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Spirit Tree Bed & Breakfast Inn, Patagonia, Arizona - Renew Your Spirit


Spirt Tree Inn

Living Room at Spirit Tree Inn, Patagonia

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell

Spirit Tree Bed and Breakfast Inn, Patagonia, Arizona:

3 Harshaw Creek Road, Patagonia, Arizona 85624
HC2 Box 100, Patagonia, Arizona 85624
Phone: 520-394-0121 or 866-394-0121
Patagonia Map
Directions to the Inn

About Spirit Tree Bed and Breakfast Inn:

Spirit Tree Inn is located on a historic ranch 3 miles from the quaint arts town of Patagonia, Arizona. Patagonia is about 60 miles south of Tucson off Highway 19. Spirit Tree Inn has 6 guest rooms ranging from a suite of rooms ideal for a family to a cozy room in the main house perfect for one person. Guests can enjoy the beauty and rustling leaves of the real Spirit Tree, a gigantic ancient cottonwood, visible from the Inn's expansive patio.


The Ranch was founded by Alvin E. Buchenberg, son of German immigrants who settled in Ohio. In the early 1920's the Buchenberg family decided to take a summer vacation. After studying maps, they planned to take a train to Nogales and there buy a car and tour the West. However, once they arrived at the Circle Z Guest Ranch in Patagonia, they fell in love with the area and stayed the whole vacation there. They returned the next year and bought the Rocking Chair Ranch, currently the home of Spirit Tree Inn.

The Property:

Spirit Tree Inn consists of the original main ranch house, two separate buildings where guests can stay in private quarters, barns and out buildings. Guests share the property with horses, a goat named Maurice, dogs and cats. Bats inhabit one of the outbuildings and keep the insect population down. The land around the inn is truly beautiful with rocky hills and large trees. But most noticeable are the many varieties of birds and the quiet that overtakes the Inn at night.


One of the owners is an antique collector with an eye for interesting pieces such as a pump organ, surveyors instruments and unusual furniture. The decor is eclectic... some pieces are southwest ranch style and some are reminiscent of what early pioneers might have brought from the east to make their wild west homes seem a bit more civilized. Each room has it's own character.

Wine Hour and Breakfast at the Inn:

From a sampling of local Arizona wines on the patio as the sun sets to the wonderful breakfasts prepared by owner, Tom, guests will remember the hospitality at Spirit Tree Inn. The innkeepers are very flexible and will be be sensitive to dietary restrictions and preferences of guests who can select their preferred breakfast time.

Rooms and Rates:

There are three guest bedrooms, all with private baths, in the main ranch house. Each of these guestrooms is suitable for one or two people. The smallest, the Equine Room, is $115 per night (2007 rates). Separate from the main house is the Homestead House, with kitchenette, at $130 per night. The bunk house, which has a lovely suite with beautifully tiled bathroom is $180 per night. Talk to the Innkeepers as they can configure rooms to suit families and groups wanting a quiet retreat. Pricing can vary depending on the number in the room.


The Inn has several horses which are a joy to watch. They do not offer on-site horseback riding. However, if you have your own horse, they can arrange facilities for you to bring your horse with you.

Things to Do:

Spirit Tree Inn is a great place for birders. They attract birds to the property and a large variety of birds frequent the woods and creek nearby. There are hiking trails and the dirt road is ideal for mountain bikers. Of course all the quiet pleasures such as reading, walking, playing board games and talking with your family or friends will make for special memories. Spirit Tree Inn is close to the little arts town of Patagonia and all the Santa Cruz County attractions are available to guests.


The immense Cottonwood Spirit Tree at the Inn sets the tone for your stay. It is said that Native Americans carved Kachinas (Katsinas) from the wood of such trees and that the spirits of the dead inhabit the beautiful large trees. When you hear the birds sing and the leaves of the Cottonwoods rustle, you will begin your journey to relaxation and spiritual renewal.

To fully enjoy the area, guests often take a day trip to one of Santa Cruz County's attractions such as a winery tour or to Patagonia galleries and return back to a restful evening and night at the Inn.

After a good night's sleep, guests enjoy a wonderful gourmet breakfast with fresh local produce. Having breakfast with other guests at the Inn's long dining table is a great way to meet new friends and get tips on places to go for sightseeing, birding or dining.

The owners are fairly new to the Inn and continue to add antiques and enhance the property. Look for their Amish barn in the near future. They purchased an Amish barn which will be dismantled. The pieces will be numbered, shipped to Arizona and re-built on the ranch in an old-fashioned barn raising.

The Spirit Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast is perfect for a relaxing country retreat and is a great home base for exploring the joys of Santa Cruz County.

The Inn has a very current and informative website. You can make reservations online but I would recommend chatting with the owners to ensure that the selected room meets your needs and your expectatons.

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