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Elegant Getaway on Continental Divide In Pinos Altos, 7 miles from Silver City

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Vacation casita in tranquil forested mountain hamlet Pinos Altos on Cont Divide

Located on Continental Divide at 7K ft. in mountain hamlet of Pinos Altos and 7 miles from Silver City, the newly constructed and fully furnished guest house offers an elegant passive-solar getaway on the edge of the Gila National Forest. Trails lead from guesthouse into the forest, peaks, and canyons of the Pinos Altos Range.

Pinos Altos Casita has a full kitchen (with dishwasher) and utility room with full-sized washer and dryer, as well a large storage room for your gear, bikes, and luggage. One bedroom and a loft with bedding for other guests. Porch, outside dining area, garden, fenced yard for dog, and roof terrace. Your mountain retreat home is only several blocks from downtown Pinos Altos where most guests enjoy dinner and music at Buckhorn Saloon. Drive north through forest to Gila Cliff Dwellings, and explore wilderness, river, and great hiking and biking trails leading directly from the casita.

Tom Barry
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Tom Barry

Deb Preusch is the outreach and internship coordinator at the Aldo Leopold Charter School, which is dedicated to experiential learning and named after the visionary conservationist who promoted the creation of wilderness areas, including the Gila Wilderness -- which lies in our backyard. Tom Barry is a writer and policy analyst associated with the Center for International Policy, specializing in U.S.-Mexico issues. Common interests include backpacking, traveling in Latin America, hiking, biking, and camping -- and good books and movies!

Tom Barry purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Tom Barry chose Pinos Altos

We came to Pinos Altos in 1996 because we didn't want to raise our children or spend the rest of our lives in a big city (Albuquerque) -- and because we have always lover this part of New Mexico for its climate, Gila National Forest, and the vibrant small town of Silver City. Our property, which we bought with friends, is on the edge of Pinos Altos (about 250 people, 7 miles from Silver City, and 1,000 ft. higher). We built a beautiful straw-bale and adobe passive-solar home with a view of the Pinos Altos range. We can bike, hike, and occasionally cross-country sky directly from our home, as you can from our cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

* Tranquility, quiet, views of mountains.

* Easy access to the services of an urban area, with good restaurants, university, music, etc.

* Array of Biking, hiking out your door.

* Base to visit Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks, Gila Wilderness, Gila River, and Lake Roberts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our time at the casita was memorable and more joyful than anticipated. This little cottage is immaculate. All new interior surfaces and passive solar controlled heat makes the comfort level perfect.

This little cottage in nestled into a pinion and juniper natural area with nature trails a few steps away. The best restaurant in town in minutes away on foot. Historic sites are within view. The night sky is bright with the constellations and I am glad I brought my binoculars for the stars and spectacular wildlife (we a faun at dusk). I wish we could have stayed longer.
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Pinos Altos

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • * No pets on beds or furniture.
  • * Pets not allowed in casita without owner unless corralled or caged.
  • * Guests will notify owner if items are damaged, and compensate or replace.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Hand-crafted sink and walk-in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen-sized bed, full-closet with shelves on each side, and large mirror facing bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


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Elegant Getaway on Continental Divide In Pinos Altos, 7 miles from Silver City
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 46 reviews

Beautiful casita with lots of natural sunlight

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the well-stocked and comfortable casita. Quiet surroundings and neat yard.

  • Review Submitted: 13/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay very much. Deb and Tom great hosts. Very knowledgeable of the area and activities

  • 5 of 5

Loved the casita which was lovely, comfortable and well equipped. Enjoyed the time in the yard, observing the many different birds that visited the feeders. Deb and Tom are great hosts. Happy to answer all our questions about trails and the area , yet never intruded on our privacy.

It was a prime location for trail hiking, mountain and road biking and just relaxing in your own private yard

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holland, Michigan, USA

Gateway to Gila Wilderness area with all the comforts of home, so well outfitted.

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this wonderful casita have gone out of their way to think of everything you will need and provide excellent area information. What a cool “cottage” with all quality amenities and so many nice touches. Nicer than the pictures. Upscale design and layout. Thank you for a great rental, a great week.

  • Review Submitted: 16/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, Canada

Town and Country

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tom & Deb's Casita. The home was clean and well-equipped. We had access to hiking trails into the valley right off the property and shopping and services just a short, scenic drive into Silver City. We particularly enjoyed the bird feeders, one off the front porch, the other right outside the living room window. Very entertaining. The casita's location offers a nice balance between town and country. All in all, an enjoyable getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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everything you could hope for in a home away. blender and toaster washer and dryer nice big bathroom

  • 5 of 5

This is exactly what we hoped for in a home away. Kitchn fully stocked with appliances, pans, plates and glasses. Nothing was lacking. Very clean and super nice host. Enjoy, we certainly did with our dog. 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Review Submitted: 08/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful solar casita

  • 5 of 5

As others have said, this casita is a gem. It has everything one could need in a small space that is beautifully designed and decorated (not to mention very clean and comfortable). I really love the fact that it is a passive solar design, we were perfectly comfortable - warm by the time the day was cooling off and cool as the night progressed. No supplemental heat was necessary during our late December stay...awesome environmental concept!

