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Come Ride The Chile Line In Our Cozy Narrow-Gauge Boxcar.

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Romantic 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Pullman Kitchen, Fabulous Views

Our little boxcar was built in 1898, and it rode the narrow gauge rails from southern New Mexico trying to reach Denver. Purchased from the Alamosa yard and moved to Pilar, NM, near Taos, Stephen used it to design passive solar systems when not building homes in Santa Fe. It became our place for romantic rendezvous before we built our family home.

Today it is our guesthouse. During several stages of remodeling we have tried to keep an authentic narrow-gauge boxcar feel to the space. We have added a Yodel gas stove, a Pullman kitchen with dining nook and closet, and most recently a bathroom with a very boxcar-esque sliding door. Our family members vie for the space when they are in town, and you can see why. It is so welcoming, and unique even for unique Taos. It isn't hard to imagine you are traveling the world on the historic Chili Line, even though there is wifi, a flat-screen TV, state-of-the-art lounging chairs for reading or TV viewing. The boxcar is powered by solar electric.

For the weary traveler the queen bed is firm and comfortable. Bamboo rayon sheets add a touch of elegance to the boxcar charm. We use only nontoxic, 'green' household products throughout. The 40' flat screen TV can be viewed from the bed or the lounges. The couch is a 'Taos Bed', easily made up to sleep a third guest. The Pullman kitchen includes china and wine glasses, a two-burner electric stove, a small fridge, a sink and a toaster oven. Perhaps best of all, the 'slipper' tub invites leisurely baths or hand-held showers while viewing hundreds of acres of agricultural land, seasonally resplendent with coyotes, rabbits, soaring hawks, nesting magpies, and cows grazing and sometimes calving.

Our property has a hot tub shared with the owner's, adjacent to the owner's home, which sits in a secluded, outdoor space, allowing the contemplation of sunrise, bird flight, cloud shift, stars and moon. Don one of the boxcar bathrobes and your flip flops and take a dip.

Quiet, private and on a dead-end road, some call the boxcar a sanctuary. We are located in Ranchos de Taos, 3.5 miles from the Taos Plaza, and just 40 minutes from the Taos Ski Valley. Come experience a bit of old railroad lore while visiting our beloved Taos, New Mexico.

More Details

Jean and Steve Kenin
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 March, 2018

About Jean and Steve Kenin

I am Jean Kenin, a retired educator who gardens, sings, paints and hikes. My husband Steve is a building inspector, passive solar home builder and motorcycle rider. We met in Taos and have been married for almost 40 years. We have two fabulous sons, grown now, and a smart, well-trained and friendly Catahoula (dog). We love to travel- especially to beaches! We learned first-hand about owner rentals last year when we traveled to Turkey.

Jean and Steve Kenin purchased this cabin in 1975

Why Jean and Steve Kenin chose Taos

We fell in love with the views and wildness of this place so close to the center of town, and built our home in 1979. Our property overlooks hundreds acres of pastureland, with the Taos Mountains as back drop. Gazing out over the open Taos landscape friends often ask, how do you get anything done?

What makes this cabin unique

We moved the boxcar onto our property to have a guest dwelling separate from our home. It brings the lore of the narrow gauge railroad right to our doorstep. The boxcar is nestled next to my ever changing and challenging organic garden. It features the sweetest of well water to drink, a cozy bed nook at one end and the luxurious slipper bath at the other, with the kitchen/dining nook off to the side along the way. The space is quiet on our dead-end road, cool in the summer and cozy warm in the winter. The views from the dining nook and bathtub are of open spaces and big sky. This is the place to write your book, both secluded and stimulating.

Boxcar Rules

We want you to feel at home during your stay, with these simple considerations:

• Please be respectful of the space. While quiet celebrations are encouraged, this is not a "party house".

• The boxcar is strictly a non-smoking space.

• As the boxcar is solar electric powered, please use energy-conserving practices.

• We request that guests be reasonably quiet after dark while outside the boxcar and in the hot tub.

• The hot tub is a guest privilege, and as such demands appropriate use. No drinking, eating or smoking in the hot tub, no excess body oils and creams, and please no love-making there!

• Unless otherwise arranged, guests should plan to arrive after 3 PM. Please call us with your estimated time of arrival so that we can plan to greet you.

• A quiet, well-behaved dog is welcome to accompany you, but please inquire first. In consideration of future guests and the longevity of our furnishings, dogs are not allowed on furniture. If you have been approved to bring your dog and it is a couch-sleeper, we request that you bring appropriate coverings to keep the furniture free of dog hair and dander. Please do not plan to leave your dog alone in the boxcar.

• Unless otherwise arranged, guest check-out time is 11 AM.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Taos in Taos County

Property Type:
  • cabin
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The most recent addition, the bathroom provides a stately contrast to the comfortable old boxcar. A luxurious 'slipper tub' with hand-held shower is the main feature, with sink and low-flow toilet. Organic hand soaps and bubble-bath provided in the small antique-door cupboard. Cleaning supplies are eco-friendly. Authentic sliding boxcar door closes bathroom from other living space.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen-sized bed is nestled in the garden-end of the boxcar. Additional sleeping for one is available on Taos Bed couch in the 'living room/library'.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Caution tall people: as the boxcar was built in the 19th Century, the clearance through doorways is less than six feet. We caution you to be aware and be flexible (literally!). Solar electric Delicious mountain well water For breakfast or snacks we provide the following complementary items: homemade granola, coffee and tea, 1/2&1/2, and a bottle of bubbly water. Pantry shelf also has salt and pepper, olive oil, honey and instant hot chocolate.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Funky & so fun

