The George Walker House
Paradise, Arizona - Built 1902
Rooms For Birders and Other Casual Visitors
The George Walker House offers lodging 5 1/2 miles from Portal and Cave Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. The George Walker House is a 100 year old house that boasts two comfortable bedrooms, a dining room, a living room with a constantly-growing library of regional books, videotapes, field guides, and maps, a bathroom with shower and tub, a well-equipped kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, breakfast cereal, muffins, and juice, and a laundry room with washer and dryer. There is also a screened-in front porch, and a shady patio area with picnic table and a barbecue grill. The yard is completely fenced. We are nearby in a separate house.
Paradise is a tiny (twelve year-round residents) former mining town surrounded by National Forest land. During its short but lively heyday, the town boasted bars, a barber shop, mercantile stores, hotels, a jail, and a red-light district. Almost everyone left when the mines failed, pulling down their homes and businesses and taking the lumber with them. Our guest house, built by George and Lula Walker at the turn of the century, is one of the few original structures still standing. One local story has it that the Walkers named Paradise while honeymooning here. The Paradise Cemetery, one mile from our house, is a wonderful walking destination for history buff, genealogist, and birder alike.
Our location also allows guests to bird the South Fork of Cave Creek, lunch at the Portal Store and Cafe, and shop at the Chiricahua Gallery one day, explore Chiricahua National Monument the next, and still have time to enjoy the ever-changing view of Silver Peak from their own front door. We can guarantee some wonderful close-up looks at the thirteen-plus species of hummingbirds who pass through Paradise each year. For those interested in Butterflying, 140 of the approximately 180 species of butterflies found in the Chiricahuas can be seen within a 1 mile radius of Paradise. The Chiricahua region is home to a variety of amphibians, lizards, snakes, and yes, even turtles!
Now taking reservations for the 2013 birding season. Jackie has her calendar ready!
Contact Jackie at 520-558-2287.