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Mountains in Your Face

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 1-6; 2 Bedrooms (3 beds), 2 Baths, 1 lrg. pull-out in living room.

Last minute cancellation for last week in January. Huge snowstorm expected. Make your reservation now. Luna Vista in Taos is 25 minutes from the ski valley. If skiing or snowshoeing isn't your thing, take leisurely walks around the plaza to shop or window gaze, visit the Taos Pueblo, eat at any of the fine restaurants or just relax at Luna Vista, your spacious adobe home. Enjoy the glorious views of Taos Mountain and the Sangre de Cristo Range from the front porch or the hot tub. Or, take in the views from Luna Vista's roomy interior. Sleeping features are a bedroom with a massive king sleigh bed and another with two queens. The sofa pulls out to a queen in the living room as well. The house is built with traditional viga ceilings and tile floors and sports furniture built for comfort, a complete kitchen with enough room for two cooks, original Southwestern art work and a cozy TV nook with recliners off the living room. The banquet-type dining table and openness make for great for entertaining yet the home encourages intimate getaways as well. While in Taos, visit the Taos Pueblo, or any number of shops, restaurants, music venues, museums and art galleries. Enjoy Taos Ski Valley or one of the many colorful towns nearby, then return to the serenity of your accommodations.

Sally Ooms
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Sally Ooms

I have a career as a print journalist, and wrote a non-fiction book at a casita on the property. The book is called Finding Home: How Americans Prevail. A native of Kansas City, I lived in New Mexico for more than 20 years. I moved to the California Delta in 2013 after an extensive book tour, and am plotting another book.

I still make all the bookings and oversee operations from afar. A manager on site sees to visitors' needs.

My mate and I are travelers, part gypsy. We have spent eight weeks in New Zealand junketing about in a camper van, then four weeks traveling around Australia. We have a BMW motorcycle which we took to Alaska a few summers ago, the north shore of Lake Superior and the Grand Canyon.

Cooking, gardening, hiking, swimming and painting all top my list of fun things to do, along with appreciating my partner's photography.

Sally Ooms purchased this house in 2003

Why Sally Ooms chose El Prado

The mountains and quality of light found in and around Taos have become part of my soul. I love the organic feel of an adobe house. Plus I am a sucker for a view. That's why I chose my particular viewing spot. The sunrises and sunsets always delight. Watching the moon rise from the portal is magic.


El Prado House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please be sure to read, sign and send the contract we provide below to complete your reservation. Thanks.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • + Convertible bed(s)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting
Mountain View. Handicapped and Wheelchair Accessible (may have limitations). Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer.


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Mountains in Your Face
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews

Mountains truly are in your face

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home with a lot of space to enjoy the views and watch the sky change colors. The sweet details are true to NM, and make you feel warm and welcome. We visited with our two small children, and there was plenty of space for them to play while we cooked or watched the sunset/rise. We are regular visitors of Taos and will look to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. I'm so glad you had what sounds like a good, relaxing time. Glad the children enjoyed it too. Come back soon.
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Great house and convenient location--between town and slopes

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay! The house is outside of Taos, about 15 minutes from downtown and 30 minutes from Ski Valley. The approach to the house is nothing special (the dirt road is a pain but our minivan had no problem) but once inside, the house is beautifully decorated and has everything you need. The beds were comfortable, the linens were new and plentiful, there's a washer/dryer and the kitchen was surprisingly well-equipped for a rental. Multiple pots and pans, plenty of dishes, lots of utensils and the dishwasher made meals very easy. Madrona was very helpful in giving us some hiking ideas (and there were binders full of entertainment ideas and a book or two on area hikes) plus ideas on where to eat and buy groceries, and I liked that a property manager was close by. Wi-fi, all the tv channels, hot tub, kiva fireplace and beautiful views--had we not had great weather for hiking and skiing our kids would have been content to stay at the house all day. All in all a great experience and one of the best houses we've rented so far.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and detailed review. We are glad you came and hope you will return some day soon. Best wishes.
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Roomy and Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We and our pooch were very comfortable during our early February visit. The house is spacious enough for a larger group, yet always felt cozy for the three of us. Being a few miles from town, the HDTV channel selection was much appreciated - better than any vacation home we have visited, with the added bonus of a PVR to save and watch our chosen programming over the course of the week. The Wi-Fi was speedy and reliable, as well. The area is quiet and the mountain views are special. We didn't try the second bathroom but the master bedroom shower was somewhat tricky, requiring a fair bit of fiddling to get the right temperature. Perhaps a change in shower head would improve the experience as well. The master shower is the only reason for not giving the home a full five stars. Madrona, the caretaker was friendly and helpful. We would go back in future visits to the Taos area.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. I am glad you told us about the shower head. That is a pet peeve of mine when I go visiting! We will look into it and correct it as soon as possible. Come back soon. Best, Sally
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Great family home in Taos.

  • 4 of 5

My family of five spent five nights in the Luna Vista rental house. We really enjoyed the space the house has, the convenient location to the Taos Ski Valley and the excellent hospitality. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. I am always so happy to hear about fun times at Luna Vista. Do hope you return! Sally
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Comfortable, authentic, affordable

  • 5 of 5

We booked this for our family of 5 to enjoy Taos Ski Valley. We wanted a property with a yard so our kids could run around in the snow when we weren’t skiing. It would have been perfect had there been snow. Still, the spectacular views and beautifully crafted adobe architecture would not disappoint in any weather. The kitchen and baths, though not updated, were workable. We would have loved to spend even more time there. 5 Days was not enough. We would do it all again. One tip: though this property is just outside town, it requires navigating on a dirt road and would be tough to find at night, so plan your arrival in daylight. Payoff: remote location made for amazing stargazing.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We love the stars, although we can't take credit for them. We love the snow, but can't take credit for it either. Sorry it was not cooperative. Expecting big snows coming up. Please come see us again soon. (Hint: summer is nice too!) Best, Sally
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Thanksgiving week in Taos

  • 4 of 5

The house was perfect for us during our November stay in Taos. We loved the location. It seemed very private and the view was wonderful. Though days were warm enough to be comfortable outside, we enjoyed the fireplace every evening and early morning. The kitchen had everything we needed and were told to ask if we needed anything else. Beds were comfy, towels were thick and soft. Plumbing seemed a bit quirky- we learned early on not to flush a toilet if someone was in the shower as the hot water would scald them! The ambiance of the house was appealing with lots of books and nice artwork and accessories. As a reader, I would have liked better lighting to read by at night. But those are minor things. We will definitely come back the next time we visit Taos. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We definitely will look into plumbing issues! My gosh. Didn't realize that others could not use hot water if one is in the shower. And, you are right. We do need better reading lights. Will work on those things. Always appreciate it when we know what to do. Glad you came, and come back soon. Sally
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles

Two Hour Drive from Albuquerque Airport, 15 Min. from Taos) The ski valley for winter fun is 25 minutes away (Taos Ski Valley) and there are others in the area. The house is a nice base in the summer for people who want to hike, raft, walk, enjoy Taos Pueblo or excellent small museums and great restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 7.25%

Pets are welcome. When you arrive, you will be asked to give my managers a check for $50 per pet as a refundable deposit. The check is then torn up after the maid checks the home. Usually no problem. There is no fenced yard. Pets must be walked and taken with you when you go out or kenneled. I have a kennel if you don't want to travel with one.

I send a contract stating the amount for deposit which is normally half the rent minus the tax. Renters may return the signed contract with a check or write in their credit card. If they are not comfortable with that, they are able to call me with the number. After I receive the contract and payment, I send an invoice showing the rest of the amount due upon arrival. Last minute is thru e-mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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