Down by the River Bed and Breakfast

2255 S. Efken Place P O Box 387, St. David, Arizona 85630
Innkeeper(s): Mike & Angie Hug
  • Introduction

    Down by the River Bed and Breakfast PatioAt the end of the day, relax on the porch as the sun sets and watch the flocks of birds as they fly to their roosts for the night in the cottonwoods along the San Pedro River, while the background of Arizona hues in purple and pinks reflecting from Cochise's Stronghold grow stronger.

    Down By The River Bed and Breakfast, the lodging hub of Cochise County, is a 15 acre property that borders the San Pedro River and is within sight of the northern end of the world famous San Pedro National Riparian Area. The San Pedro, the last free flowing river in Arizona, is one of the best bird areas within the United States. The birding in the area is very good with the river within walking distance of the b and b.

    The Santa Fe style home offers views of mountains on all sides. To the east is Cochise's Stronghold, a part of the Dragoon Mountains where Cochise was buried. To the south are the Huachuca Mountains and the Tombstone Hills. To the west are the Whetstone Mountains, home of Kartchner Caverns State Park.

    Down by the River Bed And Breakfast-Great Room

    The great room features American Indian artifacts for your viewing pleasure. You may want to sit and watch satellite TV or listen to music next to a crackling fire in one of the two fireplaces. You can play pool on the oversized table, read about the history of Arizona, or peruse the astronomy or birding books from the library that is available. You may want to sit on the porch and watch the sunsets with unfettered views, and at night use the inns Dobsonian telescope.

    In the morning, wake to fresh coffee and fruit smoothie followed by a full breakfast.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Angie and Mike Hug for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
    • Birders like us because we are on The San Pedro River at the northern end of the San Pedro National Riparian Area which is one of the 5 best birding areas in the US with over 400 species migrating through or staying in the area during the year.
    • Kartchner Caverns is a live wet cave that has guided tours. The pristine caverns have been open just over 10 years now and are a big draw to the area.
    • Tombstone and old ghost towns are close by and many visitors are fans of the old west.
    • We are located between the two wine areas in Southeastern Arizona so guests can try both areas and stay in one location.
    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our inn was designed to be a bed and breakfast. It was built to allow guest to roam on 15 acres of property and has amenities that are not found in normal B&Bs. The rooms are quiet and do not have common walls. The breakfasts are gourmet and we offer fares for many with dietary restrictions. The peace solitude and quiet of our location makes for a relaxed atmosphere. The dark night sky allows for stargazing you can’t find in many places in the US.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The number one reason to come to Saint David is that it allows you access to the majority of Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties with short day trips be it historical towns, wine country, birding, the Caverns, mountain hiking and national monuments.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We have had many travelers tell us that we are the best b and b that they ever stayed at. We recently had a Canadian Travel writer call us “One of the most spectacular Bed and Breakfasts in the US.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Many people do not know about how dark our nights are here in Southeastern Arizona. This allows for the astronomers to have great views at night.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    This depends upon the individual. We have had birders stay with us for 7 days. There are a lot of historical sites in Cochise County along with Parks, National Monuments and National Historical Sites. Wine tasting is also available and there is a movie set that does tours. On our website we have a list of things to do in the area.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance are the San Pedro National Riaparian Conservation Area and the San Pedro River which is great for seeing birds and other wildlife.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have a 5 Star restaurant in Bisbee that is very reasonable. The Chef once worked at the Biltmore and moved into there. We always enjoy the food and go there on special occasions. We recommend the restaurant to our guests that are staying here during the days that they are open.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Other than my website with the things to do page, events page and birding page, try which is the county area go to site.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 themed rooms that are framed around the activities that occurred in the area. The rooms are the mission room for the old Spanish Padres, the prospector room for the miners, the cowboy room for the Wild West, and the bird room for the birding guests.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not allow pets because of people that have allergies to pet dander. We do allow service animals. There really isn’t anywhere in the Benson area that has a pet motel.

  • Breakfast

    Down by the River Bed and Breakfast breakfastAre you tired of being served the usual restaurant bacon and egg menu items when youíre traveling? Do you want more than the serve yourself continental breakfasts that are starting to be more commonplace in hotel venues? Would you like to try something better…an authentic, gourmet Southeast Arizona breakfast?

    To provide you with a meal that you will enjoy, we check with our guests to see if they have any dietary restrictions. We will endeavor to provide for your special request but please let us know about them at the time of the reservation so that we can be properly prepared. If you are reserving the room online, please make a notation in the area where we ask for special requests. We have done special orders for vegans, vegetarians, as well as requests for low salt, sugar free, lactose and gluten free, and other dietary restrictions. We always want to be able to present something that is enjoyable for you, our guest.

    Souffle and Crepe Picture

    The Southeastern Arizona breakfast is a real treat at Down By The River Bed and Breakfast. If you have read our reviews, you will find that many of our guests have commented on the wonderful breakfasts that they have enjoyed while staying here. When we opened in 2005, our philosophy for breakfast at Down By The River was to make your breakfast a dining experience. Angie and I are committed to continue this philosophy, to be different, to set ourselves apart, and provide you a tantalizing taste experience that you will remember long after you have left Down By The River and traveled back home.

  • Area Attractions

    Down by the River Bed and Breakfast humming bird

    Down By The River is within a short drive of the following areas:

    • Tucson
    • Tombstone
    • Fort Bowie
    • Agua Prieta, Mexico
    • Fort Huachuca
    • Kartchner Caverns
    • The Amerind Foundation
    • White Water Draw Birding
    • Willcox
    • Douglas
    • Gammons Gulch Movie Set
    • Arizona wine country
    • Cochise's Stronghold
    • Bisbee Copper Queen Mine
    • Chiricahua National Monument
    • Huachuca Mountains
  • How to Find Us

    From Interstate 10 Eastbound

    1. Use Exit 303 at Benson and follow Arizona 80 through town
    2. The road splits at the end of town follow the split to the right and continue on Arizona 80 to Tombstone and Douglas
    3. Drive south approximately 6 miles to Apache Powder Road, just after milepost 298
    4. Apache Powder Rd veers off to the right as AZ 80 veers toward the left and continues to Tombstone
    5. Travel down Apache Powder Road 5.2 miles
    6. Continue on Apache Powder until it ends and you are forced to turn left onto Escalante
    7. Go east on Escalante over the rail road tracks and continue through the open gate (there is a sign at the gate that states "DMR Ranch" "Road Closed No Trespassing or Hunting")
    8. Continue straight down the road past the cut off power poles for approximately 1 mile to Efken Place
    9. Turn left onto Efken and proceed to Down By The River at 2255 Efken Place
  • Bird Watching

    Down by the River Bed and Breakfast bird feeder

    Southeast Arizona Birding Abounds Around Down by the River Bed and Breakfast

    Down By The River Bed and Breakfast is located on the San Pedro River at the northern end of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Saint David. This location makes it a prime location for Southeast Arizona birding enthusiasts. Down By The River is the Lodging Hub of Cochise County because we are located a short distance to the birding areas and other attractions in Cochise County. When planning your next trip and your looking for a B and B near the southeast Arizona birding locations on the San Pedro River consider us. Why is this such a great location? Well let me tell you why. The San Pedro River is the last free flowing river in Arizona and because of this, it is one of the 5 best migratory bird routes in the United States.