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An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

This is the most soul-healing, peaceful, relaxing, put-a-smile-back-on-your-face destination imaginable!

"A truly great structure, one that stands the tests of time, never disregards its environment. A serious architect takes that into account. He knows that if he wants presence, he must consult with nature. He must be captivated by the light. Always the light. Always..."

-From the 2006 movie, The Lake House

Impossibly Cool Digs...

One of the very first “earth ship” homes ever built in New Mexico. What is an earth ship? In a nutshell, an earth ship is a green, eco-friendly, energy efficient home. Essentially, half of the house is “bermed” into the earth in order to retain heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The entire front of the earth ship is a continuous wall of windows, so the wonderful ambient light (day and night) and our magnificent mountain scenery fills the entire home. In other words, it is as though the outside is actually part of the inside. There are no artificial city lights to pollute the night sky, so the stars are downright breathtaking even inside the house!

Our mountain retreat is undoubtedly one of the most unique, whimsical, eclectic, magical homes you will ever run across. The inside of our earth ship looks as though it was taken right out of the pages of Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit.” One of the many outstanding features of our house are its three, separate, Bilbo Baggins-style “bed caves.” These amazing bedrooms are cozy, beautifully sculpted, plastered, carpeted works of art.

Kids especially love this house! When they first enter the place, they run around wildly laughing and screaming with delight...

What really makes this funky little Hobbit house so special is its extremely private physical location and the magical forest that surrounds it. Our Earth Ship is nestled at the end of a MAGNIFICENT, PRIVATE, fir and aspen-lined meadow at an 8,200 foot elevation. Our 'back yard' is hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine National Forest! The only neighbors in view of the home are elk, deer, wild turkey and a million hummingbirds!!!

There is a private hiking/mountain bike/horseback/snow shoe trail right out of the back yard that accesses hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads. The amazing part is that there’s not a soul back there aside from the very-rare hiker or mountain biker.

The bird watching here is simply incredible. Because we are in a transitional zone between high desert and sub-alpine ecosystems, we have an unparalleled mix of bird species. The combination of grassy meadow, Gambel oak, pine/fir and aspen ecosystems attract myriad species. From May through September, we have hundreds of hummingbirds (4 different species) visiting our twenty-some-odd feeders at any one time. There are so many hummingbirds on the feeders in the morning and evening that they will literally land on your fingers! The chicadees and two species of nuthatch are also trained to eat out of your hand(September-April)!

From late June through early September, the wild flowers are exceptional. There are literally hundreds of different species blooming throughout the summer months. Wild edible/medicinal plants are also abundant.

Wildlife is extremely plentiful. Quite often, you’ll see elk, mule deer, wild turkey, grouse, bobcat,fox and coyotes right in the yard!

We have several hundred yards of seasonal creek that runs through the gated, fifteen-acre property.

Our earth ship is an easy 12-minute ride into downtown Taos (and about 20-minutes to Angel Fire, 50-minutes to Taos Ski Valley and 50-minutes to Red River), yet you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the nearest settlement.

This is the perfect place for peace, quiet and nature seeking families, artists, musicians, writers, hikers, experienced mountain bikers (you can access the South Boundary trail from our private trail into the Forest), bird lovers, nature photographers, snow shoe and cross country ski buffs or just anyone looking for an extremely-private location in Taos to completely escape from reality!

Three bedrooms (queen-sized beds in each bedroom) with an additional futon in the loft/television area.


*The open air arrangement of the three separate bedrooms does not allow a great deal of privacy, so you’ll need to be comfortable with the folks you’re staying with. All the bedrooms are up a small flight of stairs, so this is not an ideal rental for handicapped folks.

** Excluding the bathroom, this home is heated in the winter exclusively by passive solar and wood stoves (ample firewood and kindling are supplied at no extra charge). The house is extremely comfortable in the daytime, but really cools down at night in the winter after the fires go out (November through March). It’s quite cool in the middle of the night and especially in the morning before the wood stoves get the temperature back up. If you are unable or unwilling to use the wood stoves or are uncomfortable waking up in cool temperatures, this is not an ideal winter rental for you -- you're better off coming between May and October!!!

***Although we keep the driveway plowed at all times, renters must have all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles from November through March.

Also, check out our Santa Fe VRBO rental #74169. We book combination Santa Fe/Taos rentals if you're interested!

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2017

About The Owner

We're a family of three. Dad, mom and nine year old daughter. We spend half our time in Taos and half our time in Santa Fe. Dad is the director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and owns and operates an outdoor travel company that sends folks fishing around the world. He is also an outdoor writer and photographer as well as a passionate conservationist, nature lover, bird watcher, naturalist, et cetera. Mom is a real estate broker, chef, baker and designer.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose New Mexico

We looked for many years trying to find the perfect 'get away' property that accessed pristine forest, but also offered easy access to the town of Taos. This fit our criteria perfectly!

