Cat Mountain Lodge was completed in February 2010 and great care was given during construction to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding desert. It was built using state-of-the-art products to conserve long-term energy usage, and our landscape was completed using all native plants and locally-purchased, recycled landscape materials. For water conservation, we installed barrels to harvest rain water and an underground tank to store gray water for use in irrigation.
In our day to day operations, we eliminate the use of chemicals through botanical controls such as organic insecticides & fertilizers combined with strategic trimming. Our rooms are maintained using natural cleaning products, and our fine linens are carefully laundered using perfume-free, biodegradable, no NPE detergent and softener.
Our guest rooms feature green details such as Energy Star air conditioning/heating units with ionizers to minimize allergens, all-cotton sheets, blankets, and towels, down duvets, both down & hypoallergenic pillows, and bulk organic bath soap, shampoo, and body wash. We believe we have reached a balance between being Earth-friendly and maintaining the comfort and satisfaction of our valued guests, who are always welcome to offer suggestions, as well as participate in our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
The Story of Juan Wayne
Our bed & breakfast is residence to a friendly reptile icon of the Southwest, a desert tortoise fondly named Juan Wayne. He lives in the specially constructed Tortoise Ranch behind the Lodge and welcomes visitors in the summer time. He arrived in April 2011 through the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Desert Tortoise Adoption Program to benefit the welfare of captive & wild tortoises.
>> Click thumbnail to see enlarged portrait of Juan Wayne. Photo by: Pam Cathey
We aim to minimize impact on the
local and global environments by:
• Conserving energy, water, and other natural
• Reducing waste by recycling and purchasing
• Minimizing light pollution by adhering to strict
• Reducing or eliminating the use of toxic materials
by substituting natural products whenever possible