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Taos Rio Eco Dwelling on the Taos de Fernando River

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms (1 BR + studio w/ queen Murphy bed), 2 Bathrooms, Laundry, sleeps 4

Newly built by architect/owner this 900 s.f. Eco dwelling made of weathering steel and stone lives large right on the Taos de Fernando river, in a grove of 100 year old cottonwood and willow trees. Step out to the 12' x 20' stone paver deck and enjoy a relaxing soak in the new hot tub. Enjoy our new private meditation hut by the river. Located just 3 miles from Taos, near hiking trails and ski areas, great restaurants, galleries and museums of Taos. The high 10' vaulted ceilings high windows let the sun and forest views in. Experience the latest in technology with 2 HDTVs, with Blu Ray DVD, wireless Internet and video, electric Zen fireplace, and warm radiant tile floors. Custom contemporary maple woodwork & cabinets built by the owner's architect son reflect the water theme with elegant inlay designs and are topped by black honed granite. Ideal for a get away for a couple or two, with a bedroom and bath at opposite ends of the house. If more beds are needed check out our listing 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.

Construction Details: Since the property is in a sensitive ecological area next to the Taos de Fernando River, water conservation and protection is of primary concern. Note; (river flow is seasonal as with many streams in the southwest). Every plumbing fixture is water efficient, from high end Toto dual flush toilets to sensor faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. We keep track of water usage with our water meter and have saved 1000's of gallons of water. We averaged with help of our guests just 33 gallons/day total indoor water use vs. a national average of 94 gallons/day/person* (American Water Works Assoc.)

The house is green built with zero VOC paints and materials, energy efficient insulation, appliances and heating system. The house is tiled throughout with in the latest in floor electric heat, which is energy efficient and comfortable. Objects in the rooms are heated and your are comfortable with the heat set at a lower temperature. We also recycle all our trash in special recycling bins.

Location details: Located just 3 miles from Taos, NM. Great restaurants, more than 75 art galleries, 4 museums, Taos Pueblo, numerous shops, great live music and arts programs. Great skiing is just 35-40 minutes away. Hiking trails nearby in Carson National Forest with pinion pine forests. River rafting, fishing, and mountain biking in the late spring and summer months. !

Nearby large guest house also available: If more beds and a larger house is needed check out our listing 'Retreat at Rancho Canyon' 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f. This can be rented in combination with the Rio house to accommodate larger groups and family reunions.

More Details

David and Meredith Vaughn
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About David and Meredith Vaughn

My wife and I have enjoyed Taos for much of our 43 years of marriage. We built a home in Taos in 2000 and now have completed another creative collaboration, with help from our son Jordan of Vonmod - a new 2BR vacation rental house on the Taos de Fernando river and love to share it with others.

David and Meredith Vaughn purchased this house in 2010

Why David and Meredith Vaughn chose Taos

We chose to design and build our second house in Taos because we love the area so much- the natural beauty of the forest, river and high desert environment, and history, art and food of Taos. We enjoy creating inviting and comfortable living spaces that take advantage of the exceptional natural surroundings of the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This house is so comfortable and has everything you need. It's a perfect size, cozy, serene, secluded, yet close to town. Wow! We had the best time. My husband, me and our Husky spent a week here and it snowed on our way in. We woke up the next morning to well over a foot of snow. It was so beautiful. The little creek that runs behind it, the patio, the hot tub, the meditation hut--it was just fabulous. They think of everything. Has tons of supplies. I really loved it and would highly recommend this house. The design of the house is perfect to share as well. I would definitely stay here again.
Nov 2015
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Car: necessary

Located a short 2.75 miles up beautiful Taos Canyon (Hwy 64- Enchanted Circle), just 5 miles from the city center (plaza) of Taos. Built next to the Taos de Fernando River (seasonal river) and Carson National Forest with many hiking trails nearby. Located approx. 40 min. from Taos Ski Valley, approx. 30 min. to Angel Fire Ski Area. Historic Taos Pueblo just 15 minutes away, in Taos over 85 art galleries and 5 museums and great local restaurants featuring gourmet and native New Mexico cuisine.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546 located 1/4 mile away for larger groups.

