Downs' Ranch Hide-Away
On Forest Service Rd. 281, 35 miles south of Alpine, 738 Downs Ranch Rd., Blue, Arizona, 85922, USA
If you're looking for a vacation that is really back-of-beyond, do as the locals do and go "down on the Blue." The settlement of Blue, on the Blue River in the Blue Range Primitive Area, along the border with New Mexico, is one of the most remote sections of the state and a sure cure for the city-life blues. Try hiking or horseback riding to explore rivers, pine forests, canyons, Native American dwellings, and wildlife—or just sit on the porch and enjoy a hefty helping of serenity. Cabins have complete kitchens, and owners Bill and Mona Bunnell suggest you bring food. The ranch accepts only cash, checks, traveler's checks, or money orders.
- a truly one-of-a-kind way to commune with Mother Nature
- open year-round
- zero amenities
- no credit cards
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