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Quiet, private cottage/heart of western history. Family/pet/horse/RV friendly

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom guest cottage...30-acre horse-property with mountain views and jacuzzi

River Ridge Guest Ranch is located in Palominas, AZ just 90 miles southeast of Tucson nestled in the scenic San Pedro River Valley. The 30-acre property was purchased in 1996 and the main house was built from our own design with an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in. We incorporated the same design aesthetics when we built the guest cottage in 2004. And the ranch’s location with an elevation of 4200' makes for a moderate and pleasant climate all year 'round.

The handicapped-accessible, 1-bedroom custom, ranch-style guest cottage can accommodate virtually any sized group, in a non-smoking environment. You don’t even have to worry about the silverware or pots and pans, we’ve got you covered! The cottage features a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher and gas range….along with a well-stocked storage pantry. The great room features a cozy wood-burning stove for your enjoyment. The spacious bedroom offers southwest decor and a Queen-sized bed…. and a full-sized sleeper sofa is ready for your tag-a-longs. The bathroom has a wheel-chair accessible shower, and full laundry facilities are available for your use. For your convenience we provide you with laundry detergent, iron and board, a hair dryer and small personal items i.e. shampoos, lotions, toothbrushes, razors and sunscreen.

RRGR is on 30 acres and is set up for you to bring your horses...plenty of maneuvering room for oversized rigs. Whether you are just passing through and need an over-night spot to turn your critters out, or want an extended stay to get away from the heat or the cold, this is the place for you. The barn has two stalls with 30'X80' exterior attached pens and a 20-acre pasture for a round pen. Ride on the National Riparian Area just out 'the backdoor' of the cottage or trailer a short distance to the Huachuca Mountains and explore miles of trails. The guest ranch is adjacent to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area which is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Within walking distance is the Lehner's Prehistoric Mammoth Kill Site.

Your cozy getaway is also near Ramsey Canyon Preserve (the hummingbird capital of the west), the old mining town of Bisbee, and Tombstone, the “town too tough to die”. We are near Fort Huachuca with its Historical Museum, Kartchner Caverns, and the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. Tom is a docent at the Air Museum and can take you on a guided walking tour.

Outside, relax in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine or iced tea while you take in the unobstructed view of the valley and the emerald green cottonwood trees lining the river. You will enjoy the entertaining antics of the hummers at their feeders. Follow along with our numerous local and visiting avian friends stopping by for a snack, along with numerous members of the mammal and reptilian families. Also, you’ll appreciate the carport and the covered, wrap-around porch. The bunkhouse (camper/trailer) is also available for additional family/guests. And, there is ample room for any size RV….electric and water hookups are available...... (free dump stations in Sierra Vista). Marvel at our authentic, 1890's sheepherder's wagon which sleeps 2 on a full-sized bed...nestled near the campfire area. Or slumber away atop cots on the porch, or try sleeping under the starry western sky around the campfire.

A petting zoo is available for your family's enjoyment. Cuddle with the bunnies and romp with our three dwarf goats. Chickens, dogs, horses and turtles await your attentive faces. Enjoy a hayride or take a little excursion on the 1952 Ford 8N farm tractor. Walk, jog, bike or ride the golf cart on the .7 mile groomed track around the pasture. Like to try kayaking? We will gladly tote you up to Parker Lake in the Huachuca Mountains where you can also hike, fish, paddle boat, picnic, birdwatch....or to Patagonia Lake where in addition you can waterski and jetski.......leashed pets are welcome.

Old western history abounds around your guest cottage in Cochise County....Apache Territory, home to Cochise and Geronimo. Come on by.....stay awhile.


BUNKHOUSE (camper trailer): with cottage rental only--- $35 per night

Horse Rig/RV: (guest provides): with power & water hookup....$25 per night + $10 per head (includes horses on pasture)

Kayaking: $50 per trip to Patagonia Lake (2 singles and 2 doubles kayaks)

More Details

Kim and Tom Collins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Kim and Tom Collins

Tom is a Memphis, Tennessee transplant, has lived in Arizona for over 40 years and is a retired Superior Court Judge. Kim moved to southeastern Arizona in 1984 from southern California and is retired from the travel industry.

Kim and Tom Collins purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Kim and Tom Collins chose Sierra Vista Southeast

Tom and I feel extremely lucky to have found this bare land for sale in 1996 with its eastern fenceline adjoining the riparian area of the San Pedro River. With unobstructed views of the river, the Huachuca and Mule Mountains and the entire valley, we remind ourselves daily of our good fortune to live in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Because we feel so very lucky to have found this amazing property, we want to share our little piece of heaven with you!

If we don't see you in the future, we'll see you in the pasture!

Your hosts.....Tom and Kim


Sierra Vista Southeast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , shower is wheelchair accessible/outdoor shower near jacuzzi
  • Chair-height toilet, safety rail at toilet and in shower. Wall heater and ceiling fan. Two doors, one to bedroom, one to hallway.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep 4 extas in travel trailer, 2 in sheepwagon, 2 on cots
  • Queen bed...all bedding included...with electric blanket available. Full-sized illuminated walk-in closet with shelves, dresser and luggage stand.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
What we offer is a little different from most vacation rentals. While privacy and solitude are part of your retreat, you have the peace of mind knowing that we are just a stone’s throw away. On your first day we will provide lots of starters—fresh quiche, fresh fruit, fresh free-range eggs and an array of pantry items. Pick your own produce from the organic garden planted in a raised bed made from an antique cattle feeder. For the rest of your stay, you can enjoy a visit to our local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. In essence, this is a place you can make your own—a private, quiet and relaxing getaway just for you and your guests.


