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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rural Cochise County has no public transit.
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|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after 2 guests|
|Weekly Price:||$445 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1400 /month|
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
We stayed here in December with our two nine-year olds. A remote, beautiful setting nestled up against the Dragoon mountains near Cochise Stronghold.
We had some nice hikes following animal tracks and collecting small samples of plant life and rocks. Despite the chill in the air (we briefly had a light snow rain mix) we were toasty warm and well accommodated in the cozy adobe Bear cave where we holed up to play cards and read books that day. We also made a fire one night and enjoyed an amazing view of the stars.
Comfy beds with big comforters and propane heater. A separate hay bale structure contains the spacious bathroom with compost toilet and shower (also heated).
Dave is a fabulous host and resource. Enjoyed our conversation with him about the area and his property (the buildings were constructed by he and Barbara). Good books to peruse as well. This sweet abode exceeded our expectations — we could have stayed longer and look forward to returning.
The best right off the top: Two lovely people, Barbara and Dave, built "the Bear Cave" themselves, mixing and curing their adobe on the spot! Then they lived there while building the washroom and the main house out of straw bales. The place is filled with love. (And a great space heater. :-))
The experience is a bit of glamping (glamor camping) in that you will need to walk out the front door and about 20 steps to the washroom for a shower or to use the facilities. You'll also need to bring in whatever food you want that you don't eat at Barbara's excellent breakfast table.
This is glamping, but at its cushiest! Comfortable bed, plenty of covers, a nicely appointed kitchenette, everything you'll need but food and drink. With internet access.
And it's QUIET. We were the noisiest things for miles, I'm sure. Made me wonder how many days it would take my ears to stop ringing...
We hiked. 15 miles+ in three days. You can walk across their land and into state or national land, pausing only to open and shut a wire gate. Fantastic! We took our sweet, but dog-aggressive dog with us and encountered no other canines in three days. It was the only time that Katie has run free while we've had her. We were all in heaven.
As you've probably seen in other reviews, Barb and Dave couldn't be nicer, more considerate, helpful or unobtrusive. And they're delightful conversationalists.
Treat yourself. Spend as long as you can in the Bear Cave. We will again. Mmmmm.
We arrived late and Barbara and David graciously gave us detailed directions to their mini eco resort. We enjoyed our stay immensely and Barbara and David were wonderful hosts.
Wonderful couple. Great location for understanding the desert (and perhaps yourself).
SE AZ Hiking, Birding, and Quietude is a truly restful and pleasant place to experience the original Arizona life style. The cabin has a beautiful view to the east, overlooking the valley, with the rugged Dragoon Mountains located immediately behind the building. For those who like to hike, there are trails leading from the cabin directly up into the Dragoons.
Barbara and Dave are two of the friendliest and most gracious hosts a visitor could hope for and they show true concern for the comfort of their guests. They are a very entertaining couple, just be sure you’re not in a hurry if you get into a discussion with Dave as he is widely read and traveled and very interesting to talk to.