This is a home and yard of your own and not a guest house, condo, timeshare, B&B;, or apartment. While you're here, you can consider yourself Tucsonans.
It's located on a fenced one acre lot with abundant flora and fauna. You can walk out the back gate into Tucson Mountain Park with 20,000 acres of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.
You can view more details about both the property and the surrounding area at our own Tucson Desert Hideaway site. A browser-based search "Tucson Desert Hideaway" will get you there.
The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. This is a place where you can recharge your batteries as well as get a great physical workout. Tucson is a prime bird watching destination. Wildlife abounds. Bunnies are thick as thieves! We are located far enough from Tucson proper to enjoy brilliant stargazing. Old Tucson Studios is a hike, bike ride, or horseback ride of three miles or so across the park.. You can get there easily by car, too, of course, and the Sonoran Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park West are just a bit farther down the road.
Downtown Tucson is 15 miles away so it's about a 30 minute drive to theaters, the art museum, and various restaurants. The University district is a couple of miles further with many more of the same sorts of amenities.
There is dining much closer than downtown, of course. This includes Los Nopales, a superior but unassuming Mexican restaurant. The venerable Tiny's Saloon is just minutes away, too. A bit farther out, but well worth the drive, is Fred's Arena Bar and Steakhouse with mesquite pit, REAL cowboy bar, local color, and live music two Saturdays a month.
Getting back to the property itself, the two bedrooms have queen beds and walk-in closets. One has a directly connected bath with dual sinks and a tub/shower combination. The other bathroom has one sink and a tub/shower combination. It's next to the second bedroom and the study.
The third bedroom is more like a study or den. In fact on another vacation rental site, we have a "two bedroom" listing. Flipkey recommends that any room with a piece of sleeping furniture be counted as a bedroom. This room in fact has a a twin-sized sofa bed and an inflatable twin mattress besides. It has a large closet, too, which makes it bedroom-like. A desk and printer are here along with a shelf-sized CD/FM stereo system (with iPod dock and a selection of CDs). You can get a good look at this study/den/bedroom in our video and draw your own conclusions.
There are a variety of books and DVDs in the living room. The walls have lots of southwest-themed art and other artifacts. You'll see more of that in the video, too.
Regarding technology, you'll have broadband Internet service from Wi-Power with speeds up to 1.5Mbps. There's no land line phone service in the house.
The flat screen HD digital TV is hooked up to a digital antenna on the roof and gets all the local digital broadcast channels. A Roku box is attached for streaming music and video. There's a DVD player and the discs previously mentioned. Red Box is nearby at the Circle K stores. About 10 miles down the road the corner of Mission and Ajo, you'll find a public library which has a (limited) borrowing program for visitors to the area.
The kitchen is nicely laid out. The sink's on an island and there's plenty of counter space. All the major appliances are next to new. One end of the kitchen space has a good-sized dining table with six chairs. The kitchen is well-equipped and if you find you need something that's not right at hand, we're right next door. But the one acre lots mean you have plenty of your own space and privacy.
"Pet friendly" in our case should be translated as "dog friendly." Cats aren't a good match with the local critters (like coyotes) and we've had a few inquiries from folks who have cat allergies so we don't normally welcome feline tenants.
We have three horses at our place next door to you. If you'd care to, you can stop by and meet them. If you have a horse you'd like to bring along, we may be able to accommodate it. Contact us for details.
We have a website for the property itself. There are a couple of videos there.
Situated on one fenced acre adjacent to Tucson Mountain Park, this property gives you direct access to 20,000 acres of mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails. It's a beautiful, peaceful setting.
You'll have birds and bunnies for company, wonderful mountain views, amazing dark skies, desert flora (giant Saguaro cacti, paddle cacti, ocotillo, jumping cholla...which don't really jump but you shouldn't get too close, mesquite trees, palo verde trees, and more).
You're just minutes from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, San Xavier Mission, Saguaro National Park West, and Tucson Trap & Skeet Club.
You're a half hour from downtown Tucson, a bit under an hour to the historic arts, shopping and dining destination of Tubac, about an hour and a half to Nogales, Mexico, and a couple of hours to Tombstone and the fabled OK Corral.
The house and property are about 40 minutes from Tucson International Airport.
