Casa Carmen
Your Private Home Near
Taos and Taos Ski Valley

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  • Minimum stay: . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 nights
  • Sleeps:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 5
  • Bedrooms: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
  • Bathrooms: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
  • Property type: . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chalet
  • Internet:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yes
  • Pets considered: . . . . . . . . . . . Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible: . . . . . Yes

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 1,450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters: 21
  • Children Welcome - We love children and their parents having raised and built the Casa Carmen with and for them!!!
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered - upon prior arrangement with owners.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - 0 clearance with no hindrance.

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1
  • Spacious and beautiful with full bath , shower, sink, commode, operable skylight, paintings by the owner Pat Woodall adorn the walls in Oil and Pastel. Ten foot ceilings with vigas and latillas!

Other Amenities

    Spacious Outdoor Lawns and Japanese Gardens, Chimineas and Brazier for Outdoor Fires, Outdoor Sitting Areas, Swing Sets, Hammock, Trampoline, Children's Outdoor Playhouse, Stunning Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Music Feature, Outdoor Dining, Umbrellas, 360 views, Privacy, Serene. Located among a grove of Aspens, walking paths and hiking trails are there for your use. Sunbathing patios and and star gazing too.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room - Full Size Trampoline located outside in the yard for your enjoyment.
  • Music Library - killer stereo inside on both floors with Bose outside speakers on both decks. remote to 6 disc cd player, amplifier with fm radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports and Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services and Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services
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Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sights to be seen from the "Casa Carmen" Taos Mountain, El Salto and Vallecitos mountains,Gallena Peak, Ski Valley Canyon, Tea Rio Grande Gorge,Pedernal Mesa, the San Juans and the Jemez Mountains!

  • Resort:

    Four miles from Quail Ridge Tennis and Swim Club, six miles from the Northside Fitness Club. One Mile from Pilates, Tai Chi,Sol Food Organic Foods and Delicatsessen

  • Rural:

    DES MONTES, the countryside surrounding the village of Arroyo Seco FAMOUS FOR ITS FAMOUS ACEQUIA SYSTEM OF water canals carrying the waters from the surrounding mountains and used to water this area!

  • Village:

    One mile form the historic village of Arroyo Seco, Seven miles from Taos and seven miles from Taos Ski Valley!

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Sports and Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
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  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer - upon arrangement with owner
  • Covered Parking - upon arrangement with owners
  • Fireplace - simulated burning fireplace with heated blower with remote. Unit is 2.5" high x 5" long and very beautiful with quiet crackling fire flames!
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating - Hot Water Radiant under floor heating with thermostat
  • Internet
  • Iron and Board
  • Linens Provided - Laundry is available for you to use for the costs of detergent and fabric softener that you use. It is a wonderful unit. Towels, hand towels, face towels, are plentiful and our responsibility to wash and keep you stocked.
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine - upon arrangement with owner
  • Wireless Internet - wifi available for your use
  • Wood Fireplace - outside
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  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:
  • Dishes and Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

    There is a full kitchen with natural gas stove and oven. Two sinks, coffee percolator, refrigerator, microwave, full sets of dishes, extensive stainless steel cookware, spices, and serving bowls.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio - 3! There is also an outside brazier in a Japanese Garden and lots of firewood for outdoor bonfires and sitting around the campfire. Also there is a a gas grill or homemade charcoal grill and we do have a smoker if you would like to smoke some meat or vegetables. There is an artist easel for your use inside and out also!
  • Gazebo
  • Golf - 7 miles away, Taos Country Club, 18 holes, $35 green fees, driving range, bar, restaurant, putting green, open until dark starting at 7am.
  • Kayak / Canoe - 8 miles away to the Rio Grande, kayak rentals available, rafting with 8 companies, the famous Taos Box for the most adventurous ride in the West.
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski and Snowboard - 7 miles to Taos Ski Valley. The very best Alpine Mountain in North America! Just added the Kachina Peak Lift taking you up to over 12,000 feet with 3,000 feet of elevation to the base... Unbelievable!
  • Tennis - 2 miles away at the Quail Ridge Inn. Very friendly, players of all levels, excellent courts and facilities including a sauna, hot tub, and pool

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37 Dry Creek Road - Arroyo Seco, New Mexxico (click on map)

Nearest Airport
Taos Airport - 7 miles
Santa Fe - 75 miles
Albuquerque - 135 miles

