical old west as it was "then" and as it is"now."
We aim to please.....birders want to get up early and get birding, hikers want to get up early and get hiking, apple orchard pickers want to get up early and get picking, and everyone wants a great rate!
We have lowered our rates to $109.00 per night for one or two people which includes a self-serve Continental breakfast available from 6:30-8:00 a.m.
And the best amenities of all: stars you can almost touch, peace and quiet, and a walk through the time in the historical mid-1880's adobe buildings. A two-night minimum is NOT required.
Call 520-384-6474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations!
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This historical ranch property Bed and Breakfast is for sale. Owner Financing available. Live on your own ranch in the midst of a growing wine industry. Please scroll down for more information. Call for terms.
Join us for a Wonderland of Rocks hike at the famous, magnificent Chiricahua National Monument, trekking through the inspiring world-class hiking trails at the famous Wonderland Of Rocks, or through a path in the woods in the Chiricahua Mountains. The enchanting Chiricahuas...so liberating, so magical, so inspiring, and we'd love to share our adventures with you.
Incredible views from the front porch of Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat B & B!
A Dos Cabezas B & B specialty......peace and quiet and stars you can touch!
DOS CABEZAS SPIRIT AND NATURE RETREAT B & B
WATCH FOR WILLCOX SANDHILL CRANES ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL
About a year and half ago The Discovery Channel film crew, who had filmed much of PLANET EARTH, stayed at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat B & B for two weeks to film the Sandhill Cranes for an epic, new series, NORTH AMERICA.
"They set up blinds and would leave our place around 3:00 a.m.," said Jon Samuelson, owner of Dos Cabezas B & B, "and they would film all day long, coming back in around seven or eight at night." Samuelson said it was exciting to have them and their incredible array of camera equipement at the B & B, and to watch how they worked. "For two weeks they would film for twelve hours a day, and at the end of each day they would comment they might have ended up with a couple of minutes of usuable footage that day." They told the Samuelsons that for this kind of film, the footage "had to be the best in the world."
An article in The Huffington Post reads, "From snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, and all the lush forests in between, Discovery Channel has a gorgeous new series that zooms in on some of the most exotic nature in the world--and it's all in our own backyard. The footage is absolutely breathtaking."
We hope our area Sandhill Cranes made the final cut. The production is a 7-part series and airs on Sunday nights beginning May 19th on The Discovery Channel. Scroll down to click the trailer.
About a year and half ago The Discovery Channel film crew, who had filmed much of PLANET EARTH, stayed with us at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat B & B to film the Sandhill Cranes in our area for this epic, new series, NORTH AMERICA. Scroll down and click to see the original trailer and read the Huffington Post article.
The world premier is Sunday, May 19th, 2013 on The Discovery Channel When you click the trailer below, you'll see the Sandhill Cranes about 3/4 of the way the trailer, a couple of frames after the dolphins, and a great shot of the Dos Cabezas mountains in the background with an overlay of the words "Five Years In The Making." Working with Homer Hansen and Tom Whetten, they filmed at the Willcox Cochise Twin Lakes, at AZ Game and Fish's "Crane Lake" Wildlife Area off of Kansas Settlement Road a few miles south of Willcox, and at Whitewater Draw.
We hope our area Sandhill Cranes will make the final cut! We don't know the script for the production, but hopefully Willcox, AZ and SE AZ will get a mention. The production is now a 7-part series. The music on the version of this particular trailer is awesome.
"North America" trailer: Click this link:
Historical Ranch Bed and Breakfast FOR SALE:
Owner financing available. Call for terms. We are looking forward to retirement and have offered our B & B for sale through Sotheby's International Realty. It's a multi-purpose/mulit-family property. Currently a well-known Bed and Breakfast operated on a part-time basis, the property can easily be reconfigured for not only B & B income but also additional income from a small unit as a monthly rental, or the entire property can be set up as multi-family monthly rentals. For info on terms and conditions, please contact us by email: email@example.com.
Here is a short description of the listing:
Multi-family and multi-purpose. Currently operated as a part-time B & B, this historical ranch property with three houses can easily be reconfigured to a two-unit multi-family monthly rentals, or operate as a combo B & B as well as have a small casita monthly rental, or a combo B & B with a mother-in-law Casita guest house. Incredibly priced, this historical Dos Cabezas B & B is close to both the Chiricahua National Monument and Ft. Bowie National Monument in southern AZ. In a gorgeous mountain setting teeming with wildlife, the property has stunning views, borders State land, is horse property, has significant historical value, and is close to wine country, all which meld to make your dream come true. Turn-key, furnished, artifacts, walk in and take over. It's a great fun life hosting fascinating guests from all over the world (e.g. The Discovery Channel), while making additional income. Visit the B & B website at www.doscabezasretreat.com.
