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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Bruce and Meg Peterson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

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 New Mexico

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this wonderful casita with us! The house is beautiful, the area is beautiful. We enjoyed our stay, and 2015 is off to great start. Thank you so much!
Dec 2014
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Amenities

Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
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!

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 66 reviews
5

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

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Twice Great

  • 5 of 5

This was a second stay (first was in winter, this time in summer), and cannot recommend more highly. The casita is perfect - exceptionally clean, pretty interior/exterior, nicely stocked cook's kitchen, and the beds/linens were great. Layout is nice and open. If there are two couples, it would be easy to park yourself in different areas of the house (a couple of porches, spa, as well as a reading nook) to have some alone time.

Truly only minutes from gorgeous scenery with miles of walkable hikes and rafting. (There's a note in the house to be watchful if you have small kids. Although no reason for families to rule it out, the casita is indeed imbedded into a mountain so terrain around it is steep with rock, cacti, etc.)

It's only 15 minutes or so to Taos and less than an hour to Santa Fe. The provided map works nicely, but recommend finding the house during daylight hours the first time.

The area is extremely quiet at night, i.e. no car noise or even noise from any of the sporadic homes within site. But the huge tv with Netflix provides relief if needed!

The owners are next door (very accommodating and pleasant), but you'd never know as there's so much shrubbery/fencing you don't really see anyone. If the weather's amenable, take Meg up on the offer for a birding trip...lots of fun and gives you an idea of areas you might enjoy exploring further. I also had the opportunity to see some of Bruce's stunning furniture woodworking; sadly he only builds for the family :(

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

The casita was everything we were looking for and more for our family of four. It was a very comfortable home with everything we needed. The property is gorgeous and we were able to easily take day trips to other places in the area then come back and relax for the evening. Bruce and Meg were very accommodating and friendly. If we're ever in the area again (which we would love to be as there is so much to explore in the area) we would definitely love to stay here again. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here a week in July trying to escape the Houston heat. The location is beautiful and the screened in back porch was my favorite. We really enjoyed the open windows at night. Easy access to Taos and scenic sights. My husband hiked up the side yard and it was awesome. Hosts were friendly and helpful. We didn't want to leave!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's fourth visit to the casita in Pilar. We love it. The scenery is wonderful, there are great walks all around with views and petroglyphs to be discovered. This year we saw, along with the usual wildlife, a baby bear across the river and pretty massive beavers who have made their home in the Rio Grande, as well as a wide assortment of birds. The casita is a nice little house with full kitchen, well kept up by the Petersons, who live nearby and are decent and friendly people. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Albuquerque
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Taos
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NM 64
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 7.31%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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