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City vacations, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
Nearest train station: Tucson Amtrak, 16 miles Nearest airport: Tucson International Airport, 19 miles Car is recommended
Last updated on January 21, 2015
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Left on 01/07/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Jocie Rohde
Tucson Hideaway is the best place to enjoy the desert and the fabulous sunsets. The house is cozy, with everything furnished in delightful colors and décor. Tucson Mountain Park is right next door and Saguaro National Park is just a few miles north, along with the Desert Museum. Be sure to drive over Gates Pass. We did it twice; first to watch the sunset and second to see it in morning sunlight. We loved it and our friends who visited us loved it too. Jocie Rohde
Our relaxing getaway to this Tucson Desert Hideaway
Left on 04/26/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The owners Tom and Liz were helpful, considerate and friendly right from the beginning of our enquiry, through the booking process and during our stay. They totally respected our privacy but were close on hand if we needed any help.
We wanted a base for our explorations of the local area that would also serve as a place to relax for the last week of our trip. We found exactly what we needed here; it's a tastefully decorated,clean,well equiped,spacious yet cosy home in a peaceful though convenient location.
Being right on the edge of the desert (Tucson Mountain Park)was a massive draw to us English folks who are more familiar with green and muddy territory. Enjoying the delights of this amazingly beautiful and fascinating environment was such a treat. It really was birds and bunnies galore!
There are many local attractions to visit between 20 - 60 minutes drive away, and there's places to eat within a 10 - 15 minute drive if cooking is not on the agenda (the kitchen is very well equiped).
The home is set up thoughtfully with all the information and reading materials you could possibly need. As we weren't that way inclined whilst on vacation, we didn't choose to make much use of any technical provision, but it was all there.
The porch was a cool and comfortable place to take out a drink, a good book and recharge our batteries while watching the business of birds and bunnies. The seating in the backyard was a great spot to take in the view with all those desert cactus beckoning closer inspection and photography.
Left on 04/12/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | Susan
The owners handled all arrangements very well prior to our arrival, and were present [next door] and helpful once we were there. The house exceeded our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The location at the edge of the Tucson Mountain Park was ideal. We could have used a bit more detail on finding the place [for the last mile or two] as we arrived in the dark, and very tired. Read more
Thanks for the review! Some folks who wanted a "private and quiet" experience have already found it meaningful.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Diamond in the Rough!
Left on 03/25/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Lovely place to chill out from city life. Great hiking trails too! Wonderful if you have dogs! the securely fenced yard makes them feel like they can run freely like at the dog park. Even though the hideaway is a manufactured home it is has charm and is laid out well so that you feel right at home. Great base for exploring Tucson. Especially enjoyed Desert Museum, the Botanical gardens, Old Tucson, International Wildlife Museum, Tucson art Museum, and touring Biosphere II. Casino del Sol is 15 minutes away with great asian food at an's.
Loved abbott & Costello africa DVD Tom and Liz left for their guest's funny bone!
Left on 03/12/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed in The Tucson Desert Hideaway for a week at the end of February. We really enjoyed all of the space in the house. But most of all we loved that it is adjacent to Tucson Mountaim Park. Tom and Liz were very friendly and helpful. We hope to be back again next year.
Left on 03/11/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Donna & Joe
We thoroughly enjoyed our one week vacation at The Tucson Desert Hideaway. There were spacious rooms, two full bathrooms, all in all, very appealing accommodations. There was plenty of privacy with a gated yard. The owners live next door and are very helpful, they even gave a tour of an owl's nest in a saguaro in the desert behind the house. The pictures on the website are a true representation of the lodging. It was very clean and the kitchen was well-stocked with dishes, utensils and pans. We'll definitely be back!
Left on 03/05/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed at this home with our friends. We loved the location at the edge of the park. We walked there each day and checked on the owl nesting in a Saguaro. The home was neat, clean and very well supplied. The local restaurants that our hosts recommended were really good. The hosts were also very friendly and helpful.
Left on 10/24/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Susan
We had a wonderful stay. The house was immaculate and very comfortable with lovely southwest decor. The kitchen had everything we needed & more, so we could easily cook. It really felt like home. Liz & Tom are wonderful hosts and provided us with great ideas for sightseeing, eating out and shopping. We loved being right on Tucson Mountain Park and took daily walks to check on the baby great horned owls in their nest in a saguaro. We also enjoyed watching the humming birds at our feeders on the porch and just looking out at the mountains. Although the house is in the country, it is actually more convenient than the city to most of the tourist sites which are located south of Tucson, like the Desert Museum, St. Xavier, Madeira Canyon. We can't wait to go back.
