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105- 5-star reviews. Ext hot tub, mountain views. 20 minutes to ski slopes

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-9)

The adobe walls of Tierra Madre are cool in the summer and warm in winter. This spacious home was designed with the comfort of guests in mind. An adobe house feels like no other. Heavy beams (vigas) span the ceilings in the traditional manner while thick plaster coats the walls. Warmth is provided by radiant floor heat. Imagine living as the Pueblo Indians have for thousands of years, but with all of the modern conveniences. Yes, you can even bring your own notebook computer and enjoy the free wi-fi.

Tierra Madre is north of town, just 15 minutes from the ski valley and five minutes from town. You will feel like you have come home as you snuggle under down comforters and build a fire in the Kiva fireplace. Everything is provided from an espresso coffeemaker to comfortable chairs for those afternoons when all you want to do is read a book.

The outside hot tub is the perfect place to watch shooting stars dart across the dark skies of Taos. For those of you who can't get enough of the great outdoors an adobe walled flagstone patio overlooks the vast expanse of BIA land (Indian Pueblo land). Only an occasional cow can be seen from this private getaway.

It is obvious why the famous painter RC Gorman chose to live right across the road. This is a place of special beauty.

Keywords: Adobe Home, Arroyo Seco, Taos Ski Valley, Taos, retreat, mountain view, private, ski valley

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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Jim

After years of owning our own business we decided it was time for Chapter Two(or three). We lived in Tanzania, Guyana and Ukraine working for the US Peace Corps for about 10 years. As of January 2014 Jim is back in Taos and Anne commutes from Taos to different Peace Corps location around the World on short term assignments.

Jim purchased this house in 2003

Why Jim chose New Mexico

We vacationed in Taos in 1990's and fell in love with it. We returned time and time again until We bought a house in 1999 and moved to Taos in 2000. We loved the year round beauty of the mountains, the artists, and fantastic sunshine. We finally found the perfect piece of land to build a custom home and built a home with the views, comfort and privacy as our first 3 priorities. It has BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs)land on 2 sides for maximum privacy. It is located between Taos and Ski Valley , close to everything yet it is a relaxing private place.

What makes this house unique

Sunset views, mountain views. Sitting on the flagstone patio sipping on my morning coffee, soaking up the sunshine and the beautiful views. The perfect way to start the day.

After a great day of skiing, hiking, hitting the river, biking or taking in some new galleries I love to wait until after dark, turn out all the house lights and go out to the Jaccuzzi and just sit in the dark with the jets off and watch the bright stars.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(107 traveler reviews)

105- 5-star reviews. Ext hot tub, mountain views. 20 minutes to ski slopes
average rating of 4.9439254 based on 107 reviews

Great house outside of Taos

  • 5 of 5

it worked great for our family. close to Red River and Angel Fire if you are going skiing. Nice Hot Tub and house very clean.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely house. The layout was spacious and convenient with natural lighting and views of the mountain. Loved the house decor and appreciated the whirlpool and well-stocked kitchen. Very short distance from the free shuttle service to TSV though some days the shuttle could be packed in which case the drive to TSV is only 25min.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

We did not want to leave...

  • 5 of 5

We can't stop thinking about our visit to this wonderful home. We spent most of our trip in the house listening to KTAO radio station, making great meals from the food at Cid's Market in the well-equipped kitchen, building small cozy fires in the fireplace, and staring at the mountains from the living room couch! We fell head over heels in love with Taos on this trip. Jim, if you ever decide to sell this home - please contact us because we could live in that house forever. It's absolutely perfect in every way and you were fantastic to rent from. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oklahoma City, OK

The best place I've stayed at in 20 years of coming to New Mexico

  • 5 of 5

My buddies and I have been coming to northern New Mexico for 20 years. We've stayed in some very nice places along the Pecos River and along the Rio Grande. But after staying in Tierre Madre we won't be staying anywhere else but here. The view to the east out of the living room window was a spectacular view of the mountains and the sunrise; the view out to the west was the best sunsets I've ever seen. After hiking Wheeler Peak the hot tub was just what we needed. Clean, spacious, a great fireplace, everything one needs in the kitchen, and the shower was nice and hot. This place is north of Taos and within 7 minutes of Orlando's (one of the best mexican restaurants you'll find). I will be coming back next year (and maybe before then) to this fantastic home!

One more thing, almost across the street is the meeting spot for Eske's Hot Air Balloon Company...I walked to it and had a blast riding in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande Gorge.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Tierra Madre we love you!

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a week in this property outside of Taos and it was grand! On the edge of a small residential area, the house had great views all around. The high-ceilinged great room faced Pueblo Peak to the east and the patio faced a wide-open sage brush plain and the mountains beyond. The first evening was a cloudless, moonless night, and being city dwellers, the stars were spectacular, like nothing you can ever see in town. The house is clean, well provisioned and comfortable. We had our two Corgis with us and they soon adapted to their temporary home. Direct dish TV was limited but who needs TV with all there is to see and do outside and in Taos. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. We strive to make Tierra Madre feel like your 2nd home, not a rental. We do have the Top 120 + local New Mexico channels package with Dish network for those evenings when you just want to relax or watch your favorite TV programs
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Great Views, Great House

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The house was immaculate and very well appointed.

The hot tub was clean and enjoyable.

The owner was very responsive to emails and helped in determining if the house was suitable for a person in our group with limited mobility.

The four of us enjoyed the views from the patio. We even got a photo of a rainbow or too.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Taos Airport 5 miles, Santa Fe 65, Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 522
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Artist RC Gorman's old house
Nearest Point of Interest
Hundreds of acres of vacant land behind the house
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Blinking Light junction
Nearest Point of Interest
OBL (Old Blinking Light restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Arroyo Seco
Nearest Point of Interest
Italian Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Cid's Natural Food store
Nearest Point of Interest
Taos Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Yoga and Massage studios
Nearest Point of Interest
Ski Valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Gorge-great views
Nearest Point of Interest
Gorge hiking trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Natural Hot springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Taos Pueblo
Nearest Point of Interest
Numerous hiking trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Scenic river park
Car: necessary

This is a prime location to stay at located in between Taos and Taos Ski valley. Close to Taos for groceries, restaurants, and shopping, yet also close to Ski valley for skiing and forest hiking. Close but so nice with the quiet relaxing location It has BIA (federal land) on 2 sides so there are vast views of sunsets out the back windows or from the patio. Great views of the sunrise and the mountains out the front windows.


Rates & Availability

El Prado House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Ski your heart out
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break is the "best"
Mar 11 2017 - Mar 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring skiing-fun & sun
Mar 27 2017 - Apr 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Spring is perfect in Taos
Apr 10 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Summer fun season
May 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Falling leaves & golden aspens
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Early December skiing
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/ New Years
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.75%

Multi-week or monthly stays are welcome with special discounted rates. Email for quotes on multi week or monthly rates.
Rates are subject to change. Rates are based on 6 person occupancy

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El Prado House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Large bath with separate shower and a deep jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Spacious room with great views from every window
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Nice private room with views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , spacious room with great views
    livingroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Living room has a queen sleeper sofa & a day bed
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One is a queen sized sleeper sofa, one is a daybed/sofa
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Near the village of Arroyo Seco and a 30 minute drive to spa at Ojo Caliente

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