Nearest Barpub
Abe's Cantina -1 mile

Nearest Golf
Taos Country Club - 12 miles

Nearest Train
Cumbers and Toltec Historic Train - 57 miles

Nearest Motorway
NM 150 - 1 mile
1 Miles

Nearest Restaurant
Sabroso Restarurant - lunch, dinner, live music - 7 miles

Nearest Ski
Taos Ski Valley - 7 miles

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Property description

JUST ONE OF 17 5-STAR REVIEWS: please read the others as well!
My husband and I had a wonderful weekend at Casa Carmen. The place was so charming and interesting since the owner has many of his pieces of art work in the casa.....very clean with wonderful smells and magical lamps. The hosts were so very gracious and welcoming to us and to our dogs. We loved the art studio, the beautiful yard and the walking trail. They have many little sitting areas and unexpected surprises to discover. The upper decks were perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. This was truly a place of enchantment. We would recommend this place to any couple or girls get away. 

Skiing, Bicycling, Hiking,Rafting, Ballooning, Fishing, Fine Restaurants, Art Galleries and Museums less than 10 minutes away. Dark skies and millions of stars keep you company at night!

It is most preferable and efficient if you call for availability, questions, assistance and clarifications. In this manner, you receive the highest and most personalized levels of attention to your needs. Further, negotiation of rates and discounts offered only to they who call. I am available seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM. 

Please dial 575.770.0393 or 575-758-3320. Save time and money if you call rather than send an email

Casa Carmen may be best described as the Sunrise and the Sunset House. You are bathed continually with our immense New Mexico sun and artist's light. The 360 degree views are stunning, inspirational, beckoning to mind and spirit. A wonderful feature of the home is the incredible interior and exterior lighting. For the property, a DVD has been produced.

The home was built by the owners of adobe and hand-hewn logs. It is a stunning two level guest house of 1200 square feet. An interior spiral stair case connects the levels. There is also a wide exterior stair. 

The second level is designed as a parlor for conversation, sleeping, entertainment area, also with a table that seats four. There are two fantastic decks: The sunrise deck and the sunset deck. Each are spacious and wonderful for dining, entertaining, conversation, and of course viewing the expanse of Taos Valley and Taos Mountain nearby. You can almost touch the mountains!

The first level consists of wonderful sun room, a bedroom, the country kitchen, the living room with dining area, and a full bath. The first level has south and east facing portals (covered porches) with comfortable outdoor seating.

A new hot tub is yours to enjoy outdoors in sun or starlight. The views are wonderful from its location!

Located in a grove of Aspens and Evergreens and surrounded by 150 acres of private land, raised flower beds and flagstone paths wander through the trees and expansive yard. 

The home is decorated with the paintings of Pat Woodall, the owner, and other prominent Taos artists. A delightful collection of folk art also adorns the home. The grounds and gardens have been designed by Carmen Woodall. Many outdoor delights await you with inviting comfort for your leisure. The outdoor lounging areas also have chimineas and a brazier for evening fires beneath the star-filled New Mexico night skies. Out here, there exists no light, noise, or visual pollution. 

You are a few minutes from the charming village of Arroyo Seco offering fine restaurants, shops, location of the famous Taos Cow, and a infamous local tavern!! It is only a 10 minute drive to the historic Taos Plaza and a 20 minute drive to Taos Ski Valley for world-class skiing or Hiking, Fishing, Horseback Riding,or Bicycling where Lance Armstrong trains.

Pat and Carmen are nearby to assist you when called upon. Being the charming hosts they are, they will welcome you into their beautiful home for viewing, conversations, refreshments, and provide information about the entire area. They have been residents of Taos for twenty six years. In short, you have a knowledgeable concierge. If you need an easel, one is provided!

Casa Carmen is perfect for one to six guests. A wonderful experience offering authenticity, spaciousness, incredible views, and superb guest services. Pat also offers painting lessons if interested. The guest house is ideal for artists, writers, they who desire rare travel opportunities and being close to outdoor activities. You are, as well, only a short drive from everything a world-renowned art and literary colony offers. 

To discover the wonderful features and amazing setting of this home, and to negotiate, it is always best to CALL. I am available to assist you with your questions, travel needs, and complete details related to Casa Carmen and Taos.

Please ring number listed in the first paragraph. 

You may contact me seven days a week from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM. You will be happy you had! My name is PAT and my wife,Carmen. We can offer a refreshing level of assistance relative to your vacation needs and information. 

Thank You!

