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
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Isolation in comfort

5 on March 09, 2018

We stayed for two nights and wished we had booked for a week. The location is superb, and Casa Manzanita provided a comforting and relaxing place to relax. Nancy was great, friendly and welcoming with plenty of advice. After a hectic work period it was so nice to relax with birdsong and to see nature all around. In fact, the only sounds to be heard were the birds for most of our stay. We had company from a small herd of deer one night whilst we had a glass of wine on the back patio, something new for us. Audrey has obviously thought of everything,as the Casa was extremely well equipped and felt like home.Our only regret was that had we known, we would have stayed for a week. My personal regret was missing out on all the opportunities for walking in isolation through the nearby mountains, something that will be put right on our next visit. Despite the fact that this would involve a ten hour flight and four road journey we have already decided that we will return. As my other half said, the retreat is "Isolation with comfort". Give the place a try if you want to de-stress, just choose the time of year to get weather to suit you.

Secret in the canyon

4.6 on January 28, 2018

The compound is hidden up a dirt road that ends in the Cochise Stronghold National of the remarkable "Sky Islands" which John McPhee speaks of in his book "Basin & Range" The stars are spectacular, a nearby town is called "Sunsights" for the access to both the sky and the horizon, perfect for celestial navigation. Wear strong walking shoes and we cooked for ourselves, having shopped in Tucson.

Wonderful retreat at cochise stronghold

4.8 on January 20, 2018

We stayed three nights at Cochise stronghold and chose the option for self catering -the kitchen was spacious and well-equipped and we made all our meals in our own casita - the kitchen was the reason I marked outstanding for on site meals. the location is fabulous; inside the national Park with easy access to the hiking trails. the proprietors and staff were gracious and extremely helpful. The casita had plenty of space and wonderful amenities. we would definitely return another time as our plans develop.

Cochise Stronghold, A Canyon Nature Retreat

4.6 on January 15, 2018

Truly enjoyable in a beautiful setting

Perfect Solitude

5 on November 07, 2017

The Stronghold is a place of tranquility and serenity.

An incredible experience...

5 on October 27, 2017

The Cochise Stronghold itself is awe-inspiring and the hospitality of Nancy, John and their staff - along with the charm of the Casita - make it a bucket-list must-do.

Kudos all around!

5 on April 15, 2017

This is an amazing retreat in the mountains. Peaceful, quiet and beautiful. We hiked up the mountain and the views were awesome. Nancy is a wonderful host that made sure we were happy and content. She provided a lot of information about the surrounding area to explore. The suite was wonderful. Comfy bed, outdoor patio with lots of birds to watch and even satellite tv/wifi. Using the hot tub under the stars was so romantic. The most awesome part was having a gourmet breakfast delivered to the room. The food was superb! We will definitely stay there again! Susan Whittaker.

Tranquil weekend getaway

4.2 on April 12, 2017

We stayed in the Agave suite for two nights to celebrate a birthday. This was our first time staying at the Retreat and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting is beautiful with easy access to many hiking and off road trails. Nancy was super helpful in guiding us to trails we were interested in and provided maps and directions. The breakfast she serves is outstanding and we brought provisions for our other meals. We look forward to going back again in the future!

Girlfriend get away!

5 on March 20, 2017

Was perfect, the breakfast each morning was spectacular. So much to do and see in the surrounding area. Rex Allan & Cochise museum in Willcox a must see. Nancy was a wonderful host!! Thank you

Rustic and Beautiful

4.2 on January 03, 2017

Cochise Stronghold Nature Retreat is an outstanding place to stay in a beautiful, natural, high desert, mountainous setting! Our room, the Agave Suite, was tastefully furnished with everything we needed to make our stay there super comfortable and cozy. Nancy and staff catered to all of our requests and the breakfasts, delivered right to our room, were delicious and delectable. I look forward to returning there again someday and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in this very picturesque part of Arizona.

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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