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Rio Grande Gorge Casita- Traditional Adobe, Hot Tub, Hiking, Privacy

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This secluded Rio Grande Casita puts the Great Outdoors at your doorstep. The views from the property are unmatched. This traditional village borders both the Rio Grande and the southern Rocky Mountains. Centrally located to sites in Santa Fe, Taos, and southern Colorado, it is a quick, scenic 20 minute drive to Taos, an hour drive from 4 popular ski areas, and a key location for birders, rock climbers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Archaeologists and geologists visit the area to explore cultural sites and rock formations. Artists set up easels along the riverbanks painting the rich colors and dramatic landscapes.

Skip the crowded condo scene and enjoy breathtaking scenery while grilling out on the patio or just kicking back on the screened veranda. Modern kitchen and spacious living area feature brick floors, kiva fireplace, and hand-crafted furniture. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for letting your children enjoy the freedom of natural surroundings.


Winter/Spring Conditions: Winter/Spring in Pilar can be the best time to visit. There are six nearby ski resorts with skiing and snow boarding. Travel time from the casita varies from 45 minutes to a little over an hour. The nearby Orilla Verde Recreation is quiet with returning bald eagles and other wildlife. Of course, summer can be exquisite. Cool nights give way to warm days and the quintessential azure skies of Northern New Mexico.
Taos hosts numerous seasonal festivals featuring regional art, food, and spirits.

Location Details: The casita is located at the end of a private road about 600 feet from the river. It is bordered by BLM land on two sides and is surrounded by mixed conifer trees that offer peace and privacy.
This is a rental by owner. We live next door, 200 feet away, and we are happy to assist visitors with any details regarding their trip to the Taos area.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/21/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Each cozy and comfortable room has a new, full-size bed, dresser, and closet. New Mexico decor....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    newly tiled shower, handcrafted vanity with Mexican tile...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    View from small window to wildlife path....moreless

  • New Mexico decor.

Other Amenities

  • We are adjacent to the Rio Grande Orilla Verde Recreation Area and the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We enthusiastically offer a morning bird walk for our guests, just ask to schedule it. Bring binoculars!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, puzzles, cards, Jengo, etc....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Legos, Jengo, etc....moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Child's highchair available upon request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Traditional New Mexico kiva adds a cozy touch. No charge for firewood....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Three sources of heat: wood/pellet stove; simple off-on gas heating; kiva fireplace; additional electric space heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    We offer up to 2G free data. After that, we charge a $13 pass-through fee....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious, open-floor design....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Adequate parking for up to two vehicles only....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Land-line available and local calls are free. Also, your friends and family may easily reach you at the casita. There is no cell service (yet!) in the canyon, but is available about 3 miles away....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    In addition to bath towels, we also provide four hot tub towels at no charge; and four beach towels for use along the Rio ($5 laundry fee.)...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Detergent also provided free of charge....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless service is the fastest available in the canyon/gorge area. It is perfectly fine for internet browsing, email, etc. We do not allow downloading of movies or games....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    New pellet stove. No charge for wood pellets....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Boat:

    Rafting is available nearby....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There are three patio areas: screened in area facing west toward the east-facing canyon rim; front patio facing south toward Pilar cliffs; hot-tub patio with spectacular view of Pilar butte....moreless

  • Golf:

    Available at Taos Country Club, about 15 minutes away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available nearby....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Area is landscaped with native plants....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Two gear outfitting stores are located in Taos, about 15-20 minutes away. In Pilar itself, the Pilar Cafe carries river gear, kayaks/tubes/paddle boards for rent....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Beautiful views of the Pilar Butte and night sky, including the Milky Way, North Star, Venus, Jupiter, and whatever else you know how to find!...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 9, 2017
5 night min stay
$200
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$160

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $125
  • Tax Rate 7.125%

Notes:

We have a new hot tub and patio area! Enjoy unparalleled views of Pilar butte and the Milky Way.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos
50 Miles
Nearest Train
Santa Fe
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
NM 64
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary

Pilar is a quiet New Mexican village located on NM route 68 south of Taos. It lies adjacent to the Rio Grande river at the gateway to the magnificent Rio Grande Gorge and a gateway to the Rio Bravo National Monument. River sports, biking, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the summer activities. Winter skiing is nearby in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Sipapu. In addition to outdoor fun, the nearby towns boast numerous fine dining restaurants, art galleries, museums, and southwestern cultural points of interest. There are numerous festivals throughout the year including San Geronimo Day at Taos Pueblo, Indian Market in Santa Fe, and a Fall Balloon Rally in both Taos and Albuquerque.

