About this listing
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, which will accommodate four guests, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bear Cave is both rustic and quite comfy. It is an oasis of serenity, with gorgeous views of mountains and a big sky, vibrant birdsong, and
distant coyote choruses at night.
Barbara & David have wide skill sets, derived from their own experiences (e.g. building houses from hay bales and adobe, starting and teaching schools for at-risk kids, yoga and meditation) as well as their wide reading. It is a pleasure to talk with them!
Rick & Karen Biesanz
The Larsons are AMAZING!
The property, the craftsmanship, everything about the hosts and the location were just breathtaking and so inspiring,
The smell of fresh baked bread as soon as we arrived, the handcrafted everything was just what the doctor ordered for my vacation!
The scenery, beautiful, the adobe abode; comfy and cute...
The hosts, salt of the earth folk! The kindest, most generous, genuine people, truely made our experience even more rewarding!
Barbara and Dave greeted my brother and me when we arrived and Barbara showed us around. The straw bale casita was clean, well laid out and included a wonderful library as well as good information about southeastern Arizona. We found a great generosity of spirit here as well as an infectious kindness and respect toward the land, people and creatures. We were deeply inspired by the manner in which Barbara and Dave live in harmony with it all. "Hiking, Birding and Quietude" - these are an apt description of what is here. My brother's words, "Hosts went out of their way to make our experience uniquely memorable. It was everything and much more than expected."
With great thanks,
Alma and Doug
Very nice. Barbara and Dave were excellent hosts. Each took time to explain the areas of their interest. Farm breakfast was delicious. And the sunset and sunrises were spectacular. Fantastic valley views.
We spent an amazing and memorable week at Dave and Barbara's wonderful casita. Gorgeous scenery, spectacular stargazing, silence and peace is what we experienced. The hosts are first rate human beings and great cooks!
The only thing bad about our two-week stay at the Cave Bear was that we had to leave. Barbara and David know how to live simply and beautifully. They were helpful yet respected our privacy. Showed us some fantastic hikes. If you like quiet, waking to glorious sunrises and watching quail run around like they have an important appointment to keep, this is the place for you.
This was my second visit with Barbara and David. They are wonderful hosts - available when you have a question or want to chat, but also respectful of the guest's privacy. They even arranged for a roadrunner to greet me when I arrived!
The cabin is somewhat basic, but also somehow very comfortable. It had everything I needed for a two week stay. The views of the mountains, sunsets, and stars are just wonderful, and the quiet is addictive.
About the Host, Barbara
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!