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Elegant Getaway on Continental Divide In Pinos Altos, 7 miles from Silver City

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Vacation casita in tranquil forested mountain hamlet Pinos Altos on Cont Divide

Located on Continental Divide at 7K ft. in mountain hamlet of Pinos Altos and 7 miles from Silver City, the newly constructed and fully furnished guest house offers an elegant passive-solar getaway on the edge of the Gila National Forest. Trails lead from guesthouse into the forest, peaks, and canyons of the Pinos Altos Range.

Pinos Altos Casita has a full kitchen (with dishwasher) and utility room with full-sized washer and dryer, as well a large storage room for your gear, bikes, and luggage. One bedroom and a loft with bedding for other guests. Porch, outside dining area, garden, fenced yard for dog, and roof terrace. Your mountain retreat home is only several blocks from downtown Pinos Altos where most guests enjoy dinner and music at Buckhorn Saloon. Drive north through forest to Gila Cliff Dwellings, and explore wilderness, river, and great hiking and biking trails leading directly from the casita.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Tom Barry
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About Tom Barry

Deb Preusch is the outreach and internship coordinator at the Aldo Leopold Charter School, which is dedicated to experiential learning and named after the visionary conservationist who promoted the creation of wilderness areas, including the Gila Wilderness -- which lies in our backyard. Tom Barry is a writer and policy analyst associated with the Center for International Policy, specializing in U.S.-Mexico issues. Common interests include backpacking, traveling in Latin America, hiking, biking, and camping -- and good books and movies!

Tom Barry purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Tom Barry chose New Mexico

We came to Pinos Altos in 1996 because we didn't want to raise our children or spend the rest of our lives in a big city (Albuquerque) -- and because we have always lover this part of New Mexico for its climate, Gila National Forest, and the vibrant small town of Silver City. Our property, which we bought with friends, is on the edge of Pinos Altos (about 250 people, 7 miles from Silver City, and 1,000 ft. higher). We built a beautiful straw-bale and adobe passive-solar home with a view of the Pinos Altos range. We can bike, hike, and occasionally cross-country sky directly from our home, as you can from our cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

* Tranquility, quiet, views of mountains.

* Easy access to the services of an urban area, with good restaurants, university, music, etc.

* Array of Biking, hiking out your door.

* Base to visit Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks, Gila Wilderness, Gila River, and Lake Roberts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our time at the casita was memorable and more joyful than anticipated. This little cottage is immaculate. All new interior surfaces and passive solar controlled heat makes the comfort level perfect.

This little cottage in nestled into a pinion and juniper natural area with nature trails a few steps away. The best restaurant in town in minutes away on foot. Historic sites are within view. The night sky is bright with the constellations and I am glad I brought my binoculars for the stars and spectacular wildlife (we a faun at dusk). I wish we could have stayed longer.
Oct 2014
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Elegant Getaway on Continental Divide In Pinos Altos, 7 miles from Silver City
average rating of 4.923077 based on 31 reviews

Great Visit to Gila Wilderness

  • 5 of 5

This lovely casita is the perfect place to stay while exploring the Gila Wilderness Area. It is quiet, peaceful, and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is well-equipped and has lots of "extras" that are commonly missing from rental homes such as flour, sugar, and a variety of oils. There were even brown eggs and butter in the refrigerator. The bed is very comfortable and sheets and towels are high quality. The washer & dryer were easy to use. The passive solar heat/cooling worked well and the casita was always comfortable. There is an exceptional small selection of movies to watch. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our weekend stay at the Casita. Our hosts were great and the casita was comfortable and inviting. We also enjoyed visiting nearby Silver City and just hanging out at the casita. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Beautiful beyond words!

  • 5 of 5

Pinos Altos Casita…..enjoy and relax….we did.

The Casita was perfect; Tom, our host , was helpful and informative and friendly.

The cottage itself is tastefully laid out and decorated, clean and well lighted with every convenience advertised and many that were not. The bed was comfortable, the ambiance relaxed and we slept like innocent babes. The grounds are well kept with adequate and convenient parking.

Tom and Deb thoughtfully E-mailed an attatchment with information on almost everything we might need to know about the area.

Both are very caring hosts who go out of their way to make you feel at home.

We had a great visit and are already planning our next one.

