TRIP ADVISOR “5 star Diamond Birding Casita!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A birder's paradise-- Cardinals, thrashers, warblers,
doves and sparrows living among the Cottonwoods,
Italian Cypresses and the Juniper Pines on site.
You will find feathered friends fluttering and
chirping the whole day through!! It was a great
experience and I look forward to our next visit. A
Clean, spacious, 2 bedroom home accommodated
my husband and two teenagers for two nights
while we enjoyed the enchanted Chiricahua
Mountains on the Arizona/ New Mexico border. Full
kitchen amenities and spacious living room with TV
and free movies on loan from the management.
The property is well maintained and the
management is top notch!!
Room Tip: La Paloma Casita faces the Chiricahua
Mountains as the sun rises in the East!!
“TRIP ADVISOR ----------------Really, really peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I would never in a million years have imagined this place could possibly be
as good as it was. It's in a teeny tiny town very close to Portal AZ and the
Cave Creek recreational area. The Cowboy Room, in which I stayed, is
huge, with a king bed, a small kitchen area (complete with microwave
fridge, small table AND a kitchen sink), and a nice-size bathroom (no tub
but since I prefer showers, that was excellent). The space was very clean
and comfortable.

I loved the furnishings. They were simple and it's possible an interior
designer could've thought they were mismatched -- but I personally
thought they were perfect. There were some cool posters on the walls, a
few cowboy photos (one of which I thought was incredibly sweet), and a
plaque showing different kinds of barbed wire and their histories (who

The Cowboy Room has a small porch as well and one of the highlights of
my stay was sitting out on it, reading and listening to the birds. Dan, the
owner, has put in a small koi pond in the back and there were a LOT of
birds to hear. He's also built a small hydroponic greenhouse which
exchanges water with the pond -- ask him to show it to you if you stay

Dan also has chickens and sells eggs; the place has a small laundromat
as well. He was friendly and helpful without ever being intrusive -- an ideal
host. He'd warned me that no restaurants would be open the night I stayed
there, but that was no problem -- not the least because of the microwave
and kitchen table.

I highly recommend staying here. It's definitely off the beaten path and
incredibly peaceful. It would be an excellent choice for a retreat and/or
recharging you internal batteries.
Room Tip: I LOVED the Cowboy Room.
TRIP ADVISOR “a really neat find in the
middle of nowhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We loved this place - very reasonably
priced and nicely appointed room - We
try to avoid chains when we are on the
road and this stay confirmed that it is the
right way to travel. A great base to
explore the Chiricahua Mountains.

Great Getaway Base for the Chiricahuas

We camped in Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains for years until age and
infirmity made that too difficult. The hoodoos, coatimundis, and
amazing array of birds, along with Cave Creek for splashing, made it a
favorite place and we wanted to return. Most of the few lodging
choices in the area were rather expensive and didn't allow pets,
excluding our dog, Gus.

Then we saw the website for Mountain Valley Lodge and RV Park -- a
reasonable price and Gus could come! We chose the Cowboy Room
for our three-night pre-Valentine's stay. Clean, roomy, a view of the
mountains, a DVD player, microwave, coffee pot and refrigerator --
everything we needed to stay within our budget and have fun. And we

Despite drought, Cave Creek still had some water. Sandy's Swap
Shop will be a regular destination, along with the Chiricahua Co-op Art
Gallery, and even if we do nothing but sit and read, looking up at the
mountains from time to time, it's a great getaway. New Mexico's
western-most town. Thanks to Troy and Dan for making it perfect for
us geezers. We'll be back!

Home away from Home!

If you want an out of the way relaxing place,
Mountain Valley Lodge is the place. Off the
beaten path, very quiet and quaint. We
stayed in the 2 BR, it had all the amenities of
home, just bring your food! The house was
very clean and comfortable, nice beds, quiet
relaxing patio. The Lily pond is complete with
big Bull Frogs to serenade you, and birds
galore! Will definitely recommend to my
Found this wonderful place some time ago and just spent 2
nights there. If your looking for snobby hotels...stay home.
"What a great find. We rented a 2 bedroom cottage that
was clean, well stocked with dishes, pots & pans,
towels....everything you need. Quiet with a nice charcoal
BBQ, patio and friendly neighbors also stay here. Boyfriend
and I needed to get away and spend some quiet relaxing
time and this served the bill. Portal is close by and worth a
visit. Lovely country and camping by Portal. Great store
and Cafe in Portal as well, There is a small store en route to
Portal with pizza, ice cream, beer and sodas as well as
some groceries and other types of served food items. Very
friendly help works there with lots of local info.."