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Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

OPEN SUMMER AND FALL: 3 day minimum June 1 to August 31 - 4 people work, $50 extra per day for each person over 4 - please discuss this with Isabel; dog friendly (two dogs max). There is a pet cleaning refundable deposit required. See rates below for each season.

ANIMA OPENS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S ONLY HIGH SEASON RATES; 5 OR MORE DAYS $300 per night. Ornaments and tree stand in the upstairs eaves. Red Flyer and plastic sled there too! Find your child within. Give yourself permission to disconnect life and sleep in feather beds. See 'rates' for added costs for winter stays.

SUMMER- June 6-August 31: $180 A NIGHT - Rocky Mountain Summer when Columbines line the stream, and green meets New Mexico cornflower blue skies

FALL-September 1-October 10: $200 A NIGHT. Getting cool now - Franklin stove needed! When I hike off trail, I stand 1,500 feet above the valley, among the 'golden coins' of the fluttering aspens, looking down at everything painted gold.

WINTER: Christmas and New Year's only - 5 day minimum rental @ $300 a day - reserve early please!


. A posted wireless connection, and a computer

. Plenty of DVDs played on the small TV

. A dog friendly environment

. Works best for 4

. Is on Facebook and Twitter


. Anima is a family-owned, very beloved place that some say, is spiritual. Your respectful use is so appreciated because everything in it, is a memory.

. A simple, uncomplicated environment

. A place of great beauty

. A place to put yourself together again, to find peace, and comfort, a place to go behind time and gather your loved ones to you.

. A left turn up the mountain for hiking

. A walk across our stream bridge to Rubezahl Ski Run - and down you go!


. A one night stand

. A too tight cram of too many people or too many dogs

. A party place

. Very little kids do not work

If you don't mind not having TV reception, a dishwasher, or a washing machine , it's the place for you. There's lots of DVD's

The deck off the living room HAS NO RAILING. BE ADVISED.

Best, Isabel, Owner.

More Details

Isabel Bearman Bucher
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2016

About Isabel Bearman Bucher

Isabel lost her Bob IN 2012. It was a wonderful marriage, full of adventure and travel of the world doing home exchanges, but we always came home to Anima. Isabel is a retired elementary, and gifted ed. teacher, writer and author of Nonno's Monkey, an Italian American Memoir. She editing her second book, Tafoya's Laundromat, much of it, like Nonno, written at Anima. She manages two homes and is the general contractor and mini-maid of all seasons. She goes to Taos to do the laundry, hangs linens, then irons pillow cases, so that's why she has that three-day minimum. She believes truly in that harmony that comes to a soul, with the beauty that surrounds Anima. She is not interested in having a dishwasher, a washing machine or cable TV. She does relish PBS DVD's, good books, music, which are all at Anima, morning Caffe Robusto with the best sweet mountain water in the world, and an excellent 5PM Cab on the decks overlooking the year-round Lake Fork Stream. It is her greatest teacher. She believes in the healing value of simplicity.

Isabel Bearman Bucher purchased this cabin in 1984

Why Isabel Bearman Bucher chose New Mexico

If you need peace; if you need rest; if you need to put yourself back together again - come to Anima. If you're a hiker, backpacker, a mountain biker, you will be right on a ski and trail trek run for easy access to all the above. Isabel is a first generation Italian American whose people came from the Italian Alps. She's got a little mountain in every gene she possesses, so having this place wasn't a want or need, but a total obsession. Her Italian 'comeonna my house' persona delights in guests who share her love of this space, and who become friends.

What makes this cabin unique

WHAT ANIMA IS: A very beloved place of peace, rest and comfort. Anima is a home, not a 'rent.'


A one-night stand

A party place

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Potential Guests. We're glad you found us. Don't let the pictures intimidate you about climbing mountains. There's lots to do in the valley and in the town of historic Taos. Colorado is just an hour away, as well. Mainly, Anima is a place of peace and rest. When you cross the stream on the trip-trap bridge, there's an area beside another rivulet. It's a sit-down and think place. It's a place to be thankful for your days. There's a book there, signed by many people from around the world who found "The Bench." Isabel is a writer and has tucked the story of the area into the plastic bag. Be sure to add your thoughts, your home town and date.

