Smith Butte, AZ USA

The Oliver at Smith Butte, Arizona —Coming Soon

Welcome to The Oliver, where micro-boutique properties redefine hospitality. The Oliver takes pride in curating unique hospitality experiences that transcend the ordinary. The Oliver's newest gem, The Oliver at Smith Butte, Arizona, is no exception.

Situated on a sprawling 200-acre off-grid and rugged expanse, The Oliver at Smith Butte offers natural diversity and adventurous exploration. With dramatic topography and challenging non-trail hikes, this exclusive retreat is perfect for adventure-seekers and nature and tranquility enthusiasts.

Smith Butte is immensely secluded, located a scenic 20-minute trail-drive from the nearest paved road. The sense of tranquility and solitude is unparalleled, with only a few scattered locals residing in the vicinity, most of whom are miles away. The nearest town, Ash Fork, is within a 30-minute proximity. Situated along the iconic Route 66, Ash Fork evokes a sense of nostalgia from the mid-century Western era.

Once ready for guests, The Oliver at Smith Butte will unveil two spread-out dwellings—a two-bedroom cabin that sleeps 6 and a fully renovated 1971 Airstream that sleeps 4. Each of these accommodations is meticulously designed and boasts elevated rustic charm. The dwellings offer fire pit decks, BBQ grills, indoor and outdoor showers, fully outfitted kitchenettes, and resort linens and towels. Perched atop Smith Butte, both properties provide sweeping vistas that stretch for thousands of acres and miles, including views of Snow Bowl, San Francisco Peaks, and beyond.

Guests of the cabin and airstream are invited to hike to and explore the property's communal and year-round amenities, including a secluded greenhouse pool, cedar hot tub, and sauna with a panoramic viewing window. Stargazing enthusiasts can enjoy the star-gazing deck equipped with professional-grade deep space telescopes. With minimal light pollution, the darkness at Smith Butte provides clear, vibrant views of planets, stars, and constellations. The Milky Way shines brightly across the entire nighttime sky. Smith Butte's clarity of the nighttime sky is part of its heritage, with its late custodian Robert Ayers being a lifelong astronomer. Ayers earned a degree in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1962. In recognition of his contributions to science and astronomy, Lowell Observatory named asteroid #25154 "Ayers" in 2016. Before his passing, Robert expressed his journey after retirement, saying, "I began searching for dark-sky sites. I explored various locations from Kingman to Seligman, Flagstaff to Heber-Overgaard, Pinetop-Lakeside to Eagar, as well as sites near Cloudcroft in New Mexico and in Catron County, western New Mexico, in the Pie Town - Quemado - Reserve area. Eventually, I acquired Smith Butte, which I have been utilizing as a dark sky site. I may consider leaving San Jose, California, and permanently relocating [here] to darker and clearer skies."

Smith Butte also embraces a diverse range of flora and fauna. At an elevation of over 5,000 feet, the location enjoys mild weather year-round. Hikers may encounter mule deer, elk, Abert's squirrels, and more. Juniper trees and pinyon pines dominate the landscape, accompanied by shrubs such as sagebrush, mountain mahogany, and cliffrose. The flora offers a striking contrast with cacti, yuccas, and succulents like prickly pear and agave, adding to the unique ecosystem.

The Oliver at Smith Butte is proud to be a 100% off-grid property, offering an eco-friendly and self-sufficient experience. Operating independently from the traditional power grid, the retreat relies on renewable energy sources to provide all necessary amenities without compromising elevated hospitality. Guests are encouraged to disconnect from modern distractions and reconnect with Smith Butte's unique nature.

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Notable Driving Distances from Smith Butte:

Williams, AZ: 20 minutes

Lowell Observatory: 52 minutes

Schultz Creek Mountain Bike Trail: 55 minutes

Peavine National Recreation Trail: 55 minutes

Prescott, AZ: 1 hour

Flagstaff, AZ: 1 hour

Walnut Canyon National Monument: 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument: 1 hour and 15 minutes

West Fork Oak Creek Hiking Trail: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Arizona Snowbowl: 1 hour and 15 minutes

The Trail of Time, South Rim Hiking Trail: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Wupatki National Monument: 1 hour and 22 minutes

Grand Canyon: 1 hour and 24 minutes

Sedona, AZ: 1 hour and 27 minutes

Petrified Forest National Park: 2 hours and 24 minutes

Phoenix, AZ: 2 hours and 25 minutes

Las Vegas, NV: 3 hours and 7 minutes