Thank you Tom and Deb

Wayne and Laura Smith

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Tucson, AZ


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a lot of VRBO properties and this one is definitely in our top 5! We loved the location -- really felt like we were out in the woods but actually not that far from Silver City if you need to go there. The casita was immaculate and so nicely appointed. We had everything we needed but it was not cluttered at all. Comfy bed, wonderful kitchen, cozy living room, large bathroom with a great shower -- all even better than the pictures showed. We met Tom when we first got there and after that we were left alone. I'm sure if we had needed something Tom would have been right there but we loved being self-sufficient and by ourselves. The drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings was gorgeous and we think it is one of the best National Monuments around. We will absolutely be recommending the Pinos Altos Casita to anyone who will listen and we will be putting this one on our list for a repeat stay!

Ron & Nancy Rude

Tucson Arizona

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Round Rock, TX

Charming Casita with all the comforts and conveniences of home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Casita. Deb was there to greet us upon our arrival and she was so warm and welcoming. When booking, I was a little concerned that it might be too small, but we found it to be plenty spacious for the two of us. It's actually surprisingly roomy inside, with many luxurious touches throughout. There is a nice, big closet in the bedroom with a wide bench for your suitcase and shelves to stow any other bulky items you may have with you. The memory foam bed was sooo comfortable, we both slept like babies! The kitchen has lots of counter space and all of the appliances and cooking items you need. There's a little laundry room right off the kitchen that holds a stacked front-loading washer & dryer. Both were clean and in perfect working order. The living room was very cozy and comfortable, and we enjoyed watching the many birds that came to the feeder right outside the window. The bathroom is quite roomy, with a nice, wide counter and several drawers to hold all of your stuff. There's a beautiful, tiled walk-in shower with a big rainfall shower head. There's a wide towel bar and many hooks to hang things, which we found to be very convenient. Don't let the lack of A/C in the Casita worry you. The temperature was in the 90's when we were there, and we never got too hot. The abundance of strategically placed windows and fans really keeps it comfortable. In fact, it got so chilly at night that we had to close the windows! The best part about staying at the Casita was the peace and quiet. No city noise, just the soft chirping of birds and crickets. Absolutely wonderful and so relaxing! We also enjoyed the area hiking trails while we were there and visited the Gila Cliff Dwellings, which was definitely worth the long drive to get there. You will not be disappointed with this place! Do stop off in Silver City on the way to the Casita to buy food, because there are no shops or convenience stores in Pinos Altos. Thank you Deb and Tom for a most enjoyable stay! We hope to return one day.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Small but very nice for one or two guests!

  • 4 of 5

The casita is tiny but provides many nice touches. The kitchen is equipped perfectly and the bathroom walk in shower is great with all amenities one could want. Bird feeders are hung directly outside the seating area window and provide regular visits from both songbirds and hummingbirds. Even though we visited during a horrendous heat wave, the lack of air conditioning didn't deter comfortable sleeping through a combination of fans and opening the windows to the cooler air of 7000 feet elevation. The owners obviously do everything they can to make visitors feel welcome. There's even a rascal of a Spotted Towhee that visited our parked vehicle each morning to bang his beak on the side view mirrors - a unique wake-up call if there ever was one. How they trained him to do that remains a mystery. Be sure to have a rag ready to clean the associated deposits off your vehicle. All in all, we look forward to returning to this delightful property.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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"Meals are always interesting and delicious. Lunches are affordable, dinners are expensive bu..."
Nearest Airport
165 Miles
El Paso
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Buckhorn Saloon
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 15
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Buckhorn Restaurant
Car: necessary

Pinos Altos:

Buckhorn Saloon

The only place to eat in Pinos Altos. An easy walk across town. Live music most nights. Monday is “Open Mic” night when you can generally hear a lot of great local musicians. Great hamburgers, buffalo burgers, and green chile stew in the bar. Steaks and more formal menu in the dining room.

