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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,200 sq ft
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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

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 Taos

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 in Taos in Taos County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
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
  • Basic Soaps
  • 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
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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 for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 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 70 reviews

peaceful and inspiring

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly lovely- the house is beautifully appointed and comfortable, and the surrounding area is unsurpassed for scenery and and easily accessed hiking. We were pleasantly surprised at both the deep peacefulness of the location and how efficiently we were able to get to Taos and to many local trailheads.

We have stayed in VRBOs all over the country, and this rental is among the best we have experienced; Meg and Bruce are excellent hosts, balancing overall unobtrusiveness with friendly and fast responsiveness if needs arise. The house itself feels lovingly cared-for and homey, and is set up well to encourage guests to settle in. The property offers everything one might want, but particularly of note are the traditional kiva fireplace which was a pleasure to use, and the fuss-free hot tub with its magnificent views of the butte in daytime and the breathtaking night sky. We would really have liked to stay longer than our 5 days, and assuredly will be back; our visit was in December, and we look forward to seeing this beautiful area in other seasons as well. Many thanks to Meg and Bruce for sharing such a special place!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are continually grateful for the beauty of this natural landscape. It is a joy for us to be able to share it with our guests. We much appreciate this thoughtful review.
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2nd time even better

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here before and loved the area. The house is spectacular. We came w/ our 2 kids. We enjoyed the river, the hot tub, Taos & the scenery.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful 5 day stay at this amazing property. We made the first time trip to Taos for our sons hockey tournament. Our family was hoping to find a place that was located outside of the city limits, but still in close proximity, this place was exactly that. The property was immaculate, well stocked, and beautifully decorated. The charming community of Pilar was filled with many options to fill our time. From checking out local artist studios, to sitting riverside and taking in the sights and sounds of nature, we fell in love with the area.

The owners, Bruce and Meg, were responsive, kind, and accommodating from first correspondence to departure. We’ve stayed in many VRBO properties and this will, by far, remain one of our favorites. We would recommend this property to anyone visiting the local area and who are looking for a beautiful property in a stunning landscape. We hope to return again very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was more than we expected. Perfect time of year to be here. So beautiful. The house was so warm and cozy. Very charming and immaculately clean

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location along the Rio Grande. A peaceful and quiet location and a wonderful property.

  • 5 of 5

Meg and Bruce were terrific and their casita was everything we hoped for and more. The casita felt like a home away from home and included everything you could possibly need.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay couldn't have been better! The casita was lovely. Meg provided everything we needed, and was responsive and helpful throughout the process. I would HIGHLY recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Taos, USA

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £113.05

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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