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.