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Stellar, Southwest, Luxury home. Extraordinary location on Abiquiu Lake

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Exclusive Site at the Waters Edge

'Breathtaking,' 'Fabulous,' 'Stellar,' 'Magical' - Casa del Rio, a unique southwestern home awaits those who seek a glimpse into what the West was like – before it was “won.”

Completed in April of 2014, Casa del Rio offers timeless views of the Rio Chama, Abiquiu Lake, Ghost Ranch - with no other habitation to confound the imagination. The house rests on a mesa about 100 feet above the narrowest part of the Rio Chama, just before it empties into Abiquiu Lake. Unique to this area, a private path winds its way directly to the water. Four circles of stones (tipi rings) found on the land are silent proof that these vistas have been enjoyed by people for hundreds of years.

Inside the 1500 square foot house you will find all the luxuries and amenities of the 21st century. An open floor plan includes great room, dining area and kitchen; all under hand-hewn vigas harvested from the San Juan forest. Leather couches, swivel chair, Taos-made furniture - all make it a pleasure to take in the ever changing landscape in any direction. (Be sure to catch the dawn when the morning light descends upon the water). Hand painted retablo and santos, Navaho and Zapotec rugs, prints by RC Gorman, and Georgia O'Keefe all enhance the experience of being immersed in the southwest.

The kitchen features granite countertops, energy saving appliances, and an island with cooktop. A 42” LED satellite TV, WiFi, and sound bar provide connection to the modern world. (for those who must) Soft foam, queen size mattresses, resort quality bedding ensure your night’s rest – so you can be prepared for your next day’s adventure...

Located in the heart of the Piedra Lumbre (Valley of the Shining Stones) Casa del Rio was designed for outdoor living. Covered portales on the east, north and west sides provide shade from the ever bright New Mexico sun. The concave shape of the house provides shelter from wind and wraps around an additional 800 square feet of a Colorado red flagstone courtyard. On the courtyard, or under the portal, you will find; a moveable chiminea (fireplace), a four burner gas grill, two lounge chairs, a love seat, and table and dining chairs for four.

To complete your Abiquiu experience there is an outdoor hot tub positioned for panoramic river and mountain views. For those who prefer, there is also a two-person, heart shaped bath. Full moon nights are are so bright you can see colors on the walls of the river canyon. On moonless nights the stars seem so close you could almost reach up and touch them...

The waters of Abiquiu provides an important resting place for migratory birds; a virtual oasis in a land of desert and mountains. Eagles, osprey, geese, and many other species take time to have their needs met on their way to other destinations. Perhaps this description may one day apply to you!

More Details

Gordon Hirsch
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2018

About Gordon Hirsch

I have lived in northern New Mexico for 12 years. I'm happy to share my experiences and to recommend places to go and things to do. I have kept a booklet at the house that lists 10 different trails to enjoy.

Why Gordon Hirsch chose Youngsville

A 15 minute drive from the highway, Casa Rio is situated at 'the end of the trail' leading to Abiquiu lake. When you look to the East, North, or West there is no sign of human habitation to distract the eye. The landscape has remained this way for millions of years.

Hollywood crews have been coming to this area for decades to shoot films requiring vivid scenery typical of the wild west. Some movies made in the area include: the Lone Ranger, Brothers, Silverado, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, No Country for Old Men, The Missing, Wyatt Earp, 3:10 to Yuma, Red Dawn, the Last Outlaw, and City Slickers.

What makes this house unique

It offers sensational, undisturbed views of the lake, river canyon, and mountains.

This is the only lakefront property with a private trail to Abiquiu Lake, opening up a whole new world to be discovered.

This is also a great 'base camp' for exploring more of northern New Mexico.

An ideal location for nature lovers, anglers, paddlers, astronomers, archaeologists, paleontologists, botanists, geologists, historians, birders, artists, writers, musicians, hikers - of all skill sets. This is an amazing place for anyone with a sense of wonder!


Youngsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered ...
  • No motorized watercraft, trailers, motor homes, or recreational vehicles are allowed without permission of the owner.
  • Please respect 20 mph speed limit.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Hall Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , jetted tub , Shower and two person jacuzzi tub.
  • Master bath with shower and two person, heart shaped jacuzzi tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, dimmable lights, trombe wall.
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, dimmable lights, trombe wall.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing


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Stellar, Southwest, Luxury home. Extraordinary location on Abiquiu Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 94 reviews
Houston, TX


  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home with amazing views from every room! It was very comfortable with all the necessities! We enjoyed fishing every day. It was a hike from the house, but well worth it! The owner Gordon was very helpful! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kristi. I am happy that you and your husband enjoyed your visit to Casa del Rio. Thanks for watching over the nest under the portal. It seems that a pair of birds comes to visit every year around this time. Perhaps you too will return... you are very welcome to!
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My Favorite New Mexico home

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this beautiful home a few times and can’t wait to come back. The views are stunning and I never tire of watching the changes in the ‘mood’ of the water with the changing weather.

Gordon is very helpful and fun to visit with. He has pointed out that as evidenced by the occasional artifact people have been recreating in this area for a long time. Watched a raven chase a coyote during this visit, very fun! Love New Mexico and this peaceful location in particular.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lee, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It is always great to have you and your friends out here at Abiquiu lake. It was also very kind of you to leave a gratuity for the housekeeper. Hope to meet you in person during your next visit!
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Perfect vacation spot for relaxation or adventures!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Gordon! We loved your house and it's location. Upon our late arrival at the first gate, there were so many cows blocking the gate but as I inched forward they moved to the side, what well behaved cows!! We had unobstructive views even while cooking in your fully equipped kitchen!! We both needed some quiet time to relax and we did just that since the weather didn't cooperate. We thought it was windy the first day, boy were we wrong! The next day brought strong wind gusts that reminded me of hurricane seasons in coastal Georgia! Even with that it was amazing to watch the water rippled with white caps. The wind died down and it turned to a beautiful clear evening, I was mesmerized by the stars and could have slept outside gazing at them but it was a bit too cold. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your home, we didn't want to leave, three nights was too short and we will definitely come back (showed pictures to my mother, now she wants to go!). I didn't get a chance to take advantage of the many hiking trails listed with maps in your book and other adventure the Abiquiu has to offer. So YES, I'm coming back!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessie - thanks for your comments - it is wonderful people like you and Belinda that make being a host so enjoyable. I'm glad you made the most of that storm - the wind, waves, and sky can be pretty powerful. Thanks for securing the hot tub cover and removing the outdoor timers, too. You "saved the day!" Thank you!
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Beautiful home in a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the spectacular views and peaceful location. Looking forward to returning in the fall.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James and Belinda - you two are great guests. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay. It is really rewarding when people return to Casa del Rio for multiple visits - your stay in September will be a nice contrast to being here in the Spring. Safe travels until then!
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Truly Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a weekend stay for our Anniversary. The home has incredible views and is extremely comfortable. The Living Room furniture is super lazy comfy and the beds were perfect. We mostly enjoyed the Hot Tub with never ending and ever changing lighting views.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We visited Lake Abiquiu a few years ago and fell in love with the area. This house made us love this area more than we thought possible. Privacy, views, access to the lake and walking trails, and all the amenities you would want or need. Wake up and enjoy the view, as sunrise offers beautiful shadows and colors off the mountains. During the day walk around the trails, visit the tipi rings, skip stones on the lake. Grill out an awesome dinner on the patio as the sun sets behind you. At night, jump in the hot tub and look up at the stars. With no city light pollution, the stars look brighter and bigger than you've ever seen. We didn't want to leave and will definitely be coming back again soon. It was the perfect place to get away from it all, where we could rest, relax, and recharge. Thank you Gordon for being a wonderful and responsive host!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for writing such nice comments - I couldn't have said it any better myself! I'm glad that you and Patrick enjoyed your time at the lake. See you again!
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Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
NM 96
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Abiquiu Inn
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Rafting on the Chama, Georgia O'Keefe studio tour, Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch conference center and museums (and horseback riding), Christ in the desert monastary, Abiquiu music festivals and studio tour, Abiquiu dam visitor center, Pueblo ruins and petroglyphs, Ojo Calliente mineral spa, Healing with Horses (empowerment training), Echo ampitheater, Toltec-Cumbres scenic railroad, Mount Pedernal, the continental divide trail, the Valle Caldera, the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests: Unlimited places to explore


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $105
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

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.

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