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Skies at Taos - Spacious Adobe for Families & Friends - Views!

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Last updated: 10/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
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  • Pets considered:Yes
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Property description

Vistas, indoors and out, grace this artist’s retreat in Taos, NM. Our comfortable home has ample room for peaceful meditation or socializing. The Skies is a sprawling adobe on nearly five acres of sage-covered mesa. 18-inch thick mica- and straw-flecked adobe walls, supporting vigas and a kiva fireplace, hand-made doors, copper and hand-painted Mexican tiles all give this home its roots in traditional Southwestern design. Four sets of 8-foot high, glass, screened French doors , vast windows and high ceilings, make the most of The Skies’ spectacular mountain views.
Set in Las Colonias, The Skies is an easy and beautiful drive from the museums, restaurants, shops and galleries around Taos Plaza (6.2 miles), Taos Ski Valley (16.6 miles), Taos Pueblo (7.2 miles), the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (8.1 miles) and numerous other local treasures. Intriguing sights, shops and restaurants abound along these routes.
Enter through adobe archways into the covered portal from which a heavy wooden door opens into the front hall, with a small seating area and original artwork. From there you may enter the great room, the heart of the house. At one end is a kiva fireplace, comfortable seating and tall, glass French doors. In the center is an elegant dining area with a table which can easily accommodate ten guests. The other end is a large, well equipped, kitchen with copper counters and sink, butcher block food prep station a pantry and sunset views.
The guest wing, newly created from an oversized solarium, contains two bedrooms and a cheery sunroom. The sunroom has comfortable seating, an additional dining table (for sunlit breakfasts) and a 43-inch 3-D HD TV with WIFI. The southeast bedroom has a queen bed, walk-in closet and a loft with a double bed, shelves for clothing or toys and plenty of extra floor space. The loft, accessible by Pueblo-style ladder, has a sloping ceiling, thus is best suited to younger guests who will enjoy the adventure. The west bedroom has 2 XL twin beds which can be made up as a king upon request. These three rooms each have 8-foot high glass French doors opening onto a long patio with a barbecue grill. This is the ideal place for summer evening cocktails and star-gazing. The two bedrooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows have custom wooden blinds to lower for filtering light or providing privacy. Bathing facilities in this wing are configured for flexibility, privacy and comfort, with two separate rooms containing sinks and commodes plus a room with a sunlit steam shower and an additional sink, countertop and cabinets. Hand-painted tiles, hand-crafted sinks and cabinets make these rooms a pleasure to use.
The enormous master bedroom is at the other end of the house, with a king bed, 2 chaise-longues for DVD or video viewing, and seven picture windows with views of a walled courtyard and Taos Mountain. Adjacent is a studio/workroom with a twin bed, views to the west and a door to the outside. Above these rooms is a private apartment with a long-term tenant who watches the house in our absence and can answer any questions which may arise. The master bath is off the front hall. It has a deep, soaking tub, a separate shower, a walk-in closet/ dressing room and hand-painted details throughout.

Keywords: Quiet 4+ acres on mesa with fragrant sage and 360 degree views of mountains. Pets ok, steam shower, vigas, latillas,kiva f/p. Patio & covered portale. 1/2 hour from Ski Valley, 10 min. from Plaza, 10 min. from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    While the community has no minimum age requirements, we are looking to rent to responsible adults who respect our home and our neighborhood. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    THE SKIES is a great place for intergenerational gatherings - family and friends. The SW bedroom can have either two XL twin beds or one king-sized. The sleeping loft above the SE bedroom can be a fun place for kids to have as their own space. The studio/ workroom could be nice for a teen who wants some privacy from smaller kids. The Sun Room has a large-screen TV streaming NETFLIX and a sturdy table with 4 chairs, suitable for casual meals or playing card or board games. There is room to run around outside. Taos is a child-friendly place where most activities include children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking in the house please! Smokers may smoke outside on either the front patio/portal or the back patio, where each bedroom and the sunroom all have French doors leading out. Please dispose of matches and cigarette butts with care, since accidental fire must be a concern in the arid Southwest....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved and -trained dogs are welcome at THE SKIES. We do not expect pets to be allowed in beds or on furniture. However, there are plenty of rugs and the concrete floors are both hard to damage with muddy footprints and easy to clean. Dogs will enjoy being able to look out the windows, many of which extend down to "dogs-eye" level. Dogs should be supervised while outside, since coyotes and other dogs could be encountered. There are plenty of good walks for dogs and people, on the dirt roads through the mesa and on hiking trails around Taos....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Master bedroom: 1 king

