About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Detached Unit, Sleeps 4
If you want a quiet retreat, then historic Hillsboro is the place to go. This home is available for long-term rental.
This two-bedroom 1894 Victorian cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is among the most unique homes in New Mexico. It's featured in the book, ''Houses in Time,'' and appeared in New Mexico Magazine.
Gold built Hillsboro, and this house is built out of molten gold slag, poured into blocks that reflect iridescent purple and pink. Its wood came from the razed photography studio of J.C. Burge in nearby Kingston in 1893. The Historic Hillsboro House was made of recycled materials--120 years ago.
The property was formerly owned by Judge Frank W. Parker, a President McKinley nominee to the Territorial Supreme Court, and eventual Chief Justice after statehood. The home was built by Peter and Nicholas Galles, that latter leaving a significant paper trail. Nicholas wended through the Indian Wars as a citizen soldier, serving as a captain in the Geronimo campaign.
From the veranda you'll enjoy the mountain views and the air embalmed by birdsong. You can chat, read, and if you must, work on your laptop.
You'll quickly see why Hillsboro today has a high concentration of writers and artists and photographers. You should visit the Black Range Museum, antique shops, and Black Range Vineyard and Bistro.
You might take a meal or two at the Barber Shop Cafe or the Hillsboro General Store Cafe. Work off your meals with a walk through the Hillsboro Historic District and take in the unique architecture about town, including a home owned by New Mexico's former Lt. Governor, Diane Denish.
Hillsboro is a great place to take a long pause on the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway. It's a launch pad - crash pad for activities in the Gila National Forest, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Lake Valley historic ghost town, or Caballo and Elephant Butte state parks, and a down-to-earth landing for Spaceport America visitors.
Make forays into the arts scene, hot spring baths, and antique shops and museums in Truth or Consequences, 30 miles away.
This home is fully equipped for stays of any length. The main bedroom has a queen-size pillow-top bed, a double sleeper sofa in the living room, and another queen in detached casita with a modern full bathroom and laundry.
We're located between the old courthouse ruins, and the historic Union Church.
Cool stuff to do. Lake Valley, HHS, General Store cafe, barbershop cafe, BR Vineyard, BR road video, True West, 88042 vid, BR Rag, - documentary about emery hale who lives in the nearby town of hillsboro another great day trip beautiful drive over the pass (house builder was there)
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- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 6, 2018
About Craig Springer
Built in 1894. We're the third family to own this historic gem. We enjoy the outdoors, history, travel. Craig co-authored the book 'Around Hillsboro,' a pictorial history the town and its surroundings.
Craig Springer purchased this House in 1894
Why Craig Springer chose Hillsboro
Some things are worth saving. Learn why it's a New Mexico Cultural Property and on the National Register of Historic Places at
What makes this House unique
Cool stuff to do. Lake Valley, BR road video, True West, 88042 vid, BR Rag, Gila, Aldo, (house builder was there)
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great Rental - Perfect for Exploring the Gila
We rented this house during the Ghost Town 38.5, which is a race that starts and finishes about a half mile away from the property and runs to/from/through the Gila National Forest. It made it really convenient to be able to walk back and forth from race headquarters, especially after the race when I could walk back and take a quick shower before heading back to cheer in the rest of the runners before the post-race BBQ.
The layout is also very convenient, especially if you have multiple people. While we didn't use the kitchen very much, we did take advantage of the board games that were in a cupboard and my wife and a friend that was with us watched the golden globes while I was off in the separate building getting some shut eye before my early wake up call for the race. The house is very comfortable, and being able to wash my running clothes before having to drive back to my friend's place and then fly back to the other side of the country was much appreciated.
We were wishing that we had the time to spend a full week here and using it as a base for exploring the area, so it was too bad that we only had a few nights that we could stay.
I definitely recommend this rental if you are going to be in the area. In fact, I met a local a few doors down while checking in for my flight using the wi-fi that was available down the road and gave him the contact info for this rental as he has some friends that were planning to come visit in a few months.
Hike the Gila National Forest to the west, or soak in mineral springs at Truth or Consequences. Or, stay at home and enjoy the birds from the porch, and the immense views.