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1983

Pat WoodallAbout the owner: Pat is an professional Artist for 23 years with 30 years of building as a General Contractor. Carmen is a PhD in Psychology and a Framer for 26 years. They own Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery and Southwest Framers in downtown Taos, a real life mom and pop business! Selected the most beautiful business presence in town and presented with the Award for 2012 , proof of our attention to detail and simplicity that make our business natural and remarkable. Casa Carmen and our home were selected for the Los Jardineros Garden Club Tour in 2012 as well, an event with 650 people visiting the property and taking so many ideas on New Mexico natural gardening away. The "Casa Carmen" reflects their experience and creativity!

Why the Owner Chose El Prado, New Mexico, USA: 

We built it to be natural and within the Grove of Trees and Gardens! It was built by Pat Woodall over the course of five years with attention to every detail! Mortice, notch and tendon construction of joinery with exposed Douglas Fir Beams, sided Spruce logs and passive solar thermopane Windows on all sides make the views spectacular in all directions. Solar curtains on every window and skylight make it warm and cozy and tie in to the decor. The decor is very special. White Duve covers on each bed, flannel sheets in the winter over dual control heating mattress covers make getting out of bed a little tough but when you do, oh my! Vibrant paintings adorn the walls between the windows and a 3'x5' simulated fireplace with heated blower is located on the wall upstairs in the large parlor bedroom with a Queen Bed and Single Bed. The heat on the ground floor is hot water radiant heat under character grade Hickory floors in the living room and kitchen coupled with heated marble tile in the bedroom and full bath. Sock feet are warm and welcome. Two open decks await you upstairs, the Sunset and Sunrise Decks and a outside wooden staircase provides access to the downstairs covered wraparound portal with comfortable seating, gas grill and a walkway of a few feet to the 4 person Hot Tub. A 10 foot double door opens onto the wraparound porch and into the Solar Entry and Living Room of the Casa Carmen. Lots of parking and easy access are other amenities.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet: 

A House for you and your family! Privacy, quiet, close to everything, Wooded, with Water and So Very Unique! Elegance, Rustic Charm, Warmth, Accessibility to walkways, grove of Aspens, Pinon, Fruit Orchard and Running Water Acequia are just a few!

Contact us - email
Speaks: English, French, German
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%

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$225 / night - Three night minimum

     Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee: $25
  • One time Cleaning Fee: $100


Rates are subject to change based on occupancy. Truly and Hosted by Owners. Not an Agency. You Save! No Lodgers Tax added. You only pay gross receipts tax. Always Open to Negotiation! Especially if you Call. December 20 - January 5.

Major Holidays, Spring Break, call for rates. $200 - $350/night.

Call 575.770.0393 to speak directly to Owner.

Year Round Variable Rates above circumstances: Starting at $200 per night for starting Rates...$200 - 350/night (3 Night Minimum unless special circumstances and by written agreement). Call or email for specific rates based on how many and the length of your stay.

NEGOTIABLE Upon booking. Checks are preferred. We accept Visa, MC, and Amex.. Call for details 575.770.0393

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30-days before arrival date.

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Ryan D.

Spectacular Location, Charm, and Hosts

My wife and I and my parents stayed for three nights over Presidents Day Weekend and greatly enjoyed our stay. We learned that Pat built the home by hand many years ago which adds to the wonderfully fun character of the entire property. The location was ideal for us with Taos Ski Valley located about 15 minutes from the front door and Taos Village located about 10 to 15 minutes the other direction. The Hot Tub under the stars was very relaxing after skiing all day and Carmen is a great chef who left us some delicious snacks and treats to enjoy daily. We will most definitely return. P.S. Pat Woodall is a well known local artist with a showroom in downtown Taos full of great art to take a look at. Ask anyone around town if they know Pat and the answer is almost always yes. Great folks.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway

A guest from Bixby, OKBixby, OK

Christmas Wonderland

My husband and I needed a relaxing vacation and I wanted snow, Casa Carmen offered everything we needed and more. We didn't feel like we were in a rental, instead it felt like home. Everything was decorated inside and outside beautifully, snow on the ground along with decorations and lights and a Christmas tree set up in the living area. The bed was very comfortable and the views were outstanding while outside. We went to the Pueblo for Christmas Eve and then to the ski valley for New Years Eve fireworks., great memories that will last a lifetime. There were plenty of walking areas to take the pups for walks and a fenced area to let them go snoop around. Carmen and Pat have thought of everything that anyone would need in the home, including having snacks and drinks waiting for us when we arrived. Thanks for sharing such a warm and wonderful home that is a piece of art, filled with art by Pat and special touches by Carmen along with greetings from Artemis. We're already planning our next trip out and looking forward to staying at Casa Carmen again!!

Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway

4th of July escapeWichita, KS.

