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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 111 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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:
19 July, 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:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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!


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Rio Grande Gorge Casita- traditional adobe, hot tub, hiking, privacy
average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews

great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's fourth visit to the casita in Pilar. We love it. The scenery is wonderful, there are great walks all around with views and petroglyphs to be discovered. This year we saw, along with the usual wildlife, a baby bear across the river and pretty massive beavers who have made their home in the Rio Grande, as well as a wide assortment of birds. The casita is a nice little house with full kitchen, well kept up by the Petersons, who live nearby and are decent and friendly people. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice casita

  • 5 of 5

Great place for relaxing. Hot tub with view, quaint kiva fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, quiet. Nice amenities. Worked well with our two children ages 1.5 and 4.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place was even better than we expected. The home was beautifully appointed, and the outdoor space was breathtaking. Conveniently located to Taos, and just minutes from amazing trails in the Rio Grande Gorge, it was a perfect place to stay for three relaxing days. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was great everything we expected and more. Thanks Again

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$188.57
Tax Rate 7.31%

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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