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'Cool' Streamside Summers and 'Hot' Winter Skiing at Chalet Rio

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5 minutes from the ski area, private, easy access, stream side and hot tub


Last updated: 03/11/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Taos Ski Valley chalet description

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With large decks (800 sq ft) overhanging the Rio Hondo, in a private heavily forested mountainside setting and with a stream-side Hot Tub, Chalet Rio (with easy winter access) is a short 5 minute drive to the Taos Ski Valley and about 20 minutes to the Taos village center.

Being the owners second home, the interior (about 1100 sq ft) is nicely, artfully and comfortably furnished to blend into the superb natural outside setting. With two bedrooms, one being a very large loft with 2 Queens, Chalet Rio comfortably sleeps six. The beds are very comfortable. It has a full kitchen, large living room, large dining area and 1.5 bathrooms, including washer and dryer. With hardwood floors (and area rugs), a 2 story high wood vaulted living room, and large picture windows on all sides to view the mountain sides, the stream, the bird feeders and the aspens and blue spruce trees, the retreat setting has been described by some of our guests as 'meditative and magical'. The multicolored mini lights on the large spruce next to the Hot Tub add to that feeling at night.

The living room is large, has comfortable recliners and couches, a corner fireplace, a ceiling fan, a library of books, CDs and DVDs, Satilite TV and a stereo system. Sitting there, you can look right up the Rio Hondo, watch the birds on the feeder as well as squirrels and chipmonks. In winter, the view from the living room of winter birds, snowbanks, icecyles and the outdoor mini lighted tree can be extraordinary.

It is a large kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. It has all the dishes, stainless ware, and other kitchenware and gadgets of a home. We also provide sugar, flour and an assortment of spices

Expandable wood table with chairs seating 6 persons

The upstairs bedroom is a very large loft. It has a Queen bed and a Queen Futon, but one with a comfortable spring mattress. There are two sets of drawers. The downstairs bedroom has a full closet and a Queen bed. During the summer, when the windows are open, you can hear the stream at night which most guests enjoy.

Hardwood floors, tiled sink and counter, shower and commode

Pedestal sink, commode, washer and dryer with tiled floor
sink, commode, washer and dryer

The attractive main entrance is covered outdoor stairs then entering the Chalet through a carved wooden door into an entry hall with an seated area to remove boots and hang outerware

There is outside private parking for up to five vehicles right at the entry ways. From the main highway, our road is plowed in the winter, the access is level and our parking spots are only a couple hundred feet from the main road across a concrete bridge.


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Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    half bath includes sink, washer and dryer...moreless

  • full bath includes shower, sink, toilet and generous counter space and cupboards...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    property is surrounded by the Wheeler Peak wilderness area on the south property line and the proposed Columbine - Hondo wilderness area on the north property line...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Up to 5 cars...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Satilite Internet...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    full kitchen (refrigerator, sink, stove, oven and dishwasher) with all the utensils, pots, pans, dishes, wine glasses, microwave, steamer, electric frying pan, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    4 burner gas with full oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Last updated: 03/11/2015
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Taos, NM
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Taos Ski Valley
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos, NM
60 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Fe
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Motorway
State Road 150
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Taos Ski Valley
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary

Chalet Rio is located just 5 minutes drive from the Taos Ski Valley overlooking the Rio Hondo with several trail heads into wilderness areas an easy walk from the cabin. It has a private setting (no clothes necessary using the hot tub!), in the aspen and fir trees, large windows bring the outside views into the spacious Chalet, and setting the deck one looks down upon and up the clear mountain stream. Christmas lights are maintained on a large fir tree just outside the living room and by the hot tub.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Lane and Ann Kirkpatrick have lived around the USA, but having become familiar with New Mexico, we made a decision 21 years ago to become permanent residents here. We have our primary residence in Corrales, NM and always enjoy our escape and retreat to Chalet Rio alone or with our family and friends.

Why the Owner Chose Taos Ski Valley:
Lane and Ann Kirkpatrick bought this property initially because of the great skiing at the Taos Ski Valley and because of all the other exciting activites we saw going on in Taos. It wasn't long after purchasing the Chalet that we realized what a great place it also was in the other 3 seasons with hiking trails accessable right out our front door, beautiful wildflowers and a clear mountain stream in the summer and golden aspen leaves around the Chalet in the fall. AND WOW!.... to escape the Albuquerque heat in the summer has been a real blessing!

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Year round hot tub Solitude and privacy Stream side Decks look down on the Rio Hondo Dense forest and greenery Big picture windows everywhere Cozy fireplace Easy winter access Several trail heads into wilderness areas from the Chalet

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