Immersed in Nature









Trailside, Santa Catalina Mountains
Birders/Photogs/Nature haven!
'Doorstep' hiking & biking Trail Access
WOW Arizona! Tucson

A secluded location immersed in nature

With over eighty feeders throughout the grounds and two Hummingbird Patios, we offer world-class birdwatching and photography opportunities. Hiking or mountan biking? We depart ‘from the doorstep’.

Nature immersion starts here! Don’t pack the car or load the bike for a long drive to the trail, begin your adventure from our home.

We would love to share the Wild Outdoor World of Arizona with you!

We are MaryEllen and C.J. (Christopher).

CJ & ME, Your Hosts
WOW Arizona

All Photos taken on-site!

Birding or Photography?

Day Visitors

Please Support Wildlife

Our location supports wildlife through extensive habitat restoration, providing nesting and shelter sites for all of the creatures. We have an abundance of feeding stations, with over EIGHTY hummingbird, suet, thistle, black oil sunflower and mixed seed feeders in different zones. Please help us! Your tax deductible donation will help us fill and replace feeders.


Relax in nature WITH nature. We are cannabis friendly and I am happy to share with our legal-aged guests.

So, why the glasses? Narrow Angle Glaucoma & Rheumatoid Arthritis leave me with constant “photophobia”. I treat my pain from both with cannabis. Cannabis  allows me to function and be a productive, happy person.


Director WOW Arizona/Cannabis Consultant, 411 On 420

Share our home & support wildlife

Suite or Rooms




Nature Replenishment Suite

Includes both rooms depicted below. Private access to the grounds for you and your group*. When booked as a suite, guests can have a private sleeping space while friends still access the patio for stargazing or sitting with the crackling chiminea.

  • Private Bathroom
  • One King &Two Twin Beds
  • Daily fresh muffins included
Price Per Night


The Hummingbird Patio Room

This room is our favorite to use when guests are not here, we call it “our clubhouse”, with flatscreen, weather station console, full view of the mountains and hummingbirds.

  • Private Entrance
  • Daybed/trundle with two twins
  • Coffee/tea included
Price Per Night


The Green Room

Guests praise the quality of sleep they have had in the Green Room. When booked as a suite, guests can have a private sleeping space while others still access the patio for stargazing.

  • Shared Bathroom
  • One King Bed (two twin beds on request)
  • Coffee/tea included
Price Per Night


More Than Four People?

We have additional sleeping arrangements.

  • two Twin Futon Beds
  • Queen-sized pullout couch with topper
  • Common areas ONLY filled with full group
Price Per Extra Person


Food, Drink & Offerings
Our Special Muffins

Suite guests should anticipate the aroma of homemade muffins filling the early morning air.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Handcrafted Artisan Wine

We are happy to share some of our ‘Dr.Decadence’ Handcrafted Fruit Wines. We also make an incredible Blueberry/Blood Orange Margarita!

Evening Appetizers and Tastings

Whether it is some homemade guacamóle, some chiles con queso & chips, a 4:20 tasting of the day or some delicious tea, we like to spend the evenings on the Hummingbird Patios, watching the creatures and the sunset.

Your event, our setting

Intimate, low key gatherings can be hosted in our gardens, on the patios and amongst the creatures.

  • Private Setting
  • Lighted patios
  • Limited event equipment included

Weddings, parties, small corporate groups
Contact us for details

Photo © Neil Atchley, used with permission


Share our Home

Free WiFi

Sip a beverage, share a pic on our Hummingbird Patios, WiFi in & out!

Kitchen Access

Kitchen access with refrigerator space! Propane & charcoal grill ready for you.

'House' Trails

Our grounds offer access to birding spots with seating thoughtfully placed along all of the pathways.

Entertainment Area

Relax in the evening watching our 65″ flat screen w/surround sound or enjoy a game of billiards. Do both!

Cooking & Horticulture

One of your hosts will share knowledge of growing, harvesting, and cooking of one of his favorite plants!

Patio Sunsets

Share our handcrafted wine and CJ’s organic cannabis, watching a mountain sunset from the patio.

Trailside Location

There are over thirty miles of hiking and mountain biking trails accessed from our doorstep.

eBird Hotspot

With over seventy hummingbird and bird feeders, maintained daily, and numerous water areas, we are a birding HOTSPOT

On-site Naturalist

We are happy to share any knowledge of the flora & fauna. Guide books and binoculars available to house guests.

Checkin & Checkout

Checkin is at 3:30 PM and checkout is 11:30, unless other arrangements have been made. 

Cancellation Policy

We have been doing a homestay for twenty years. If you can’t make your reservation, tell us so someone else may visit.If you insist on giving a deposit, send a check. Refunds will be allowed up to fourteen days before reserved dates.

House Rules

We welcome guests to enjoy the grounds and our home. We do not allow pets. If you smoke tobacco, you must do so in your vehicle.


Location & Nearby Attractions

Tucson and southern Arizona offer a dazzling array of sights, sounds and tastes!

Biking & Hiking

We have trailside access to the Santa Catalina Mountains and the 50 Year Trail System. The Tucson area has hundreds of miles of trails as well as “The Loop” bikeway surrounding Tucson itself.

Sight Seeing

San Xavier del Bac Mission is a beautiful architectural sight, south of Tucson. We recommend visiting Tohono Chul, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Flandrau Observatory and Mt. Lemmon


Close, a couple of miles:
Carlota’s (Mex)
It’s Greek To ME (Greek)
Mi Tierra (Mexican)
Catalina Craft Pizza
All fast food offerings

10 miles or so, Oro Valley offers a full range:
Harvest (American)
Rosati’s Pizza (we like this one)
Michelangelo’s (Italian)

Day Trips

We recomend a drive up Mt.Lemmon. Seven life zones are traversed as you go from desert floor to montane peaks. Saguarro National Park is a great trip and the Arizona-Sonoa Desert Museum is HIGHLY recommended.Nogales, Mexico is about two hours away.


Guest Reviews

WOW Arizona is an absolute hotspot for birding in southeast Arizona… birds and wildlife of all sorts put the site on par with any other destination birding location in the region.

Jonathan Horst

Restoration Biologist, Tucson Audubon Society

WOW is an outstanding B&B! Great place to walk through the trails and see dozens of species of birds and other wildlife. Mary Ellen and Chris are extremely welcoming. The breakfasts of fresh fruit and home made warm muffins are out of this world delicious! We had a great time during our stay with them.

David - February 2019

Staying at WOW is overwhelmingly special. Everything that Christopher and Mary Ellen do, they do with thoughtfulness and attentive care. If you love being immersed in nature, this is an experience not to be missed.  I am already looking forward to my next visit.

Lola - January 2019

Sensory overload…

Kenn Kaufman

Author, Kaufman Field Guides

Our experience at Wow Arizona was extraordinary from beginning to end… One highlight was the guided nature walk we took with Mary Ellen… The care and attention to detail in all that they do was very endearing. I highly recommend this Airbnb.

Susan - January 2019

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5494 E Edwin Rd, Tucson AZ, 85739