Beautiful & Private Taos Mountain Retreat Close to World Class Skiing & Town.

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Living area with plenty of seating & cozy fireplace (1st floor).


Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This lovely adobe condo is nestled in the Sangre de Christo Mountains overlooking the quiet Valdez Valley. It is a southwestern style condo with three stories and a spacious (1,400’), so everyone can spread out and relax. The beautiful, traditional southwest construction has tongue and groove bare wood ceilings supported by majestic beams. The thick adobe and plaster walls help keep things warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Our condo is perfect for families (or groups) and is one of the main reasons we purchased it. Each bedroom is on its own floor and can comfortably accommodate parents and children. With a private balcony, fireplace and full bath, each bedroom is a self-contained oasis.

In the winter, 3 fireplaces (wood included) and baseboard heating keep things comfortable and cozy. In the summer mountain breezes and the open private decks keep things cool and pleasant. The spectacular sunsets and outstanding mountain vistas can be viewed from the large patio (1st floor) or either of the two separate balconies on the 2nd and 3rd floors. In the winter, snuggle in the cozy living room by a roaring fire or, for more privacy, snuggle next to your own fireplace in each of the bedrooms. In the summer, hiking is right outside your door, picking fruit off the trees or another option, or just relax on the balconies and enjoy the best northern New Mexico has to offer.

The first floor is the common area has new floor with a sleeper sofa, loveseat, and other chairs providing ample seating. This homey area centers on the southwestern fireplace. There is a TV on a wheeled stand, to place where ever you would like. Be aware there is no live tv (cable/satellite). Streaming from Netflix and Hulu are included, plus there are several movies in the condo. The kitchen comes fully furnished and should meet all of your needs. It is equipped with new stainless pots & pans, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, garbage disposal, all dinnerware & flatware, and basic spices. The first floor also has a full bathroom. Probably the best part of the first floor is the great covered patio that looks west onto the Valdez Valley and the Taos Mesa. Furnished with a table and chairs, it’s perfect for experiencing the northern New Mexico climate.

On the second floor there is a spacious bedroom with new carpet. For maximum flexibility, there is a full bed and a king bed. To help you relax, there is a loveseat and a cozy fireplace. The private balcony is accessed via new sliding doors. There is a private, full bathroom for your convenience. There is plenty of storage for you in the closet and dressers.

The third floor has a large carpeted bedroom with a king bed. The day/trundle bed (2 twins) can also serve as a couch and there is also a bench for seating. New sliding doors lead to the private balcony for those warm evening and the fireplace will keep things toasty on those cool evenings. There is plenty of storage in dressers and closet, and you will have a full bathroom all to yourself.

Please be aware that our condo is located halfway between Taos and the Taos Ski Valley, in Valdez. If you're looking for a quiet, mountain getaway this is the place. If you want to walk to shops & galleries, our condo isn't a good match for you.

The condo is perfectly located halfway between the world-class Taos Ski Valley and the historic Taos Plaza and it only takes 15 minutes to get to either. We encourage you to visit the artsy village of Arroyo Seco. It’s only 3 minutes away and has a unique New Mexican feel. The condo sets off the main road at the end of a private drive, so things are very quiet and peaceful. You will find our condo a welcome retreat after a hard day of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, shopping, gallery hopping, or enjoying any of the numerous activities that this remarkable area has to offer.

Here are a few other details:
- Please Note: This is a spacious, multi-story southwestern style condo built in the mountains. As such, you cannot access it without going up stairs and there are multiple stairs inside to access the upper floors. This condo is NOT appropriate for those with mobility problems.
- There is free wifi with a decent connection (20 Mbps) and the signal is strong throughout the condo.
- All firewood is free and replenished every day or two.
- There is a ski rack available inside the front landing.
- There are a few growlers in the kitchen for those who like to sample the local brews.

We really hope you enjoy your stay in our Southwest mountain retreat.

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Property Type

  • Condo
  • 1416 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age to rent is 22....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We have child appropriate dvds, games, crayons, etc....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs for an additional fee. Sorry, no cats due to allergies....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Condo is only accessible via several steps and is not appropriate for those with mobility issues....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Trundle bed that sleeps 2....moreless

  • Sleeper Sofa (queen)- 1st floor: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    1st floor has it's own full bath....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 double

    Fireplace, Balcony, & private bathroom....moreless

  • Bedrooms are carpeted and have individual heat control, fireplace, private balcony, and private bathroom. Plenty of storage in closets and dressers....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • There is a full bath on each floor.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    48" LCD with free Netflix & Hulu+ NOTE: No "live" tv available....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The condo backs mountains to the east and has stunning west views for spectacular sunsets (see pics)....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Laundry facilities onsite & available 24/7 ($1 dryer)....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    There are 3 fireplaces, one on each floor. Firewood is provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Free high speed wifi is available with strong sign throughout the condo, so bring your tablets and laptops!...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Sleeper sofa, loveseat, and additional seating available....moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry facilities onsite & available 24/7 with free washer....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee grinder available....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices, sugar, & flour....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Bedrooms each have their own private balconies....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered patio on first floor has table, chairs, and lounge chair....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Apr 18 - Nov 20, 2016
2 night min stay
Nov 21 - Dec 16, 2016
2 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2017
5 night min stay
Jan 3 - Mar 3, 2017
2 night min stay
Spring Break
Mar 4 - Mar 26, 2017
3 night min stay
End Seaon
Mar 27 - Apr 9, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

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Dogs are considered for an additional fee. Due to allergies, cats are not allowed.

