SE AZ Hiking, Birding, and Quietude

Cabin - Entire home/apt · N Sky Islands End, Cochise, AZ 85606, United States

Our private, handmade adobe guest house gives you the conveniences of home, including a complete kitchen, in a quiet high-desert setting. Composting toilet, shower, and laundry are housed just steps away in their own compact strawbale building.

Your host, Barbara
31 Reviews

Our private, handmade adobe guest house gives you the conveniences of home, including a complete kitchen, in a quiet high-desert setting. Composting toilet, shower, and laundry are housed just steps away in their own compact strawbale building.

The Space

Our desert homestead consists of three buildings: the guest house, which contains a compact living room, bedroom, and kitchen; the annex, which contains the shower, composting toilet, washing machine, and freezer; and the main house, which houses your hosts.

A visit to our guest house offers you the opportunity to enjoy strenuous activity from hiking to rock climbing, or to relax in the desert silence and enjoy a cup of tea and a good book.

The guest house provides a double bed, a trundle bed, a well-equipped mini-kitchen with microwave, gas stove-top, small refrigerator, and an outdoor grill. Wireless or plug-in Internet are available here.

Enjoy staying in an ancient Southwest tradition. Built from hand-crafted adobe block, finished with adobe clay plaster, and with an adobe floor, the guest house offers you an opportunity to experience desert homesteading with modern, earth-friendly conveniences. If you'd like to find out more about us and our homestead, visit our website (website hidden)) (website hidden) .

Perched on the eastern Dragoon Mountain bajada just a few miles from the Cochise Stronghold and abutting public lands, the guest house offers unobstructed, panoramic views of our valley and the surrounding southern Arizona mini-mountain ranges, the Sky Islands.

We're happy to cook breakfast for our guests for a moderate extra charge. A small grocery store is located in Sunsites, about ten miles away, and large chain groceries are within about 30 miles. You'll also find a cafe and pizza available in Sunsites.

We occasionally allow a guest to be accompanied by a pet dog, after which we attack with the vacuum cleaner. We own a cat, who lives with us in the main house, but doesn't spend time in the guest house.

Among the opportunities available to our guests are:

~Hiking in the spectacular and historic Cochise Stronghold, just a few miles from the guest house, or in Chiricahua National Monument across the valley.
~Walking out your door onto miles of trails on the wooded slopes of the Dragoon Mountains adjacent to the property.
~Spending time with the thousands of sandhill cranes that winter in the nearby Sulfur Springs Valley.
~Exploring the history of the Southwest at Fort Bowie National Historic Site, old town Bisbee, Tombstone, or the ghost towns of the Valley.
~Visiting Kartchner Caverns State Park, one of the best-preserved and spectacular cave systems in the country.
~Stargazing during our cool desert evenings through air that is some of the clearest in the country.
~Cooking hot dogs or marshmallows over an outdoor fire.
~Relaxing in the quiet as you watch the birds from the front porch.

Guest Access

Our guests have access to all the facilities contained in the guesthouse and the annex, as well as a small outdoor firepit, a gas barbecue, and hiking trails which lead from our property into the nearby National Forest.

Interaction with Guests

Our guests are free to determine the level of interaction they're comfortable with. As avid hikers ourselves we're very willing to guide our guests on local hikes in the Cochise Stronghold area if we're not busy elsewhere.

The Neighborhood

We love our rural neighborhood for its solitude and elbow room. We have neighbors within a few hundred yards, but also have lots of open space to the north and west of us.

Getting around

Rural Cochise County has no public transit.

Other Things to Note

If you've never used a composting toilet before, don't be afraid. They're as sanitary and easy to use as any toilet you're more familiar with. Our simple composters are prepared fresh and clean for each party of guests.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $445 /week
Monthly Price: $1400 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I spent nearly a week in Barbara and David's Bear Cave. The cabin is perfectly set up with a comfortable bed, good basic kitchen and lots of great books to read while you are there. The shining star of the cabin, however, is the front porch. I spent hours on the porch watching the quails, lizards, hummingbirds and baby jackrabbits cavorting around in the front yard. There was also pair of curve billed thrashers watching over a nest in the rafters of the front porch, and I was able to get a close-up view of their activity - amazing!