Dog parents from Kansas

We were looking for a fourth of July escape and Casa Carmen was perfect. The house had every amenity we needed. The hosts made us feel welcome from the first-greeting us with a cold supper after our long drive. The grounds are full of relaxing areas and fun art. The house is decorated with New Mexico art and furnishings. Beds are very comfortable. It's an ideal locale for visiting the Taos area. The fourth of July fireworks could be viewed from one of two decks. Fabulous views of the mountains and easy access to Arroyo Seco. We enjoyed avocado margaritas and learned some great New Mexico recipes. Artemis is a wonderful dog ambassador. We hope for a return visit!

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Jeff G.Willow Park

Relaxation and Decompression

I was in need of a place to unwind with my family. This is an excellent setting to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Two second story porches give wonderful scenes. One for coffee and a sunrise. One with New Mexican wine and a sunset. Both porches are wired with sound. The Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, warm bedrooms and full of original artworks. Morning walks thru a nature area can be enjoyed, short or long, not on the main road. If you want to cook, fresh herbs can be picked around the house. Minutes from a small village with a restaurant, ice cream and a limited grocery store. 15 minutes to Taos or ski valley. Side note: My teenagers never got bored. The owners make you feel welcome and at home. Their suggestions and advice on the local area and restaurants was spot on. An avocado margarita may find its way to you front door!

Recommended for: Girls getaway, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Scott H.Akron, OH

A special place, in a special place with special people

The property is very comfortable with spectacular views of mountains and mesas at both sunrise and sunset. The down bedding, radiant floor heat and passive solar made even the coldest outside temps (0-10 degrees F) something to come in from and forgotten. Additionally, Carmen and Pat are wonderful ambassadors to Northern New Mexico. They are welcoming and gracious hosts who are willing to share their local knowledge of outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, hot springs,...), restaurants, art galleries and holiday events. The Christmas Eve at Taos Pueblo is a lifetime family memory. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to visit again!

LouDeeOklahoma City

Truly fantastic stay, highly recommended!

From the moment we arrived our hosts were helpful and extremely generous. Half way through our stay they made us some wonderful Avocado Margaritas which we will never forget! We had a very relaxing stay and took on board their recommendations of where to go and what to do as it was our first time in the area. Everything exceeded expectations and we are sure to be back but for longer! We loved that the house we stayed in was made from a high % of recycled materials, it is so wonderfully put together and the views from the decks are stunning. The home was cozy and the hosts welcomed our "lovely lab" with open arms which was really appreciated. Thank you so so much for a great weekend!
Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway


An idyll at Casa Carmen

Casa Carmen is an idyllic place; the gardens, the house, and the larger setting are all peaceful and very beautiful. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen well-equipped, and the decor colorful and charming. The high points of our stay included dinner and wine on the sunset porch, relaxing in the hot tub in the evening, lying on the hammocks and hearing the sound of the water running in the irrigation ditch, cooking with freshly picked herbs from the garden, riding bicycles into the town center of Arroyo Seco, and finding a different charming spot in the garden to eat breakfast every morning. Pat and Carmen were wonderful hosts for our stay in July, and made it feel like we were with friends whenever we saw them. We highly recommend Casa Carmen, and we'd love to visit again ourselves.

Recommended for:
 Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Leah J.Carlsbad, NM

Serenity at it's best

Beautiful grounds with a fun house that made you feel right at home! Pat and Carmen are wonderful hosts! Lots to do in the area. Thank you for a great visit!!!

Recommended for:
 Pet owners, Romantic getaway

Christa F.Boulder, CO

Wonderful stay in Arroyo!

Casa Carmen is an excellent accommodation in Arroyo Secco, NM. Pat and Carmen really do make the place with their hospitality and generosity. The house is well-appointed with art and antiques and everything one would need and more for a stay in NM. Full kitchen, eating area, comfy living room, excellent linens and PLENTY of extra towels, blankets, and extras make the experience! Two decks are super comfortable as well as back and side porches for hanging around. The grounds around the home offer many sitting areas. Our well-behaved dog was totally comfortable here. We will return!! Thanks Pat and Carmen!

Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Allison E.Pueblo, Colorado

Lovely weekend getaway!

This was a lovely home with all the amenities. My husband and I really enjoyed the views and the location. We went snowshoeing up by the Ski Valley and had dinner in Arroyo Seco. Gorgeous views all around and the kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to make a nice meal. The house has so much artwork and art books, it would be great even if the weather wasn't so beautiful. Pat and Carmen are wonderful hosts and only wish we had more time than just a few days.

Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Romantic getaway

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