Other Activities: Hiking,birdwatching, kayaking, rafting, Anasazi petroglyph sites, cultural and historical museums

Golf: The Taos Country Club is an easy, picturesque 15-minute drive from the casita. The Club features incredible 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos mesa.

Ski: The southern Rocky Mountains boast several nearby ski resorts, including Taos, Santa Fe, Sipapu, and Red River. We are also a 4-hour drive from southern Colorado ski resorts. Our guests often pair a visit to southern Colorado with their stay here in northern New Mexico.

 

Owner info

About the owner: Meg and Bruce have lived in the area for 35 years. We raised both our daughters here, and they attended school in Taos. One is a physician, the other a geo-physicist, proof that the public schools are good! Meg is a retired elementary school principal and writer; Bruce is a manager at Los Alamos Laboratory. We are both private people and very respectful of the privacy of our guests, though we are available to answer any questions about the history, geology, wildlife, hiking opportunities, and our favorite restaurants. If you're into birds, Meg will happily take you birding along the Rio!

Why the Owner Chose Taos, NM, USA:
We moved to Northern New Mexico three decades ago because of the stunning beauty, closeness to nature, and richness of its cultures. And we wanted to build a traditional adobe. At the time, we shared the romantic notion we could make a living here as a writer (Meg) and a cabinetmaker (Bruce). While we both had to get practical employment, we remain true to our roots.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We believe the views from the property are completely unique and stunning and probably responsible for my daughter becoming a geologist. The vastness of the panorama can be a bit overwhelming for those new to the area, but the region has been settled since the 1600s when the Spanish arrived. That said, the addition of our hot tub has been inspirational. Nothing like viewing all this natural beauty while soaking tired bones!


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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/21/2016

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Photos

  • Take in the views from three patios!

    Take in the views from three patios!

  • Yes, there's a grill, too! This is a view to the east-facing canyon rim.

    Yes, there's a grill, too! This is a view to the east-facing canyon rim.

  • We get raves about this comfortable couch. All you need is a bowl of popcorn.

    We get raves about this comfortable couch. All you need is a bowl of popcorn.

  • Handcrafted kitchen cabinetry in African Satinwood and Mahogany.

    Handcrafted kitchen cabinetry in African Satinwood and Mahogany.

  • Sculptural coffee table is made from spalted maple.

    Sculptural coffee table is made from spalted maple.

  • This is the view from the hot tub. No kidding.

    This is the view from the hot tub. No kidding.

  • Handcrafted vanity and Mexican tile.

    Handcrafted vanity and Mexican tile.

  • View southwest from the front patio.

    View southwest from the front patio.

  • Cozy and so private.

    Cozy and so private.

  • View to canyon floor, west from screened-in porch. Rio Grande is a 3 minute walk

    View to canyon floor, west from screened-in porch. Rio Grande is a 3 minute walk

  • Take a Balloon ride into the Gorge!

    Take a Balloon ride into the Gorge!

  • Yes, you can view the Gorge and Rocky Mountains at the same time.

    Yes, you can view the Gorge and Rocky Mountains at the same time.

  • Some folks arrive, get out of the car, and start climbing the Butte!

    Some folks arrive, get out of the car, and start climbing the Butte!

  • Ah! Put your feet up and relax. Windows to the left open to  that fab view south

    Ah! Put your feet up and relax. Windows to the left open to that fab view south

  • Open floor plan from kitchen  allows plenty of room. This table seats six.

    Open floor plan from kitchen allows plenty of room. This table seats six.

  • A traditional nicho with Mexican vase.

    A traditional nicho with Mexican vase.

  • So private.Look up! There's the Milky Way, North Star, Venus!

    So private.Look up! There's the Milky Way, North Star, Venus!

  • Mexican tile details and newly tiled shower add to your comfort.

    Mexican tile details and newly tiled shower add to your comfort.

  • More nice details.

    More nice details.

  • These rocks are 1.75 billion years old. When the sun sets, they flame red-orange

    These rocks are 1.75 billion years old. When the sun sets, they flame red-orange

  • Comfy. Handcrafted bed, dresser, and doors.

    Comfy. Handcrafted bed, dresser, and doors.

  • Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge  and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

    Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

  • Yes, you can be here within minutes from your doorstep.

    Yes, you can be here within minutes from your doorstep.

  • Beautiful Taos Mountain.

    Beautiful Taos Mountain.

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