Vista Verde Retreat, northern New Mexico


When you turn onto North Road, you're not in Kansas anymore – a wonderful spot for a getaway. Clean, comfortable, quiet, and peaceful. Elizabeth is the perfect host.

Perfect place to get away to experience the desert in a comfortable but rustic way. Vista Verde Retreat lets you get a taste of New Mexico, inside and out.

Vista Verde Retreat is a magical oasis in the desert. I will always treasure my time there.

Best retreat I've ever been to! Great little hidewaway, with an owner who is truly vested in making her guests feel welcome and comfortable. The entire experience was life-changing, and I plan to be back for another unforgettable week!

Such a peaceful, loving environment.

Vista Verde Retreat is a perfect getaway that makes you feel at home. Between the beautiful expanse and cozy, comfortable accommodations, you get the best of both worlds. The warm, genuine atmosphere is just the icing on the cake. We'll be back.

This is the perfect place for my art and spirit retreats. We have it all here – beautiul grounds, accommodations, great art studio, access to wonderful catering, close to many places of interest in general and for painting.

Vista Verde Retreat is an exquisite sanctuary among piñon, junipers, and sage. The quiet and the beauty were restorative, and made me remember why northern New Mexico is such a special place.

So tranquil, quiet, and welcoming. Also clean and professional!

Vista Verde Retreat is a very special place, located amidst purple mountains, sage, and piñon pines. The accommodations are lovely, and the attention to detail outstanding. Elizabeth, the owner, is friendly, welcoming, and gracious. The spacious studio is outstanding for workshops.

Vista Verde Retreat was the perfect location for our Ashtanga Yoga retreat. There was a wide variety of spaces to use, the rooms are comfortable, and the studio was a perfect place to deepen my practice; I would come back again and again.

My time at Vista Verde Retreat center was amazing. There was enough privacy in the Ranch House, and plenty of community space. All the comforts of home are provided. The catering chef was incredible.

This venue certainly encouraged our creativity and our ability to form a community quickly. I enjoyed my stay very much and I will come back.

Vista Verde is a wonderful place far beyond the everyday. It's a wonderful experience to be in this environment. One can find time alone and also be in a group for conversation. Loved it all!

Quiet, restful retreat with lovely mountain views. Wonderful owner. Would highly recommend a holiday here.

After five days at Vista Verde, I did not want to leave. My group and I accomplished our tasks of learning to work harmoniously. We will certainly use Vista Verde next summer for our annual retreat.

Thank you for the gourmet meals, information, overall maintenance of the physical plant, and holding the physical space, so that creative magic could come into the studio.

Vista Verde is beautiful! Thanks for keeping the place in working order! If it weren't so far away from Minnesota, I'd be spending my time here.

It's been an absolute delight! Painting, walking, sleeping, eating. So grateful for all you've done to make it possible and wonderful.

Thank you for providing a peaceful environment which allowed us to go within and experience oneness.

The Studio and grounds are really beautiful and the whole place has a warm, peaceful feel.

Great location for a retreat, very serene, surrounded by the beautiful sights of nature. Lovely facility.

The wind in the pines surrounds beautifully equipped housing, with every need carefully attended to. Our group was well supported in our own work together in this peaceful atmosphere.

Unusually quiet, the sound of a car is rare. Creative, high quality architecture, art, decor. Very well maintained and equipped. Perfect for a family gathering or small group.

Beautiful accommodations, serene and quiet. Perfect for our retreat. I look forward to coming again.

This was a great place to hold our retreat. The faciliity and settings were wonderful, we very much enjoyed our experience here. Very authentic New Mexico.

Lovely serene hideaway. Perfect for a quiet retreat. There was attention to beauty in all the facilities. I really appreciated this. There is a great silence that we had the priviledge of living in. The grounds and facility were lovely, silent, wild. For the Studio, we were extra physical, and the air cooling was great.

An air of hospitality and positive attitude pervades the property.

Wonderful views, love the out buildings and the potential for a variety of activities.
Main kitchen laid out and equipped very well. Showers had plenty of hot water. Would come again and recommend to individuals and groups.

Vista Verde Retreat is a beautiful secluded property. Perfect for a group, spiritual or yoga retreat. There are a variety of small housing options plus a main house good for gathering everyone. Grand vistas and lovely wildflowers.

I loved staying at this remote getaway. It is simple and well cared for. The surrounding desert landscape, with its simple beauty, makes this getaway exquisite.The accessibility to Ojo Caliente is also a plus. So lovely to be able to soak in the quiet desert.

If you are looking for a real natural retreat tucked away in total seclusion but close enough to Taos and hotsprings, please choose Vista Verde.

The Vista Verde Retreat is an excellent place to stay for solitude and introspection. The accommodations were good and the staff and grounds were wonderful.

Quiet, remote, spacious natural environment, close to Ojo. Perfect for a retreat or family getaway.

The often mystical property of Vista Verde allowed me to retreat from a chaotic and demanding world. I feel serenity and a sense of calm when staying at this retreat.

