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Incredible mountain getaway to renew the spirit all year round!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, loft, 3 full bathrooms, great room, two decks, sleeps up to 11

Experience our mountain retreat we call Deer Mesa. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, an outdoor enthusiast looking for adventure, or looking for fun for the whole family, Deer Mesa will rekindle your spirit. Nestled on 3 acres between Taos and Taos Ski Valley, the house overlooks the Valdez Valley and the Sangre de Christo mountains. Two decks off the house, allows for individual private time to read, write or paint or for gatherings with the whole family. Sit in our hot tub overlooking the valley or stare into the most star lit sky in the Southwest. The house has a full kitchen for cooking, and a large dining table for 8. (2) TV’s along with (2) DVD players and over 100 movies to select from. There is a back mudroom with card table and extra frig for more beverages, Wash. Dryer. 3 bedrooms down, 1 bedroom up with loft. Hiking from house is amazing. Ski in the winter. Golf, whitewater, or horseback in the summer. Come see stars of all kinds in Taos, N.M.!

Ski Three Different Parks : Deer Mesa is located 9 miles from Taos Ski Valley. Learn more about TSV at our website. Located 38 miles from Red River ski area and 35 miles from Angel Fire.

TSV is a pure skiers mountain with more intermediate runs than beginner runs. Angel Fire and Red River boast easier skiing and also allow snow boarding.

Taos Country Club: Located in the desert just South of Taos town, TCC offers incredible views and challenging holes. Open to the public.

Experience the Rio Grande Gorge: Whitewater the Rio Grande in Taos from May 1st to July. When the snow melts, it creates anywhere from a class 3 to class 4+ white water. Lower rapids offer fun and safe canoing for the whole family. Ask for information from us if you have an interest.

More Details

Sandy Wells
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you! Yes, the vacation was beautiful and very, very relaxing! Your house is even more beautiful in person than the pictures and description, so all of my friends were very impressed with my "find." Thank you so very much!
Feb 2010
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Valdez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs bathroom is separated. The toilet area features additional sink. Shower area features full stand up shower and additional sink. Nice for large families or kids who need room for privacy - changing clothes. One person can use shower while another can use the other room for toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Three bedrooms downstairs. Two of the rooms have queen size beds. The third room has a king bed. One master bath and one full bath downstairs. Upstairs has two rooms. One large bedroom that has four twin beds. A loft room upstairs with full size futon. A full shower and toilet upstairs for guests. Plenty of closet space. House also has 'mud-room' with card table, four chairs and extra refrigerator for additional beverages.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf Clubs
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting


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Incredible mountain getaway to renew the spirit all year round!
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 21 reviews

Relaxed in Taos

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful. Very Clean. We loved sitting on the deck in the hottub at night watching the stars! Our kids loved the movie collection that was available at the house. They also loved walking around the property. We were able to enjoy big family dinners at the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2007
  • Stayed: November 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice spot outside Taos

  • 5 of 5

This home is large enough to host a large group, and is comfortable and welcoming. This is our second time renting here. It is an easy ride to the ski bowl, or into town. Well-equipped with hot tub and grill. Decorated with nice Southwestern feel. Recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again real soon!
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Beautiful property with great views!

  • 4 of 5

The property is awesome! Location is great if you're looking to be tucked away off the beaten path, but still pretty close to TSV (within reason). Owner is great. No cell service if that's a concern.

A couple issues with property management (not the owner):

