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Rio Grande Gorge Casita- traditional adobe, hot tub, hiking, privacy

Taos, NM, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

This secluded Rio Grande Casita puts the Great Outdoors at your doorstep. The views from the property are unmatched. This traditional village borders both the Rio Grande and the southern Rocky Mountains. Centrally located to sites in Santa Fe, Taos, and southern Colorado, it is a quick, scenic 20 minute drive to Taos, an hour drive from 4 popular ski areas, and a key location for birders, rock climbers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Archaeologists and geologists visit the area to explore cultural sites and rock formations. Artists set up easels along the riverbanks painting the rich colors and dramatic landscapes.

Skip the crowded condo scene and enjoy breathtaking scenery while grilling out on the patio or just kicking back on the screened veranda. Modern kitchen and spacious living area feature brick floors, kiva fireplace, and hand-crafted furniture. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for letting your children enjoy the freedom of natural surroundings.

Winter/Spring Conditions: Winter/Spring in Pilar can be the best time to visit. There are six nearby ski resorts with skiing and snow boarding. Travel time from the casita varies from 45 minutes to a little over an hour. The nearby Orilla Verde Recreation is quiet with returning bald eagles and other wildlife. Of course, summer can be exquisite. Cool nights give way to warm days and the quintessential azure skies of Northern New Mexico.

Taos hosts numerous seasonal festivals featuring regional art, food, and spirits.

Location Details: The casita is located at the end of a private road about 600 feet from the river. It is bordered by BLM land on two sides and is surrounded by mixed conifer trees that offer peace and privacy.

This is a rental by owner. We live next door, 200 feet away, and we are happy to assist visitors with any details regarding their trip to the Taos area.


Bruce and Meg Peterson

Member Since 2007
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within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Bruce and Meg Peterson

Meg and Bruce have lived in the area for 35 years. We raised both our daughters here, and they attended school in Taos. One is a physician, the other a geo-physicist, proof that the public schools are good! Meg is a retired elementary school principal and writer; Bruce is a manager at Los Alamos Laboratory. We are both private people and very respectful of the privacy of our guests, though we are available to answer any questions about the history, geology, wildlife, hiking opportunities, and our favorite restaurants. If you're into birds, Meg will happily take you birding along the Rio!

Why Bruce and Meg Peterson chose Taos

We moved to Northern New Mexico three decades ago because of the stunning beauty, closeness to nature, and richness of its cultures. And we wanted to build a traditional adobe. At the time, we shared the romantic notion we could make a living here as a writer (Meg) and a cabinetmaker (Bruce). While we both had to get practical employment, we remain true to our roots.

What makes this House unique

We believe the views from the property are completely unique and stunning and probably responsible for my daughter becoming a geologist. The vastness of the panorama can be a bit overwhelming for those new to the area, but the region has been settled since the 1600s when the Spanish arrived. That said, the addition of our hot tub has been inspirational. Nothing like viewing all this natural beauty while soaking tired bones!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Each cozy and comfortable room has a new, full-size bed, dresser, and closet. New Mexico decor.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, newly tiled shower, handcrafted vanity with Mexican tile
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, View from small window to wildlife path.
      • New Mexico decor.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
        • Water View


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Spacious, open-floor design.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      Traditional New Mexico kiva adds a cozy touch. No charge for firewood.
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Three sources of heat: wood/pellet stove; simple off-on gas heating; kiva fireplace; additional electric space heaters.
                    • Internet
                      We offer up to 2G free data. After that, we charge a $13 pass-through fee.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Adequate parking for up to two vehicles only.
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                      Land-line available and local calls are free. Also, your friends and family may easily reach you at the casita. There is no cell service (yet!) in the canyon, but is available about 3 miles away.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      In addition to bath towels, we also provide four hot tub towels at no charge; and four beach towels for use along the Rio ($5 laundry fee.)
                    • Washing Machine
                      Detergent also provided free of charge.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Wireless service is the fastest available in the canyon/gorge area. It is perfectly fine for internet browsing, email, etc. We do not allow downloading of movies or games.
                    • Wood Stove
                      New pellet stove. No charge for wood pellets.


                        • Oven
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Child's highchair available upon request.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Board games, puzzles, cards, Jengo, etc.
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  Legos, Jengo, etc.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Boat
                                      Rafting is available nearby.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There are three patio areas: screened in area facing west toward the east-facing canyon rim; front patio facing south toward Pilar cliffs; hot-tub patio with spectacular view of Pilar butte.
                                    • Golf
                                      Available at Taos Country Club, about 15 minutes away.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Available nearby.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Area is landscaped with native plants.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Two gear outfitting stores are located in Taos, about 15-20 minutes away. In Pilar itself, the Pilar Cafe carries river gear, kayaks/tubes/paddle boards for rent.


