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David McKown

Member since: 2015
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Speaks english, Hawaiian Pidgin

Taos Ski Valley opens Thanksgiving 2016. Come ski Taos & stay at our place!

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Arroyo Seco holiday house

Scenic & Relaxing stay in the mountains near world class sking and historic Taos

Wonderful home that sleeps 6-7 in 2-bedrooms + large loft, 2.5 bathrooms, fully furnished with complete kitchen and living room, washer & dryer included and King Size Tempurpedic in master bedroom with large jucuzzi tub + outdoor hot tub. This house at 7,200' elevation is only 3 short miles downhill from the world class sking at Taos Ski Valley (9,200' elevation) with New Mexico's highest sking at Kachina Peak 13,000'+.

We now have Internet and wi-fi service through a DishNet satellite which will make your cell phone work plus Dish's Hopper TV 240 channel service including a Netflix account played on two 40" Samsung Smart TV's & DVD players. Pretty remarkable the high technology available high in the mountains and out in the wilderness.

Our home is both pet and smoke free.

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
David McKown (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Call Owner
Speaks english, Hawaiian Pidgin

About David McKown

David McKown has worked in the vacation and resort management field thoughout the Hawaiian islands for the past 30 years and has the knowledge and experience to assist our guests to have an enjoyable visit to our Taos Ski Valley mountain chalet.

David McKown purchased this house in 2015

Why David McKown chose New Mexico

We have been coming to NE New Mexico since we were kids and our family has a long history at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM and have always had a desire to spend more time in the area and historic Taos in particular.

What makes this house unique

This is a unique area filled with unique people fulfilling unique experiences. Taos is one of the oldest towns in America ~ 400 y/o in 2015. It is a special, magical and spiritual place with something for most everyone's tastes. Taos Ski Valley is also uniquely special. The entire mountain and ski resort has been owned by one family who outgrew their financial ability to expand the resort. A New York hedge-fund billionaire, Louis Bacon who is also an avid outdoors man, skier, and environmental conservationist (he has donated thousands of acres to be preserved and set-aside for no development) is spending a half-billion dollars in upgrades and improvements to TSV which has already begun. The FAA is upgrading the local Taos Airport building two 9,000' runways. Come stay with us and experience this unique and special place and enjoy all of the new upgrades and improvements at TSV.


based on 12 traveller reviews

Taos Ski Valley opens Thanksgiving 2016. Come ski Taos & stay at our place!
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Casual Creekfront

  • 3 of 5

We rented this place because of all the 5 star reviews, and the wanted a get away mountain place we could hang out and fish and play in the water - the home is right on the rio hondo and you do hear the water from the creek all the time which is lovely - but it is also right off of 150 and you get all the road noise and light as well - the creek is shallow, which is nice for wading around in but no fish while we were there - it is also very overgrown everywhere so you can't really use much of it except to get right down to the fire pit. The master has a nice comfortable bed, but no closets or any place to hang your clothes, the master tub is a nice soak for one person and sits above the creek which is a nice end of the day. The deck outside the master was covered in leaves and debris, and you can't really use it as a big tree grows right thru the center of it which takes up much of the narrow space. The hot water heater stopped working mid way thru our stay, and there were no working front lights on the porch or parking which was very dark and hard to see stairs, door lock, etc - we managed by using our car lights - the light above the kitchen table is held up by a bungee cord - odd...but eclectic and cleaning was a bit erratic (i.e.: dead flies and dirt in window sills, dirt behind things, etc - damp towels were hanging in the hall on our arrival which we washed before use (no laundry soap there tho) tubs/sinks and main areas were clean - the kitchen faucet is tricky as it will periodically cause the sprayer to leak or not work, the rear sliding screen door comes off its tracks very easily, the shades do not roll up in the living room, there were broken doors in one of the bedrooms, however there is lots of firewood for the fire pit, the kitchen has plenty of dishes (no coffee, or anything special as often in VRBO's tho - so bring everything you need) - for us who use VRBO's several times a year tho - just overall it missed the feeling and overall great VRBO experience we've had in other places and what we were looking for - it has its pros and cons but isn't the 5 star place you may or may not expect from the ad -

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a relaxing get away.

  • 5 of 5

Great, spacious cabin for a relaxing family get away. This cabin had everything we were looking for... plenty of room, hot tub on the back deck which leads to a firepit by the stream. We spent most nights hanging out by the fire with the sound of the stream right beside us. An ideal place to disconnect from technology and the outside world and reconnect with family. David was very responsive with any questions and concerns we might of had and handled them almost immediately. Will definitely consider going again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lubbock TX

Peace like a river!

