Vista Verde Retreat, Carson, NM


On Valentine's Day in 1990 I flew in to New Mexico and immediately understood why they call it the "Land of Enchantment." This magical state, with all its art, spirituality, and incredible light drew me to buy property in Carson, just outside of Taos. I cherish it here because it's so serene and so rural. On 40 acres of land we’re deep in the forest yet very close to the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. The heritage of the ancient Indian culture and the expansiveness of the land and sky create a sense of grounded spirituality. The sound of the wind blowing through the pines and the sweet smell of sage is intoxicating. The nearby mountains provide an incredible backdrop. When I need my urban fix, Taos and Santa Fe are not far.
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As an artist/designer, healing arts practitioner and nature lover, my vision has long been to create a sanctuary in this incredible land for like-minded individuals. It is truly an oasis in the high desert and a haven for artists and healers.


The location of Vista Verde Retreat is ideal. The three miles of dirt roads to the retreat center are passable year-round and give the feeling that you are “out there”. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended in the snow and in the springtime mud. The "town" of Carson consists of about 150 residents, a general store, a post office and a fire department. The remote, peaceful area provides a respite for the most harried of individuals.

The retreat itself is on 40 acres with two hiking trails looping through the natural surroundings. Television, happily, is non-existent and cell service is sketchy. Hi-speed fiber-optic WiFi is available in the Main House, the Ranch House, and the Q. For those who want a variety of day trips and activities, Taos and Santa Fe have many unique draws for tourists who love the Southwest: shopping, gallery touring, dining, and the Pueblo, to name a few. The local culture is flavorful. For outdoorsy types, I can attest that the rafting, skiing, and hiking provide plenty of exercise and magnificent views. Soaking at nearby Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is a great way to end, (or start) any day, and we’re lucky to have it so close by. For specifics, see our To Do listings.

Vista Verde Retreat vacation rental is available for special events, group rentals, or private retreats. For more information: