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Quiet, private cottage/heart of western history. Family/pet/horse/RV friendly

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

ADA**TWO RENTALS on this property*for you and you family only*rent one or both.

River Ridge Guest Ranch is located in Palominas, AZ just 90 miles southeast of Tucson nestled in the scenic San Pedro River Valley. The 30-acre property was purchased in 1996 and the main house was built from our own design with an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in. We incorporated the same design aesthetics when we built the guest cottage in 2004. The ranch’s location with an elevation of 4200' makes for a moderate and pleasant climate all year 'round.

The handicapped-accessible, 1-bedroom custom, ranch-style guest cottage is waiting for you. You don’t even have to worry about the silverware, pots and pans or linens and towels.....we’ve got you covered! The cottage features a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher and gas range….along with a well-stocked storage pantry. The great room features a cozy wood-burning stove for your enjoyment. The bedroom offers southwest decor and a Queen-sized bed….and a full-sized sleeper sofa is ready for your tag-a-longs. The bathroom has a wheel-chair accessible shower, and full laundry facilities are available for your use. For your convenience we provide you with laundry detergent, iron and board, a hair dryer and small personal items i.e. shampoos, lotions, toothbrushes, razors and sunscreen.

RRGR is on 30 acres and is even set up for you to bring your horses...RVs and campers welcome....plenty of maneuvering room for oversized rigs. Whether you are just passing through and need an over-night spot to turn your critters out, or want an extended stay to get away from the heat or the cold, this is the place for you. The barn has two stalls with 30'X80' exterior attached pens and a 20-acre pasture for a round pen. Ride on the National Riparian Area just out 'the backdoor' of the cottage or trailer a short distance to the Huachuca Mountains and explore miles of trails. The guest ranch is adjacent to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area which is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Within walking distance is the Lehner's Prehistoric Mammoth Kill Site.

Your cozy getaway is also near Ramsey Canyon Preserve (the hummingbird capital of the west), the old mining town of Bisbee and Tombstone, the “town too tough to die”. We are near Fort Huachuca with its Historical Museum, Kartchner Caverns, and the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

Outside, relax in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine or iced tea while you take in the unobstructed view of the valley and the emerald green cottonwood trees lining the river. You will enjoy the entertaining antics of the hummers at their feeders. Follow along with our numerous local and visiting avian friends stopping by for a snack, along with numerous members of the mammal and reptilian families. Also, you’ll appreciate the carport and the covered, wrap-around porch. The bunkhouse (camper/trailer) is also available for additional family/guests. And, there is ample room for any size RV….electric and water hookups are available...... (free dump stations in Sierra Vista). Marvel at our authentic, 1890's sheepherder's wagon which sleeps 2 on a full-sized bed...nestled near the campfire area. Or slumber away atop cots on the porch, or try sleeping under the starry western sky around the campfire.

A petting zoo is available for your family's enjoyment. Cuddle with the bunnies and romp with our three dwarf goats. Chickens, dogs, horses and turtles await your attentive faces. Enjoy a hayride or take a little excursion on the 1952 Ford 8N farm tractor. Walk, jog, bike or ride the golf cart on the .7 mile groomed track around the pasture. Like to try kayaking? We will gladly tote you up to Parker Lake in the Huachuca Mountains where you can also hike, fish, paddle boat, picnic, birdwatch....or to Patagonia Lake where in addition you can waterski and jetski.......leashed pets are welcome.

Old western history abounds around your guest cottage in Cochise County....Apache Territory, home to Cochise and Geronimo. Come on by.....stay awhile.


BUNKHOUSE (camper trailer): with cottage rental only--- $35 per night

Horse Rig/RV: (guest provides): with power & water hookup....$25 per night + $10 per head (includes horses on pasture)

Kayaking: $50 per trip to Patagonia Lake (2 singles and 2 doubles kayaks)

More Details

Kim and Tom Collins
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Kim and Tom Collins

Tom is a Memphis, Tennessee transplant, has lived in Arizona for over 40 years and is a retired Superior Court Judge. Kim moved to southeastern Arizona in 1984 from southern California and is retired from the travel industry.

Kim and Tom Collins purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Kim and Tom Collins chose Sierra Vista Southeast

Tom and I feel extremely lucky to have found this bare land for sale in 1996 with its eastern fenceline adjoining the riparian area of the San Pedro River. With unobstructed views of the river, the Huachuca and Mule Mountains and the entire valley, we remind ourselves daily of our good fortune to live in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Because we feel so very lucky to have found this amazing property, we want to share our little piece of heaven with you!

If we don't see you in the future, we'll see you in the pasture!

Your hosts.....Tom and Kim


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Sierra Vista Southeast

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , shower is wheelchair accessible/outdoor shower near jacuzzi
  • Chair-height toilet, safety rail at toilet and in shower. Wall heater and ceiling fan. Two doors, one to bedroom, one to hallway.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep 4 extas in travel trailer, 2 in sheepwagon, 2 on cots
  • Queen bed...all bedding included...with electric blanket available. Full-sized illuminated walk-in closet with shelves, dresser and luggage stand.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
What we offer is a little different from most vacation rentals. While privacy and solitude are part of your retreat, you have the peace of mind knowing that we are just a stone’s throw away. On your first day we will provide lots of starters—fresh quiche, fresh fruit, fresh free-range eggs and an array of pantry items. Pick your own produce from the organic garden planted in a raised bed made from an antique cattle feeder. For the rest of your stay, you can enjoy a visit to our local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. In essence, this is a place you can make your own—a private, quiet and relaxing getaway just for you and your guests.


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Quiet, private cottage/heart of western history. Family/pet/horse/RV friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

So hard to say goodbye!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at River Ridge and I have to say we really didn't want to leave!

Kim and Tom have a beautiful guest house with all the amenities you could ask for. It is BY FAR the best choice in the area for accommodations. The guest house is immaculately kept and tastefully decorated in a southwest style.There is a well stocked pantry, and practically all the field guides you could possibly need for referencing the wildlife and plants of the area...and being so close to the San Pedro Riparian Corridor, there's plenty to see! I counted 37 species of bird just sitting on the patio, including nesting Ash-Throated Flycatchers, Roadrunners, Cactus Wrens and more more more!

You are close at hand to many of the bird/wildlife hotspots (and MANY other attractions like Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns) in SE Arizona...and I haven't even mentioned the quiche and farm fresh eggs awaiting us when we arrived!

And the hot tub under a full moon!

And sitting outside in May without the aid of a winter coat!

How could you possibly go wrong staying here?

We are VERY grateful to Kim and Tom for providing such an amazing experience...they are kind, friendly, generous and respectful...we will be back for a third, LONGER stay!

All the best and much love from Phil and Lori!

  • Submitted: 2-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This stay was an amazing experience. The location is so beautiful and serene. The house is extremely clean and well appointed. Kim and Tom have thought of anything you might need and have even gone above the call of duty and supplied snacks, wine and quiche! My daughter was thrilled to visit the chickens, goats and horses. I enjoyed the many birds at the feeders. The hot tub was also very enjoyable.

  • Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friendly Ranchette!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We felt welcome and comfortable.

We were greeted with a cozy fire in the wood stove. The kitchen was stocked with fresh quiche, farm-fresh eggs, wine, candy and snacks!

It was wonderful to wake up to the sun each morning -- and the birds, happily feeding at their feeders outside the kitchen window.

Since we have animals at home, it's always nice to be able to visit with some when we're away, as we always miss ours. The horses, goats and chickens did not disappoint!

Soaking in the private jacuzzi out back was the perfect way to start your day or relax at the end of one.

We highly recommend River Ridge Guest Ranch! The cottage and hospitality can't be beat!

  • Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden gem offers more than words can describe with incredible hosts!

  • 5 of 5

If you need to rest, relax, and recharge, look no further! First, you must know that Kim & Tom are the most amazing hosts! They truly make it a trip to remember from sharing their talents, hobbies, & knowledge to every attention to detail. Kim is abundantly artistic and shares her love for all things nature. While Tom, has a vault of interesting stories and can excite anyone with his love for aviation, especially as he has first hand knowledge on the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson.

We experienced many firsts in our 4 night stay.... Up close we saw: a tarantula, Giant Dessert Centepede, Scorpion, Red Velvet Ants, Wood Peckers, Doves, Finches, Road Runners, Cotton Tail Rabbits, Jack Rabbits, Quails, Larry the Lizzard, more Humming Birds & Butterflies than anyone can count! And to hear the coyote howl at night was utterly wild! Not to mention Cody the horse, Wilbur the goat, and the chickens.... fresh eggs! What is there not to love?!?! The pantry is well stocked as is the hall closet with all the little things you might forget to pack.....and some really fun family friendly board & card games. Hot tub under the endless sky of stars will make you lose track of time while a campfire just adds that much needed relaxed feel. Kids (including us big kids too!) will enjoy the final touch of an 1800's covered wagon...where else can you find this??? The final touch is the view of mountains in almost all directions- just purely majestic! We are most definitely returning - hopefully much sooner than later especially as our kids didn't want to leave to go home!

  • Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was perfect

  • 5 of 5

Everything was prepared perfectly for our stay, will come again!

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! The pictures don't do it justice. Every little detail is perfect.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our 2 dogs stayed here for the weekend; wish it had been longer. The place is immaculate, bed is super comfy and the amenities are the best I've ever seen. The porch is perfect and that hammock....well it's the best! Relaxing in the hot tub looking at the stars and the lightening was awesome.

Best little place we've stayed in a long time.

Will definitely be back... next trip will be in the winter so we can utilize the stove and fire pit!!

  • Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ricardo's and Mimosa
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Turqoise Valley
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 92
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Ricardo's and Mimosa
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Sierra Vista Southeast

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Credit cards now excepted onsite.
There is plenty of room on the property to park an RV. If you need to hook up to water and power there will be an additional charge of $25 per day. There are a few gas stations in nearby Sierra Vista with free dump stations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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