  • 5 of 5

Steve & Jean are the perfect hosts. They're there if you need them with great area information but they certainly don't hover. The Boxcar is the coolest place we've ever stayed thru VRBO. Compact in size with everything you need to enjoy Taos. We brought our two large dogs & there was still plenty of room. The private patio was our favorite spot the enjoy morning coffee or a nightcap. Thank you Ollie for being a gracious doggie host.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ginny and company were perfect guests, including their well mannered Pen and Molly! We are grateful for the conscientious care they took of the boxcar!
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Dallas, Texas

Wonderful stay at the Box Car

  • 5 of 5

My family of three had a wonderful stay at the box car. It was cozy, clean and just what we needed. Jean and Steve were amazing hosts, we had fresh eggs, muffins, juice, butter and water in the fridge to make our breakfast and wonderful homemade granola to make a yummy yogurt treat.

The bathroom was nice and big with a great soaking tub, the delicious smelling local hand made soaps were a bonus for me.

My 8 year old thought it was the coolest thing to live in a Box car, we told almost everyone in town and out about our stay and were very impressed with the hospitality.

Steve and Jean's box car has inspired us to take a step towards minimal living. There is nothing more we could have asked for from our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

The Boxcar owners were not present due to an emergency, but their daughter-in-law took great care of us and Jean kept in touch with us. The boxcar is very cute and we loved the special care they took in making it special for us. We are renovators and they did not skimp on anything. The location was great and is not far from town. It has a country feel to it and the view of mountains is awe

inspiring. We loved it and so did our dogs.


  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests took wonderful care of the boxcar in our absence! We so appreciate their care, and we will welcome them back any time!
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Boxcar Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at the Boxcar following 3 nights in a Studio in Albuquerque. The big difference- the boxcar has that lived-in and homey feel and includes everything you may ever need away from home!

So besides the charm of sleeping in an antique box car- COOL ENOUGH....you are treated to a very comfortable accomodation that includes: beautiful location and stunning views, close to town yet private, rural space, nice hot tub, sweet bath set up (it really couldn't get much better), small but user friendly kitchen, comfy lounger and long couch and a very high quality mattress. After 3 nights lacking sleep in Albq, we slept well and long in the box car.

To top it all off, Steve and Jean are the very best hosts you'll ever meet. We clicked and then shared a meal together. Thanks for everything; we'll keep in touch! Fondly, J & D, Massachusetts

  • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is especially fun to host guests who really know how to relax and enjoy the modest comforts of the boxcar. We had a good time getting to know these tall, well-spoken guests over a delicious bottle of wine they shared, and we learned much from their refined conservation-conscious lifestyle. Future hosts take note, they left the space beautifully organized and clean. What a pleasure! We look forward to seeing them again.
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Portland, Oregon

Loved the box car

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Box car. Such a fun experience. Jean and Steve have done an amazing job restoring the space and making it super comfortable for a stay in Taos. It's outside of town but close enough that you can ride your bike or drive in quickly, or explore the wide range of activities in the area. Perfect place to enjoy all that Taos has to offer. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathleen and Ken were wonderful guests, thoroughly engaged in all that Taos has to offer, and respectfully leaving the boxcar in pristine condition. We highly recommend them to their future hosts, and we hope they return to us one day.
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Durango, CO

Peaceful and quaint way to see Taos!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time staying in the Chile Line Boxcar. We skied Taos spent some time checking out the local shops, galleries and breweries. The owners, Jean and Steve, were very friendly, kind and helpful. And Jean had the most wonderful homemade granola and good coffee for breakfast - Thanks!! The boxcar is very clean and cozy. And the bed was firm and super comfortable. We slept extremely well - which was well deserved rest for us both. The boxcar is located a 5 or so minute drive from downtown Taos and it was so much nicer than staying in a hotel surrounded by heaps of other people. We also had access to relax in the hot tub under the stars. I loved enjoying the outside chairs near the BBQ and soaking up the sun after our ski day. There is a large flat screen TV, DVD player and WiFi access, and with our own HDMI cable we were able to watch netflix and even an international cricket match! Even though the boxcar size is petite, the extra additions of a kitchen and gorgeous bathroom make it very comfortable. We hope to return here with our daughter - she will love it too, I am sure. My husband is tall, 6'1" - and he fit just fine, However, if you are taller then 6'3", it could be a little short for you, it is a boxcar after all. We both definitely recommend the Chile Line Box car as a way for folks to enjoy a quiet, restful time in Taos,

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Taos Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Many in Taos
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
64, the main drag through town
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Guadalajara Grill
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Rio Grande
Car: necessary

Taos is famous for its tri-cultural setting: Taos Pueblo- the oldest continuously inhabited village in north America; an Hispanic culture that has roots in the settlements of Spanish explorers from the 15th Century; and the Taos Art Colony established around the turn of the 20th Century. Features include the St. Francis de Assis massive adobe church, the Kit Carson House; the Martinez Hacienda, Millicent Rogers Museum, the famous powder at Taos Ski Valley, and the incomparable Taos Pueblo with its seasonal dances and celebrations.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £36.1
Pet Fee £7.22

Up to two children under twelve may stay free, with parent(s), of course! Consider the space you will have; the couch makes a comfortable bed for one adult.
Dogs welcome, but no pets on furniture, firm!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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