Located thirty-five minutes east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this lovely, award winning get-away on the upper Pecos River offers you peace, quiet, magnificent mountain views, and a private stretch of trout fishing. The cabin is located directly on the Pecos River facing the river and magnificent craggy mountain faces. Guests can hear the river and the wind in the ponderosas, especially at night, when all else is still and the stars fill the sky.
This charming cabin sleeps up to four. The bedroom has a lodge pole pine queen-size bed, and a large dresser and walk-in closet. The open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen have a knotty pine cathedral ceiling, full-size sleeper sofa, comfortable chairs and an easy to operate gas log stove. The decor is an attractive blend of the best of New and Old Mexico furnishings and arts and crafts.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas range, refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, pots and pans, dinnerware, glasses and utensils. Such cooking basics as flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, spices, oil, coffee and tea are provided. There is a washer and dryer and iron and ironing board in the utility room. Paper products, towels and linens are provided as are extra blankets for the cool mountain nights.
The spacious porch provides chairs and a chaise lounge to view the Pecos River, ponderosas, willows and striking mountain vistas. For evening entertainment, guests can choose from games, puzzles, a television for the DVD player and a selection of movies, along with a small library of New Mexico and travel related books. The cabin has a telephone for local calls, including Santa Fe. Wi-Fi is provided as a courtesy for those who just can't unplug from their email.
Many hiking trails in the Pecos Wilderness and the surrounding Santa Fe National Forest, some to remote alpine lakes, are a short drive farther up NM 63, a narrow local road that winds along the river and comes to a dead end high in the mountains at Jack’s Creek. Guided horse rides into the mountains can be arranged.
In the daytime the cabin is bright, cheery and modern. After a full day of hiking and or fishing or just relaxing on the front porch watching the hummingbirds feeding, you can look forward to being lulled to sleep by the sound of the river for a sound night's sleep.
The rustic gazebo near the river provides a covered outdoor dining area with gas grill and fire pit. Firewood and fire starters are provided. Adirondack chairs around the fire pit make for relaxing stargazing around a crackling fire.
The Pecos River offers exciting private trout fishing from the river bank right in front of the cabin and from islands accessible to the cabin, as well as various lovely public locations nearby along the canyon road. Visiting are occasional ducks, turkeys, deer, raccoons, beavers, skunks, bobcats and bear. Hummingbirds abound at the cabin feeders. Visitors may easily obtain a New Mexico fishing license and bait in Pecos or online.
The Village of Pecos, ten miles to the south on NM 63, has several local restaurants offering northern New Mexican cooking, two “dollar” stores, and two gas stations. If you’re looking forward to exploring, stop in at the Santa Fe National Forest Pecos Ranger Station located on the south end of town for trail maps and other useful information. South of the Village is the Pecos National Historical Park with ruins of the old Pecos Pueblo. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center there.
The state capital of Santa Fe, with the world famous Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, numerous wonderful museums and many exciting and innovative restaurants, is thirty-five miles to the west.
Joe Giambalvo and Barbara Miller
1538 NM Highway 63
Pecos, NM 87552-2557