Warm regards,

Isabel and Bob
May 2008
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Taos Ski Valley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size bed (1), Double Bed (1), Reader's Delight (1) - tucked away in the sunroom., Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • tennis
Silence, music, books, evening song of the Hermit Thrush, peace that comes from such beauty. Winter: 4-wheel drive ONLY!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Midland texas

And you didn't believe in heaven???

  • 5 of 5

The Stellar's Jay's greeted me every morning with their beautiful

Presence! The bridge, rapid water creek at your back door, FRESH air

And MOST of all, Isabel's love for her home created an environment

Of peace, solitude, honesty, oneness with our creator, and a yearning

To want to never leave....

I felt totally at home in a fashion That I have not felt since being a young boy. The stories

I read at the bench in the woods inspired me to reflect on all that is good. I have always

said that evil has no boundaries... Yes it does! Evil does not penetrate Anima

All the best for those who visit... Thank you Isabel

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amarillo, Tx

A magical mountain experience

  • 5 of 5

My family was fortunate enough to be able to stay in Isabel's cabin and we hope to return very soon! It really is a magical place! What I liked most about the cabin was the small outdoor living area by the stream that was open to anyone that might pass by. We saw a lot of ‘No Trespassing’ signs around other people’s cabins but not at Anima. My wife really loved falling asleep at nights with the sounds of the stream in the background.

Isabel, thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carlsbad, California

Beautiful, Beautiful, Bea...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful in every way!!! Nature is happy that this cabin is here. You can sit on the deck to enjoy the woods, gurgling stream, birds and "peace" which surround you. You can also sit inside and note the "love" with which this cabin is decorated! May fun and friendship surround you as it did for me!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Isabel and Bob have creat...

  • 5 of 5

Isabel and Bob have created a beautiful mountain retreat. The kitchen is a gourmet's delight and opens out in great room fashion on the dining and living rooms. The bedrooms are private and the large windows and decks bring the views of the mountain and the sound of the stream inside. Watch the hummingbirds or the dippers, explore for wildflowers or climb the mountain trails. This place has it all for nature lovers.

Michal Bowen NY, NY

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I have been to Anima thre...

  • 5 of 5

I have been to Anima three times, and each time I leave refreshed and relaxed. The cabin is comfortable and welcoming. It has been furnished with love, care, and attention to detail. Anima is a wonderful place that allows you to be as active as you wish, or simply sit back and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My wife and I stayed at A...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Anima in late September. It was beautiful and romantic. It's so quiet at night you could hear the bears pooping. We spent alot of time by the stream just soaking up the beauty. It's also just minutes away from a good jumping off point for climbing Wheeler's Peak.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

. Historic town or Taos 40 minutes downhill

. River rafting on the Rio Grande 30 minutes from Anima

. Bird watching from Eaglenest Lake and the Valle Vidal, and at Anima

. Ride the Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad

. GREAT fishing on the Rio Grande, Anima has 2 poles to lend.


Rates & Availability

Taos Ski Valley Cabin Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

WINTER:open.close $50
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
WINTER ONLY: snow plow $150
CLEANING FEE: Dec-Jan $140
Pet Fee $150
CLEANING FEE:June-Oct.15 $120
Tax Rate 15.0%

SUMMER: June 1-August 15: $180 per day, minimum 3 days; FALL: August 16-September 15: $200 per day, minimum 3 days; WINTER: Christmas and New Year's ONLY, minimum stay 5 or more days, $300 per day plus cleaning and snow plow fee. Maximum people: 4. Very little children need to be discussed with Isabel. Pet friendly: 2 dogs max.

First day's rent using PayPal
Payment in full one month to two weeks before arrival
Signed returned contract with refundable damage deposit of $1,000.00 mailed to owner Isabel Bucher

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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