Scenic Desert Hideaway with Direct Access to Miles of Trails
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
This is a home and yard of your own and not a guest house, condo, timeshare, B&B, or apartment. While you're here, you can consider yourself Tucsonans.
It's located on a fenced one acre lot with abundant flora and fauna. You can walk out the back gate into Tucson Mountain Park with 20,000 acres of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.
You can view many additional photos and more details about both the property and Tucson on our own site. There's a link to it just below the Calendar button on this page. Look for "Links to more information" and give it a click. Then come back to VRBO for easy inquiries and booking.
The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. This is a place where you can recharge your batteries as well as get a great physical workout. Tucson is a prime bird watching destination. Wildlife abounds. Bunnies are thick as thieves! We are located far enough from Tucson proper to enjoy brilliant stargazing. Old Tucson Studios is only a horseback or bike ride away. You can get there easily by car, too, of course, and the Sonoran Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park West are just a bit farther down the road.
Downtown Tucson is 15 miles away so it's about a 30 minute drive to theaters, the art museum, and various restaurants. The University district is a couple of miles further with many more of the same sorts of amenities.
There is dining much closer than downtown, of course. This includes Los Nopales, a superior but unassuming Mexican restaurant. The venerable Tiny's Saloon and Steakhouse is just minutes away, too. A bit farther out, but well worth the drive, is Fred's Arena Bar and Steakhouse with mesquite pit, REAL cowboy bar, local color, and live music two Saturdays a month.
Getting back to a description of the property itself, the two bedrooms have queen beds and walk-in closets. One has a directly connected bath with dual sinks and a tub/shower combination. The other bathroom has one sink and a tub/shower combination. It's next to the second bedroom and the den, which has a twin-sized sofa bed and an inflatable twin mattress. The desk and printer are in that room along with a shelf-sized CD stereo system (with iPod dock). This room has a large closet, too.
There are a few CDs in the den and quite a few books in the living room. The walls have lots of southwest-themed art and artifacts (considerably more than the year-old photos show).
Regarding technology, you'll have broadband Internet service from Wi-Power with speeds up to 1.5Mbps. If you have a Roku, Boxee, or similar device and care to bring it along (with appropriate cables, HDMI is okay), you'll get good service. There's no landline phone service in the house.
The flat screen HD digital TV is hooked up to an outdoor digital antenna and gets a lot of local digital broadcast channels. There's a DVD player with a few discs at hand. Red Box is at the nearby Circle K stores. About 10 miles down the road the corner of Mission and Ajo, you'll find a public library. (The Blockbuster that was at that intersection has recently closed.)
The kitchen is nicely laid out. The sink's on an island and there's plenty of counter space. All the major appliances are next to new. One end of the kitchen space has a good-sized dining table with six chairs. The kitchen is well-equipped and if you find you need something that's not right at hand, we're right next door. But the one acre lots mean you have plenty of your own space and privacy.
We have three horses at our place. If you'd care to, you can stop by and meet them. If you have horses to vacation with, we may be able to accommodate one or two. Contact us for details.
When you take a look at the calendar for the upcoming season, you'll see that we're pretty solidly booked, but there are a few prime weeks available...and a week or two might open up in April, which is lovely here.
Keywords: secluded, friendly, scenic, riding, hiking, biking, trails, desert, quiet, privacy, spacious yet cozy, convenient location
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Considered:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Convertible bed(s)
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain Biking
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Mighty fine place
Mighty fine place
This is a mighty fine place: a comfortable, well-equipped, tastefully decorated house with the congenial and helpful owners, the Krehbiels, next door. (They took us to a great horned owl's nest in a nearby saguaro the first day of our visit.) The property adjoins Pima County's Tucson Mountain Park, and we spent hours in the shade of a mesquite looking out into beautiful desert. We saw 24 bird species (March 10-31), a coyote and other wildlife. We look forward to another visit.
- Guest Dick and Denise
- Date of stay 03/10/12
- Review Submitted 04/17/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Tucson Mountain Park
Tucson Mountain Park
Could not believe how beautiful this was. Woke up every day to expansive views of the desert and the mountains beyond. It was better than being at home. The place was comfortable, inviting: I did not want to return home. The best was taking the mountain bike out through the back yard onto miles of trails. This was great desert riding, not too intimidating yet remote enough that it was a real experience. Rode for hours from the back of the house and did not have to worry about getting back in the car & driving to a hotel. Just went from the park into my new "home." I've been going to Arizona for years and have stayed all over the state in all types of lodging. This place is at the top of the list for places where I will return to. There is so much to see in this part of the country that I had to go through my list and prioritize what to do. San Xavier del Bac, Saguaro National Park, the Catalinas were all easy to reach from here. Plus, the desert views and wildlife all made for this being an exceptional place to vacation at. This was the right place at the right time. Private enough yet within reach of so much, I look forward to doing it again. And I will definitely be back at this place again to watch the sunset from the front porch and the sunrise over the mountains & desert in the back yard. Miss it so much.
