Desert Trails Bed & Breakfast

12851 E. Speedway Blvd. , Tucson, AZ 85748 USA (Show map)


Desert Trails B&B is a stone's throw from Saguaro National Park (east) and only 15 miles from downtown Tucson. Situated on 3 acres in the shadow of the Rincon Mountains where the cacti of the Sonoran Desert give way to the mesquite bosques of the Tanque Verde Valley. Inside our adobe, hacienda style home you will find rustic woodwork, cathedral ceilings, hardwood, brick and Saltillo tile floors, and the works of noted local artist/astromer William K. Hartman. Outside you'll find an enclosed courtyard, patio areas, picnic tables and a pool where you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the area. Sociality or seclusion, the choice is yours.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.7

A home away from home

5 on February 08, 2013

My daughter and I just returned from spending 6 days and nights at Desert Trails Bed & Breakfast. We are more than pleased with our experience. The hospitality was warm, genuine and caring with a great deal of thought going into making guests comfortable. The food was abundant and gourmet. The quiet setting with beautiful views made the experience complete. I would return to Desert Trails Bed & Breakfast without hesitation anytime I may be in that area. Every detail has been considered with the comfort of the guest in mind. The host's are wonderful.

Retreat in the desert

5 on November 19, 2012

Desert Trails was a beautiful retreat. It was hard to believe we were on the edge of a major metropolitan area. In the morning, we could sit outside our room and watch the cactus wrens, Gambol's quail, pyrrhuloxia, mourning doves, Inca doves, and assorted sparrows, flickers and finches in the mesquite tree and visiting the feeder next to the house. The desert nights were clear, and looking toward the east and northeast away from the city lights, it seemed like we were in the wilderness. John is a wonderful cook, and could accommodate early risers with a continental breakfast of cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, juice & coffee. It is a quick drive to the Rincon section of Saguaro National Park. There are detailed map books of Tucson for you to take on your day of exploring the Tucson area. They had discount tickets for some attractions. The only disadvantage is the distance away from dining opportunities, but if you plan for the extra drive, it's fine. We've stayed at several dozen B&B's from New England to Florida to San Diego to Victoria, BC and this is among the very best. Highly recommended.

Delightful find

4.2 on November 09, 2012

Proximity to the Saguaro National Park, a peaceful setting

Arizona ambiance

4.6 on September 15, 2012

The owners, John and Steffi, were charming and ever so helpful as to local sightseeing, etc. On top of that, John makes a mean Gingerbread Pancake !! The place itself has wonderful outdoor plantings and indoor furnishings ! All in all, we are most happy to recommend it !!

very nice host

3.4 on September 12, 2012

john is a very nice and helpful host. inn convient to many attractions. gardens at the inn very beautiful.

An oasis in the desert!

4.6 on August 31, 2012

After busy day after hectic day in Tucson, we slipped away to the peace and quiet of the desert. Sitting by the pool in the quiet, watching the stars...ahhhh!

Great place to stay but one thing is off.

4.6 on June 29, 2012

I recently stayed here on a business trip to Tucson, and it was a great place to stay in an unfamiliar city. The food in the morning was excellent, too. The only thing I found weird was that the owners (a husband and wife pair) were arguing the moment my party and I arrived. It put us in a bit of an uncomfortable position because it felt like we were watching something we weren't supposed to see. Shouldn't arguments be kept from guests? This wasn't necessarily something huge or important, but it was odd and made us uncomfortable, like we were intruding.

Wonderful time at Desert Trails

5 on June 23, 2012

We recently stayed at Desert Trails B & B and we thought it was one of the very best B & Bs we had ever stayed in. It is located in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Saguaro National Park, and it is about 20 minutes from downtown Tucson, and is conveniently located to many of the attractions near the Tucson/Sonora Desert. John is an excellent host, provides a delicious breakfast each morning. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend Desert Trails to anyone visiting the Tucson, AZ area.

Great stay!

5 on June 21, 2012

Outstanding location, beautiful house and excellent service. John made a delicious breakfast and was so accommodating to our dietary needs. I would definitely recommend staying here if you're planning on visiting Tuscon.

Desert Trails Review

3.8 on May 09, 2012

My wife and I had a great time. We live in Tucson and wanted a quick get away that was not too far away. The room was spacious and the french toast breakfast was great. The only things that were below our expectations were the towels were very rough and not soft. Also, the pool looked a little dirty.

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Rooms & Rates

Mica Room

The Mica Room is our most spacious accommodation and features a king bed, beehive fireplace with seating arrangement. In the large bathroom you will find a sunken in shower/tub and 2 bathroom sinks. Cable TV/DVD in room and WiFi connection.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $115 - $170

Spud Rock Room

The Spud Rock Room has a queen bed and large private bath with 2 sinks. A small private patio with resident saguaro are just outside the bedroom. Cable TV/DVD in room and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $100 - $150

Happy Valley Room

The Happy Valley Room features a queen bed with a view into the courtyard. There are 2 comfortable chairs with a small table. It has a private bath. TV/DVD in room and WiFi connection.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $90 - $140


The Guesthouse is located 100 feet from the main house and can sleep up to 4 persons. The kitchen has a 2 plate burner, microwave, toaster oven, coffee machine and refrigerator. Adjacent to the kitchen area is a sitting area with a futon which can be converted to a queen bed. The full bath has a shower/tub and the bedroom has a kingsize bed and walkin closet. A TV/VCR and radio/CD-player are available. WiFi access. $20 extra per person per night for more than 2 in a room.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $175

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Location Type

Countryside, Desert


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 22 miles

Directions to property:

Go east on Speedway Blvd..

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Rincon Wilderness, Saguaro National Park, Sonoran Desert, Tanque Verde Valley, Anta Catalina and Mt. Lemmon Recreation Areas, Picnic area, Rodeo, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Pool, Radio, Telephone, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, star gazing, bird watching, abundant wildlife, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well-behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights/weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: All reservations require a minimum of one night deposit per three night stay.
  • Cancellations: A full refund of your deposit, less a $ 25 service charge per room, will be given if notice of cancellation is received 14 days in advance of the reservation arrival date. If reservations are cancelled less than 14 days in advance, your deposit will be returned less the cancellation fee only if the accommodation is rebooked.



John Higgins & Steffi Engel

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Steffi is an astronomer and John is an anthropologist. Both are experienced hikers and are very familiar with the local trails.

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  • Time Served: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten free

Signature Dish

Huevos Rancheros