Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Desert Oasis on Five Acres / Mountain and Valley Views.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

When you reach the desert getaway home you will find that you are half way up the mountainside with a mountain backdrop and a valley view. The valley view is miles of Sonoran desert with a faint view of an occasional train at the bottom of the valley. At night, you see some lights from Corona de Tucson some fifteen miles away. The back of the ranch is straight up the mountainside.

Located next to Colossal Cave Park and Saguaro National Park in Vail, AZ (20 miles) outside Tucson, this truly is the Sonoran Desert to perfection. The rocky mountainside with gigantic saguaros and other cactus engulfing it makes it “incredibly unique”. Just completed: 600 sq. ft. deck complete with Jacuzzi. Just the view is worth the price of admission.

Keywords: country home, views, private, desert, quiet, ranch,

More Details

Craig Wilson
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Craig Wilson

Connie and I (early 50's)grew up in Tucson and are High school sweethearts. I own and operate Creative Ventures, a gift store in Tucson. Connie owns and operates a dance studio for dancers of all ages. The picture is from our 30th class of '74' High school reunion. Go Amphi Panthers!

Craig Wilson purchased this house in 2008

Why Craig Wilson chose Vail

We love Tucson, but wanted to be able to get away to see bright stars at night, relax with a view, listen to only the noise of wildlife and enjoy each other..

What makes this house unique

The stars, desert, view, jacuzzi, hiking and relaxing. Walking through Colossal Cave Park and hiking the Arizona Trail.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Craig,

Just a note to let you know we had another delightful stay at 1-mile Inn.

We enjoyed many a beautiful sunset from the front porch and Diane had her daily post-hike dip in the hot tub.

By the way, as of this year it is now possible to mountain bike from the

trail head at the N end of Alta Loma Rd. all the way to Hope Camp, picking up the AZ trail along the way. From Hope the AZ trail now continues (legally) northward to Pistol Hill Road. It is 7.4 miles one way, and the return trip is mostly down hill. This would be a good route for people at the beginner level of mountain biking (as compared to the more difficult sections farther south), although I also enjoyed the ride as an experienced biker. You might pass this info on to future residents at 1-mile Inn, who are interested in doing some mt biking.


Dec 2012
  • 1 of 3


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Vail

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two of the large bedrooms have queen pillow top beds., Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • caves
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • caving
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveller reviews)

92% Complete
5% Complete
2% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Desert Oasis on Five Acres / Mountain and Valley Views.
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 42 reviews

Quiet place away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Home was just as advertised. It was very remote with great views. Spent lots of time on front porch relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great place with great view!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. Very comfortable and scenic. The road/driveway was a bit difficult at times, but it was worth it!

  • Review Submitted: 28/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful location! Spacious we loved the porch and hot tub!

  • 5 of 5

Craig was really helpful, and awesome host! we loved our stay here! A bit far from grocery, but it was a really great stay away from it all. Watched the full moon rise over the hills and woke up early to witness the lunar eclipse from the hot tub on the porch. We stayed to attend the gem shows in Tucson, reasonable drive into town for the shows, and so relaxing to return to one mile inn to cook dinner and chill out, watch wildlife, movies and listen to records provided. Thank you so much! Hope to return someday!

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location and super host.

  • 5 of 5

The House was perfect for our family, as we wanted to be close to my parents retirement community. The road up to the house was challenging at first, but by the end of our trip we learned how to navigate it. We saw deer, javalina and some great sunsets. Craig was quick to respond to all our questions, and we had a wonderful trip. Would definitely recommend this house to others.

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great home in the hills.

  • 5 of 5

I had wonderful time there. It was very quiet outside, the home had a lovely view, and the area was beautiful. I enjoyed sitting on the grand porch, reading a book and listening to the birds chirp and flutter by. It was very peaceful, and I enjoyed being there during my stay. Everything was as expected in the home, and the owner was very helpful and quick to respond with any questions. As an added bonus, there were plenty of brochures, books, maps, and pamphlets with information on local activities, parks and interests.

I hope to be able to visit there again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 04/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location; very responsive host

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a great location and has all the kitchen items including spices. Craig responded immediately to all questions and requests.

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tucson International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Del Lago
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Plenty in area
Nearest Point of Interest
Back entrance to Collossal Cave Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Rancho Del Lago Golf
Car: recommended

Our home is located in the perfect setting with bike trails and hiking out the front door. We are located next to Colossal Cave Park with all its offerings. You will not find a better view than the one from our front deck.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Vail

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner