Cochise Stronghold, A Canyon Nature Retreat

Cochise Stronghold Canyon P.O. Box 232, Pearce, AZ 85625 USA (Show map)


A peaceful retreat in the heart of Cochise Stronghold Canyon. Spectacular walks, hikes, bird watching and wildlife viewing at this wilderness get-away located in evergreen oak woodlands of Coronado National Forest, 80 miles SE of Tucson. In the Dragoon Mountains, the Stronghold was the winter home of the Chiricahua Apache. Views of sculptured granite peaks rising to 7,500 ft. encircle this magical place. Stargaze clear night skies from the hot tub. Featured site in: "1000 Places to See Before You Die"; "Frommer's Arizona" - Best Top Ten B&B's; "National Geographic" Geo-Tourism site; "Lonely Planet" guide book...... We are a very, very small business with three totally private units. AGAVE SUITE features a spacious bed-sitting room with private bath and kitchenette in the guest house with two-foot thick walls, softly sculpted and curving at the doors and windows. CASITA MANZANITA is a full "home away from home" a in the guest house, with a private bedroom with queen bed, private full bath, a full living room with queen Murphy bed and single futon, sitting area, full kitchen with breakfast island, and a cozy woodstove for Winter. Relax outdoors on shaded porches and sunny south-facing patios, comfortably furnished, from both the AGAVE and the CASITA. WOODLANDS YURT, is a fun space, tucked in a grove of manzanita, oak and juniper trees. Impossible to describe - Must see pics! For larger groups, we have other nearby options as well



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Very relaxing

4.8 on May 02, 2016

We enjoyed the visit to Cochise Stronghold very much. The room is situated with a front porch and back patio. The breeze blew lovely through the room and we enjoyed sitting on the back patio reading. We were able to watch the birds and deer from our room which we enjoyed a great deal. There was a hot tub which we enjoyed our first night. We enjoyed that the owners were environmentally friendly. They composted, had solar water heaters and recycled. Nancy was very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend this place for rest and relaxation.

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5 on May 01, 2016

Beautiful property, awesome hot tub, and delicious, huge breakfasts. We stayed in the yurt to get the good parts of camping without the bad parts, and it was awesome. We hope to return someday.

Peaceful retreat

5 on April 26, 2016

We were seeking escape to quiet and found it here. The peaceful retreat was exactly what we needed. We were greeted by our names written in chalk on a welcome sign on the open door letting breeze in and gentle wilderness sounds in the night air. We tried to arrive in daylight but traffic wouldn't allow. We forgot all about that so quickly upon our arrival and we rested the evening under the stars in the hot tub. Nancy has the perfect sense of when to say hello and when to leave us alone. In the morning, the numerous birds joined us on the patio for breakfast and we counted them friends by the time we left. The gently chickens would eat out of our hands. We drove for a bit & went on a 6 mile hike in the Chiricahua mountains the next morning and found that to be also peaceful and refreshing. Nancy at the retreat could not have been more helpful and charming. She has a servants heart and the home is decorated so lovely and she has just thought of everything. The coffee, the tea selection, the books. It truly was a magnificent weekend and we will certainly be back.

Cochise Stronghold B&B

4.8 on April 17, 2016

Our stay truly exceeded our expectations! Every day deer, chickens and all different types of birds came right up to our sliding door and allowed us to just sit back and enjoy them from the sofa inside. So relaxing and beautiful! The meals were amazing. The entire weekend was simply serene and beautiful.


5 on March 27, 2016

Such a beautiful setting.. Great service.. Very peaceful. Would definitely go back

Yurt Vacation

5 on March 07, 2016

The time spent there was peaceful and the staff was wonderful. Would recommend......

Enjoy peace and tranquility in remote SE Arizona

5 on March 07, 2016

My friend and I enjoyed our stay at Cochise Stronghold. The owner Nancy greeted us and was available to answer all questions about hiking, bird watching, history of the area and so forth. We stayed in the Manzanita suite which was really accommodating and spacious. We especially enjoyed watching the chickens on our patio...they're so entertaining. Our breakfasts were above and beyond delicious. Be sure to try the cornbread, the best I've ever had. We really loved that breakfast was delivered! We also had dinner here one night, the fixings (steak, pilaf, salad) were again delivered and we could prepare and dine at our leisure. This is a great feature as C.S. is about 30 some miles from a grocery store and we didn't want to constantly eat out. Great place and highly recommended.

Worth the Drive, Worth the Price

4.8 on February 26, 2016

I don't have much to add other than what the other glowing reviews I've seen have said. The setting is spectacular, the hosts are welcoming and still enthused about their property, and the rooms are comfortable and cozy. Our suite was adjacent to another one and we never heard the neighbors over the course of two days.

Fantastic get away

5 on February 25, 2016

We stayed in the Yurt and had a great and peaceful weekend. The Breakfast was to die for! Would definitely stay again.

