Cochise Stronghold, historic home of the Chiricahua ApacheAll the conveniences of home.
SE AZ Hiking, Birding, and Quietude

Entire home/apt

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

3 Beds

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About this listing

Our private, handmade adobe guest house gives you the conveniences of home, including a compact kitchen, bedroom, and sitting area in a quiet high-desert setting close to Cochise Stronghold. Shower and laundry are housed a few steps away in their own strawbale building. The composting toilet, prepared fresh for each party of guests, is housed in its own close-by private shelter. Your hosts (I and my husband David) live in a hand-built strawbale house a short distance from the guest house.

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, washing machine, and freezer; and the main house, which houses your hosts. Guests have exclusive use of the composting toilet, which is housed in its own small, private shelter just steps from the guest house, and is prepared fresh for each party of guests.

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, which will accommodate four guests, provides a double bed, a trundle bed, a well-equipped 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 www (dot) simp(URL 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.

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.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $20
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly Discount: 20%
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House Rules

We live in a fire-prone area, so ask that guests be extremely careful with outdoor fires and cigarettes. Smoking is allowed only on outdoor porches.
Graywater from the drains in the guest house and annex goes out to our desert landscaping, so we ask that guests use only enough soaps and personal care products to do the job. Our creosote bushes appreciate your consideration!
We value the quiet and serenity of our homestead, and ask guests to refrain from loud activities.



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Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

70 Reviews

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Caroline User Profile
April 2017
The Bear Cave is one of the most peaceful and quiet places I've ever stayed...truly balm for this introvert's soul! The cabin is calm and welcoming, the surrounding desert is filled with life, and Cochise Stronghold just down the road is one of the more spectacular places to hike that you'll ever find. And of course Barbara and David are the perfect hosts for a retreat like this -- available if you need anything or just feel like visiting, but completely respectful of your privacy. All in all it was a lovely visit, and I'm sure I'll be back in the future.

Martin User Profile
April 2017
We loved our stay at the „Bear Cave“: It is a wonderful place, so close to nature, so quiet, so peaceful that we wish we could have stayed even longer, although we called this magic place our home for almost three weeks. The kitchen provides everything you need. The large room with two beds gives enough space for the times you spend inside. We enjoyed sitting on the porch with its views of the Chiricahua Mountains, with rabbits, quails, humming birds, chipmunks and many other small creatures coming by. It didn’t take much to get used to shower and toilet in the extra building, which were very clean. Barbara and Dave are wonderful and generous hosts. They provided us everything we needed, showed us the hiking trails, even accompanied us on some of them. We enjoyed many long and interesting talks with them, and discovered so many common interests. Getting insights on a nature-bound and more spiritual way of life was very inspiring for us. It is a wonderful experience to arrive as guests and leave as friends. Thank you for lifting our spirits in a time so difficult for us. We will be back for sure!

Mary User Profile
March 2017
This is our third trip to the Bear Cave so that should tell you something. Barbara and David have an intuitive sense of when to give you space and when to talk. Their place is special and they take loving care of it. Our favorite hike is right out the front door but there are several spectacular hikes nearby. If you like to wake up to birdsong, understand why our galaxy is called the "Milky Way", and just sit quietly in warm sun, this place is for you.

Cindy User Profile
March 2017
My daughter and I enjoyed two nights in "Bear Cave" as part of a mother-daughter road trip and would have loved to stay longer. Barbara and Dave are wonderful, gracious hosts, and the lovely adobe house and serene setting exceeded our already-high expectations. We enjoyed beautiful sunrises, porch time, and nearby hiking at Cochise Stronghold and Chiricahua National Moument. I hope to return!

Beth User Profile
March 2017
Barbara and Dave's place is peaceful and lovely. If you love to hike and are inspired by wild and historic places, it is a perfect place to get away. They are generous and attentive hosts and I highly recommend it as a place to stay.

Harmon User Profile
February 2017
I stayed here last year and the place and hosts are as lovely as ever!

Susan User Profile
January 2017
Serene, simple, scenic

Arizona, United States · Joined in December 2011
Barbara User ProfileBarbara is a superhost.

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!

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