Meditation garden in front of the guest houseEntrance through the Saguaros
Secluded Guest Hse in Tucson Mtns.
Secluded Guest Hse in Tucson Mtns.

2 guests


2 beds

1 bath

2 guests


2 beds

1 bath

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About this listing

If you are looking for a beautiful private place with creature comforts you'll love, stay with us in the Sonoran Desert in close proximity to downtown Tucson, great restaurants, shopping, and cultural venues, the U of A, and great hiking & biking.

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Cleaning Fee: $90
Security Deposit: $150
Weekly Discount: 14%
Weekend Price: $150 / night


If you are looking for a beautiful private place with creature comforts you'll love, stay with us in the Sonoran Desert in close proximity to downtown Tucson, great restaurants, shopping, and cultural venues, the U of A, and great hiking & biking.

Secluded, zen quality sanctuary in a gorgeous box canyon in the Tucson Mountains. Great Southwest contemporary 700 sf guest house with wood-burning fireplace, 2 twins or king bed with organic cotton linens on 9 inch thick Japanese futons, kitchenette w/ double sink, refrigerator and microwave, dishes, etc. The spacious bath with sandstone counters, slate tile, walk-in shower with rain head and handheld spray free, plus eco-friendly toiletries provides a very relaxing experience. WIFI, quality music system, walk-in cedar closet, large sitting area with marble desk/table, many good books, original art enrich your experience. Outside there are a tree-shaded patio with seating area, and 2 meditation gardens.

You'll find our guesthouse a delightful place to retreat, rejuvenate, and receive massages and body work from a variety of gifted healers in Tucson who will come to you at reasonable prices. (Ask for references).

You will be staying in a beautiful private guest house with separate entrance and 2 parking places on the property. Begin or end your day with a dawn or dusk walk in the quiet and glorious Sonoran Desert.

We are available by text and telephone as necessary. We respect the privacy of our guests and want to insure your comfort.

We are in a dramatic box canyon in the Sonoran Desert, on multiple acres at the edge of the Tucson Mountain Park and Sahuaro National Park West. Sounds of nature in the natural desert where birds, deer, javelina, jackrabbits, coyotes, and bobcats may show up at any time. Our sunsets are wondrous and the quiet welcomes you upon leaving the traffic and city sounds only fifteen minutes away. You will find the night sky extraordinary because there is very minimal light pollution and millions of stars with planets in clear view. Come during the full moon if you can. Unforgettable!

It is necessary to have your own vehicle to get to our place. We are very close to the route for El Tour de Tucson, great mountain biking, hiking, and world-class championship golf courses.

Tucson is a world-class spa city with some of the best body workers on the planet. You can arrange a session at the guest house or their place. We have referrals or you can explore and choose your own.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

No smoking in the guest house. Will consider well-behaved pet. Please ask first. Quiet atmosphere and privacy prevail. We appreciate your treating our home the way you would like yours to be treated. We ask that you take all trash and recycling down to the trash cans at the bottom of the drive (ours are in the cubicle at the west end) when you check out. To avoid attracting ants, etc., please empty food trash daily. Thank you kindly.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

77 Reviews

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Carl User Profile
April 2017
I've travelled the world and Catherine's guest house is a remarkable combination of being completely out in nature and close to town. As a tranquil base for day hikes it was ideal for us. It is 10 to 20 minutes by car from the start of several awesome hikes West of Tucson (Yetman trail, Sweetwater trail, Gates pass trail...). A day trip to Madera canyon gives you an option of several hikes in that area that are in a completely different environment (and, lots of spectacular hummingbirds). Relaxing at the guest house was a perfect companion to the hikes. Highly recommended.