The owners are retiring and are motivated to see new owners take the property to its next level. This is a rare opportunity with a rare price for the value....mountain property, three houses, outbuildings, borders state land, outstanding views, peace, quiet, and brilliant stars, includes all furniture and furnishings for your B & B business and a hard-to-obtain county B & B license, artifacts, antiques and an established five year clientele list. Click this link for more info:
In the meantime, we will be here to host you in this beautiful nature paradise.
Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast is the Chiricahua Mountains and Chiricahua National Monument bed and breakfast headquarters, perfectly situated about half-way between Willcox, AZ and the Chiricahua National Monument. We are located in the serene Dos Cabezas Mountains 14 miles southeast of Willcox, Arizona. Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast guest lodging in the historic Dos Cabezas ghost town is located about a quarter mile off of Hwy. 186, and our bed and breakfast is only twenty-five minutes to the mystical Chiricahua National Monument and Mountains, a favorite for hiking and sight-seeing. We serve your breakfast in plenty of time for you to ride the shuttle van from the Monument Visitor's Center to the top of the Wonderland of Rocks where you can hike back down to your car. We are the newest of the bed and breakfasts inns near Willcox, AZ, and the famous Willcox Playa, home to the wintering Sandhill Cranes. Dos Cabezas B & B is your first stop from Willcox for lodging or bed and breakfasts near the Chiricahua Mountains.
Recently, we were honored to have as guests at our B & B an award-winning and world-famous film crew from the Discovery Channel who were filming the wintering Sandhill Cranes in our area. This major series, WILD PLANET: NORTH AMERICA, is larger in scope and breadth than the series Planet Earth. This new series will air in 2012. We are all looking forward to it!
The Dos Cabezas Trio, from left, Carol Wien on the autoharp, Jon Samuelson on guitar, and Walter Wien on the harmonica, play "Wildwood Flower" and other songs for participants of the "Story of Dos Cabezas" tour on Saturday during the Wings Over Willcox Birding Festival. They performed in the Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast in Dos Cabezas.
With this year's festival just a month prior to the centennial of Arizona's statehood on Feb. 14, 1912, WOW committee members and volunteers planned "a spectacular festival with a Centennial theme." The tours and seminars highlighted Arizona from 100 years ago, with the theme of how things were in the Sulphur Springs Valley during this time period.
There were three new seminars, "Willcox 1800 to Statehood," "Paving the Way to Statehood," and "Geronimo, the General, and the Hummingbird," and two new tours, "History of Willcox Playa," and "The Story of Dos Cabezas." "The Story of Dos Cabezas," which included history of the former mining and now ghost town by Jon Samuelson, owner of the historical Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed & Breakfast, along with its history as a "Hostess House" of the infamous T.N. McCauley, who wined and dined prospects as he asked then to invest in the legendary Mascot Mine. Samuelson also narrated the human-caused evolution of area wildlife habitats the past one hundred years. Carol Wien, a fourth-generation rancher in Dos Cabezas and co-author of "The Story of Dos Cabezas" with Phyllis de la Garza, told the history of ranching in Dos Cabezas, the Dos Cabezas Pioneer Cemetery, and the Butterfield Stage trail.
Some notes from the two history lessons:
B&B owners Jon and Charmayne Samuelson bought the Dos Cabezas Ranch House from artists/instrument makers Paul and Mary Duncan. The house has been continually lived-in since the 1800s. They have two rooms for guests and a museum inside.
With 4,000 people in its mining heyday, Dos Cabezas, an Arizona Ghost Town, now has 29 people. After the Gold Rush started in 1848, and the Birch and Butterfield mail routes ran through Ewell Station near Ewell Springs, gold quartz was discovered in the area.
Dos Cabezas Mining District was formed, but was incorrectly spelled as 'Dos Cabezos' in 1879, and not changed until 1925, "which made my Grandma mad," said Carol Wien.
In 1906, Captain Tibby and Mr. Page (who suddenly becomes 'T.N. McCauley') arrived to buy mining claims. Despite the fact that McCauley, "was quite a scam artist," he was loved by many for his wining and dining ways and built the town up with a school, power plant, a tramway to the mine, and a railroad spur - the Mascot and Western.
