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Arizona Highways

January 2018

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Wow. I don't even know where to start this review, and I talk a lot - so that must be a comment within itself.

Hall and I originally booked a trip to Santa Fe and then he read the famous Arizona Highways article about Rincon Creek Ranch. Each year, we take a trip in February since it's both Valentine's Day and my birthday. He came home and showed me the article and the website for Rincon Creek Ranch and I was sold.

We arrived on Friday afternoon after stopping by the Desert Museum and were greeted by Bill at the main house. He gave us an amazing tour through our casita (Appaloosa) and let us know that Gretchen and the other guest were currently at the Happy Hour in the main building, once we were unpacked and ready to join.

The casita was stunning. As we would learn later, Gretchen had designed each casita individually with complete relaxation in mind. From the letter greeting us, the fresh farm eggs, the fireplace, to the kitchen fixtures, the copper clawfoot tub, walk-in shower, giant king bed, plush robes, rocking chairs on the porch - NO cable or wi-fi. The oasis we had been looking for, to reconnect after a crazy couple months of wedding planning, working and to enjoy our beautiful state.

So we freshened up and headed to the happy hour. Gretchen and Bill poured wine, beer and prepared wonderful appetizers where we all sat and got to know each other for over 3 hours. It was the most we had relaxed in weeks. Hearing the amazing story of how the ranch came to be, the love they had poured into each and every detail, the hilarious stories. Our hearts were full. We went home, cooked food in the fully-prepared kitchen (we brought groceries and they also supply you with a cheat sheet of all grocery stores and restaurants prior to your arrival).

On Saturday, we hiked 9 miles through both their nature trail (where we met a BLM Mustang, other horses, humans and saw so much wonderful nature). We then made lunch and proceeded out into the Saguaro National Park for 7 more miles.

The best part was the quiet. and the wildlife. There were hundreds of birds, some beautiful mule deer, roadrunners (which I know are birds but OMG), coyotes, the list goes on.

After our hike, we ventured to another vacant cabin to sit on the porch *which Gretchen and Bill had encouraged us to do*, brought our binoculars, bird watched and just enjoyed the absolute stillness.

That evening, we stargazed and saw every star in the night sky from the comfort of a blanket, watched a DVD from the collection in the main house, and curled up for an amazing night of sleep. I did wake up when a pack of coyotes got a rabbit outside our house, but seriously, HOW COOL.

The next day, I did some yoga, we hiked and begrudginly packed our things. Gretchen met us outside the casita to bid us farewell and I have never been sadder to leave a place.

We had the most wonderful time and I would recommend everyone to take a trip to Rincon Creek Ranch. I think we will even go back in the summer to watch the monsoons now that we bought a truck, I can imagine that would be such a wonderful sight.

Thank you to Gretchen and Bill for making us feel like family and for the trip of a lifetime.


Morgan E.

Scottsdale, AZ

February 2018


Awesome Lodging!

El Ranchito

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"My wife and I have had the good fortune to travel the United States and to see incredible natural wonders.  We've also stayed in some awesome lodging throughout the years and have met lots of friendly and fun hosts.  The Rincon Creek Ranch is now among our top 3 destinations and it's owners Bill and Gretchen Shirley are by far the best folks we've had the pleasure to meet on our adventures.  

To be fair, our other 2 top destinations are St. Croix Island in the US Virgin Islands and Kuaii, Hawaii.  To say we look forward to coming back to the Rincon Creek Ranch three months from now is an understatement.  See you soon Bill and Gretchen!"   

Pat & Marjorie

St. George Utah

November 2021


Amazing! Must Stay!

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We stayed at Rincon Creek Ranch for three nights in August. From the moment I saw the ranch online I knew we had to stay. What a fantastic place with fabulous hosts, Bill and Gretchen, who could not do enough for us. We could not have asked for better! The Ranch is beautiful and peaceful right on the doorstep of trails through the Saguaro National Park. All of the casitas and Luella-Boomer Hall are beautifully appointed with every detail and amenity accounted for. We were delighted to be the first visitors from the UK and hope that we set the trend for many more to come!

If you are looking for 5 star accommodation and service, rest and relaxation, amazing landscape and a fabulous experience, Rincon Creek Ranch is a must!

Elaine & Darren Ward

London, United Kingdom

August 2017


Top of Our List!

The Farmhouse

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We've been lots of places all over the country and this place has definitely moved to the top of our list!  Our family loved our stay @ Rincon Creek Ranch.  Gretchen and Bill have thought of everything!  Our stay was made so special by the little details, from fresh eggs, bubble bath, and little flashlights to the made heat pads that we took advantage of each night.  Our kids loved the ranch cats, chickens and horses and my husband loved the proximity to Saguaro National Park and the quiet solitude.  We are already planning a return trip! It's so hard to leave this little slice of paradise.  Thank you Bill & Gretchen


The Miller Family


Sandy Mazzonna-Bator

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5 Star Accommodations. You will be transported into a little slice of heaven. Take in the beautiful mountain scenery, indulge in the colorful mesmerizing sunsets of the dessert sky, rest peacefully in your luxurious casita with fireplace and claw foot copper tub or champagne bubble bath. Get a massage, walk the dessert, see and learn about the pretty dessert flowers, horseback ride, go swimming, sit back and relax. Your stay and experience at Rincon Creek Ranch will recharge your body and rejuvenate your soul. 5 Star All the Way!!!!

May 23, 2014


Jeanne Fairman


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Spectacular views, wonderful amenities, thoughtful attention to detail. Our hosts Bill and Gretchen went above and beyond. If you haven't been go if you have been return....soon before this unknown gem is discovered! We will.

Oh and did I mention the coolest copper bath tub ever...

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Lynda Witt

The Cottage

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This is a hidden gem in the desert! This incredible guest ranch offers spectacular views, 5 star accommodations, hiking and mountain biking trails, nearby tourist attractions, and much more. My long weekend there ended too soon! The sunsets and sunrises are a visual delight and the desert scents and sounds are soothing to the heart and soul. Spend a peaceful weekend or longer there and you will leave feeling rested and grounded. Many thanks to Bill and Gretchen and everyone at Rincon Creek Ranch! I will return very soon!

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