Vacation casita in tranquil forested mountain hamlet Pinos Altos on Cont Divide
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About Tom Barry
Deb Preusch is the outreach and internship coordinator at the Aldo Leopold Charter School, which is dedicated to experiential learning and named after the visionary conservationist who promoted the creation of wilderness areas, including the Gila Wilderness -- which lies in our backyard. Tom Barry is a writer and policy analyst associated with the Center for International Policy, specializing in U.S.-Mexico issues. Common interests include backpacking, traveling in Latin America, hiking, biking, and camping -- and good books and movies!
Tom Barry purchased this Cottage in 1996
Why Tom Barry chose Pinos Altos
We came to Pinos Altos in 1996 because we didn't want to raise our children or spend the rest of our lives in a big city (Albuquerque) -- and because we have always lover this part of New Mexico for its climate, Gila National Forest, and the vibrant small town of Silver City. Our property, which we bought with friends, is on the edge of Pinos Altos (about 250 people, 7 miles from Silver City, and 1,000 ft. higher). We built a beautiful straw-bale and adobe passive-solar home with a view of the Pinos Altos range. We can bike, hike, and occasionally cross-country sky directly from our home, as you can from our cottage.
What makes this Cottage unique
* Tranquility, quiet, views of mountains. * Easy access to the services of an urban area, with good restaurants, university, music, etc. * Array of biking, hiking opportunities out your door. * Base to visit Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks, Gila Wilderness, Gila River, and Lake Roberts.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
No smoking inside; smoking outside permitted
well-behaved, well-groomed dogs
Loft bed for older children.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
* No pets on beds or furniture.
* Pets not allowed in casita without owner unless corralled or caged.
* Guests will notify owner if items are damaged, and compensate or replace.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Recommend for Consideration
Conveniently located for hiking throughout the Gila N. F. Property was as described. Definitely recommend considering this property.
A delightful hideaway in the pines
Superb getaway casita with all the accoutrements anyone could ask for. The hosts provided us with every amenity imaginable, including several wildlife visits and a sky full of stars. This is a perfect private little cottage excellently situated for exploring the Gila Wilderness and nearby Silver City. We would love to return for a much longer stay.
The property is exactly as pictured and described. The hosts were very nice and friendly. The casita is located where you have easy access to local attractions and great hiking. A very quiet and peaceful setting. The deer looking in our windows was a plus on the morning we were leaving. We had a great time. We will stay here again if it’s available. Thank you!
Would book again
Totally relaxing with everything you need!
The casita is modern and clean, with beautiful rustic southwest styling. The bed is comfy. The location is in the country, but has easy access to both Silver City and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The hosts are non-intrusive, but readily available on the premises if needed for anything. We stayed two nights, and had a wonderful time. I hope we can return sometime.
One of the nicest VRBO places we have stayed.
The only place to eat in Pinos Altos. An easy walk across town. Live music most nights. Monday is “Open Mic” night when you can generally hear a lot of great local musicians. Great hamburgers, buffalo burgers, and green chile stew in the bar. Steaks and more formal menu in the dining room.
Old School Museum
Pinos Altos Art Gallery/Hearst Church
Open late April – early October, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
1) WNMU Museum
The largest and most complete collection of Mimbres pottery
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm
2) Silver City Museum
Tues-Fri 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm
3) La Capilla
4) Big Ditch Park
5) Farmers’ Market: Saturday mornings, May-October
6) Art Galleries (see enclosed: “Self-Guided Art Walk Map”)
1) San Vicente
2) Boston Hill
3) Gomez Peak at Little Walnut
February: Chocolate Fantasia
April: Tour of the Gila (international bike race) over five days
May: Last Saturday and Sunday: Blues Festival (free music in Gough Park)
June: Wild West Pro Rodeo
July: Big Ditch Day, Independence Day Parade, SC Museum Ice Cream Social
August: Silver City Clay Festival
September: Taste of Downtown, Pickamania (free music in Gough Park), San Vicente Artists Fair
October: Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk
November: Lighted Christmas Parade
December: Tamal Fiesta y Más
Hikes Close to Pinos Altos:
Cross Mountain Road
From Rock Street go north on Highway 15 for ½ mile. Cross Mountain Road is on the right across from Bear Creek Cabins and just past Boulder Trail Road. Park near the turn-off unless you have a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle in which case you could try to follow the road -- not recommended. Walking, you follow the jeep road toward Cross Mountain, and ascend to the peak on a single track trail whose trailhead is marked by a cross. Great views of Pinos Altos and the mining district. Roughly a 4-mile walk.
Continental Divide Trail
You can access the Continental Divide Trail from near Pinos Altos.
1. 1.6 miles north on Highway 15 CDT crosses the road. Park on the pullout on the left, and catch the trail heading west.
2. 1.3 miles north on Highway 15 is the Arrastra Site. The CDT goes south and then ascends west, climbing to the ridge.
3. You could also connect to the CDT by walking up Cross Mountain Road, and then ascend to the left on steep gravel road that takes you to the ridge trail that meets up with the CDT as it heads to Twin Sisters Peaks.
Cherry Creek Road
Turn right on Highway 15 and continue 2.7 miles. Crossing a creek, there is a sign for the Cherry Creek Ranch. Pull in and park your vehicle. This is a lovely road by a creek and often boxed in by canyon walls that leads to a privately owned section and to a trail (about 1 ¾ miles in) that ascends to the Pinos Altos Range. Roughly 4 miles in and out.
Ben Lilly Pond
At 2.9 miles north on #15, you can park your car at the intersection with a jeep road that descend for about a mile to Ben Lilly Pond. You can keep walking along the creek for a few miles. Lovely cliffs and creek crossings.
Ben Lilly Memorial Overlook
At 3.3 miles there is a sharp turn to the right and a parking lot at the turn. Park here for a short walk to Ben Lilly Overlook. Great vistas and boulders.
At 3.6 miles you can pull off the road at an orange reflector on your left for a walk on what locals call the moon rocks. Great place to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine and some cheese and bread. There is also a larger pullout a bit further up on the right.
Cycling and Running
If you are a runner, road cyclists, or mountain biker, you can talk to Tom about the best places to bike and ride.
Things to Do in a Day
#1 Driving Trip
The Inner Loop (or Trail of the Mountain Spirits)
City of Rocks State Park (monthly star gazing events:
Faywood Hot Springs: (575) 536-9663
10:00 am-10:00 pm every day, all year.
Mexico! (must have a passport)
Palomas, Mexico is 1½ hours southeast of Silver City.
Pancho Villa State Park is in the border down of Columbus.
Glenwood Fish Hatchery
Ben Lilly Lookout
Cherry Creek Campground
Little Toad Creek Inn & Restaurant (open April - September)
Gila Hot Springs
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Dragonfly Petroglyph Site
Ft. Bayard Historical District
Santa Rita Open Pit Copper Mine (the oldest continually operated copper
mine in the US and one of the largest pit operations)
Living Harvest Bakery: High in carbs, but great in taste
Tuesday-Saturday 7:00-2:00. (575) 536-3267
Mimbres Culture Heritage Site