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Preplanning for the Fall Turkey Hunt

By Cathey East | July 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Preplanning for the Fall Turkey Hunt

    Turkey hunting should be good this fall! We spotted at least 10 poults with 3 hens on FS 425 the other day. They were so cute.

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Watch Out, Grass!

By Cathey East | June 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Watch Out, Grass!

Yesterday, we made a trip to St. George to pick up the new riding lawn mower for Big Springs. Tim is one happy guy!

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Butterfly Party at Big Springs!

By Cathey East | June 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Butterfly Party at Big Springs!

Watering the lawn with the spring water not only keeps the grass looking great, but is always an invitation to the butterflies and moths to hang out. If you disturb them, it is like being in a cloud of butterflies.  

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My Forest Bouquet

By Cathey East | June 17, 2017 | Comments Off on My Forest Bouquet

    Kaibab National Forest is not just trees. It never ceases to amaze me when we are out and about how many different varieties of flowers we see. The forest gives me a bouquet, each and every time. It always puts a smile on my face. I hope this puts a smile on your…

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What Do You Mean It’s Already June 15???!!!

By Cathey East | June 15, 2017 | Comments Off on What Do You Mean It’s Already June 15???!!!

I can’t believe the time is going by so fast. How did it get to be the middle of June already? We have been busy at Big Springs this season. The word is getting out about how amazing this place is. As crazy as this might sound, Big Springs has a special aura that envelopes…

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Another Magical Morning at Big Springs

By Cathey East | June 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Another Magical Morning at Big Springs

It doesn’t get much better than this. Time at Big Springs is time well spent. To plan your Big Springs get away, click HERE.

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Big Springs Rental Cabins Needs YELP Reviews!!

By Cathey East | June 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Big Springs Rental Cabins Needs YELP Reviews!!

Big Springs is too special to keep a secret. Please help get the word out by adding a YELP review about your stay. We know our guests love Big Springs. We need you to tell the world. Thanks so much. To make your reservation at Big Springs, click HERE. Time at Big Springs is time…

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Big Springs “Chalk Art”

By Cathey East | May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Big Springs “Chalk Art”

The chalkboards in the “Big House” are always a hit here at Big Springs. We encourage all chalk artists (of any age) to make use of the boards to add their personal touch during their stay. Tiger O. and his dad contributed this masterpiece. Thanks so much, we love the artwork.

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What a Day!!

By Cathey East | May 28, 2017 | Comments Off on What a Day!!

YUP!! There’s more to us than cleaning toilets and making beds. LOL! Another awesome day on the north Kaibab plateau.

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Dinner Guests

By Cathey East | May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Dinner Guests

We have a lot of guests at Big Springs, but the Black-necked Stilt was a surprise visitor. He was found dining in the pond late yesterday. They are not common to the area and was probably on his way north to his summer home. Two of our fire lookouts also joined us. Thanks to Ross…

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A Big Springs Blog Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

By Cathey East | December 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As this year draws to a close, we would like to wish all of our guests merriest Christmas and the happiest New Year. We are thankful for the time we have spent with each of you and look forward to your return to Big Springs. For those of you who haven’t yet been to Big…

Family + Big Springs = Time Well Spent

By Cathey East | August 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

The past month was family time at Big Springs. Our cabins housed numerous families from all over the world, 3 family reunions and a wedding reception. Plans are in the works for many return visits next year. What makes Big Springs such a great place for families and groups? Affordability: Cabins are $65 per night…

The Story of the Swing

By Cathey East | July 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

In 1984, we sold our home in Minnesota and migrated to Phoenix, AZ with our two children, then 5 and 9. When we put in our first swimming pool in January of 1986, we decided we needed a swing on the patio. My dad, Al Cebulla, loved woodworking as a hobby. He built the swing…

The Twilight Moon Over Big Springs

By Cathey East | June 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last evening, it was absolutely beautiful out just after sunset. I was sitting on the swing, just watching the world go by when I looked up and saw the crescent moon. I grabbed the camera and caught these photos while the birds were singing and the stream from the spring was gurgling in the background.…

YCC Group Spruces Up Big Springs

By Cathey East | June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

The YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) “Fredonia Power Crew” from the Arizona Conservation Corps showed up Monday at Big Springs ready, willing and able to work. The first order of business was painting the Shower/Restroom building. They knocked this out in record time. The gravel for the parking lot was not yet delivered, so they moved…

Big Springs Guests Finish Parking Lot

By Cathey East | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Big Springs has always had the most amazing guests. Their generosity has been overwhelming time and time again. This continues to hold true as we enter the third season that Big Springs Rental Cabins have been open to the public. MRM Construction Services out of Phoenix, Arizona has begun working on a stretch of Forest…

What’s New at Big Springs??

By Cathey East | May 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

There is always something in the works at Big Springs. Last season we began painting accent colors and adding themed décor in the cabins. Four cabins have been mostly completed: Cabin 1 – Recreation/Trails, Cabin 2 – Timber, Cabin 3 – Wilderness, Cabin 4 – Fire. Cabin 5 – Archaeology and Cabin 6 – History…

Please Be Careful!!

By Cathey East | May 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

Look carefully at these pictures. What you see is the remains of either a fire deliberately started or hot coals emptied out. Note how close they are to the cabin. Jumpup Cabin was built in 1906 and is one of the two remaining original ranger cabins located on the north Kaibab Plateau. It is constructed…

What Happened to “My Big Springs Blog?”

By Cathey East | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

  My Big Springs Blog has been undergoing a transformation to make it more cohesive and contain much more information about our site and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, during the transition, the original posts were corrupted. I am in the process of rebuilding and adding content. New features have been added and I will try…

Our John to John Journey (Part 4)

By Cathey East | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

We continue along Hiway 67 toward Jacob Lake. At approximately milepost 598 is Pleasant Valley Cabin. It is just off the highway at the edge of the meadow. It has been used by ranchers for many years.                                    …