I loved staying at Vista Verde. Everything was new and clean. Staff attended to our needs but left us total privacy. Natural surroundings are beautiful and rejuvenating.

The grounds and builidings are delightful, peaceful and unique.

Here is a good place to realize the force of Nature.

Quiet and Peaceful. Perfect Retreat Center. Good Place for group retreats. The cooking and accomodations are excellent. Staff is very friendly.

Love the seclusion.

The accommodations were great and the scenery was perfect for having a retreat. It's an absolutely gorgeous property.

Supportive home-like atmosphere in the most beautiful setting.

Wonderful space. Nice accommodations.

Wonderful place for our retreat. Beautiful grounds and great accommodations.

A wonderful place to gather and be in nature.

Beautiful view of the mountains. Sacred surroundings inside and out.


Guest: Lily, 2020
Beautiful space with a very well stocked kitchen and stylish touches. It was a beautiful nest for our group to base out of while exploring the surrounding region.

Guest: Enrique, 2020
Although the house is fully equipped to allow you to stay connected with the outside world with WiFi, we thoroughly enjoyed the seclusive and coziness of this place. We went for New Years and skied Taos one day, went Fly Fishing another day and did a Hot Air Balloon ride another day. The house is 1 hour from Taos Ski Valley and ~45 minutes from Taos (Walmart, Restaurants, stores, etc). We loved coming home to a toasty fireplace after a full day of activities and make dinner and relax as a family. Would 100% recommend this place if you don’t mind driving to get around.

Guest: David, 2020
About a 30-40 minute drive into Taos. The remote desert location is perfect for quiet reflection, hiking and star gazing. It’s also quite advantageous if you need to accommodate 8 people or so. If you want the ability to escape and chill......this place is uniquely ideal.

Guest: Jennifer, 2019
We had a wonderful time. The house is very cozy and nicely done. Plenty of space for our family. We were looking for something in nature but close to activities - this accomplished both. Easy access to Taos and Santa Fe for day trips but away from the hustle and bustle of town. Great wood burning stove to gather around and relax. We would be happy to go back.

Guest: Caitlin, 2019
Wonderful oasis in New Mexico. This place is really special :)

Guest: Katie, 2019
Beautiful, secluded home in Carson. Would highly recommend for a romantic get away.

Guest: Stephen, 2018
Fabulous in all ways. Highly recommended.

Guest: Heidi Geldhauser (GA) Date of stay 8/4-6/2017
Amazing home! I stayed here with 6 friends for a girls’ weekend. It was the perfect spot for us, close to Taos and close to the spa at Ojo Caliente. Elizabeth was friendly and courteous and kept great communication with me. I hope to stay here again!

Guest: Amy Ross (CA) Date of stay 7/13-27/2017
Elizabeth has created a really special place with the Vista Verde Retreat. We enjoyed every minute our stay! We were in The Q and loved it so much we extended our stay another week — and we are already making plans to return with family and friends. Elizabeth, and Issa the caretaker, made sure we had everything we needed, but we had complete privacy the entire time. We are on a cross-country adventure and basically live in Airbnb rentals. This was one of our favorites! Thanks again, Elizabeth! :) :)

Guest: Rose Rosa (TX) Date of stay 12/30/2015
We had a wonderful time at your place, could not believe how much our family members shared with each other. The kids had tons of fun. It felt good and peaceful out there.

Guest: Jim Valby (MA) Date of stay 09/22/2015
The setting is remote and quiet--when we watched the lunar eclipse the stars and milky way were incredibly bright, and my son, sleeping in the tipi, heard coyotes at night. But Taos, with its restaurants, shopping, galleries, organic foods market, and Taos Pueblo, is only 45 minutes away, Ojo Caliente Hot Springs is a half-hour drive, and there are numerous scenic drives and hiking trails in the general area, as well as Angel Fire downhill mountain biking the other side of Taos. It was a perfect place meet up with our children and to relax and begin our month-long holiday in the Four Corners area. And Elizabeth was so welcoming and helpful. We hope to return someday.

Guest: Catharine Ishii (MA) Date of stay 09/22/2015
My husband discovered Vista Verde on-line and we booked the Q House for 10 nights at the end of September. When we arrived we were in heaven. The house is beautifully designed, spacious and full of light, comfortably and luxuriously furnished. An ingenious system of window shades, ceiling fans, and screened windows and doors enabled us to regulate the temperature day and night. When family and friends came to join us we were able to overflow into the nearby Stick Casita and 2 tipis. Fresh vegetables--loads of chard and basil, cherry tomatoes, and other herbs, were available to us in the greenhouse behind the Studio. We took early morning walks on a loop trail through the sagebrush, with wild asters, tiny lupine, and yellow rabbit brush in bloom, and mountain views.

Guest: Justin (TX) Date of stay 12/29/2014.
The house and the grounds were perfect and cozy and we could not have found a better place to escape to. Elizabeth went out of her way to help direct us to many local adventures / attractions which helped make our week there even more enjoyable. We all left wanting to come back in the summer!

