Mary & Piet's Chiricahua Cottages 

During the last couple of years, we've very much enjoyed visiting with a lot of old - and some new - friends here in the Chiricahuas... 

We're seriously making our new home here in the foothills of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona! Built as a vacation home between 1992 and 1997 by friends of friends, it consists of a small house and guesthouse. We still have our  house in Tucson, and gradually we're moving down to southeast Arizona. In the meantime, the guesthouse is available, but the larger house is now fully occupied by us! The Cottage may be enjoyed by the day, week or month.

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A personalized vacation environment in the foothills of Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains for nature-interested individuals who treasure getting away from the ordinary.

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Located 150 miles southeast of Tucson, the Chiricahua Mountains are among the most biologically diverse regions in North America, a virtual crossroads where plants and animals from the surrounding regions converge. Known worldwide to serious birders, this region offers attractions to casual bird watchers and nature lovers, as well as artists, photographers, hikers and history buffs and seekers of peace and quiet.  With year-round moderate temperatures and low humidity, you can enjoy the Chiricahuas any time.  

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Piet & Mary’s Chiricahua Cottages are located at 4800’ on 80 quiet and scenic acres at the base of 8500’ Portal Peak. See rugged beauty rise up oak-filled rhyolite canyons to sky islands of high elevation pine and fir forests. Grand vistas call you to take in awesome summer thunderstorms marching across the wide valley to light distant mountains with their flashing lightning. Winter is mild, with plenty of sunshine.  Delight at the simple pleasures of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, and stars falling through the black sky.

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Nearby Cave Creek Canyon, a scant five-minute drive, features towering lichen-covered rhyolite cliffs that embrace ribbons of sycamores and willows winding along perennial creeks. Here the hamlet of Portal offers a country store, pay phone and restaurant. A graded dirt road takes you to the top of the Chiricahuas to experience the cool pine-fir forests. You can choose from numerous easy day trips—Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie, Tombstone, Bisbee.


The Guesthouse

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The charming air-conditioned, separate guest-house features queen and twin beds, a private full bath, kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, toaster, mini-refrigerator, ceiling fan and a spacious closet. The entry opens to your private patio for watching the light play on mountains near and far. We supply our own blended coffee and assorted teas.

Our New House...

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Just to show all our friends our spacious ( 700 sq. ft. spacious?) great room with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, a full kitchen, dining, living and sleeping areas is enhanced by its 12’ ceiling and bright clerestory windows. The great room opens to our own grand covered porch for al fresco dining. Come and visit!


Guest House: $85.00/night for 1 or 2 guests; add $15.00 per night for third person. Two-night minimum stay; surcharge for single night.

·    Weekly and monthly rates available.  

·    Special rates for Friends of BFT...if you've traveled with us, just ask! 

·    Rates and terms subject to change.

Gift Certificates Available.

Please plan ahead as far as possible. But, if you’re spur-of-the-moment folks, try anyway; we’ll accommodate you if at all possible. Call 520-887-2340 to confirm availability. Please leave a message if we’re away. Reservations will be held for seven days pending receipt of payment.

     ·        Children (8 years and older) are welcome...if you question the age, please call us.

     ·        Our entire property is smoke-free.

     ·        Sorry, pets cannot be accommodated. Lots of wildlife here.

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From Tucson take I-10 east to Road Forks, New Mexico (137 miles ).

Turn south on highway 80, travel 28 miles to the junction of Portal Road.

Turn right (west) on Portal road.

Specific directions to Chiricahua Cottages will be sent to registered guests. 

The cottages can be reached entirely on paved roads, except the final ¼ mile of graded access road and private drive.

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Chiricahua Cottages, Portal, Arizona      

Questions? Reservations?

Contact us by e-mail!

 Contact us by phone:

520-887-2340 (Tucson, Arizona)

Toll Free: 1-800-726-7231  

©Baja's Frontier Tours & Piet Van de Mark & Mary Erickson, Portal, Arizona 2002

March 11, 2017

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