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Mary & Piet's Chiricahua Cottages

Something wonderful for your quiet natural getaways...

  

Portal Peak viewed from the Chiricahua Cottages, Krisanne Elsner photo

We've a quiet vacation home in the foothills of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona! Built between 1992 and 1997 by friends of friends, it begins as a small house and guesthouse. We also have a home in Tucson. Over the years, we hope to move down to southeast Arizona. In the meantime, the guesthouse is available and the larger house may be occasionally available, especially during the winter months. Either may be enjoyed by the day, week or month.

          

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

Colorful horse lubber "grasshopper", Raymond Gruszka photo

Rufous hummers, Jerrilyn Billings photo

Unparalleled Beauty   

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.   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.  

The "big" house (L) and the nearby guest house.

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. 

Nearby Attractions

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.

Accommodations

The Guesthouse

Rates: Still only $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.

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. 

The Main House

The Main House—our original reason for the plural in "Chiricahua Cottages"—has been available as a rental in the past, and may be again now, as we find ourselves spending more and more time in our new place in Tucson.  Baja's Frontier Tours? As long as we're working at the learning vacation business ( and who'd want to stop that eh? ), we just haven't found time to move to Portal. We'll just keep striving to make our learning vacations more diverse, fun and interesting for our guests...and we're sure to be even more inspired as we occasionally actually get to produce one of our programs in the shadow of our lovely Chiricahua Mountains. Mary & Piet

Rates: Main house is not available at this time, but please give us a call if you're interested for the future.

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 you call and we’re away. Reservations will be held for seven days pending receipt of payment.

     ·        Children (8 years and older) are welcome.

     ·        Our entire property is smoke-free.

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

Directions to Portal, AZ  Portal Post Office © Martin Creasey

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      

 

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QUESTIONS & RESERVATIONS?
EMAIL: piet@bajasfrontiertours.com

 Contact Piet & Mary Van de Mark by phone:

520-887-2340 (Tucson, Arizona)

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