1. Management did not provide detergent for the dishwasher.

2. You have to pick up and return the keys to the management office for check-in and check-out. The office is on the far south end of Taos and about 30 minutes from the actual property. If you're coming from the north, this annoyance adds an hour to your trip. A lock box on the property would easily take care of this.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jerad, Thank you so much for your review and I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at our home. I wanted to let you know, since your stay in March, we have thankfully changed to a private management of our home. We now have the key in a safe lockbox upon arrival to the house. The house is also stocked with startup supplies for the kitchen and bathrooms! The house was also remodeled in June so we would love for you and your family to return to Taos and our home called Deer Mesa!! Happy New Year!!
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Beautiful Home with Lots of Privacy!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 had a fantastic stay in your beautiful home. Our 3 little children loved their private room upstairs where they could play alone!! The open living and dining areas with kitchen overlooking these areas, was great as we gathered and could all be together, yet, have lots of space! We used the big dining table for the meals we prepared from the well supplied kitchen and also for the games we brought. It snowed one night, so the next morning the kids had such fun with the saucers we brought sliding down the property hillsides. The Taos Ski Valley is 9 miles from the house driving through beautiful mountains. Parking is easy with shuttles to the entrance of the ski area. The staff at the Valley was very helpful, and our 7-year old girls were able to ski from the highest ski lift along with their parents...the girls went to ski school the day prior along with the 3-year old. We all enjoyed the very warm hot tub each evening, and the stars were so bright, letting us even see the constellations! The views of the mountains from the house are beautiful ,and there is complete privacy and plenty of room to park our 3 cars. Thank you Wells family for letting us have a terrific family gathering with great memories of the Holidays in your home!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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An inspiring setting for an awesome getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was a great family getaway for a variety of people. Couples, newly weds, cousins, sons and daughters 10 of us in all had great stay here. The house was roomy, cozy, homey, you name it we loved it. The only suggestion was a bigger hot tub, it was awesome sitting in the tub with snow falling on your head, we just couldn't all fit, oh well.. The setting and the view was great. Sandy was very helpful on the phone even when I got the day we were supposed to leave wrong, my bad. We will definately come back to Taos and stay here. Thanks for sharing your lovely house. Mark and family

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Astrophotography & Side Trips

  • 4 of 5

We used the house for side trips, nightly astrophotography, dining out and evening conversation.

In our 8 day stay we visited: Taos Ski Valley – 3/5, Rio Grande Gorge – 3/5 & Bandelier National Monument – 4/5, Cimarron Canyon – 5/5 (Thunder, rain and sleet – very fun- really), Cumbers & Toltec Railroad – 5/5, Taos Pueblo – 3/5 & Fechin House – 3/5. Taos Cow Ice Cream was a great stop in nearby charming Arroyo Seco.

For Astrophotography my husband set up on the deck; this was terrific because there was plenty of space and it was a short walk to the leather chair in the living room where he could run the scope from his computer while conversing with the group and having a glass of wine. The Darkness was 21.4 with clear skies every night. He got two great pictures.

The internet connection was good and the wireless connection solid (we had 5 computers running).

For our birders: we finally got a good look at a group of Pinyon Jays who did a fly-by several times during the day. We also saw a Juniper Titmouse, Townsend’s Solitaire, Red Tail Hawk, Belted Kingfisher (down by the creek) and Virginia’s Warbler without even leaving the deck.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The town of Taos is a beautifully historical old town that offers art galleries, great food, live music, and the native Taos Pueblo Indians (inhabited since 1200 A. D. ) . There is great skiing in the Southern Rocky Mountains at Taos Ski Valley, Red River, and Angel Fire. White water rafting in the Rio Grande Gorge from April thru June is a must and you can go horseback riding, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, camping, and fishing nearly year around. If you love to play golf, you will enjoy playing Taos Country Club - a desert styled course open to the public. Taos is located only an hour North from Santa Fe - a great day trip. Taos weather is spectacular with low humidity and cool nights. The house altitude is approximately 7, 000 ft. The home is 12 minutes from the Taos ski area and the town of Taos and 2 minutes from the town of Arroyo Seco. Whether by car or motorcycle, drive the Enchanted Circle for inspirational views, photos, and unique shopping experiences.

Other Activities: motorcycling, snowmobiliing, art galleries


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Service Fee $40

Call or email for requested rental dates and rates.

Higher rates are during the Christmas/New Year's season, ski season, spring break, summertime and holidays.
Lower rates or 'off-peek' season includes; Times during the months of April, May, August, September - November.
Please email or call for exact rates and availability.

Standard Check-in Time is 3:00pm
Standard Check-Out Time is 11:00a

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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