Guests: RC (NM) Date of stay 11/28/2014.
We have tried a number of retreat locations in New Mexico, and this is the only one that has everything we look for: a beautiful, quiet, scenic location away from people and traffic; an inviting and comfortable facility (Vista Verde "Q" is elegant and simple, very lovely and in top condition); not too far from Albuquerque (two and a half hours); abundant outdoor opportunities nearby; a reasonable price; a full kitchen; and an owner who is responsive, friendly, and professional. The owner returns emails and phone calls promptly, has everything ready when you arrive, provides timely information regarding maps and directions, and welcomes you when you arrive with a gentle kindness that is so refreshing. I am thrilled to have found this beautiful location, managed by such a gracious and personable owner. I can't wait to come back. At last, our search for the perfect spot is over.

Guest: Walter Enders (VA) Date of stay 10/03/2014.
Excellent! Secluded but close to great restaurants and shopping in Taos. Beautiful setting and interior design. Fully furnished and equipped with modern kitchen and bath facilities. Living areas beautiful and very comfortable.

Guest: Judy Hamilton (VA) Date of stay 10/03/2014.
We stayed at the Q for four wonderful days! The retreat is in a dream location that is surrounded by the beauty of nature. You could not ask for a better hideaway. We are already making plans to go again.

Guest: Jason (IL) Date of stay 08/19/13.
I was looking for a getaway that would have everything: first-rate accommodation, solitude, yet near both good hiking and civilization. Vista Verde was all of this, and more. From my very first contact with Elizabeth, I felt immediately welcome. She is professional, hospitable, informative. I stayed at the "Q-House," a charming, cozy, and sunny abode nestled among piñon trees. From there, I explored Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge, and many stunning area hikes. I can't recommend this property enough for those looking to get away for a few days—or, like me, nearly two weeks. I can't wait to go back!

Guests: Richard & Hazel (CA) Date of stay 09/10/13.
Vista Verde is a great way to enjoy the stunning beauty of Northern New Mexico's high basin and range landscapes and magnificent skies. The Q offers an inviting, spacious and very comfortable casita with all modern amenities and grand old (and authentic )Southwestern style. I loved the flagstone and tiled floors, vigas, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the magnificent views of nearby mountains and vast skies of cascading clouds--and of course, we enjoyed the sunsets which are spectacular. Vista Verde is a wonderful retreat to restore body and soul--and an artist's delight. Great spot for an artist retreat.
Bring binoculars for birdwatching; the birds are so so beautiful! The last 2.5 miles is a dirt road so be prepared to drive slowly and take in the sights.
Elizabeth is the perfect hostess and has seen to every detail with class and grace.
– Hazel

Guest: Kristi (TX) Date of stay 02/15/13.
My daughter made my reservation for me, so I didn’t know what to expect. What an incredible surprise to arrive and find such a secluded, warm, safe, and beautifully furnished home. We were able to prepare all our meals, entertain my daughter’s family, with three small children, and have our meals and conversation around a large table, while through the windows enjoy the true beauty of the surrounding landscape. The home is maintained well and very clean. We look forward to our next visit and highly recommend staying at Vista Verde Retreat.

Guest: Craig (CA) Date of stay 08/31/13.
My week-long stay at Vista Verde Retreat was an incredible experience. The peace and the serenity allowed me to unwind and feel more relaxed than I have felt in quite awhile. Another great thing is that the whole retreat has a very personal touch and is very homey. The accommodations were amazing and beautiful- I really felt at home and wanted to stay longer. I will be back! Thanks again!

Guest: Jodi (NM) Date of stay 10/12/12.
Elizabeth is a wonderful, generous host and has a beautiful property to share with groups and individuals. The property is in a picturesque setting in northern New Mexico and the accommodations are comfortable and well-kept. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this peaceful spot.

Guest: Scotty (OH) Date of stay 07/02/12.
What a great place to be! You really can escape from everything. Elizabeth has not missed any details and you will want for nothing. The rooms are so nice in the big house and also the bunk areas. There is plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. She also has a great dance/pilates studio that is very spacious. I cannot wait to bring my friends to such a wonderful place! Enjoy!

Guest: Jim (OH) Date of stay 07/02/12.
Vista Verde Retreat was a excellent getaway from the hassles of city life. We really enjoyed the setup of the main house and the casitas - a great way to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the New Mexican countryside. The owner is very knowledgeable about the area and makes sure that everything is going smoothly with the property. The place is well maintained and the photos accurately reflect this. Highly recommend you stay here. Great location!

Guest: Dave M (NM) Date of stay 05/26/12.
My stay at the Vista Verde Retreat was a refreshing experience that coupled beautiful scenery with a nurturing getaway. Not only were the owners friendly and helpful, but the property was clean and well maintained. Vista Verde was, and still is, a wonderful escape from the ordinary southwest. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who enjoys a great place.