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Mexicasa~the Art of Western Lodging~Borders Riparian Sanctuary

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About the property

House, 2 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Wake up someplace special in our South of the Border casita!

Get lost in a retro Mexican fiesta of fun and fantasy.

Surround yourself among the giant rocks and natural desert landscaping in this special casa and former art studio. Lots of windows and light accent the high beamed ceilings. French patio doors open up to the balcony overlooking the compound below. The old-style Mexican architecture takes you back to another world with custom-painted walls and aqua-marine acid-stained concrete floors. This is a hand-crafted casita like you've never seen - full of artful decor, collectibles and wonderful Western books.

The bedroom features a queen bed, plus a bonus sitting room- office in the back which contains a single bed for another person.

The open living room provides a queen-size sofa sleeper for 2.

Hallway bathroom has a large bathtub surrounded by corrugated tin and tile. The Mexican talavera sink and countertop sets off the colorful accents.

A cheery, sunny tiled kitchen features a full-sized refrigerator and adorable turquoise stove with matching sink. Even matching dishes and Mexicanware add to the theme and details of this artistic casa.

The special creative accents, bright, colorful furnishings and collectibles, deliver a distinctively native Southwest flavor to our largest casita. Friedo Kahlo has nothing on us!

With our attention to details, we hope our guests are left wanting for nothing and feel totally provided for. We'll even fresh-cut your mesquite wood on the outdoor BBQ grill.

Keywords: Guest House

Bed & Breakfast




family reunions


outdoor & special events

retreat space

winter guests

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2016

About The Owner

I've lived all over the Great American West and previously owned a B&B in New Mexico.

We're a professional lodging establishment

and have been hosting guests around the West for over 15 years. In a past life as a ski bum, I also worked in the hospitality business in Sun Valley and Aspen.

Collecting antiques and staging atmospheres is a passion, as well as international travel and cruising the USA in our vintage travel trailer or motorcycles.

Down at the river, we trek into the forest and fill up on the abundance of nature or lose ourselves in our Moab-area red rock getaway near Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Arizona

Finding this river oasis in the middle of the Sonoran desert was a gift. I don't do winters, so Wickenburg hit the spot!

It was the perfect canvas to create our hand-crafted casitas and share them with others. We've honored the history of former owner LaVesta Gardner's artist colony. She lived here and gave painting and pottery classes to Wickenburg residents. She is no longer with us, but we hope you'll feel her spirit which we've nurtured with artistic designs and colorful flairs throughout our rancheria.

We live in a separate on-site residence and are here to assist guests in any way--

to visit and share stories, or leave everyone to their own private space. Meeting interesting visitors is the highlight of this business! We hope you'll find Rio Tierra a remarkable Arizona memory.

What makes this house unique

Though much of the Hassayampa River runs dry most of the time--unless it floods--we are blessed to have the sweet rippling waters run year round on The Nature Conservancy's 600-acre property behind us. Just a two-minute walk away, you can escape into the cattails, giant cottonwoods and willow trees along our private trails. Or be still and drink in the soft sounds of nature and wildlife.

We'd love to help you plan a local hike or

assist with travel plans any way we can.

Trek to the top of famed Vulture Peak and feel on top of the world! You'll get kudos for that from everyone around!

Back at base camp, we offer an outdoor pavilion to gather in, birdwatch in, BBQ in

or stargaze in.

On the flip side of life, Trader Joe's is only 25 miles away. What a perk!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your bed & breakfast. We had a wonderful time.

I just loved the Western themed casita!! We enjoyed two nights by the fire ring.

It is so much fun to sit outside and just visit with no distractions!! We would not hesitate to recommend your place to our friends!!
Mar 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Mexicasa~the Art of Western Lodging~Borders Riparian Sanctuary
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was a BD gift for my wife and we both loved our entire 3 day stay even with record 110 temps! Katy and John were great host and very attentive to every need. Our Casita Mexi Casa met all our needs and was so thoughtfully decorated. We both highly recommend Rio Tierra👍

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a fun time at your B&B. We had a wonderful time! I just loved the Western themed unit. We enjoyed two nights by the fire ring. It is so much fun to sit outside and visit with no distractions. We would not hesitate to recommend your place to our friends!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Palm Springs

Kickin' Around in the Country

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed here many times and continue to return. It's a happy place, full of funky Western art and all things natural; the wilds of the Preserve, natural products and amenities (including high end sun screen), fresh sun dried linens and quality breakfast treats. It's a peaceful place to think and just be quiet, unwind and relax. I stayed in the Rancho Deluxe. Much like Goldilocks, I've tried them all and having slept well, too. Downtown Wickenburg is a close drive away for strolling through quaint shops or picking up groceries. The Rio Tierra Casita kitchens are fully equipped and fun preparing in them. Cowboy coffee anyone?

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flagstaff, Arizona

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay -- Mexicasa and Rancho Deluxe

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Rio Tierra Casitas over a recent weekend and had such an amazing, refreshing and relaxing time. Our hostess and host were friendly, wonderful, helpful and most accommodating. They gave us excellent, fun ideas for exploring and fully enjoying the River Preserve, nearby public lands and other most worthwhile sights in Wickenburg and the surrounding area. Some of the best, most rewarding bird watching for us happened right in the yard of Rio Tierra. The super-relaxing atmosphere and delightful extras (like being able to fire up our own barbecue one night with provided mesquite wood) -- helped make it a first-rate stay. We were lucky enough to stay in both the Rancho Deluxe and Mexicasa and we loved them both! Rio Tierra Casitas is right up there at the top with the finest places we've stayed in our travels in the West and anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the Rancho Deluxe!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently completed an 8 day stay during February, 2015 at the Rio Tierra Casitas in Wickenburg, Arizona.

What a fabulous find! It is by far the most interesting and fun place to stay in the area. Katy and John are very gracious hosts, even providing home-made muffins one morning as well as setting up a mesquite BBQ for our use one evening.

There are only 3 cabins; we had the Rancho Deluxe, which was chock full of western paraphernalia and antiques. We loved everything about it, except it was a little dark. We especially liked the electric fireplace as early morning and evenings were cool. It also had a tin shower, which was quite unique.

We would definitely recommend the Rio Tierra Casitas to anyone staying in the Wickenburg area.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

As my wife and I rolled in from the airport past Rio Tierra's check in time Katy & John had left the light on for us and Katy met us at our car door. That evening as Katy showed us our new home for the next 10 days we were pleasantly surprised with how homey the MexiCasa really was.

Not having time to stop and eat after a long flight the freshly made bread cake, coffee, cream, fresh fruit and other snack foods that were supplied in the kitchen was more than we ever expected and came in very handy for an evening snack and morning breakfast. You will not have to worry about supplies here, Katy and John have thought of it all.

Seeing the place the next morning when the light of day appeared was tranquil. The landscaped property was great and gave us a nice setting to sit out on the patio to drink our coffee.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gold panning, horseback riding, rodeos, ATVs, birding, desert cactus blooms and wildflowers


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Morristown House Rental Rates

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Tax Rate 7.27%

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Morristown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a queen-size sofa/sleeper
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Coffee press, drip machine, coffee, tea, stocked cookie jar, dark chocolates, wine glasses, wine opener, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, nature sound machine, western book collection

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