Reservations must be made with the Guest Coordinator before making a payment. Answers to many of your questions will likely be found on this page. To check availability of housing, to make reservations, or to obtain additional information about Desert House of Prayer, please contact our guest coordinator. We are open to guests from mid-August through June, but not during July and early August when we schedule our major repairs and maintenance.
When you request reservations we will send you a letter detailing expenses and payment methods, as well as our arrival and check-out policies. After completing the reservation process with the Guest Coordinator, please mail a check or money order in US dollars to the address below or return to this page to make payment using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page.
Desert House of Prayer
PO Box 570
Cortaro, AZ 85652
Street address: (not for mail)
7350 West Picture Rocks Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
Room Description and Rates:
We have nine rooms equipped with a full or queen size bed, desk, recliner, chest of drawers, closet, and private bathroom with shower. A tenth room has the same amenities, but with two twin beds instead of a full or queen. Each room is climate controlled and is on the ground floor with a private entrance from the outside. Each room has a window above the desk and a six-foot-wide glass sliding door providing ample sunlight and views, front and back, of the natural desert. Bed and bath linens, as well as soap, are provided. To keep down costs and to allow for maximum privacy, no room service is provided once a guest checks into her or his space. Normal check-out time is 10 am, noon on Sundays. Retaining the room beyond check-out time results in a charge for an extra night unless approved by staff in advance. NOTE: Off-peak rate during May, June, August, and September is $5 less per night for stays of less than a month.
|1-6 nights||$80 USD/night|
|7-29 nights||$75 USD/night|
|30-59 nights||$70 USD/night|
|60-89 nights||$65 USD/night|
|90 or more nights||$60 USD/night|
|1-6 nights||$115 USD/night|
|7-29 nights||$110 USD/night|
|30-59 nights||$105 USD/night|
|60-89 nights||$100 USD/night|
Hermitage Description and Rates:
We have four hermitages (casitas), each equipped with a queen size bed, table and chairs, recliner, closet, small kitchen sink, cooking facilities, and private bathroom with tub and shower. Each hermitage is a climate controlled self-contained building with two picture windows and a twelve-foot side glass sliding door that opens directly out onto the desert. Normal check-out time is 10 am, noon on Sundays. Retaining a hermitage beyond check-out time results in a charge for an extra night unless approved by staff in advance. NOTE: Off-peak rate during May, June, August, and September is $5 less per night for stays of less than a month
|1-6 nights||$105 USD/night|
|7-29 nights||$95 USD/night|
|30-59 nights||$90 USD/night|
|60-89 nights||$85 USD/night|
|90 or more nights||$80 USD/night|
|1-6 nights||$150 USD/night|
|7-29 nights||$140 USD/night|
|30-89 nights||$135 USD/night|
Map and Driving Directions: Desert House of Prayer
Special Dietary Needs:
Every effort is made to provide wholesome and balanced meals. If you are on a special diet, we can provide some special foods (e.g.: gluten-free bread, soy milk). There is a variety of foods served at each meal allowing for adequate choices to satisfy most guests’ dietary needs. For more detailed information about our meal service, please contact our guest coordinator.
Several members of our core community are trained spiritual directors.
|Spiritual Direction||$30 per session|
Fees for Non-overnight Visits:
Guests are welcome to use our common areas (chapel, library, and community room) at no charge. There is a charge for any meals eaten in our dining room. Guests not staying overnight may, if they wish, rent a room or hermitage for day use, but space may not be reserved longer than five days in advance. The latest possible check-out time for non-overnight use is 7 pm.
|Use of a room, plus the cost of any meals (must check out by 7 pm)||$50 USD|
|Use of a hermitage, plus the cost of any meals (must check out by 7 pm)||$75 USD|
A $5 per night off-peak discount applies to overnight stays of from one to 29 nights in August, September, May, and June. For stays of 30 nights or more, there already is a built-in discount, and no additional discounts are offered. NOTE: We are closed each year from July 1 to mid-August.
Weekend Package Rates:
We offer a weekend package that gives retreatants the following: one night in a room or hermitage, plus 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. That is, check in in the morning, stay one night, and check out by no later than 7 pm the following day. You can start on a Friday or on a Saturday.
|Single occupancy room||$100 USD|
|Double occupancy room||$145 USD|
|Single occupancy hermitage||$125 USD|
|Double occupancy hermitage||$180 USD|
To Make a Payment using PayPal:
After contacting the Guest Coordinator and making tentative reservations, you will be given the exact dollar amount for your stay with us and the amount to be sent in advance as a deposit. To confirm the reservation, click the PayPal button below and enter the deposit amount without using a dollar sign and then follow prompts to complete the transaction. Follow the same procedure to send subsequent payments. You need not have a PayPal account to use this feature.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Deposits are non-refundable. However, if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance of your expected arrival time, the deposit can be applied to a future retreat. Any payment beyond the required deposit will be refunded.
NOTE: Retreatants may not book rooms or hermitages for non-overnight use longer than five days in advance. Any retreatant staying overnight who retains a room or hermitage past the usual check-out time without special permission will be charged an additional night since we might not be able to put anyone in that room until the following day. To assure maximum privacy and silence, we do not provide room service; retreatants are welcome to wash their own sheets and towels, if desired, at $1 per load.