Sweeping western vistas, glorious sunrises and sunsets superior climate -southern Arizona's Santa Cruz county is truly a well-kept secret among those who love its natural beauty and unique cultural life. For those desiring privacy, or seclusion is perfect. For those requiring culture, it's diversions showcase the special regional character of the southwest .
The county's rich heritage embraces Native American. Spanish Colonial, and Mexican traditions. Today's Santa Cruz is the site of the highly regarded Sonoita Vineyards winery, located on the southern boundary of the historic San Ignacio del Babacomari Spanish land grant
Nearby, in Gardner Canyon, is the world-renowned McLeod Arabians horse ranch. where Egyptian-Arabian horses are bred and raised for an inter- national clientele. To the west, the spectacular Patagonia/sonoita Creek Sanctuary for birds is home to more than 250 South- western and Mexican bird species.
On the Santa Cruz River is the exclusive Kino Springs Country Club and Golf Course. The historic western town of Tubac to the north contains many artists' studios and museums. The authentic western past of Tombstone-Bisbee is renowned by visitors worldwide who savor the actual scenes of many famous events. A scant 110 years ago, Wyatt Earp faced desperados in the OK Corral Johnny Ringo, Bat Masterson and Ben Thompson strolled the streets, Cochise and Geronimo were names known to all the area's settlers.
Conveniently located Sierra Vista airport with one of the largest jet runways in America, accommodates both private planes and regional commercial airlines, Santa Cruz County also encompasses the spectacular Coronado National Forest. Within its bounds, surrounded by 5, l 00 acres of national forest land, is an extraordinary setting that ltzlthlcs on majestic Huachuca Peak to the southeast, with Miller Peak looming behind it. To the southwest are the Patagonia Mountains; to the north, the Santa Ritas and the Whetstones.
The jewel in this rare setting is Canelo Springs Ranch.
Situated on a rise between two valleys, the dramatic hacienda fulfills the architect's vision of an Old world Spanish hill village Ford, Powell & Carson realized this concept by connecting several wings on different levels in a village-like patterrn Winding outdoor terraces, decks and patios present commanding views of the Arizona's famous high-country rangeland. The design features a tiled roof and heavily buttressed masonry wails. A columned and trellised loggia. complete with fireplace, encloses a large heated swim- ming pool. A sheltered guest terrace with fireplace and easy access to the pool area surveys a quiet lower patio. Subtle landScaping complements the oak covered hills and natural surroundings; year. round, a creek flows by the complex.
Entrance to the main wing is granted by a soaring skylighted foyer. In this wing are the state of the art kitchen and lavish dining room; tm a separate level is the living room. with corner fireplace and expansive windows looking out to the pool and mountains. Integral to the design are beamed ceilings, polished mesquite block flooring (in the dining room), and accenting Mexican tile.
French doors from the terrace open onto the master bedroom; the northern view toWhetstones Biscuit Mountain is most dramatic. A fireplace completes the master bedroom suite; tavertine marble characterizes the master bath appointments.
The bedroom wing has four bed- rooms with balconies three baths, and a quiet terrace with fireplace The guest wing has two bedrooms with two baths and a terrace.
Whether enjoying the views in the privacy of this unique retreat developing the capabilities of this working ranch, or sampling events in Santa Cruz county, residents and guests of Canelo Springs Ranch are privy to a one-of-a-kind experience of Southern Arizona's finest qualities. Indeed, several movie production companies have chosen this area of Arizona to film western movies, celebrating its vistas and authentic past.