Home in village in northern New Mexico mountains
My husband and I are retired from the US Forest Service. We enjoy quiet country living and the outdoors, so when we retired we built a home at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. We also enjoy art, history, and culture so this location was perfect since Taos--with its famous art colony, Indian and Hispanic cultures, music scene and great restaurants--is only 15 miles away.
Our Home & Location
Our home, located on three acres, is in the small village of San Cristobal. The village is surrounded by the Carson National Forest and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. It has walking trails leading into the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness. Taos Ski Valley is about a half-hour drive, and the Rio Grande (famous for fishing and rafting) is just west of the village. The Taos Pueblo, built in the 1200s, is about 20 minutes away. Taos is 20 minutes away. The closest airport is the Albuquerque Sunport, about three hours south.
Our home has one large bedroom (with kiva fireplace), a great room/dining area (with kiva fireplace), a library and a small study that doubles as a guest bedroom. There are two bathrooms and a WC. It has a modern kitchen and a garage. The elevation of San Cristobal is 7300 feet (2225 meters) so our home might be a problem for people with cardiac or respiratory issues. Our house is 1/4 mile down a dirt road; if muddy or snowy, it is preferable to have a high-clearance vehicle.
Responsibilities & Pets
Just take care of Smokey. Besides food, water and love, he just wants his daily adventure. This involves putting on his harness and leash and hanging out with him as he wanders around our place for an hour a day. We don't let him go out on his own because of the other village residents: coyotes, bears (rarely), bobcats, mountain lions (rarely), hawks, eagles and owls. All of them would love to dine on a kitty.
We'd also ask you to fill the three bird baths and a couple of bird feeders.