  • 5 of 5

Peace like a river! All three decks give you the full experience of the sound and sight of this beautiful water steps away w no other houses. Concerned about road up and otherwise of river- no problem! Inside view when chilly at night was comphy and lovely. Decided to keep the news off, but tv is great. The master and bath was good and very comfortable. Enjoyed the reading lights. We cooked and read alot more than planned because we loved being on the rushing river-will return! David was so helpful when needing help w dish Internet.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! We are very happy you enjoyed the creature comforts we have added to our vacation home and particularly the peacefulness and serenity of having the Rio Hondo River running right through our property. It was a pleasure working with you to enhance your visit. You were great guests and we would love to host you again.
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Lamar, CO

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The location of this property right on the creek makes it an amazing place to stay. It was nice that we were able to stay in the mountains but still close enough to Taos to enjoy things in town such as shopping and dining. It was a nice cool getaway in the middle of summer!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel it is always feels good to be able to help you friends and family, which was this case where our in-laws sent their friends from Lamar, Colorado to stay in our Chalet. We totally agree with you in how relaxing it is having the Rio Hondo River running right through our property, the coolness of these mountains and our close proximity to Taos Town do make our Chalet a great place to go hang-out. You are welcome back to stay in our home anytime you can make it to Taos Ski Valley.
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exquisite setting and very comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

The property couldn't be better in terms of setting and style. The Rio Hondo - practically at the doorstep - provides the amazing backdrop to being clear and free in the woods, listening forever to the sounds of cascading water. All 7 members of my family - from 8 to 78 years - fully enjoyed the time and space!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad your group came for your family reunion and that everybody enjoyed staying in our home. I agree with you about the serenity created by the Rio Hondo River running through our property in the woods and surrounded by nature. You were great guests and we would invite you to come stay with us again.
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Just as I expected

  • 5 of 5

We had the most relaxing time of our lives. The river flowing nearby, the pine trees, the mountain view. Everything was perfect. The chalet was lovely. We enjoyed the convenience of being able to cook our own meals, lounging in the hot tub, comfortable furniture and everything we needed for a stress free vacation. I will stay here again if able.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad to hear you enjoyed staying in our home so much and how much you liked our Chalet and the furnishings and amenities we provide for our guests. Taos Ski Valley and these mountains are a very special area to experience and enjoy the natural beauty & spirituality of just being there. We also thank you for taking the time to write us a nice review which is also helpful to our future renters. We will give you a good Renter Review which should be helpful to you for us to recommend you to other HomeAway Owners you may want to rent from in other destinations & locations. We hope you are able to come stay in our home again sometime. We would love to have you come back. If you are able to rent from us again - we offer a 15% Repeat Renter Discount. Thanks, David McKown (Host)
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Taos Ski Valley ~ many choices
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Taos Country Club (Public)
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Raton, New Mexico
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US Hwy #64
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many at Arryo Secco & Taos Ski Valley Resort
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Taos Ski Valley Resort
Nearest Beach
5000 Miles
Maui, Hawaii
Car: recommended

Our private and secluded Chalet is right along the Rio Hondo River, with 1,800 sq.ft. fully furnished high quality home sitting on about 3.5-acres on the side of a mountain surrounded by the Kit Carson National Forest in the, Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Our Chalet is located at 1111 New Mexico State Highway #150, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525, when you cross the Rio Hondo River wooden bridge and there we are!

Our home is both pet and smoke free.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Ski Season
15 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
19 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
Taos Ski Valley 2017 Season
9 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 - Rates
1 May 2017 - 15 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$60 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$79
Tax Rate 13.69%

Access into our home is via a locked key box and security system.
We do not allow pets or smoking in our home.
Everything in a typical house (sheets, towels, linens, kitchen cooking & dining utensils, entertainment center with TV, stereo, Dish satellite TV and Internet, wi-fi, telephone, hot tub, firewood for fireplace) is provided for our guests use.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Arroyo Seco

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Full bath in hallway adjacent to second private bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , 3rd Bathroom also has a full-size washer & dryer for guests
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , King size Tempurpedic mattress in master bedroom & bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Upstairs Loft bedroom with both a queen bed and queen futon.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , Tundel day bed - is either x2 twins or made into x1 king
  • 3 bedrooms, including the upstairs large loft with 2 beds. We have a total of 2 king size and 2 queen size beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
We would love to have you rent and stay at our home away from (our) home and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.