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Extraordinary, Custom, Luxurious Home 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

Why Gordon Hirsch chose New Mexico

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(72 traveler reviews)

Extraordinary, Custom, Luxurious Home on Abiquiu Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 72 reviews
Denver, CO

Perfect relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you don't mind being well away from shops/restaurants (i.e. stock up on groceries before you arrive), this place is a gem. Amazing views, atop a hill overseeing Lake Abiquiu, very nicely maintained place. Owner was super-easy to deal with. My wife and I just relaxed for 2 days. Great place to decompress.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we drove through the driveway gate we were transported to the most beautiful, relaxing and peaceful surroundings and accommodations. From the slate stone view bench to the super comfortable beds to the recliner next to the wood stove with a view that matches any; we were grateful for this wonderful experience. The owner quickly responded to any questions and was easy to communicate with. We hope to return to this magical place many times in the future (hopefully, near future...)! Bill, Megan & Eva

P.S. In many years of travel and accommodations (both local and international), this was one of the most memorable and special places we have ever visited.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bill and Megan! I am really touched by your remarks. Getting great people like you to the extraordinary place where Casa del Rio stands was what I had in my mind when I built the house four years ago. Did you know, we found part of a clovis knife on the grounds? It dates between 3,000 and 9,000 years ago. People have been enjoying this landscape for a long time.... Love to have you back!
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Center Sandwich, NH

Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the simple design and perfect layout to take in the surrounding beauty with all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for, incredibly comfortable bed, well stocked and functional kitchen, great TV, and woodstove. Saw spectacular sunsets and the full moon rising. Awesome!!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lucy, for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. I really appreciate sophisticated guests and experienced travelers like you and Shawn and hope you will consider a return visit "down the road."
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Fantastic, restful, beautiful vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for seven nights. The house was very clean. The location was beyond description. We arrived at night (be smarter than us and arrive during the day. We found the place alright because of good directions provided by Gordon but it is more comfortable to arrive in daylight!) The next morning we awoke early. The sunrise over the desert was glorious. As the sun rose we realized what our surroundings were and just basked in the beauty. We had stopped at Whole Foods in Santa Fe and stocked up with food before we arrived so we really didn't feel the need to leave the house for the first couple of days. We relaxed, read and took gorgeous walks. The house has all the equipment, dishes, pots and pans that you might need including a t.v. and movies. Ghost Ranch is an easy 20 or 25 minute ride and provides some more memorable scenery and a great hiking trail. Gordon was very nice and easy to deal with. We had some complications and thought at one point that we weren't going to make the trip. Gordon was very accommodating in helping us to work this through. Overall, there really is no down side to this property or this location. Go, relax and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Casa del rio is a breathtaking getaway, an excellent retreat from the day-to-day hustle. The views from this property are unbelievable-- the photos don't do it justice. We were so delighted by the peace, tranquility, beauty, and comfort of this place. Thanks to Gordon, who was a great and accommodating host. I look forward to returning again, and to exploring more of this extraordinary landscape. We couldn't have asked for anything more from our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alysha - you are sooo welcome! There is a lot to explore in the area. Next time you visit you might consider a day trip to the Christ in the desert monastery, a hike in the Santa Fe National forest, or a drive to Chama to ride the Cumbres-Toltec railroad - and it is always nice to return to the house the same day and relax in the hot tub. Come again!
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Amazing location, house, and host!

  • 5 of 5

The property was spectacularly maintained, and was the perfect secluded retreat we were looking for. The views were phenomenal; I only wish pictures could do this place justice. Aside from stocking up on groceries, the house had everything we needed during our stay.

Gordon is an exemplary host; extremely communicative, incredibly thoughtful, and does an amazing job answering all questions you may have.

Thank you, Gordon!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Monica, I am so delighted that you and Micah found Casa del Rio to your liking. I have almost given up on taking photographs - how could you ever convey the feelings of awe and magnitude in two dimensions - it seems like a "mission impossible." You were great guests and I hope you will consider a return visit - Mi casa es su casa!
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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

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee. $95
Tax Rate 6.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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