                                        • limited accessibility

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Beautiful views of the Pilar Butte and night sky, including the Milky Way, North Star, Venus, Jupiter, and whatever else you know how to find!


                                                • live theater
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • We are adjacent to the Rio Grande Orilla Verde Recreation Area and the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We enthusiastically offer a morning bird walk for our guests, just ask to schedule it. Bring binoculars!

                                                                  67 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  peaceful and inspiring

                                                                  Susannah S.

                                                                  This place is truly lovely- the house is beautifully appointed and comfortable, and the surrounding area is unsurpassed for scenery and and easily accessed hiking. We were pleasantly surprised at both the deep peacefulness of the location and how efficiently we were able to get to Taos and to many local trailheads.

                                                                  We have stayed in VRBOs all over the country, and this rental is among the best we have experienced; Meg and Bruce are excellent hosts, balancing overall unobtrusiveness with friendly and fast responsiveness if needs arise. The house itself feels lovingly cared-for and homey, and is set up well to encourage guests to settle in. The property offers everything one might want, but particularly of note are the traditional kiva fireplace which was a pleasure to use, and the fuss-free hot tub with its magnificent views of the butte in daytime and the breathtaking night sky. We would really have liked to stay longer than our 5 days, and assuredly will be back; our visit was in December, and we look forward to seeing this beautiful area in other seasons as well. Many thanks to Meg and Bruce for sharing such a special place!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are continually grateful for the beauty of this natural landscape. It is a joy for us to be able to share it with our guests. We much appreciate this thoughtful review.

                                                                  2nd time even better

                                                                  anna v.

                                                                  We have stayed here before and loved the area. The house is spectacular. We came w/ our 2 kids. We enjoyed the river, the hot tub, Taos & the scenery.

                                                                  Comfortable and relaxing.

                                                                  Melody R.Flagstaff

                                                                  We just returned from a wonderful 5 day stay at this amazing property. We made the first time trip to Taos for our sons hockey tournament. Our family was hoping to find a place that was located outside of the city limits, but still in close proximity, this place was exactly that. The property was immaculate, well stocked, and beautifully decorated. The charming community of Pilar was filled with many options to fill our time. From checking out local artist studios, to sitting riverside and taking in the sights and sounds of nature, we fell in love with the area.

                                                                  The owners, Bruce and Meg, were responsive, kind, and accommodating from first correspondence to departure. We’ve stayed in many VRBO properties and this will, by far, remain one of our favorites. We would recommend this property to anyone visiting the local area and who are looking for a beautiful property in a stunning landscape. We hope to return again very soon.

                                                                  Clean cozy.

                                                                  Edward C.

                                                                  Our stay was more than we expected. Perfect time of year to be here. So beautiful. The house was so warm and cozy. Very charming and immaculately clean

                                                                  Great location along the Rio Grande. A peaceful and quiet location and a wonderful property.

                                                                  Gary M.

                                                                  Meg and Bruce were terrific and their casita was everything we hoped for and more. The casita felt like a home away from home and included everything you could possibly need.


                                                                  Mary C.

                                                                  Our stay couldn't have been better! The casita was lovely. Meg provided everything we needed, and was responsive and helpful throughout the process. I would HIGHLY recommend.


                                                                  Taos, NM, USA

                                                                  Pilar is a quiet New Mexican village located on NM route 68 south of Taos. It lies adjacent to the Rio Grande river at the gateway to the magnificent Rio Grande Gorge and a gateway to the Rio Bravo National Monument. River sports, biking, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the summer activities. Winter skiing is nearby in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Sipapu. In addition to outdoor fun, the nearby towns boast numerous fine dining restaurants, art galleries, museums, and southwestern cultural points of interest. There are numerous festivals throughout the year including San Geronimo Day at Taos Pueblo, Indian Market in Santa Fe, and a Fall Balloon Rally in both Taos and Albuquerque. Other Activities: Hiking,birdwatching, kayaking, rafting, Anasazi petroglyph sites, cultural and historical museums Golf: The Taos Country Club is an easy, picturesque 15-minute drive from the casita. The Club features incredible 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos mesa. Ski: The southern Rocky Mountains boast several nearby ski resorts, including Taos, Santa Fe, Sipapu, and Red River. We are also a 4-hour drive from southern Colorado ski resorts. Our guests often pair a visit to southern Colorado with their stay here in northern New Mexico.

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                                                                  We have a new hot tub and patio area! Enjoy unparalleled views of Pilar butte and the Milky Way.

                                                                  67 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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