- Guest J + M
- Date of stay 06/06/11
- Review Submitted 03/23/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We've been hosting visitors for the past two years or so and not only does everybody enjoy the place, but we enjoy meeting them. Of course, it's always on the visitor's terms. As review says, when you're here you're at home. You have your own acre of desert with a comfortable, fully furnished and equipped house and outside there are birds and bunnies and cacti and mesquite trees and great views.
Great stay in Tucson with loads of trails and convenient to neat sites
Great stay in Tucson with loads of trails and convenient to neat sites
Our family of 3 (and 2 well-behaved dogs) enjoyed our week in this home. It is tastefully decorated and stocked with pots,dishes, TV, Wifi, etc. Our hosts even provided a welcome bottle of wine which was much appreciated. The location is quiet and private. Priority for us on our vacation was hiking and biking. Before we got there, our hosts emailed links to local cycling organizations so we could check out road and mountain bike routes. We were not disappointed. Right outside the back gate is a 20,000 acre county park, which is next door to a national park, and miles of single track trails that link up so you can ride (or hike) for as long as you want, with different levels of difficulty depending on which direction you go. There are also nice road routes starting right out the front door. The location is about 20 miles from actual downtown Tucson but quite close to the Desert Museum (a must see) and is on the way to Kitt Peak Observatory. The hosts live next door and were available if we had questions or needed anything. Tucson is surprisingly easy to navigate, given its size, and this home is fairly close to the interstate and other highways. Just pick up a decent map and you can find your way to anywhere. Our dogs also enjoyed their vacation. They were safe inside the 1-acre fully fenced property and enjoyed chasing after the ground squirrels and quail that inhabit the cactus and bushes. The only downside was the cactus that our dogs (who live in the mountains) were not used to, but learned quickly not to mess with. A highlight was a 10-minute walk in our desert backyard to a great horned owl's nest high up in a saguaro cactus. It's a sight that we will all remember of our time in Tucson!
- Guest Coloradans on Spring Break
- Date of stay 03/19/11
- Review Submitted 03/27/11
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We stayed for a week in late February 2011. We traveled to Tucson on a vacation from Seattle, WA to get some sun, warmth and relaxation. Staying here helped us achieve those goals. The house was clean and comfortable, and fit our needs perfectly. Our two kids (5 and 7) enjoyed exploring the large property. The owners (Liz and Tom), who live on the adjacent property, graciously let our children feed their horses. This was a big thrill. The back of the property abuts Tucson Mountain Park, and so great hiking is at your doorstep. This was a great location to get away from it all and enjoy the Sonoran Desert. You are quite a distance away from the city, and near the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson and the western section of the Saguaro National Park. We enjoyed the beautiful drive through Tucson Mountain Park and over Gates Pass to go into Tucson. Liz and Tom were great hosts, and we will stay here again when we visit Tucson next. Highly recommended.
- Guest Andrew
- Date of stay 02/20/11
- Review Submitted 03/17/11
I didn't want to leave! This place was absolutely magical, from the tasteful decor to the surrounding land.... I've already made my arrangements for next year. And at most a 30 minute drive into Tucson, so convenient. Stock up the 'fridge with Trader Joe's (Tucson has 4, count 'em 4 locations) and cook up wonderful meals, sit on the porch to watch the sun-set, hike right out of a gate in the back yard..... Love it.
- Guest Steph
- Date of stay 01/30/11
- Review Submitted 02/18/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
10/2011 to 05/2012 other than Gem Show: $550/wk 2012 Gem Show: $715/wk (but fully booked) Multiple week discounts may be available. $50 cleaning fee applies per rental period $200 refundable booking/damage/security deposit.
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Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: We're retired schoolteachers. We live next door and love this location..
Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
It's a wonderful desert location, handy to downtown Tucson and to major local attractions.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
This location has direct access to 20,000 acres of natural parkland with miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Horse boarding is available at our place next door.
- Primary: (520) 883-5464 (Arizona, USA)
- Secondary: (716) 573-5661 (New York, USA)
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The front of the house faces west offering amazing sunset views from the porch.
There's a VERY comfortable leather sofa in the spacious living room.
The kitchen is well equipped, including margarita glasses.
This is the master BR. It has a queen bed, walk-in closet, and en suite bath.
The main bath is attached to the master bedroom
The second bath
Your back yard
Your gate to the park, just north of your back yard gate.
The west-facing porch
The TV end of the living room and the door to the master bedroom.
This is the convenient and comfortable dining area.
The other end of the master bedroom
The second bedroom has a queen bed, walk-in closet, and adjoining bathroom.
The study has a desk, small stereo, sofa bed, and closet. (See video.)
Your nearest neighbor
A trail through the park
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