(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
Off our planned itinerary, we spent a night in Sierra Vista, AZ. Our purpose was to be able to visit the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Several phone calls to chain hotels like Hampton and Holiday Inn Express turned up exorbitant rates. Apparently something major was going on at the nearby military base and the hotels had raised their rates accordingly.
So after some checking on Tripadvisor, and a phone call later, we booked a room at Gateway Studio Suites for a very reasonable rate. And we were delighted with our accommodation. Huge room. Comfortable. Quiet. And a very nice hot breakfast included.