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Taos Regional Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Abe's Cantina y Cocina
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
Taos Country Club
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Arroyo Seco
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley

Car: Necessary

Taos, New Mexico has a very long history. Members of the Taos Pueblo have lived in the area for thousands of years living as farmers and hunters. Non-Natives first saw the Taos Valley on August 29, 1540 when Captain Hernando Alvarado, as part of the expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, explored it. In 1615, a small Spanish village was established. More recently, in the early 1900s, the Taos Art Colony was founded and influenced numerous artists including, Mabel Dodge Luhan, D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and many others. Today, Taos continues to support a thriving art community with over 80 galleries and three museums. Many of these can be found on or near the historic Taos Plaza (just 15 minutes away). You can also explore the culture and lifestyle of the Taos Pueblo (10 minutes away). It's been designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. More recently as part of their economic development, the Taos Pueblo constructed a full service casino (10 minutes).

The wealth of art, history, and culture in the area are only rivaled by the opportunities for outdoor activities. Here are a few suggestions:

- Taos Ski Valley (15 minutes): One of the best ski areas in the country, known for steeps and hikeable terrain (diamond & double diamond). However, it also has great beginner (green) and intermediate slopes (blue). There is also a terrain park for those interested in showing off their skills or just practicing. Taos Ski Valley has one of the best ski schools in the country, so no matter what your level of skiing is you can find great terrain or get an awesome lesson. If you have the time, join them for a “Ski Better” week. A week of coordinated, building lessons that are sure to take you to the next level (or two). Even if you don’t ski, bring the kids up in the evening for sledding.

- [Rio Grande Gorge (20 minutes)]:

* One of the highest bridges in the US (800’). Walking out on the bridge to one of the observation platforms is an experience not to be missed. You will also recognize the bridge from the Terminator and Transformer movies.

* Rock Climbing- There are several trad and sport climbs in the Rio Grande Gorge. There are also top-rope routes.

- [Rio Grande River (20 minutes)]:

* Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking- As the snow melts in the spring and early summer, this part of the Rio Grande becomes some of the best whitewater in the West. Book with one of the many local rafting companies or go solo in your own kayak. Though the water is highest spring and summer, trips are available year-round.

* Fly Fishing- There is world-class fly fishing in this part of the Rio Grande where water is clear and cold.

- [Hiking (5 minutes)]: There are numerous hiking opportunities right out the condo door. There are also several marked trails very close by. For those looking for a challenge, the highest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak (13,167) trailhead is just 15 minutes away. For those wanting more leisurely walks, there are numerous trails along the Rio Grande and Taos Mesa.

- [Mountain Biking (15 minutes)]: During the summer, the Taos Ski Valley becomes a mountain biker’s paradise with dozens of trails of varying difficulty.

- [Other Activities]: Golf at the Taos Country Club (25 minutes); Horseback riding; Ski mobile; Hunting; Hot Air Balloon rides

- For those wanting to just relax, there are several wineries and breweries in the area. Feel free to use the growlers (in kitchen) at Taos Mesa Brewery, Eske’s Brew Pub, the Taos Ale House, or Blue Heron Brewery (in Embudo). If wine is more your thing, then check out Black Mesa Winery or Vivac Winery on the way up.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: We are two couples who have been friends for years and live in New Mexico. We love northern New Mexico, especially Taos. We've often talked about a place there, but it never seemed to happen for various reasons. After finding this property, we realized that it was big enough for everyone and we could co-own it and finally realize a shared dream.

Why the Owner Chose Valdez, NM, USA:
LOCATION- We love to ski, but didn't want a place in the Ski Valley (too dark in winter & too far from town). We also didn't want to be on the Mesa where it's hot and dusty during the summer. This is our perfect place. Close to skiing and town, and in the mountains but not in a deep valley. FAMILIES- This condo can easily accommodate both of our families, so we can enjoy each other's company and all northern New Mexico has to offer.

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  • Living area with plenty of seating & cozy fireplace (1st floor).

    Living area with plenty of seating & cozy fireplace (1st floor).

  • Fully furnished kitchen (1st floor).

    Fully furnished kitchen (1st floor).

  • 1st floor patio

    1st floor patio

  • 2nd floor bedroom

    2nd floor bedroom

  • 2nd floor bedroom

    2nd floor bedroom

  • 3rd floor bedroom

    3rd floor bedroom

  • 3rd floor bedroom

    3rd floor bedroom

  • Exterior of #9.

    Exterior of #9.

  • A visitor at the back door.

    A visitor at the back door.

  • If you're lucky, you may see one of these.

    If you're lucky, you may see one of these.

  • Sleeper sofa in living area (1st floor).

    Sleeper sofa in living area (1st floor).

  • Looking towards living area and porch (1st floor).

    Looking towards living area and porch (1st floor).

  • Winter sunset from 1st floor patio.

    Winter sunset from 1st floor patio.

  • 2nd floor King-sized bed.

    2nd floor King-sized bed.

  • 3rd floor bedroom

    3rd floor bedroom

  • 3rd floor bedroom

    3rd floor bedroom

  • Awesome sunset on the Taos Mesa.

    Awesome sunset on the Taos Mesa.

  • Beautiful spring snow storm.

    Beautiful spring snow storm.

  • Full moon over Valdez & Taos Ski Valley.

    Full moon over Valdez & Taos Ski Valley.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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