Opera House

Old School Museum

Pinos Altos Art Gallery/Hearst Church

Open late April – early October, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Silver City:

1) WNMU Museum

The largest and most complete collection of Mimbres pottery

(575) 538-6386

Mon-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm

2) Silver City Museum

(575) 538-5921

Tues-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm

3) La Capilla

4) Big Ditch Park

5) Farmers’ Market: Saturday mornings, May-October

6) Art Galleries (see enclosed: “Self-Guided Art Walk Map”)


1) San Vicente

2) Boston Hill

3) Gomez Peak at Little Walnut

4) Dragonfly

Monthly Events:

February: Chocolate Fantasia

April: Tour of the Gila (international bike race) over five days

May: Last Saturday and Sunday: Blues Festival (free music in Gough Park)

June: Wild West Pro Rodeo

July: Big Ditch Day, Independence Day Parade, SC Museum Ice Cream Social

August: Silver City Clay Festival

September: Taste of Downtown, Pickamania (free music in Gough Park), San Vicente Artists Fair

October: Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk

November: Lighted Christmas Parade

December: Tamal Fiesta y Más

Hikes Close to Pinos Altos:

Cross Mountain Road

From Rock Street go north on Highway 15 for ½ mile. Cross Mountain Road is on the right across from Bear Creek Cabins and just past Boulder Trail Road. Park near the turn-off unless you have a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle in which case you could try to follow the road -- not recommended. Walking, you follow the jeep road toward Cross Mountain, and ascend to the peak on a single track trail whose trailhead is marked by a cross. Great views of Pinos Altos and the mining district. Roughly a 4-mile walk.

Continental Divide Trail

You can access the Continental Divide Trail from near Pinos Altos.

1. 1.6 miles north on Highway 15 CDT crosses the road. Park on the pullout on the left, and catch the trail heading west.

2. 1.3 miles north on Highway 15 is the Arrastra Site. The CDT goes south and then ascends west, climbing to the ridge.

3. You could also connect to the CDT by walking up Cross Mountain Road, and then ascend to the left on steep gravel road that takes you to the ridge trail that meets up with the CDT as it heads to Twin Sisters Peaks.

Cherry Creek Road

Turn right on Highway 15 and continue 2.7 miles. Crossing a creek, there is a sign for the Cherry Creek Ranch. Pull in and park your vehicle. This is a lovely road by a creek and often boxed in by canyon walls that leads to a privately owned section and to a trail (about 1 ¾ miles in) that ascends to the Pinos Altos Range. Roughly 4 miles in and out.

Ben Lilly Pond

At 2.9 miles north on #15, you can park your car at the intersection with a jeep road that descend for about a mile to Ben Lilly Pond. You can keep walking along the creek for a few miles. Lovely cliffs and creek crossings.

Ben Lilly Memorial Overlook

At 3.3 miles there is a sharp turn to the right and a parking lot at the turn. Park here for a short walk to Ben Lilly Overlook. Great vistas and boulders.

Moon Rocks

At 3.6 miles you can pull off the road at an orange reflector on your left for a walk on what locals call the moon rocks. Great place to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine and some cheese and bread. There is also a larger pullout a bit further up on the right.

Cycling and Running

If you are a runner, road cyclists, or mountain biker, you can talk to Tom about the best places to bike and ride.

Things to Do in a Day

#1 Driving Trip

The Inner Loop (or Trail of the Mountain Spirits)


City of Rocks State Park (monthly star gazing events:

Faywood Hot Springs: (575) 536-9663

10:00 am-10:00 pm every day, all year.

Mexico! (must have a passport)

Palomas, Mexico is 1½ hours southeast of Silver City.

Pancho Villa State Park is in the border down of Columbus.



Glenwood Fish Hatchery



Ben Lilly Lookout

Cherry Creek Campground

McMillian Campground

Signal Peak

Little Toad Creek Inn & Restaurant (open April - September)

Lake Roberts

Gila Hot Springs

Gila Cliff Dwellings


Dragonfly Petroglyph Site

Ft. Bayard Historical District

Santa Rita Open Pit Copper Mine (the oldest continually operated copper

mine in the US and one of the largest pit operations)

Living Harvest Bakery: High in carbs, but great in taste

Tuesday-Saturday 7:00-2:00. (575) 536-3267

Mimbres Culture Heritage Site



Rates & Availability

Pinos Altos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Fall
May 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15


We welcome as many as two well-behaved, well-groomed dogs: $15 night fee or $75 weekly fee. If you are staying two nights, the pet fee will be $30. If you are staying seven nights, the pet fee will be $75, while eight nights will be $90. Two lap dogs, one fee.

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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Pinos Altos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Hand-crafted sink and walk-in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen-sized bed, full-closet with shelves on each side, and large mirror facing bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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