A particular treat was hearing the Dos Cabezas Trio: siblings Carol and Robert Wien and John Samuelson, played several tunes with their autoharp, harmonica and guitar, respectively. The group also visited the Dos Cabezas Mountain Gallery to shop from award-winning artists, visit with Jim Turner, author of "Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State," and enjoy treats of hot cider and cookies.
Dos Cabezas is a village named after the striking twin-peaked mountains (the English translation is two heads) that rise above the village. The Retreat's setting is secluded and private, a perfect get-away for any time of the year. The bed and breakfast private guestrooms, the Pioneer Room and the Kachina Room, are furnished with comfy sleeping accommodations, and your stay includes a self-serve Continental breakfast available from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Please check the rates and policies page for the rates. Your stay at our bed and breakfast is quiet and serene. We do not require a two-night minimum, and your stay is private lodging in a separate guest house from the owner's residence.
You will have a microwave, toaster, coffee pot, small under-counter refrigerator, paper plates.
Bring any other food items you wish to microwave or warm up. Please note there is not a cooktop, nor cooking facilities or barbeque grills of any kind. No outdoor fires of any nature allowed.
Breakfast and Leisure Room.
Privacy, anonymity, space, and quietness are all major draws for our guests. The country guest house, casita, and the owner's residence are authentic and historical adobe homes from the late 1800's. Our rustic retreat is your home base for premier birding and nature viewing, peaceful meditation, astronomy, hiking in the nearby Chiricahua mountains or the historical site of Ft. Bowie, photography, picking fruit at local peach and apple orchards and vegetable farms, and ghost towning. Our elevation is about 5,200 feet, just right for picture-perfect spring and fall weather, and for moderate summers and winters, and for your geo-tourism and eco-tourism adventures. The guest house shown above is dated from the mid-1800's and is rich in history. Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast is committed to the ongoing preservation of the historical integrity of these priceless adobe homes.
In its early days, the village of Dos Cabezas was far from serene. This was Apache country, homeland of Cochise and Geronimo, two well-known Apache leaders of the 1800's. In the late 1850's, the area was first known as Ewell Springs, a watering stop on the Overland Trail, the main route of the Birch Stage Line and then later the Butterfield Stage Line. Indigenous Native Americans had been first to cherish the springs as a precious water supply in the arid Arizona climate. Ewell Springs was the next available water after leaving Apache Springs and the infamous and dangerous Apache Pass near where Fort Bowie was constructed. In 1879 the Dos Cabezas Post Office was opened, and Ewell Springs became known as Dos Cabezas.
Many characters of the Old West have passed through and lived in this unique village.
But the most famous character of all was T.N. McCauley, an entrepreneur and owner of the Mascot Mine, and a previous owner of the property now known as Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast! You will live legendary history when you stay in the Retreat's guest rooms in the Pioneer House, known in McCauley's day as the "Hospitality House." Here McCauley wined and dined prospective clients who bought shares in his copper mine. He was adored by the area's residents even though he had a flamboyant lifestyle. The story is recounted in the most fascinating book, The Story of Dos Cabezas, by Carol Wien and Phyllis de la Garza.
Then in the late 1960's and 1970's, Dos Cabezas was home to wandering hippies and you can see some of their brightly- colored "offerings," the old hippy bus just off the highway, which still seems to be hangin' in there! In the late 1970's and 1980's a couple named Paul and Mary Duncan owned the property and operated the Dos Cabezas Arts and Crafts Gift Shop here, and made musical instruments and jewelry Their former gift shop is now our museum, open exclusively to our guests.
Willcox has become known as the best place in southern Arizona for "pick your own" fruit and nut orchards and vegetable farms, such as the world-famous Apple Annie's Fruit and Produce Farms. Our area is rapidly establishing a reputation for quality vineyards and wine-tasting. There are several new wine-tasting rooms in Willcox.
All this and much more await your visit! As you browse our website, you will find additional information, birding lists, and tourist attractions. If you are looking for peace, nature, and the opportunity to experience the Old West the way it really was in a rustic setting, you will like our Retreat. We look forward to meeting you and hope that you will have a wonderful stay at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast and our surrounding area!
Dos Cabezas Historical Ranch
Dos Cabezas Historical Ranch
All photos on this website © Jon Samuelson
All photos on this website © Jon Samuelson