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Quiet, private cottage/heart of western history. Family/pet/horse/RV friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Fleming Island, Florida

Hidden gem offers more than words can describe with incredible hosts!

  • 5 of 5

If you need to rest, relax, and recharge, look no further! First, you must know that Kim & Tom are the most amazing hosts! They truly make it a trip to remember from sharing their talents, hobbies, & knowledge to every attention to detail. Kim is abundantly artistic and shares her love for all things nature. While Tom, has a vault of interesting stories and can excite anyone with his love for aviation, especially as he has first hand knowledge on the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson.

We experienced many firsts in our 4 night stay.... Up close we saw: a tarantula, Giant Dessert Centepede, Scorpion, Red Velvet Ants, Wood Peckers, Doves, Finches, Road Runners, Cotton Tail Rabbits, Jack Rabbits, Quails, Larry the Lizzard, more Humming Birds & Butterflies than anyone can count! And to hear the coyote howl at night was utterly wild! Not to mention Cody the horse, Wilbur the goat, and the chickens.... fresh eggs! What is there not to love?!?! The pantry is well stocked as is the hall closet with all the little things you might forget to pack.....and some really fun family friendly board & card games. Hot tub under the endless sky of stars will make you lose track of time while a campfire just adds that much needed relaxed feel. Kids (including us big kids too!) will enjoy the final touch of an 1800's covered wagon...where else can you find this??? The final touch is the view of mountains in almost all directions- just purely majestic! We are most definitely returning - hopefully much sooner than later especially as our kids didn't want to leave to go home!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Everything was perfect

  • 5 of 5

Everything was prepared perfectly for our stay, will come again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Amazing! The pictures don't do it justice. Every little detail is perfect.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our 2 dogs stayed here for the weekend; wish it had been longer. The place is immaculate, bed is super comfy and the amenities are the best I've ever seen. The porch is perfect and that hammock....well it's the best! Relaxing in the hot tub looking at the stars and the lightening was awesome.

Best little place we've stayed in a long time.

Will definitely be back... next trip will be in the winter so we can utilize the stove and fire pit!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at the River Ridge Guest Ranch. There were three of us: my husband, our almost 2 year old, and myself, who stayed there as our 7th anniversary getaway. Kim and Tom made us feel so welcomed and were very accommodating. There was even a handwritten welcome note wishing us a happy anniversary. The cottage itself made you feel like you were right at home. It was beautifully furnished and well equipped with basically everything you need except your own clothes. You do need to bring your own meals but the pantry was very well stocked with a variety of items and Kim made us a delicious quiche which we had for breakfast the next morning. They also gave us some very fresh eggs from their chickens to take home.

The property was beautiful and so peaceful. Just outside the kitchen windows, you can see a wide variety of wild birds hanging out by the feeders on the trees. They had many chickens at the barn and cute little chicks that were just recently hatched. Kim was so patient and kind around our daughter, who helped her feed the chickens! During our morning walk, Cody the horse and Wilbur the goat even came over to say hi and allowed us to pet them.

Our only regret was not being able to stay for longer. We will definitely come back soon! So if you live in Tucson (or anywhere else in the world, really) and want to getaway from the city, please do yourselves a favor and stay at Kim and Tom's!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommended--Arizona Hospitality at it's Finest!

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue...we stayed at Kim and Tom's place in late June 2016 for a couple days. Loved it here! Wish we had booked a longer stay as the accommodation is excellent and the hosts were friendly and welcoming. Fresh eggs, Kim's quiche, the hot tub under the stars, birds and wildlife galore and nearness to the San Pedro River, Tombstone and Bisbee all made this a trip to remember. If we return to Southeast Arizona will be sure to book this amazing rental. Thanks so much to Kim and Tom!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flagstaff, AZ

Slice of heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

Kim and Tom were the perfect hosts for our taste of desert ranch life... they have created a perfect oasis with something for everyone! Our grandkids (ages 1-6) were so spoilt by Kim's tractor rides, pollywog adventure, feeding chickens, petting zoo (goat and horse), covered wagon escape, nature walks etc that they didn't want to leave! Grandma was in heaven with all of the amazing birds! Mom loved having a kitchen and hammock to call her own. Even better, Kim loaded the 'fridge with delicious homemade southwestern quiche and all sorts of other treats so we were not even tempted to eat out! Lovely place, delightful hosts... we'll be back for sure!!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ricardo's and Mimosa
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Turqoise Valley
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 92
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Ricardo's and Mimosa
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Credit cards now excepted onsite.
There is plenty of room on the property to park an RV. If you need to hook up to water and power there will be an additional charge of $25 per day. There are a few gas stations in nearby Sierra Vista with free dump stations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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