    Huge room with two chaise-longues; TV for video-watching...moreless

  • Southwest Bedroom : 2 twin/ single

    Alternate configuration: 1 KING...moreless

  • Studio/workroom: 1 twin/ single

    large room; couch, outdoor access, laundry room, workbench...moreless

  • Southeast Bedroom: 1 queen

    Ladder access to sleeping loft...moreless

  • Sleeping Loft: 1 double

    Access by Pueblo ladder from SE bedroom...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), 2 XL twins which can be converted to a King in the SW bedroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    also walk-in closet/dressing room...moreless

  • Steam shower room/ wash room/toilet: toilet, shower

    Steam shower & sink in 1 room; sink/ toilet in separate room...moreless

  • Powder room

    mosaic tiles; limestone sink; nicho...moreless

  • Master bath, with decorative hand-painting, Talavera sink and sconces, is off front hallway - intended for use by Master bedroom and studio/ workroom (studio workroom has additional sink); Dressing room has ample space for clothing and full-length mirror; Guest wing is designed for privacy and flexibility of bath facilities: steam shower and sink, with large mirrors, in one room, toilet and sink in another - each with plenty of counter and drawer space, off hallway between SE and SW bedrooms; powder room, with additional sink and toilet, is adjacent to SW bedroom; each room has unique sink and tile details; shampoo, conditioner, body-wash, hand-wash and towels provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Please go to for information about kayaking, boating, llama tours, horseback-riding, ice skating, rafting, snow sports, art activities, museums and other activities. Also pick up the Taos News on Thursdays to learn of concerts, art, theater and other activities....moreless


  • Books:

    Guide books, art books, nature books, a couple of children's books, fiction, philosophy, poetry......moreless

  • DVD Player:

    In Master bedroom, TV in armoire is rigged to play either DVDs or videos...moreless

  • Games
  • Television:

    Large, flat-screen TV in Sun Room with NETFLIX...moreless

  • Toys:

    Someone left us a supermarket cart and "groceries" suitable for a toddler - let me know if i should leave it within reach...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Games:

    To rent - go to VIDEO CASA 814 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte Taos, NM 87571 (575) 758 2388...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some DVDs, some videos, playable on TV in master bedroom; videos can easily be rented in town FROM RED BOX at Smith's or Walgreens or from VIDEO CASA 814 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte Taos, NM 87571...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    THE SKIES is on a mesa, with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. The living room, sunroom and Master bedroom windows look directly on Taos Mountain....moreless

  • Rural:

    THE SKIES is at the end of a dirt road, through sagebrush, where rabbits, coyote, ravens and lizards cavort. The property is just under 5 acres. One can see neighboring houses but it feels private....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    8 seats come with the dining table but more can be added from table in sunroom or sunroom can accommodate 4 additional diners. Table with 4 chairs under portal and table with 4 chairs on back patio....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Clothesline available and encouraged for sunny days...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Great room has kiva (beehive) fireplace. Logs are provided - usually 3 at a time is sufficient. Please respect the fire and exercise care. Replace fire screen when leaving room. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant heat (propane fueled), thermostat regulated, in the Great Room floor; other rooms have electric heat, thermostat in Master bedroom, otherwise knob-operated; heaters on timers in bathrooms....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Beds will be made up upon arrival according to number of expected guests extra blankets and pillows can be found...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The Great Room incorporates Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. Cushy leather couch, love-seat and armchair augmented by additional seating. Kiva fireplace. 8-foot, glass, French doors w/ screen....moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    THE SKIES is at the end of a dirt road. Plenty of parking is available - park at entry wall and walk through arches....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bathmats are provided. Miscellaneous towels for swimming are in laundry room - please return....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    WIFI, router in sunroom, usually also works in kitchen, Great Room and bedrooms of guest wing. Adobe prevents good reception to Master Bedroom. ...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    See "fireplace"....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Tania Melasco ( can be contacted re providing meals at THE SKIES AT TAOS. She has at hand an abundance of produce from her gardens. She is an excellent cook and is willing to accommodate your dietary preferences, having experience with Vegetarian, Vegan, Southwestern, French and other cuisines....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Older but serviceable, washable gold filter (bring paper filters if you prefer them); also Melitta single cup drip apparatus with gold filter...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Knives, knife sharpener, spatulas, large metal and wooden spoons, colander and strainers, good variety of pots and pans, peeler, lemon squeezer, garlic crusher, whisks, corer, barbecue implements.....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    More than enough dishes, glasses and serving platters and dishes for a holiday dinner for 9. Flatware adequate though less copious....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen will accommodate several cooks at once, with copper countertops and a butcher-block food-prep station. There is a large pantry and a good assortment of kitchen tools. Sunset views!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric oven with convection as well as regular settings....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Food processor; blender; crock pot; some condiments and spices, sugar, corn starch, more......moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    side by side refrigerator/freezer; filtered water and ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric, easy-clean glass-top stove with fan which emerges to vent cooking smoke with the push of a button....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Older and simple but reliable....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    The front portal is covered so you will get some shade when the sun is high; the large, back, south-facing patio is accessible from bedrooms and sunroom in the guest wing....moreless

  • Golf:

    Taos Country Club, near Rancho de Taos is a semi-private club, awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest. Valle Escondido Golf Course is a 9-hole walking course 12 miles east of Taos; more......moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Our outdoor grill can be either gas and charcoal. Extra propane tank in studio/workroom. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    TAOS SKI VALLEY is 35-45 minutes from THE SKIES. It offers world-class ski trails and ski instruction....moreless

  • Tennis:

    QUAIL RIDGE, nearby, on Ski Valley Road, allows reasonable "day memberships" for their tennis courts, including outdoor pool, hot tub and restaurant. They have an active drop-in program and lessons....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    NO POOL is at the house. QUAIL RIDGE on Ski Valley Road, allows reasonable "day memberships" for their outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis courts. Also see TAOS AQUATIC CENTER, 407 Paseo del Canon E...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Golden Autumn/ Early Winter
Sep 21 - Dec 19, 2015
2 night min stay
Christmas and New Years Weeks
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay
Ski Season!
Jan 4 - Mar 4, 2016
2 night min stay
Spring Break
Mar 5 - Mar 27, 2016
4 night min stay
Late March/ Spring
Mar 28 - Jun 2, 2016
2 night min stay
Jun 3 - Sep 18, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $150
  • Tax Rate 5%

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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Taos Regional Airport; Santa Fe Municipal Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Taos Mesa Brewing
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos Country Club
73 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Fe Railyard
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Toribio's Mexican Restaurant
18.7 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
On Rio Grande: John Dunn Bridge

Car: Necessary

The list above specifies "less than 15 minutes away". NM tends to be more spread out. Art galleries; World Heritage Site/ National Historic Landmarks: Taos Pueblo and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge are among the sites distinct to Taos and nowhere else in the world. Visitors may also wish to see the 'off-the-grid' Earthship community nearby or sign up for a llama tour of the Gorge. Whitewater rafting is dependent upon rainfall and snowmelt, but a lazy float down the river is nearly always an option in warm weather. There are hot springs a bit north along the Rio Hondo as well as the hot spring spa, Ojo Caliente less than an hour away. Skiing, x-c skiing,rock climbing, hunting and fly-fishing are all nearby, as are tennis, golf, swimming and ice-skating. there are challenging mountain bike trails nearby at the Taos Ski Valley. There are several places where one may ride horseback through spectacular settings with knowledgeable guides. Please ask, if you have a particular interest!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: I am an artist with a home and studio in Peekskill, NY, in the Hudson Highlands. While I appreciate the energy and cultural offerings of NYC, I crave the peaceful quiet and open skies of Taos, for balance. My husband and I met at Middlebury College in Vermont. There we developed an appreciation of mountains, starry nights, wide pastures and the ability to find pleasure in being outdoors any season. In Taos I seek to create a place where we can share these things, cook, write, play music and make art.