Perfect Getaway

5 on January 27, 2016

From the moment we arrived we knew we had found the perfect romantic secluded getaway. We stayed in the Agave room and it was exactly what we were looking for. We were greeted by lit candles, fresh flowers and a full moon so we cooked steaks and enjoyed the hot tub by moonlight. An incredible beginning to a wonderful weekend :) The next morning Nancy brought us the best gluten free breakfast I have had to date! (Celiac) and the portions were so generous that they lasted all day. We went horseback riding through the canyon with Blue Sky Ranch, enjoyed another beautiful night and departed a little after another exceptional breakfast. The canyon is a beautiful retreat in itself, but add the well above average stay at this B & B and you have yourself an unforgettable weekend. Thank you John and Nancy for the welcoming hospitality. Robby & Beth

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Rooms & Rates

Agave Suite

Spacious, elegant, luxurious comfort and convenience, yet honoring nature and the spirit of the wild. Spectacular mountain views, abundant birds and wildlife (lots of deer) in the adjacent bushes and trees, at the feeders and watering station are clearly visible from the windows and patio. Designed for comfort and convenience with the following amenities: Luxury king size bed, sofa (queen size sofa bed), table with lamp, chairs, reading lights, dresser and bedside tables Private bath with a large cast-iron antique tub/shower, hairdryer, bath robes Fully equipped kitchenette Books and magazine selection Satellite television, DVD, DSL, telephone Heated floors, air conditioning, ceiling fans, screened doors Private entrances, romantic décor, softly sculpted solid walls, high ceiling, artwork and sculpture Private patio with table, chairs and bird feeders & wildlife watering station Hot tub under the starry sky, a few moments away… See our website for more information.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $189

Woodlands Yurt

The yurt provides an opportunity to be present in “nature at its finest” and to fully partake in the magic of the Dragoon Mountains at Cochise Stronghold. In a secluded grove of juniper and oak trees, the yurt offers comfort for a “wilderness experience par excellence.” The yurt is a traditional structure - a Mongolian walled tent. This yurt is 30 feet in diameter and is made of modern & natural materials by Pacific Yurts, with a pine floor. 2 queen size beds (high quality mattress), full size double futon, two deluxe single beds (both high quality mattresses), two full mattresses in the "treehouse" loft. Propane heater, evaporaive cooler, sink with hot & cold water for washing up, microwave & coffee pot for hot drinks, mini-fridge, access to shared full-kitchen and bath/shower at the Cook Shack. Children adore the yurt, but young children can stay only if attended by a responsible adult at all times. See our website for more information.

  • Maximum Capacity: 10
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $109 - $149

Casita Manzanita

Your own spacious Casita: Private bedroom woth luxury queen size bed. Murphy bed in maple with quality mattress in living room (queen). Twin futon. Loveseats, reading lamps, rocker, coffee table Private bath with a cast-iron antique tub/shower & pedestal sink, hairdryer, bath robes. Kitchen completely equipped, full refrigerator, oven & range, microwave, dishwasher, toaster-oven, tea kettle, coffee maker, dishes, cutlery, glassware, full complement of utensils, pots & pans. Bar table and chairs, large maple butcher block island with bar stools. Entertainment center with DVD/ CD/ video/ mp3 player, satellite television. Movies, books and magazines, telephone. Wood burning stove, heated floors, air conditioning, ceiling fans, screened doors. Private entrances, Western décor & artwork. Private patio, covered porch, patio furniture, bird feeders & wildlife watering station, propane BBQ nearby. Hot tub under the starry sky, just moments away... See our website for more information.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $219

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Location Type

Desert, Mountains


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 75 miles

Directions to property:

Exit 331 from I-10 to Hwy 191 South. Turn right (west) from Hwy 191 onto Ironwood Road. The road changes from pavement to dirt after about 7 miles and becomes Forest Road FR84. The road continues into Cochise Stronghold Canyon. The B&B is located on the left about 1/4 mile from the end of the road

Area Attractions

Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Amerind Foundation Museum, Bisbee, Chiricahua Natl Monument, Fort Bowie, Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone, Ruins, Vineyard

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Stargazing, Rock Climbing, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 8 years
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required on approval
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum except when only one night available
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night or fifty percent of the charge for your total visit (whichever is greater).
  • Cancellations: Deposit will be refunded only if notification is received 14 days prior to arrival date. There is a $25.00 service fee on all cancellations. On shorter notice, credit or a gift certificate will be issued if we are able to rent the accommodations to others. Guests are responsible for payment of all nights reserved regardless of late arrivals or early departures



Nancy & John Yates

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Chickens

About the innkeepers

Nancy and John Yates are your hosts and reside in a separate building nearby. Both are knowledgeable naturalists and happy to share their knowledge of the area with you. Their personal interests are in nature and wilderness appreciation, health and wellness, contemplation, commitment to quality of life, community building and enjoyment of serenity.

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  • Time Served: 7:30- 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Gluten-free