Left on 04/29/2012 for a stay in February 2011 | Sandy Byneshewsky
This is a great place to stay if you love to have the quiet and peacefulness of home after a day of touring around. We found this home was perfect for us to unwind and relax and feel totally at home at the end of a busy day. It has all the amenities of home, including barbecue. Walk out the backyard and go for a long, enjoyable walk in the wilderness. Again, this is such a great location if you like quiet in the evenings and through the night.
A reminder: this is a pet friendly house and we encountered considerable dog hair most everywhere from the previous guests. I am not a fan of animals in the house, so I would be more careful of renting a pet friendly place again. But that's just me and I know that this would not bother most people.
Left on 04/17/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Dick and Denise
This is a mighty fine place:a comfortable, well-equipped, tastefully decorated house with the congenial and helpful owners, the Krebiels, next door.(The first day we were there they took us to a great horned owl's nest in a nearby saguaro.) The property adjoins Pima County's Tucson Mountain Park, and we spent hours in the shade of a mesquite looking out into beautiful desert. We saw 24 bird species (March 10-31), a coyote, and other wildlife. We look forward to another visit.
Left on 03/20/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Family of 4
We have stayed here twice now, and have booked a third stay. This house and location work very well for our family of 4. The kids have lots to explore in the yard, and we have all the comforts we need to make our time in Tucson worry-free. The house has lovely views and back-gate access to Tucson Mountain Park, and the drive into town is very scenic. The Desert Museum, Saguaro West, and Old Tucson Studios are nearby, and the Tucson area in general has lots to do. The owners, Liz and Tom, are very kind and helpful, and we look forward to coming back.
Left on 03/08/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I didn't want to leave! This place was absolutely magical, from the
tasteful decor to the surrounding land... I've already made my
arrangements for next year. And at most a 30 minute drive into Tucson,
so convenient. Stock up the 'fridge with Trader Joe's (Tucson has 4,
count 'em 4 locations) and cook up wonderful meals, sit on the porch to
watch the sun-set, hike right out of a gate in the back yard... Love it.
Left on 03/08/2012 for a stay in March 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Our family of 3 (and 2 well-behaved dogs) enjoyed our week in this home. It is tastefully decorated and stocked with pots,dishes, TV, Wifi, etc. Our hosts even provided a welcome bottle of wine which was much appreciated. The location is quiet and private. Priority for us on our vacation was hiking and biking. Before we got there, our hosts emailed links to local cycling organizations so we could check out road and mountain bike routes. We were not disappointed. Right outside the back gate is a 20,000 acre county park, which is next door to a national park, and miles of single track trails that link up so you can ride (or hike) for as long as you want, with different levels of difficulty depending on which direction you go. There are also nice road routes starting right out the front door. The location is about 20 miles from actual downtown Tucson but quite close to the Desert Museum (a must see) and is on the way to Kitt Peak Observatory. The hosts live next door and were available if we had questions or needed anything. Tucson is surprisingly easy to navigate, given its size, and this home is fairly close to the interstate and other highways. Just pick up a decent map and you can find your way to anywhere. Our dogs also enjoyed their vacation. They were safe inside the 1-acre fully fenced property and enjoyed chasing after the ground squirrels and quail that inhabit the cactus and bushes. The only downside was the cactus that our dogs (who live in the mountains) were not used to, but learned quickly not to mess with. A highlight was a 10-minute walk in our desert backyard to a great horned owl's nest high up in a saguaro cactus. It's a sight that we will all remember of our time in Tucson!
Left on 03/08/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This is a spacious and comfy home. When I stepped inside, I thought it was more attractive than the photos portrayed. Best of all, out our back gate was Tucson Mountain Park, where we could have a desert hike whenever we wanted. We brought birdfeeders and bought seed in Tucson. In no time at all, we had lots of bird visitors, as well as rabbits, coyote and a great horned owl in a huge nest in a saguaro.
Bedrooms were a nice size and there was lots of closet space. It was great to have a washer and a dryer. For the urban experience, Tucson proper is about a half hour away.
Desert Museum is closeby. It is a wonderful outdoor collection of flora and fauna and always interesting. Each one of the four of us was very satisfied with this house.It was a dandy place to get away from the gray skies of the Pacific NW.
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