Why the Owner Chose Taos:
People are drawn to Taos for its beauty, which has a spiritual quality. There are, of course, many beautiful places in the world and in the U.S. I chose Taos because I enjoy it in every season. I have found the people I have met in Taos to be open, engaging and multi-faceted, often creative, often athletic, frequently adventuresome. I continue to learn more about the Indian, Hispanic and pioneer cultures which converged in New Mexico and which shape the customs, architecture and outlooks of this remarkable part of the United States. For me, and others, there are tastes and smells and sounds as well as sights to be discovered. There are abundant stretches of open lands and wilderness nearby.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I love being surrounded by beautiful views all day and night. I enjoy taking long walks on the dirt roads from the house and bringing back rocks for the gardens. From the house and property, I have seen coyotes, hawks, small lizards, magpies, ravens, hummingbirds, quail, rabbits, magnificent lightening storms, wildflowers, festival fireworks and hot air balloons. I enjoy the sunshine pouring in the windows and the coolness of adobe in the summer. I enjoy hanging out a wash and having it dry in an hour. I enjoy eating and drinking wine with family and friends, with a fire in the fireplace. I enjoy grilling on the patio or cooking in the kitchen while watching the sun set. I enjoy having quiet corners to go to read, write or draw, both inside and out. I enjoy rehydrating in the pretty, tiled and glass brick steam shower or soaking in the deep tub. I enjoy the smell of sage in the air following a summer downpour. I like being in a house where a dog can trot around and enjoy itself for many of the same reasons I do.

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Speaks: english, I am not fluent in French but I do speak some.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • view of house from mesa, facing East

    view of house from mesa, facing East

  • winter view from portal

    winter view from portal

  • Entry hall, doorway to Master  bedroom, master bath entry on left

    Entry hall, doorway to Master bedroom, master bath entry on left

  • couches in Great Room

    couches in Great Room

  • great room, daytime

    great room, daytime

  • mosaic detail, powder room

    mosaic detail, powder room

  • breakfast in sunroom

    breakfast in sunroom

  • Master bathroom (sink and toilet through arch)

    Master bathroom (sink and toilet through arch)

  • Southwest bedroom, guest wing (patio outside); choose king or XL twins

    Southwest bedroom, guest wing (patio outside); choose king or XL twins

  • Pueblo ladder to loft, SE bedroom

    Pueblo ladder to loft, SE bedroom

  • bathroom with steam shower, guest wing; south-facing windows

    bathroom with steam shower, guest wing; south-facing windows

  • rainbow and Taos Mountain viewed from THE SKIES

    rainbow and Taos Mountain viewed from THE SKIES

  • Entry to The Skies from front drive

    Entry to The Skies from front drive

  • summer, view of THE SKIES from front

    summer, view of THE SKIES from front

  • dining area, great room

    dining area, great room

  • kiva fireplace in great room

    kiva fireplace in great room

  • kitchen at sunset - copper counters and sink

    kitchen at sunset - copper counters and sink

  • Sun room

    Sun room

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • studio/workroom with twin bed; door to laundry on left

    studio/workroom with twin bed; door to laundry on left

  • South east bedroom (queen bed; double in loft)

    South east bedroom (queen bed; double in loft)

  • steam shower, guest wing

    steam shower, guest wing

  • Talavera tiles and copper, wash room/toilet, guest wing

    Talavera tiles and copper, wash room/toilet, guest wing

  • Archway framing winter mountain view, The Skies at Taos

    Archway framing winter mountain view, The Skies at Taos

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