Peter User Profile
March 2017
This was an absolutely wonderful stay just outside of Tucson. A beautiful setting, a great location and an amazing guest house. You will not regret staying here!
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
Thank you Pete, So glad you had a great stay. You are welcome back gladly. Warm wishes, Catherine
March 2017

John User Profile
March 2017
Very quiet and serene atmosphere. You can see the city lights at night and the stars above. The desert sounds are what we enjoyed most. Catherine is a wonderful host

Margaret User Profile
March 2017
Catherine's place went beyond our expectations. The setting is beautiful with layers upon layers of hillsides covered with sauguro cacti and a charming patio for morning tea. It is very quiet and peaceful. Thanks bed is comfortable with a memory foam topper over the futon mattress. It has a full size frig, microwave and two burner gas range ~ all the dishes and utensils you would need as well as a great smoothie blender. The only negative is the water pressure ~ it is very low so anyone with long hair will have a hard time getting their hair rinsed out. The place is a very good value, the hosts very responsive and unique in many ways. We will return ~ we stayed for 9 nights.

Susanne User Profile
March 2017
We are returning guests and always enjoy our stay with Catherine. The location is beautiful. Catherine goes out of her way to help create a relaxing atmosphere. The guesthouse is perfect for us. The bed is very comfortable.There are multiple areas for contemplation and meditation.
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
So happy to host you and Paul again, Susanne. I am always happy to see you again and Blair and I really enjoyed our time with you on Saturday morning before you left. I have the Japanese Soaking Tub as you can see and plan to have it ready in the next few months. You will really enjoy it especially under the stars. Glad you found your stay relaxing and we'd love to see you again next year. In the meantime, take good care and be well. Warmest, Catherine
March 2017

William User Profile
March 2017
Very unusual and pleasant rental. Actually just over the mountain from the Desert Museum. Can't get more of a remote desert experience than this. Yes, we saw wildlife. Inside, it is very nice, very clean and very large. Very little internet and no tv but for us, this was a plus. Owners are nearby but never intrusive.
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
Totally our pleasure hosting you and Kerry, Bill. Glad you love the desert and enjoyed the wildlife. We like our guests to have their privacy because we realize our guests come to be on their own. It was fun meeting you both and we welcome you back gladly. Take good care, Catherine
March 2017

Denise User Profile
February 2017
From the moment the GPS says turn on Chaos Canyon, you can feel magic in the air. This is a gem of a retreat. The comfortable bed (and sheets), towels, toiletries and book selection, make you not want to leave. We had a massage (1 1/2 hours each) by amazing Patty who comes to the guesthouse. The sounds of birds, soft chimes and air moving around the well appointed patio and meditation areas, make the lack of TV not missed one bit. Catherine is delightful and we enjoyed walking our dogs together in the early morning. This is a spiritual place yet somewhat remote so if you are looking to be in the center of action, stay somewhere else. We loved it!

Tucson, Arizona, United States · Joined in March 2013
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.

Catherine is a jewelry designer and metalsmith, using silver and semi-precious stones and co-creating pieces of jewelry with clients that mark significant moments and people in their lives. Blair practices law and is an award-winning fine art photographer.

We love traveling and meeting lively, fascinating people, in addition to experiencing the oceans, islands, great cities, art galleries, wine country, museums, architecture, jazz, and indigenous cultures around the world. Great food, especially Northern Italian, and fine wines are high on our list. We love quiet and privacy where we stay and if it is possible we like to bring our Australian shepherds, Socrates, a 4 year old male, and Lena, 1 year old. Uncluttered, clean, modern, light-filled facilities in a natural setting are our favorites with great views, books, music, and culture near by are our favorite. We love nature, hiking, scuba diving, exploring the wilderness, discovering culture, experiencing beauty, and celebrating life.

It is a joy for us to meet people who love life, art, music, nature, lifelong learning, engaging conversation, preserving the environment, human rights, and traveling also.

We have a beautiful 700 sq.ft. private guesthouse with fireplace, kitchenette, free WIFI, with great biking, hiking, and golf near by. We live in a box canyon in the lush Sonoran Desert with all kinds of wildlife.

Our life motto is taken from the Navajo, "Walk in beauty." We invite you to be our guest.

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