Ski: This Eco Dwelling is located midway between Taos Ski Valley (just 35-40 min. away to the north and west) and Angel Fire Ski area (just 25-30 minutes to the east).


Taos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Washer Dryer incl.
  • Stack full size washer dryer in 2nd bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size platform bed with comfortable memory foam mattress and down duvet comforter in MBR. Queen size platform (Murphy- pull down bed) in studio BR
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
High definition TV in Living Room and Master BR, with Blu Ray DVD in living room, DVD in MBR, high definition cable TV with Dish Network, music channels, Qwest high speed wireless internet, and free long distance calling.


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Taos Rio Eco Dwelling on the Taos de Fernando River
average rating of 4.8428574 based on 71 reviews

Taos Rio Eco Dwelling has everything I could want in a vacation rental.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and serene surroundings, well equipped kitchen, and a hot tub. The meditation hit along the creek was an unexpected and very special addition to my stay. David and Meredith are excellent hosts. Very responsive and very caring about their guests. This is my 2nd time staying here and I look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a very relaxing stay at your Rio house! The river is right out the back door and having it run through the property added to the whole restful atmosphere. Many thanks for making our vacation special!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The home and surroundings were lovely!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Most beautiful get-away ever

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at the Rio Eco so much. We've stayed twice, and both times it was the most peaceful, beautiful sanctuary-like stay we've ever had. The house is incredible - so beautiful, comfortable, energy efficient, and every detail is thought out. We love that the whole family was involved in building it - it's clearly a labor of love. The property is stunning - the river, trees, birds, the night sky blanketed with stars, the outdoor patio....And one of our favorite parts is the small outside yoga/meditation hut overlooking the stream - absolutely beautiful. We love falling asleep to the sound of the stream running nearby.

David and Meredith are warm, helpful, funny, and have thought of everything. The instructions of how to get to and open up the house are detailed and spot-on. Cecile was available by phone and very generous with her time on the phone helping us get settled in.

We live down the road in Albuquerque and my grandparents are from Taos, and it's truly one of our favorite places to get away to. We hope to do it every year if we can.

Home + hosts = absolutely wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The property has everything...a grill, a hot tub, a comfortable bed and love the meditation room. The creek was really relaxing just to sit by. You can watch a dvd or tv if you want. Truly has every comfort we needed.

Thanks David and Meredith for a wonderful experience. We hope to make it back soon!


  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, but...

  • 3 of 5

The house itself it very nice and you can tell the owner took a lot of pride in how it was constructed. The design and concept, including the meditation hut, is cool but there is a however coming...the noise surrounding the home makes it rather difficult to enjoy any real peace and quiet,. The main road is very close and surprisingly busy as it is part of the "enchanted circle". There were times where large trucks rushing by would actually shake the walls. Then there is an RV campground directly behind you on the other side of the fence that runs along the water. These things may not be as noticeable in the winter but in September there was too much noise to enjoy being outside. It was disappointing to try and experience the meditation hut while trying to ignore traffic and voices. My last stay in Taos was a condo a couple blocks off the main strip and that was more quiet and peaceful which is surprising. Overall this is a lovely house but considering the location I would probably not return.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ouch! Thank you for your review. Sorry this was not such a pleasant experience for you- occasionally there is noise from the road but no one else has found it very offensive before. We've put loving energy into this home and try our best to please our guests. Unfortunately we can't control the traffic or the elements. We put great thought into the insulation of the house and stay there often ourselves. We find it to be a very restful spot and so do our guests- we've received great reviews in the past. Hopefully you can find quieter lodgings next time you stay in Taos!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.31%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Best value is the weekly rate!
PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY CALENDAR BEFORE INQUIRING ! Discount off published rates may be given for last minute bookings, please inquire.

Rate is based on double occupancy. For each 3rd and 4th persons add $15 /person/ night. **Four persons maximum.**

Well trained dogs allowed with $50.00 pet fee.

Can be rented in combination with listing 209546: 3BR, 2BA, 2000 s.f. house that sleeps 6 just 1/4 mile away for 10% discount on both properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.