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

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

Tom Barry
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2018

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 Pinos Altos

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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Pinos Altos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • * No pets on beds or furniture.
  • * Pets not allowed in casita without owner unless corralled or caged.
  • * Guests will notify owner if items are damaged, and compensate or replace.
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
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


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Elegant Getaway on Continental Divide In Pinos Altos, 7 miles from Silver City
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 41 reviews

Beautiful solar casita

  • 5 of 5

As others have said, this casita is a gem. It has everything one could need in a small space that is beautifully designed and decorated (not to mention very clean and comfortable). I really love the fact that it is a passive solar design, we were perfectly comfortable - warm by the time the day was cooling off and cool as the night progressed. No supplemental heat was necessary during our late December stay...awesome environmental concept!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Cottonwood, AZ

A lovely, cozy little Casita with all the modern conveniences.

  • 5 of 5

A quiet little hide away in Pinos Altos, NM. Enjoyed the owners and their two lovable dogs who greeted us on every arrival, the multiple hummingbirds, the never ending supply of other birds arriving at the multiple feeders, the surrounding mountains and trails, Gila National Monument and Silver City. It is all there for your enjoyment and pleasure, the Owners are very friendly and have provided a book full of information on the area, cupboards stocked with spices and other condiments and the refrigerator with fresh eggs and real butter, and a patio garden with a gas grill. They have provided everything one would need to enjoy their stay and we surely did enjoy our time there.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place was nicely outfitted with everything we needed. Very comfortable bed. Nice kitchen. The outdoor area is beautiful, and if you are a birdwatcher this is paradise.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Carlsbad, California

Restful, relaxing---a chance to get back in touch with nature.

  • 5 of 5

We had four wonderful nights at the Casita. This is a beautifully renovated cabin with all the amenities. It is located in a gorgeous natural setting, with many hiking trails close by. One is actually right on the property. Tom and Deb made sure we were secure and had all the information we needed for a comfortable stay. Silver City is also nearby, and a fascinating , artsy New Mexico town. We enjoyed the owners' two dogs, although one of them barked every night when any car approached. However, we would love to return for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Fantastic property, close to great hiking adventures and very dog friendly.

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely come visit again.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like-New, everything you need, lovely and comfy, plus great hosts

  • 5 of 5

title says it all: i travel alot and this place is among the best w lovely furnishings, all the amenities of home, and upscale construction / artistic decorating. Location is beautiful, relaxing, peaceful; and the hosts are gracious & helpful

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Curious Kumquat -- CLOSED
"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 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.