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Vista Verde Retreat: Escape to the Extraordinary in the Southwest

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House and Casitas, 7+ Bedrooms, 2 Tipis, 4 Full Baths, 2 w/cs, Sleeps up to 25

A private rural retreat located in the enchanted high desert forest of northern New Mexico, this beautiful abode is tucked away amongst old-growth junipers and piñon pines. If you like being in nature, but prefer not to rough it much, this place is for you. A sense of serenity is pervasive as you wind your way through the compound. You will notice the retreat is designed for you to deepen your connection with the land and allow the tensions from daily life to dissolve. The property itself is on 37 acres, with 2 hiking loops in the natural surroundings.

LOCATION: The town (village is more like it), consists of about 150 residents, a general store and a post office. The three miles of dirt roads to the retreat are passable year-round and give the feeling that you are 'out there'. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended in the snow and in the springtime mud. Although television is non-existent and cell service is sketchy, there is WiFi at the Main House, as well as a land line. If you'd like some off-site adventure, Taos is 40 minutes away, and Santa Fe is about an hour and a half. The Ski Valley is one hour door-to-door, and Ojo Caliente Spa and Mineral Springs are within a 25 minutes. You can visit ancient Indian cliff dwellings, hike in the mountains or on the mesa, and river-raft in the Rio Grande Gorge.

ACCOMMODATIONS for up to 25, (16 beds total). The Main House & 5 Casitas (little houses):

The Main House, (1800+ square feet): 3 bedrooms, a full bathroom, a half bath upstairs, a kiva-style living room w/ wood stove/fireplace, a dining room that seats 14, and a well-equipped kitchen. This house sleeps 9, (3 twin beds, 1 queen, and 2 king beds).

The Straw Bale Casita: a one-room straw bale bungalow with a queen bed and half bath. Sleeps 2.

The Adobe Casita: a one-room adobe bungalow with a full bed. Sleeps 2. (There is no plumbing in this little building. The Main House is about 50 steps away).

The Stick Casita: is a little house w/ 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds as well as another twin bed in the living room. There is a full bathroom in this cute little abode. Sleeps 3.

The Q: is a beautiful 1200 sf adobe house with a full bath and kitchen. This house sleeps 4-7. In addition to the king bed, the 2 comfortable sofa-beds can fit 2 small people each, and there is also a twin bed. This house has an open floor plan with a sleeping alcove. (There are no actual bedrooms.)

The Green Hut is just 20 steps from the Main House, and has 1 twin bed but no plumbing or electricity.

The 2 Tipis and 3 tents sleep a total of 6-10, but the Tipis are not waterproof. (Be sure to bring your sleeping bag)!

There is another full bathroom in the Studio as well as an additional shower.

The surrounding landscape is natural, with a large fenced area and gravel walkways at the Main House. We recommend an incredible cook and other services such as massage, yoga, music, and clairvoyant readings.

So whether or not you want local art, active adventure, indigenous culture, or a relaxing soak, every evening you will find yourself in the peaceful quietude of the surrounding forest and its natural inhabitants. This is an excellent getaway for groups, families, or harried individuals in search of peace.


Vista Verde Retreat is a desert retreat which promotes creativity as well as emotional, mental, and physical well-being. This harmonious haven is a relaxing and restorative environment. Contact us to plan your own group gathering or reunion: 575-758-2758 or Sleeps up to 25 depending on the season. 16 beds total.


Vista Verde Retreat is a wonderful place to host your workshop, be it a day, a week or a month. Sleeping capacity is 15-25 people, depending on the season. The Studio, a beautiful 37-foot by 27-foot space complete with sprung floor is ideal for many types of creative and/or healing classes and workshops.

Keywords: Adobe home with casitas, cabin with bungalows, straw bale casita, rural dwelling, forest home, country house, studio, desert, forest, southwest, magical, enchanted

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Elizabeth Brownrigg
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french
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Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2018

About Elizabeth Brownrigg

I'm originally from the East Coast, and I fell in love with northern NM on my first visit here in 1990. I'm an interior designer and artist by profession. I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, and all of the arts. Museums, galleries, cafés, and restaurants are also high on my list of fun activities. I have travelled extensively in the US, as well as Europe, Asia, Central America, and most recently, South America. I love exploring new lands and cultures, and coming home to the peace and serenity of Carson.

Elizabeth Brownrigg purchased this house in 2010

Why Elizabeth Brownrigg chose Carson

I chose to create a vacation rental retreat in northern New Mexico primarily because of the amazing land and its location. Over 20 years ago I was drawn to purchase property here in Carson, knowing that one day I would make this place my home. The remote, peaceful location provides a respite for the most harried of people. And, it's also a wonderful spot for those who want a variety of day trips and activities. The location of Vista Verde Retreat is ideal. Taos and Santa Fe have many unique draws for tourists who love the Southwest: shopping, gallery touring, dining, the Pueblo. The local culture is flavorful. For the more outdoorsy types, rafting, skiing, and hiking provide plenty of exercise and magnificent views. Soaking in the nearby mineral springs is a great way to end, (or start) any day. The location and layout of this property is ideal for a family or group with diverse interests, or for those who want no activity at all.

