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Cochise Stronghold, A Canyon Nature Retreat

Cochise Stronghold Canyon P.O. Box 232, Pearce, AZ 85625 USA (Show map)
48 Reviews
$99 - $209
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A NATURE RETREAT in the heart of COCHISE STRONGHOLD Canyon. Featured site in: "1000 Places to See Before You Die"; "Frommer's Arizona" - Best Top Ten B&B's (last 8 years); "National Geographic" Geo-Tourism site. Spectacular WALKS & HIKES, BIRD & WILDLIFE VIEWING at this PEACEFUL get-away located in the evergreen woodlands of the Coronado National Forest, 80 miles SE of Tucson. Nestled 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 in every direction. ENJOY the luxury of CLEAR NIGHT SKIES for STARGAZING from the hot tub. We are a very, very SMALL BUSINESS, currently with only two totally private units. AGAVE SUITE features a spacious bed-sitting room with private bath and kitchenette in the main house with two-foot thick walls, softly sculpted and curving at the doors and windows. Relax outdoors on shaded porches and sunny south-facing patios, comfortably furnished. The WOODLANDS YURT, is a FUN SPACE, tucked in a grove of manzanita, oak and juniper trees. Impossible to describe - Must SEE PICS on website!



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

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3.4 on May 11, 2014

Breakfasts were quite nicely done, and brought to your room, Nancy & staff were quite friendly... rustic, quiet ...beautiful area....

Peaceful Quiet Nature Retreat

4.4 on April 28, 2014

Outstanding Breafast served in your room, try the Almond Date Smoothie and Mesquite Blueberry Pancakes-Yum! Watch brilliantly colored birds feeding right outside your window and deer feed off the trees. View the stars in the night sky as you sit in silence before bed. You must take the Nature Trail Hike at the campsite nearby, you will see the Sulphur Springs Valley below and imagine Cochise himself looking out at the Chiricahua Mtns beyond. The perfect getaway, plan to spoil yourself with nothing to do but appreciate nature, quiet and peace.

Perfect place to experience Cochise Stronghold

4.6 on April 12, 2014

Nancy and her staff were wonderful! They anticipated our every need, the service was perfect and the breakfasts were to die for. Nancy provisioned a great dinner for us, so we could stay on site and relax. We are already planning our return next year.

Cochise getaway

5 on March 07, 2014

Perfect stay amid amazing scenery. Highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a weekend pampered getaway but still feels the desert life. Great hiking right from your room. Soaked in jacuzzi under starry desert sky.

Unique BnB in a unique place

5 on November 29, 2013

If you are into the beauty of nature but don't like ruffing it this s a great place. This is an Eco designed passive solar straw bale home with all modern conveniences nested in a secluded canyon where Cochise used to hide. After a wonderful breakfast made from local natural ingredients and much love we took a short hike through the mountains and dry riverbed never running into another person, which I'm guessing has something to do with the time of year. Cold morning temperatures but just fine in a light jacket once the sun came out. Nancy, the owner, is quite nice and a wealth of information about about local nature and conservation. I wish we had stayed longer.

Beautiful countryside !

3.6 on November 27, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Cochise Stronghold B&B. There is such beautiful scenery in the Dragoon mountains. Nancy is a great cook , we really enjoyed our breakfasts ! My favorite part of the stay was hiking right off of the property into the Dragoon mountains.I would certainly recommend this beautiful, peaceful place.

Majestic beauty in an ecologically principled mini resort

5 on November 15, 2013

Starting with our first contact via email, and continuing throughout our stay, the owner, Nancy Yates, and her helpful, friendly and enthusiastic staff showed an exemplary dedication to providing the very finest wild country experience in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. This is entirely appropriate for this fragile and beautiful desert land. Our visit was the high point in our trip to the Southwest and we will remember it for ever and plan to return!

Outdoor adventure

4.8 on November 10, 2013

We booked 2 nights in their yurt. What a wonderful surprise. Didn't want to leave. So peaceful wonderful people and nature wow. Bed was comfortable, place was clean and an absolutely wonderful place to hike around. Have highly recommended this place already to friends and family. Only problem we live so far away and won't be able to enjoy it as much as we would like. Anyone near the area should make it a habit it visit. Karen A. Kingman, Ks

Nature and Nurture

5 on October 30, 2013

Nancy and her staff were wonderful and attentive as they made sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The setting is gorgeous, our casita was charming and well-stocked, and steps away from great hiking/climbing trails. The meals were fabulous and healthy(OMG!) and we took advantage of the meditation yurt, the hot tub and the masseuse. Calming, spiritual, and full of adventure and history. For those who want to get away from the crowds and enjoy natural beauty, we'd highly recommend this place. Great for couples and friends to reconnect.

We'll be back!

4.4 on October 23, 2013

We went for our 15th wedding anniversary. Having 3 kids - it was so nice to have peace and quiet! We saw lots of wildlife. Had 3 deer come to our back patio twice while we were there. Our favorite was the hottub under the stars - so beautiful! We took a small hike and just enjoyed being alone. I think there were at least 10 people other than us on the property but you would never know it. Worth the money!

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Location Type

Desert, Mountains


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 75 miles

Directions to property:

Tucson Boulevard to Valencia Road, turn right. Valencia Road to Interstate 10. I-10 to 191 South at exit 331. Hwy 191 to Ironwood Road. West on Ironwood Road for approximately 10 miles to Cochise Stronghold Canyon.

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children over 8 years
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited on approval with strict supervision

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum except when only one night available
  • 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 $15.00 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

1 Cat

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, meditation, commitment to quality of life, community building and enjoyment of serenity.

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  • Time Served: 8:00- 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase