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Rio Grande Gorge Casita- traditional adobe, hot tub, hiking, privacy

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

This secluded Rio Grande Casita puts the Great Outdoors at your doorstep. The views from the property are unmatched. This traditional village borders both the Rio Grande and the southern Rocky Mountains. Centrally located to sites in Santa Fe, Taos, and southern Colorado, it is a quick, scenic 20 minute drive to Taos, an hour drive from 4 popular ski areas, and a key location for birders, rock climbers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Archaeologists and geologists visit the area to explore cultural sites and rock formations. Artists set up easels along the riverbanks painting the rich colors and dramatic landscapes.

Skip the crowded condo scene and enjoy breathtaking scenery while grilling out on the patio or just kicking back on the screened veranda. Modern kitchen and spacious living area feature brick floors, kiva fireplace, and hand-crafted furniture. Perfect for a romantic getaway or for letting your children enjoy the freedom of natural surroundings.

Winter/Spring Conditions: Winter/Spring in Pilar can be the best time to visit. There are six nearby ski resorts with skiing and snow boarding. Travel time from the casita varies from 45 minutes to a little over an hour. The nearby Orilla Verde Recreation is quiet with returning bald eagles and other wildlife. Of course, summer can be exquisite. Cool nights give way to warm days and the quintessential azure skies of Northern New Mexico.

Taos hosts numerous seasonal festivals featuring regional art, food, and spirits.

Location Details: The casita is located at the end of a private road about 600 feet from the river. It is bordered by BLM land on two sides and is surrounded by mixed conifer trees that offer peace and privacy.

This is a rental by owner. We live next door, 200 feet away, and we are happy to assist visitors with any details regarding their trip to the Taos area.

More Details

Bruce and Meg Peterson
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Bruce and Meg Peterson

Meg and Bruce have lived in the area for 35 years. We raised both our daughters here, and they attended school in Taos. One is a physician, the other a geo-physicist, proof that the public schools are good! Meg is a retired elementary school principal and writer; Bruce is a manager at Los Alamos Laboratory. We are both private people and very respectful of the privacy of our guests, though we are available to answer any questions about the history, geology, wildlife, hiking opportunities, and our favorite restaurants. If you're into birds, Meg will happily take you birding along the Rio!

Why Bruce and Meg Peterson chose New Mexico

We moved to Northern New Mexico three decades ago because of the stunning beauty, closeness to nature, and richness of its cultures. And we wanted to build a traditional adobe. At the time, we shared the romantic notion we could make a living here as a writer (Meg) and a cabinetmaker (Bruce). While we both had to get practical employment, we remain true to our roots.

What makes this house unique

We believe the views from the property are completely unique and stunning and probably responsible for my daughter becoming a geologist. The vastness of the panorama can be a bit overwhelming for those new to the area, but the region has been settled since the 1600s when the Spanish arrived. That said, the addition of our hot tub has been inspirational. Nothing like viewing all this natural beauty while soaking tired bones!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this wonderful casita with us! The house is beautiful, the area is beautiful. We enjoyed our stay, and 2015 is off to great start. Thank you so much!
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Taos

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , newly tiled shower, handcrafted vanity with Mexican tile
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , View from small window to wildlife path.
  • New Mexico decor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
  • Each cozy and comfortable room has a new, full-size bed, dresser, and closet. New Mexico decor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • conservatory
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We are adjacent to the Rio Grande Orilla Verde Recreation Area and the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. We enthusiastically offer a morning bird walk for our guests, just ask to schedule it. Bring binoculars!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(54 traveller reviews)

Rio Grande Gorge Casita- traditional adobe, hot tub, hiking, privacy
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews

Amazing place, has everything you need

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here in mid-February with my wife and two kids (3 years old, 9 months) and it was an amazing experience. The casita feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, but is still close to the highway and Taos (about a 15 minute drive). It has everything you could need in terms of cooking: dishes, pots, pans, cooking equipment, basic ingredients for cooking. It has the hot tub, which was amazing. It is about 20 feet from the house and is shielded with a wooden privacy fence which is enough to give you a sense of privacy without blocking views of the mountains and stars. Speaking of the stars, they were incredible due to the lack of ambient light. The casita also has a gas grill, which was very nice.

