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Canoncito Creek Retreat - a Hideaway Surrounded by Wilderness

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Just a few miles as the crow flies from Abiquiu, Cañones is an untouched hamlet at the end of a county road and at the mouth of a deep canyon.

Just over two miles into the canyon the Cañoncito Seco, a spring-fed creek (not dry at all) descends from high up on Polvadera Peak and flows into Cañones Creek. There, our Cañoncito Creek Retreat is a most comfortable location from which to explore large parts of Santa Fe National Forest. Or just to rest and relax.

The Retreat is a hideaway deep in the canyon surrounded by impressive mesas. No traffic can be heard or seen, privacy and peace are absolute.

Large herds of elk and wild turkey can be met on the few explored trails. Or even better, you cut your own trail through this spectacular wilderness. Abiquiu Lake, the Chama River Wilderness, Ghost Ranch are just a short (but sensational) drive away. Fish in the creek, search for wild mushrooms, collect colorful stones.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
3 April, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cañones in Rio Arriba County

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) A queen bed in the master bedroom on the first floor as well as a queen bed in the master bedroom on the second floor., Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds in another bedroom on the second floor.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
The 1st floor has a full bathroom with tub. The second floor has a bathroom with a shower.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Canoncito Creek Retreat - a Hideaway Surrounded by Wilderness
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

A private and remote place to get away.

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a very secluded location which provides a quiet atmosphere to relax and enjoy the beauty of the canyon. The upper balconies offer amazing views of the canyon walls and some of the surrounding peaks. If you enjoy birds this places has many of them in the morning.

The inside of the home is very roomy and comfortable and provides a nice place to return to after a day exporing the area.

The house is located close enough to other activities such as hiking around Abiquiu Lake or just taking scenic drive along highway 96. There is also some great hiking to do around the canyon itself if you don't feel like driving.

When we arrived the home was very clean and neat. We were impressed with all the space the home had.

If you are looking for a place to stay that offers a quiet, peaceful, and remote location this is it! We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Make sure that you get directions to the house before arriving in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 4 of 5

Hike right out the door. Saw a lot of deer. Great secluded getaway. Beautiful home with everything you could possibly need. Go to Bode's and get the chili burger!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful remote retreat

  • 4 of 5

The place is great to stay. It is spacious and beautiful. We had a problem with the water and the caretaker came right out to fix it. He was very nice and made sure everything was working correctly. The only reasons I didn't give it 4 stars was lack of a king size bed (we are spoiled on that, so it shouldn't be a problem for most), and the number of cows right around the house. I'm not sure if there was a fence down or not, but we had a number of cattle in the yard throughout the day. They bring a certain rustic odor and flies. That said, we would certainly consider staying there again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry about the cattle. This is the time of year where many of our neighbors have run out of feed for their cattle but it is too early to take them up to National Forest for the summer. The result is that some cattle break through fences simply by throwing their weight against them and knocking a section down. Our neighbor had recently died and there was no one to mind his cattle.
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Remote, relaxing, picturesque gettaway with thoughtful, soulful accomodations

  • 5 of 5

Our active family of 5 had the pleasure of enjoying this house over Christmas break 2016. The grounds are absolutely stunning. While you will not find top of the line appliances here, we did find everything we needed, and more. There are jazz CDs, a few great movies, very comfortable beds with plenty of linens, spacious balconies, sensible, beautiful, low maintenance floors... The home has many well-loved and thoughtful, organic touches that made us feel like we were staying in our very own second home, if that makes sense. Design aesthetes will enjoy this rental. The owner and caretakers were responsive, knowledgeable, and gracious. One of our most enjoyable, easy rental vacation property experiences, ever. We were very pleased to be able to take our dogs with us. Thank you so very, very much for sharing your home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Needs Some Updating But A Great Location

  • 3 of 5

Its a great location and the hiking right off the property is amazing. You can literally hike all day and not see a single soul. The views from prominence that you can see right out the front windows of the home make the sometimes difficult hike up to it completely worth it. In general, you will not be disturbed while on the property. It is completely isolated from any other homes. It is located a good 15 minute up a narrow dirt road and another 10 min from the last real settlement (the small village where the caretakers reside). So if you love being surrounded by nature and not having any ambiance noise of the outside world, this is the perfect location. The silence is nearly definitely and it was a wonderful respite for us.

The Abiquiu/Canones area in general is very quiet and great for nature lovers. There are some great local hikes and lots of just pure nature to enjoy. The general store in Abiquiu also has all the necessities and this house is well sited for day trips into Santa Fe as well if you miss cities for some reason.

That all said, the house definitely needs a little help. The front steps were very creaky, there were a couple broken screen doors for the doorways to the decks and there were a fairly large amount of flies in the home for some strange reason. None of the informational pamphlets, area magazines, etc were more recent than 2013, there were no contour maps for hiking off the property despite it being mentioned in the informational binder left on the counter. In addition, the directions provided were a bit sketchy. They specify a Y in the road and to take the left branch and this will be the driveway to the property. The split, unfortunately is not obvious at all and it doesnt really even look like a road as it is that eroded and rough. Property access is definitely limited to high clearance all-wheel drive vehicles. Even being told that before hand, we were still surprised at just how rough the driveway was in places so that is definitely something to be aware of when renting the property. These are just things to be aware of if you consider the property. It definitely has a lived in feel at this point and could probably use a little bit of TLC to refresh it.

It was a decent rental for us, but not a great one. We probably wouldn't rent it again if coming back to Abiquiu but we do not regret using it as a base to explore the area for 4 days.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments. As you know, we have had an unusually wet fall with hard (washout) rains. The rains have stopped and we now have a crew working on the driveway so it will be in good condition in a week or so. That said, months of heavy snow are times when it is good to have a 4-wheel drive. If the current la Nina conditions continue this winter, we will not expect to have heavy snows.
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  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place- peaceful and quiet. It is off the beaten path and perfect if you want to hike and explore the beautiful forest nearby. The house has spectacular views and is perfectly kept. It is a gem!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cañones, USA

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £29 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.5%

Additional guest fee of $15 per night for each child between ages 7-18. Monthly rates available upon request.

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