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A Lake, a River, a House - Comfortable Getaway to Nature in the Jemez Mountains

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Two-bedroom House on a Lake Shore with a Mountain Stream Across the Meadow

Horseshoe Meadow is an 8+ acre homestead established in 1897 along the Rio San Antonio in La Cueva in the Jemez Mountains. Horseshoe Meadow borders the Santa Fe National Forest and comprises meadows, wetlands, old-growth Ponderosa pine stands, a one acre lake and a trout stream flowing through the property. Summer nights tend to be cool and mosquitos and other biting insects are few and far between.

The recently remodeled Lake House overlooks the 1 ac. lake at the south end of Horseshoe Meadow and is surrounded by Ponderosa pines. The house features a living room with dining area and a wood burning stove, a basic kitchen with a sink (hot/cold water, R/O system, garbage disposal), fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and an apartment cooking range, a small 3/4 bathroom with a European shower, and 2 bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and one with a double bed). The enclosed sun room and the deck offer beautiful views of the lake, a meadow and the ridges west of Horseshoe Meadow. All rooms with the exception of the sun room are heated with central propane heating. Local TV and phone as well as wireless DSL are included.

The person wanting to lease the Lake House needs to be 21+ years old and will have to sign a furnished lease agreement including a water feature waiver at the time of making a reservation and before staying at the Lake House.

Guests can enjoy exploring the surrounding woods, mountains, mesas and valleys or spend the day relaxing along the lake shore or the 600 ft. long stretch of the Rio San Antonio running through Horseshoe Meadow.

To ensure your privacy, the entire property is surrounded by a 6ft fence to the north, east and south. To the west there is a livestock fence on the other side of the stream. The access is protected by a lockable gate. While there is a surveillance camera on the north end of the property (the house is located in the southeast corner), the house/property does not feature a security system.

There are a country store and a restaurant 1.2 mile down the road in La Cueva.

Cell phone service is limited and spotty.

The surrounding Santa Fe National Forest with its mountains, mesas, cliffs, valleys, meadows, hot and warm springs, streams and tall pines offers ample opportunities to engage in activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and much more.

The Valles Caldera National Preserve with plenty of recreational and educational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, guided tours and other programs is just a few miles away. Their new access, use and fee policies have made it much easier and affordable to enjoy the Preserve.

Bandalier National Monument with its beautiful hiking trails and Anasazi ruins, Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque with their museums, shopping opportunities, and historical plazas and sites, and many other attractions along the roads can be explored on day trips. There are quite a few dirt roads throughout the Jemez open in the summer months (some of which are better driven in a 4×4 vehicle) to take more adventurous drivers into the back-country for further explorations.

Cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing are favorite winter activities in the Jemez Mountains and at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during the often sunny winter months. The Pajarito Ski Area offers some great downhill skiing and more cross-country skiing trails. The ski area is a 30 mile-drive away.
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Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The person signing the rental agreement must be at least 21 years old. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    The house is non-smoking. Please observe all fire restrictions in summer when smoking or cooking outside the house (current fire restrictions are posted in the house's sun room). Please no open fires on the property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    One window faces east and one window faces south...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    One window faces south and one window faces west (lake view)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The property is of particular interest for people who would like to relax in a beautiful natural environment and who like to venture out to hike, ride their mountain bike, etc. while being able to enjoy a smaller but comfortable house at night and during inclement weather. The 1ac. lake, the Rio San Antonio flowing through the land, the meadows and Ponderosa pine tree stands make this property a beautiful mountain getaway in a beautiful area offering many attractions and opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    Local TV stations are available over the air....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Full view of the lake from the house's sun room and the deck....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The Lake House is located 30 ft away from a 1 ac. lake on the same property. Guests have access to the lake and 600 ft. of stream running through the property....moreless

  • Rural:

    La Cueva is an unincorporated settlement surrounded by National Forest....moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    In winter guests can snow shoe or cross-country ski from the cabin into the bordering National Forest....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing


  • Dining:

    Dining areas in the living room and in the sun room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Let Nature be your fitness room!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central propane heating (with the exception of the enclosed sun room)...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    One set of linens will be provided for each bed. Fresh sheets will be provided for longer term guests once a week....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room features a coach, 2 recliners and a dining set. There are a TV set with DVD player and a wood burning stove....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is a parking area for 1 - 2 cars on the north side of the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Only local phone calls. Please bring a phone card for long-distance calls. Limited cell phone service....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    One set of towels (including kitchen towels) are provided for each guest. Fresh towels will be provided for longer term guests once a week....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is a wood burning stove in the living room. Fire wood is provided. Please place ashes only in metal container provided for this purpose....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes and utensils for regular breakfast, lunch and dinner preparation are provided....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The small kitchen has lots of storage, a cooking range, a microwave, a refrigerator. The kitchen sink has a garbage disposal and R/O system. Cooking, dinner and silverware are provided....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, spices, coffee, creamer, tea, paper towels...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    A mid-size refrigerator with a freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove:

    A new apartment-size range with 4 plates and an oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    The deck overlooks the lake which is about 30 ft. away from the deck....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Guests can use the provided canoe and paddle boat on the lake....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Guests are welcome to enjoy the lake and to use a large part of the 8 ac property featuring 600 ft of stream area, meadows, wetlands, shady tree stands. There is a pick-nick area next to the stream....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a BBQ grill on the deck....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$120 $130
Fri, Sat
$680 $2,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • One-time cleaning fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 6.25%


Above rates do not include any damages, excessive messes or missing items. Guests are responsible for damages, missing items and excessive clean-up.

No pets please.

Please add a $10/day fee per additional person (no more than four occupants total).

Please sign the rental agreement attached to the acceptance email. The access instructions to the property will be sent once we have received the signed signature page of the rental agreement. The agreement includes a hold harmless agreement. Please call for further information.

50% of the rental fee is due at the time of reservation. Refund of the full rental fee with more than 7 day-notice.

If the reservation occurs less than 7 days prior to arrival, the full rental fee will be due when making reservations.

The rest of the rental fee is due 7 days prior to arrival date.

Please consider a Travel Insurance to avoid potential losses in case of cancellation.

Rates are subject to change without further notice.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/22/2017
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  • Valles Caldera National Preserve

    "Great plave for hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers."

  • Soda Dam Historical Marker

    "Natural sediment dam built by the river along Hwy 4 towards Jemez Springs."

  • Bandelier National Monument

    "Anazazi ruins and hiking trails in beautiful Frijoles Canyon"

  • Los Alamos

    "It the nearest larger town with good shopping, movie theater, museums, restaurants etc."

  • Jemez Stage Stop

    "Good food and local music"

  • Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon

    "Oldtime saloon offering drinks, food and music."

  • Highway 4 Coffee

    "Good breakfast and lunch where also the local like to hang out"

  • Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

    "This downhill ski area offers hiking and mountain biking trails in summer. "

70 Miles
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jemez Springs
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Los Alamos
70 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 126
1.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
La Cueva
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Los Alamos - Pajarito Mountain

Car: Necessary

The town of Jemez Springs is only a few miles down Hwy 4 and offers bars, restaurants, a bath-house fed by a natural hot spring, a library, post office, banking, galleries, and festivals and music events throughout the year.

There are several accessible natural hot and warm springs throughout the area.

Enjoy the educational and outdoors activities at the Valles Caldera NP.

Visit Bandelier National Monument to see the ancient Anasazi ruins, trails and exhibits in Frijoles Canyon and Tsankawi.

Visit the town of Los Alamos with its museum and nature center, sports facilities, restaurants, supermarkets, stores, world-class ski hill, etc. In addition, the town offers a great summer music festival with free shows every Friday night (starting May 15).


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: The owners have been living in the Jemez Mountains for decades. We love hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in summer and snow shoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. We live about 10 miles from Horseshoe Meadow.

Why the Owner Chose Jemez Springs, NM, USA:
While the land is only 10 miles away from our home, it is quite different from our house property and many parts of the rather arid Jemez Mountains. Thanks to the water rights belonging to the land, we can irrigate the pasture and maintain a 1 ac. lake fed by fresh stream water. The shoreline of the stream is a lush tree-lined oasis and thanks to cool nights in the summer, there are not very many bugs. Horseshoe Meadow is frequently visited by ducks, an occasional blue heron or osprey, and other birds who are attracted by the water. There are active beaver colonies along the Rio San Antonio flowing through the La Cueva valley and on Horseshoe Meadow. A rare New Mexico mouse species has been discovered on forest service land north of Horseshoe Meadow. There are many interesting critters on the land and in the water which is the reason why we ask guests to not bring their pets. The two well maintained over 100 year log cabins under the ancient tall Ponderosa pines at the north end of the property are an added bonus as we both enjoy "old things" from the Old West. We love the land and its natural beauty, and we love to share this little piece of heaven with guests appreciating nature.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Lake House is located on the shore of a one acre lake. We very much enjoy sitting on the deck under the tall Ponderosa pines and watching a beaver or musk rat crossing the lake, ducks landing on the water or just the sun's reflections on the rippling water surface. The Lake House is cozy retreat for the night and during inclement weather and offers all the basic amenities needed to be comfortable.

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Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/22/2017

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  • View of the House from the South

    View of the House from the South

  • Sun Room

    Sun Room

  • Living Room and Hallway

    Living Room and Hallway

  • Front Bedroom

    Front Bedroom

  • Back Bedroom

    Back Bedroom

  • Lake in Fall

    Lake in Fall

  • Lake View

    Lake View

  • Rio San Antonio - an ever-changing river scape shaped by beavers

    Rio San Antonio - an ever-changing river scape shaped by beavers

  • Ponderosa pines and River Log Cabin at the north End of Horseshoe Meadow

    Ponderosa pines and River Log Cabin at the north End of Horseshoe Meadow

  • Drive-up and Parking Area from the North

    Drive-up and Parking Area from the North

  • House with lake

    House with lake

  • Lake View from Sun Room

    Lake View from Sun Room

  • Living Room and Kitchen

    Living Room and Kitchen

  • Kitchen


  • Front Bedroom

    Front Bedroom

  • Back Bedroom

    Back Bedroom

  • Bathroom


  • Rocky Mountain Irises on the Lake

    Rocky Mountain Irises on the Lake

  • Lake View

    Lake View

  • Lazy Summer day on the river

    Lazy Summer day on the river

  • A Quiet Spot Along the River

    A Quiet Spot Along the River

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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