Overall, I could not recommend this place more. (I should mention that while it is near the owners property, they were not intrusive at all--the only time we saw them was when we called them over to help us fix a fuse that we blew. They were very nice and gracious.)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Property-Great Owners

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent almost two weeks in New Mexico during the holidays stayed @ this property most of the time. We loved it. The Casita is in a fantastic location, situated between downtown Taos and Santa Fe. The house has two nice sized bedrooms and the house is tastefully and beautifully furnished. The owners, Meg & Bruce, were gracious and very helpful. The area around the house is great. Once you are at the end of the driveway, you can walk a few feet to the Rio Grande. Beautiful scenic drives are just minutes away. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great attention to detail!

  • 5 of 5

The house was well stocked with different spices, coffee, tea, oil and other small food items that facilitated meal preparation and reduced trips to the grocery store miles and miles away. We also appreciated have a well stocked kitchen with different types of pots, pans and cooking and baking items. This attention to the smaller details of accommodating guests was wonderful!

Books, brochures, maps and magazines of northern New Mexico was extremely helpful in planning our day trips to sight seeing and off-road driving through the mountains.

We had a most enjoyable four-night stay and are planning to do it again next year.

Thank you for great hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another Great Labor Day Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at the casita during Labor Day weekend. As usual, everything about the casita was outstanding. Bruce and Meg are fantastic hosts and the casita is impeccable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, wonderful casita!

  • 5 of 5

It would be hard to overstate how much we enjoyed the Casita last week! The pictures are spot on...the views really are that wonderful and the Casita really is that comfortable. We loved grilling outside for dinner many evenings. The kitchen had everything we needed. The hot tub is very private and the stars are spectacular. We were fortunate to be there for a meteor shower! I've never seen anything like it. Bruce & Meg stopped by once to check on us...and later left delicious cookies that we devoured! They were easy to communicate with before and during our stay. The Casita is very close to rafting/kayaking (we loved New Mexico River Adventures), terrific hiking and three wineries. We highly recommend and can't wait to get back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Where else can you stay in a beautiful casita in the Rio Grande gorge?

  • 5 of 5

My family has visited the Petersons' Casita three times over the past five years. The house itself is beautiful and lovingly cared for. It's right at the edge of the Orilla Verde recreation area, which offers rafting, fishing, and most important a whole bunch of hikes past marvelous gorges and ancient petroglyphs. Only about twenty minutes from one of the best vineyards in New Mexico (La Chiripada). Of the many places we've rented in different parts of the world over the past years, this is our favorite!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NM 64
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Pilar is a quiet New Mexican village located on NM route 68 south of Taos. It lies adjacent to the Rio Grande river at the gateway to the magnificent Rio Grande Gorge and a gateway to the Rio Bravo National Monument. River sports, biking, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the summer activities. Winter skiing is nearby in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Sipapu. In addition to outdoor fun, the nearby towns boast numerous fine dining restaurants, art galleries, museums, and southwestern cultural points of interest. There are numerous festivals throughout the year including San Geronimo Day at Taos Pueblo, Indian Market in Santa Fe, and a Fall Balloon Rally in both Taos and Albuquerque.

Other Activities: Hiking,birdwatching, kayaking, rafting, Anasazi petroglyph sites, cultural and historical museums

Golf: The Taos Country Club is an easy, picturesque 15-minute drive from the casita. The Club features incredible 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos mesa.

Ski: The southern Rocky Mountains boast several nearby ski resorts, including Taos, Santa Fe, Sipapu, and Red River. We are also a 4-hour drive from southern Colorado ski resorts. Our guests often pair a visit to southern Colorado with their stay here in northern New Mexico.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Taos

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$196
Tax Rate 7.12%

We have a new hot tub and patio area! Enjoy unparalleled views of Pilar butte and the Milky Way.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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