What makes this house unique

I love this property because it's so serene and so rural. Surrounded by national forest, it's located amidst beautiful old-growth juniper and piñon pine trees. The nearby mountains provide an incredible backdrop. When I need an 'urban' fix, Taos is less than 40 minutes by car, and Santa Fe is about 90 minutes. Love it!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Carson

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main House- Upstairs WC - toilet
    Studio- Main Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Studio bathrooms are on a separate system from Main House.
    The Q Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , The Q & Stick Casita are on their own water system.
    Main House Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , 3 separate water systems permit 3 showers at once.
    Studio - shower enclosure
    Stick Casita Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    Straw Bale Casita- Half Bath - toilet
  • Note: The Adobe Casita does not have indoor plumbing.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Stick Casita- Bedroom - 2 single bed
    Stick Casita- Living Room - 1 single bed
    Straw Bale Casita - 1 large double bed
    Tipis, (2) & Tents, (3) - Bring your sleeping bag. Each tipi /tent sleeps 2, maybe 3.
    Main House- Downstairs BR - 1 large double bed
    Main House- West BR - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed
    Main House- East BR - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed
    The Q- Living/Sleeping Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , 2 sofa bed/futon , 2 comfy sofabeds are bigger than twin but smaller than full.
    The Green Hut - 1 single bed , No plumbing or electricity. About 25' from Main House.
    Adobe Casita - 1 double bed , No plumbing. About 50' from the Main House.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Surrounded by national forest, this place is peaceful! Ojo Caliente Spa and Mineral Springs is less than 30 minutes by car, as well as the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. In winter I ski regularly at the Taos Ski Valley, (less than an hour), or meet a friend for dinner and a movie in Taos. And each morning I wake up in the trees. Love it!


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Vista Verde Retreat: Escape to the Extraordinary in the Southwest
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Enjoyable weekend

  • 5 of 5

My siblings met me at this home because we needed a place to stay while visiting family. It felt as though we were on a retreat. The house was clean well organized. It had everything that you would need in a kitchen. Plenty of room and places to hang out if you need a quiet spot. There was even a hiking trail around the property, a chance to take in the beautiful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 08/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best retreat I've found in NM

  • 5 of 5

We have tried a number of retreat locations in New Mexico, and this is the only one that has everything we look for: a beautiful, quiet, scenic location away from people and traffic; an inviting and comfortable facility (Vista Verde "Q" is elegant and simple, very lovely and in top condition); not too far from Albuquerque (two and a half hours); abundant outdoor opportunities nearby; a reasonable price; a full kitchen; and an owner who is responsive, friendly, and professional. The owner returns emails and phone calls promptly, has everything ready when you arrive, provides timely information regarding maps and directions, and welcomes you when you arrive with a gentle kindness that is so refreshing. I am thrilled to have found this beautiful location, managed by such a gracious and personable owner. I can't wait to come back. At last, our search for the perfect spot is over.

  • Review Submitted: 02/12/2014
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roanoke, Virginia

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Q for four wonderful days! The retreat is in a dream location that is surrounded by the beauty of nature. You could not ask for a better hideaway. We are already making plans to go again.

  • Review Submitted: 25/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Earlysville, VA

Great getaway and vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Excellent! Secluded but close to great restaurants and shopping in Taos. Beautiful setting and interior design. Fully furnished and equipped with modern kitchen and bath facilities. Living areas beautiful and very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 24/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Love This Place

  • 4 of 5

Very relaxing! This place allows you to see some scenery that will just take your breath away. The houses are unique and fun to be in.

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Durham, North Carolina

Worth the trip

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "The Q," a warm, beautifully decorated house nestled in the pinyon forest. It's worth the drive down a long, muddy road to discover this hidden treasure. The house is spacious. The grounds are lovely, with winding trails that lead to mountain vistas.

The kitchen is well-appointed, the bed is quit comfortable. The rooms are sunny and gorgeous. The owner's artwork is inspired.

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Ojo Caliente Spa and Mineral Springs

Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, (hiking, rafting & swimming)

Taos Ski Valley, (skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, hiking)

Puye Cliff Dwellings


Abiquiu/ Georgia O'Keefe's House


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Carson

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$90 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$75.75
Cleaning Fee AU$224.68 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.13%

We can't allow pets, however, on your way in, just 2 miles down the road there are 2 dog boarders. Inquire for specifics.
Be sure to bring comfy slippers for inside, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes for outside.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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