What makes this house unique

This place is the most soul-healing, get back to reality, relaxing, put-a-smile back on your face, bring back the creative juices destination on earth. We'd shrivel up and die without it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks Garrett & Annie!

It was delightful - one of our best Christmas' ever!

Loved being in the snow... We were warm and cozy and appreciated the fully-stocked kitchen. It has everything!

Hope to see you all again in the future -

Happy New Year!
Dec 2010
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Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

An Enchanting Taos Hideaway in an Enchanted Forest
average rating of 4.902439 based on 42 reviews
Salt Lake City, UT

Magical Experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for five nights. Highlights: Fresh cut elk steak delivered to us by the owner Garrett. Amazing! A magical hike right above the cabin with not another hiker in sight, listening for elk bulls bugling (sp?) and female elk mewing (sp?). Scat from elk, deer and bear on the trail. Pair of coyotes crossing the road below the cabin. Wonderful birds including a coopers hawk. Well equipped cabin. Comfortable for a romantic get away. Historic Taos is 10 minute away. You will literally think that you are all alone with the beauty of nature in the remote Taos deep forest. The earthship is a unique and wonderful experience. Description is very accurate. I would and will rent here again and again and again. Love this unique and magical find.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the thoughtful review Stacy! -Garrett
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Bigelow, AR

Heart and Soul Revival

  • 5 of 5

Since April 1 2016, I've joyously spent approximately 70 days/nights at this Enchanted Earthship House. Each time I leave I miss it intensely and as soon as I get back home I start thinking about when I can go back. I miss the trees and the hiking paths. I miss the huge windows that marries the occupants with nature. I miss the birds and the chipmunks and the small, dark squirrels. I miss the trees that I've watched sparkle with rain and glisten with snow and dance in the breeze. I love my own home but I consider the funky and bizarre Enchanted Earthship a perfect hideout to revive my heart and soul. If you are a nature lover and are looking for a new experience in a National Forest and a very unique setting give it a try. And then there's Garrett and Annie - fun and interesting and all around great folks.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved the place!

  • 5 of 5

A fun and funky forest hideaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anoka, MN

Super Cool Place - Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED this place. The pictures are highly accurate. If you look at them and think - this place looks super cool! - then this place is for you. It's quirky and cool and just what we like. We loved the sleeping caves that get nice and dark. Feeding the birds and basking in the beauty that is literally right out your doorstep was a highlight. We even went sledding down the driveway - providing lots of laughs and tiring out our dog. Speaking of which, our dog was so happy here and we so appreciate being able to bring him. Note, the cabin includes many modern conveniences including lights, refrigerator, shower etc., but you will need to be willing to build fires in the wood stove for heat. We actually found it fun. Most of all Garrett was an exceptional host. He lives part time in a house just down the hill. He greeted us on arrival and showed us around the house teaching us how to properly build a fire in the wood stove, use the gas oven etc... He called to check in on us after a day to make sure everything was going fine. Finally, when snow was added to the forecast, he allowed us to add on an extra day to our stay to ensure safe travel home. We are so grateful and would definitely stay again when we return to Taos.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Most Perfect Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Including the perfectly timed snowfall for a white Christmas, each and every thing about our ten days in this house was magical. If you are looking for a unique and extremely special place to be, look no further. You will be living in a National Forest along with the birds and other wildlife. Right in the forest with not another person or home in sight. There is no sound except the stillness of the forest. The home is comfortable and fun with every detail attended to. Garrett went out of his way to make sure that we were comfortable and happy. He plowed the drive when it snowed, brought us sleds and snowshoes and even came bearing the incredible gift of elk steaks. We actually felt like we were treasured friends, come for Christmas, instead of paying guests. My family was hoping for solitude, quite and beauty for our Christmas in the mountains and we got everything we hoped for. Come here...stay in this amazing and fun house and see for yourself what its like to live in the middle of nature herself. Thank you, Garrett, for sharing this special place and for your kind hospitality.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Cruces, NM

Uniquely New Mexican and Bad Ass

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I spent a weekend here in December. It felt like we had absconded from society and joined the birds, the elk, the deer, and all the badass wildlife in harmony with the national forest that surrounds this awesome property. You'll have pretty much anything you need here -- the place is exremely clean, decked out with all the necessities, a very short time from town, and just minutes away from all the cool places in northern NM. Garrett is a great host and will go out of the way to get you anything you need, especially firewood. Dude loves firewood. This earth ship is uniquely New Mexican, you won't have any other experience like it anywhere in Taos. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Angel Fire
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 64
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Monte Sagrado
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Angel Fire Resort

Taos Pueblo

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Rafting nearby


Skiing (both downhill and cross country)

Zip line


Art galleries



Historical sites

Mountain biking



Snow shoeing

Hot air balloon rides



Wildlife viewing

Star gazing


Reclaiming your peace of mind and sense of reality


Rates & Availability

Taos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 20 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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