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The Week After...


We have been reopened for a week, the incoming guests have been pleasantly surprised. The grounds are lush and green. We are tending our prized few peaches and anticipate a big apple crop. The lower corner of the lower orchard is a dramatic example of the power of fire and how blessed we are to have the water resources to fight it.mcmahaorchard

Mario's garden is thriving. Dinner menus feature lettuces, green garlic, and herbs, with the promise of more homegrown veggies soon! Go to "Dining" on our website for upcoming menus. We have unusual availability on Monday - Thursday nights. Now is your chance the experience the quiet canyon we all treasure. 

The switchbacks are closed until the weekend of July 3rd, but all the hiking trails are open, with the exception of West Fork and AB Young.    



 Thank you Mike McMahan for these beautiful pictures. 

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Slide Fire Continued...

Things have settled down now that the Slide Fire has taken its course, out of Oak Creek Canyon and onto the Mogollon Rim to the West. While over 20,000 acres have burned, no structures or lives have been lost, due to the heroic and coordinated efforts of over 1,000 personnel.

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We have been allowed to visit the lodge with Sheriff's escort to check on things and grab necessities.


Gary, Rob & Mario have generators going to maintain water and wastewater systems and to keep freezers full of cider and other provisions running. 



On Thursday Hot Shot crews moved through the Lodge cleaning up debris, enjoying lunch under the apple trees.


APS is flying in and setting new powerpoles and we hope to have power by the end of today. 


We have received so many calls and emails... A collective and statewide sigh of relief that the lodge survived. We are thankful to our loyal guests and staff and look forward to opening soon. 


Special thanks to Jason Shook and Rick Evans and the Forest Service Firefighters that saved the Lodge. 


For more information on the fire visit  Slide Fire Information


For more photos of the fire visit  Jayson Coil Website

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Slide Fire Update

You may have gotten wind of the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. A small, probably man made wildfire started South of the Lodge between Slide Rock State Park yesterday afternoon. The dry windy conditions kicked the fire into high gear and the Lodge was evacuated within 20-30 minutes.

The Lodge remains unscathed and we are relieved that the evacuation went so smoothly. The fire continues to move North, growing in size with the gusty conditions. Those North of us are in our thoughts as well as the firecrews in the air and on foot.

For more information visit: Inciweb Fire Conditions or AZ Central Fire Information


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