What, you’ve never heard of Portal, Arizona? Well, if you enjoy bird watching, bird photography or just plain “getting away from it all”, I think you need to Google it. I visited there for a few days early in October and I loved it for the birds, for the scenery, and for the solitude. The town is located on the east side of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains and is home to an abundance of year-round and migratory birds and other wildlife. If you’re a hiker or bicyclist it is a gateway to miles of trails for you to explore and enjoy the Chiricahua/Cave Creek Canyon area.
The town of Portal is very small, but local lodges, private homes and even the Post Office have bird feeding areas that draw a wide variety of birds. Of particular interest to me were the hummingbirds, and I’ve included several varieties in this post. In addition to birds, there is other wildlife such as Coues White-tailed deer, Coatis, Ringtails, etc.
However I’ll warn you, if you’re looking for night life, shopping centers, fancy restaurants, casinos, hotels or other city-life niceties you’ll be very disappointed. There are only a couple of cafes (both with very good food), no shopping centers, no large grocery stores, no gas stations, no traffic signals, no street lights, and limited or no cell phone/Internet coverage. As for hotels, think cabins, think rustic, but also think very relaxing and comfortable spaces to spend a few days and nights. I highly recommend the Cave Creek Ranch run by Reed Peters and his wonderful staff.
Cave Creek Ranch website: https://www.cavecreekranch.com/
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