    The house is centrally located to some world-class hiking spots - Cochise Stronghold, Chiricahua Monument and the San Pedro Riparian Reserve were what I personally hiked. Southeast Arizona is beautiful, and Barbara and David's cabin is the perfect place from which to experience it.

    April 2014
  • We loved staying at Barbara and Dave's beautiful Bear Cave at the foot of the Dragoon Mountains near Cochise Stronghold. We enjoyed the quiet, the quail, and the sounds of coyotes deep in the star-studded night. We were amazed by a thunder storm, had a wonderful breakfast with our hosts and enjoyed a beer together one evening during happy hour. It was relaxing, exciting and beautiful all at the same time. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for the kind of quiet that lets you hear the beating of a passing bird's wing. A true desert solitude.

    March 2014
  • There's nothing to say that hasn't been said. So read the comments and book your stay at his wonderful place. You will be glad you did.

    March 2014
  • We stayed at three different places during our trip to AZ and this was the best. Barbara and David are engaged and engaging. Spectacular scenery, good food, great conversations balanced with relaxing solitude all join together to make this a special place. We wish we stayed longer and will do just that next spring!

    March 2014
  • Great stay Hosts were fantastic
    I found the Booking website a little much and did not appreciate all the emails I got reminding me of what to do. And particularly that I could not respond to the booking we bites emails.

    March 2014
  • Staying out there at their wonderful place was amazing. Wish I could have had longer there, but there are too many things to see where they are. They were both so friendly and engaging, and I felt very comfy and welcome there. I recommend this spot.

    March 2014
  • Great setting with hiking, history and other fun stuff nearby. Wonderful views of mountains, clouds, sunsets, stars.
    The cabin is comfortable and practical.
    Barbara and David are friendly, thoughtful, accommodating hosts.

    March 2014
  • The location of the adobe house was wonderful. We especially liked that it was remote and had fantastic views. Our hosts were friendly and available, but not intrusive. We would certainly recommend it to others and probably will return in the future.

    February 2014
  • Barbara and David we extradionary host. Our communication prior to the trip made us feel at ease and that everything was going to be ok. Their place, the " bear cave" was a quaint adobe home they built themselves nestled in the Cochise plains. We got the full tour from our host and arranged for breakfast in the morning. We BBQ supper and offered our host to join us but they had already had supper. The next morning we were packing up when David joined us and told us we were late for breakfast. We had forgotten about the time change. Breakfast was excellent with fresh muffins, poached eggs from their chickens and fresh hash brown and bacon! The beauty of this area needs more than an overnight stay it needs a week to enjoy the hiking trails and the knowledge that David & Barbara know of this area. The sunsets are just as beautiful as the sunrises making our stay a pleasant experience in a fully self sufficient home. We recommend Barbara & Davids SE AZ Hiking, Biking and Quietude home a "must go to" place !

    February 2014
  • My husband and I stayed here over new year's with our baby and toddler sons. It was wonderful - quiet, beautiful, interesting. Barbara was out of town, but Dave was a great host for both adults and kids. Our toddler loved feeding the chickens and listening to the coyotes. We all loved getting away to this unique place together.

    January 2014
Per Month
Subtotal Total

Add a profile photo to Instant Book this listing.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 82 times
Hi, I'm your host Barbara Larson, and I look forward to meeting you. I've lived in the Southwest all my life and love to share the beauties of the desert with our guests. My husband David and I were teaching high school in Tucson when we decided to build our own home in the beautiful Dragoon Mountains. The result is the trio of comfortable and functional handmade buildings which make up our compound. We love hiking and birding, growing our own fruits and vegetables, and caring for the land we call our little piece of heaven. I enjoy quilting and cooking; David will happily make himself available to you if you have questions about the process of building with straw bales. We're both enthusiastic readers and enjoy conversation and music. We'd love to meet you!
View full profile
Calendar Updated
2 months ago
Similar Listings