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
165 Miles
El Paso
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Buckhorn Saloon
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 15
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Buckhorn Restaurant
Car: necessary

Pinos Altos:

Buckhorn Saloon

The only place to eat in Pinos Altos. An easy walk across town. Live music most nights. Monday is “Open Mic” night when you can generally hear a lot of great local musicians. Great hamburgers, buffalo burgers, and green chile stew in the bar. Steaks and more formal menu in the dining room.

Opera House

Old School Museum

Pinos Altos Art Gallery/Hearst Church

Open late April – early October, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Silver City:

1) WNMU Museum

The largest and most complete collection of Mimbres pottery

(575) 538-6386

Mon-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm

2) Silver City Museum

(575) 538-5921

Tues-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm

3) La Capilla

4) Big Ditch Park

5) Farmers’ Market: Saturday mornings, May-October

6) Art Galleries (see enclosed: “Self-Guided Art Walk Map”)


1) San Vicente

2) Boston Hill

3) Gomez Peak at Little Walnut

4) Dragonfly

Monthly Events:

February: Chocolate Fantasia

April: Tour of the Gila (international bike race) over five days

May: Last Saturday and Sunday: Blues Festival (free music in Gough Park)

June: Wild West Pro Rodeo

July: Big Ditch Day, Independence Day Parade, SC Museum Ice Cream Social

August: Silver City Clay Festival

September: Taste of Downtown, Pickamania (free music in Gough Park), San Vicente Artists Fair

October: Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk

November: Lighted Christmas Parade

December: Tamal Fiesta y Más

Hikes Close to Pinos Altos:

Cross Mountain Road

From Rock Street go north on Highway 15 for ½ mile. Cross Mountain Road is on the right across from Bear Creek Cabins and just past Boulder Trail Road. Park near the turn-off unless you have a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle in which case you could try to follow the road -- not recommended. Walking, you follow the jeep road toward Cross Mountain, and ascend to the peak on a single track trail whose trailhead is marked by a cross. Great views of Pinos Altos and the mining district. Roughly a 4-mile walk.

Continental Divide Trail

You can access the Continental Divide Trail from near Pinos Altos.

1. 1.6 miles north on Highway 15 CDT crosses the road. Park on the pullout on the left, and catch the trail heading west.

2. 1.3 miles north on Highway 15 is the Arrastra Site. The CDT goes south and then ascends west, climbing to the ridge.

3. You could also connect to the CDT by walking up Cross Mountain Road, and then ascend to the left on steep gravel road that takes you to the ridge trail that meets up with the CDT as it heads to Twin Sisters Peaks.

Cherry Creek Road

Turn right on Highway 15 and continue 2.7 miles. Crossing a creek, there is a sign for the Cherry Creek Ranch. Pull in and park your vehicle. This is a lovely road by a creek and often boxed in by canyon walls that leads to a privately owned section and to a trail (about 1 ¾ miles in) that ascends to the Pinos Altos Range. Roughly 4 miles in and out.

Ben Lilly Pond

At 2.9 miles north on #15, you can park your car at the intersection with a jeep road that descend for about a mile to Ben Lilly Pond. You can keep walking along the creek for a few miles. Lovely cliffs and creek crossings.

Ben Lilly Memorial Overlook

At 3.3 miles there is a sharp turn to the right and a parking lot at the turn. Park here for a short walk to Ben Lilly Overlook. Great vistas and boulders.

Moon Rocks

At 3.6 miles you can pull off the road at an orange reflector on your left for a walk on what locals call the moon rocks. Great place to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine and some cheese and bread. There is also a larger pullout a bit further up on the right.

Cycling and Running

If you are a runner, road cyclists, or mountain biker, you can talk to Tom about the best places to bike and ride.

Things to Do in a Day

#1 Driving Trip

The Inner Loop (or Trail of the Mountain Spirits)


City of Rocks State Park (monthly star gazing events:

Faywood Hot Springs: (575) 536-9663

10:00 am-10:00 pm every day, all year.

Mexico! (must have a passport)

Palomas, Mexico is 1½ hours southeast of Silver City.

Pancho Villa State Park is in the border down of Columbus.



Glenwood Fish Hatchery



Ben Lilly Lookout

Cherry Creek Campground

McMillian Campground

Signal Peak

Little Toad Creek Inn & Restaurant (open April - September)

Lake Roberts

Gila Hot Springs

Gila Cliff Dwellings


Dragonfly Petroglyph Site

Ft. Bayard Historical District

Santa Rita Open Pit Copper Mine (the oldest continually operated copper

mine in the US and one of the largest pit operations)

Living Harvest Bakery: High in carbs, but great in taste

Tuesday-Saturday 7:00-2:00. (575) 536-3267

Mimbres Culture Heritage Site



Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Pinos Altos

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 May 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$19.98


We welcome as many as two well-behaved, well-groomed dogs: $15 night fee or $75 weekly fee. If you are staying two nights, the pet fee will be $30. If you are staying seven nights, the pet fee will be $75, while eight nights will be $90. Two lap dogs, one fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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