Rio Grande Gorge Casita- Traditional Adobe, Hot Tub, Hiking, Privacy(53 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 4
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.
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
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- New Mexico decor.
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
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:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
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
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $125
- Tax Rate 7.125%
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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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.
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, New Mexico, United States of America:
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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Take in the views from three patios!
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.
Handcrafted kitchen cabinetry in African Satinwood and Mahogany.
Sculptural coffee table is made from spalted maple.
This is the view from the hot tub. No kidding.
Handcrafted vanity and Mexican tile.
View southwest from the front patio.
Cozy and so private.
View to canyon floor, west from screened-in porch. Rio Grande is a 3 minute walk
Take a Balloon ride into the Gorge!
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!
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.
A traditional nicho with Mexican vase.
So private.Look up! There's the Milky Way, North Star, Venus!
Mexican tile details and newly tiled shower add to your comfort.
More nice details.
These rocks are 1.75 billion years old. When the sun sets, they flame red-orange
Comfy. Handcrafted bed, dresser, and doors.
Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
Yes, you can be here within minutes from your doorstep.
Beautiful Taos Mountain.
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