The Kiva: a silent, starry sanctuary.


Earth house hosted by Ray

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, Half-bath
Entire home
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Private, cozy, and quiet, our Kiva is a restful place to stay the night, watch the stars, and plan the next day's adventure.

The natural Adobe walls and floor, high ceiling, and big windows contribute to the grounding, yet open feel of the modest round space.

Located nearby the Rio Grande River National Monument, there is public access to the river and its banks for hiking, fishing, swimming, and even a natural Hot Springs!

15 Miles to Downtown Taos (groceries); 22 Miles to Taos Ski Valley

The space
The Space-

The Kiva is a single room structure, nestled into its own little hillside. It is a small space, but a high ceiling and large windows create an open feel . The interior features hand finished natural materials including local clay for the Adobe floors and walls, and raw timber cut from the Taos mountains for the ceiling. A stay in this hand-made home is truly a unique experience.

This "earth sheltered" structure was designed with small scale, sustainable aesthetic. Our design goals include utilizing natural interior finishes, passive solar building design and site layout, excellent insulation, minimal heating needs, and minimal water consumption.

-Modest Amenities (please read)

Despite our close proximity to beautiful water features such as the Rio Grande River and the Black Rock Hot Springs, our property does not yet have a water well (future wish). At present, we haul water to the property.

Scarcity of water does limit what amenities we are able to provide. We offer the Kiva as a rustic space with no "running" water features such as sink, shower, or flush toilet.

There will be several gallons of good drinking water stocked in the room, for drinking and washing up hands/face and brushing teeth.

There are no shower, bath, or running water sink available on site. The undeveloped hot springs and also the Rio Grande river are about a mile hike away, and are great if you are craving a water experience.

The toilet is a clean and well maintained composting toilet, located about 100 feet from the dwelling, in a separate, private outhouse structure. You will be pleased to find that it feels cleaner and has less odor than a typical pit style outhouse.

There is not a kitchen space for cooking or food prep, so consider arriving with some minimal preparation food options. There are some great restaurants in Taos, as well as grocery stores that have carry out food.
Cooking camp stoves are permitted outside the Kiva, but please provide for your own cleanup needs. There is an electric kettle, tea, and some mugs for a hot beverage.

We provide bed linens, but please bring your own towel if you need one for the hot springs.

During the cold months, the Kiva uses a safe and quiet electric heater. The Fire Place is not currently functional and not available for use.

We have hosted many happy guests despite these admittedly modest amenities, and we hope you will consider a stay in our Kiva.

Where you'll sleep

1 double bed

What this place offers

Desert view
Mountain view
Free parking on premises
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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4.96 out of 5 stars from 223 reviews


Where you’ll be

El Prado, New Mexico, United States

A private and quiet neighborhood. Neighbors occasional walk or run, and you can too, quite serene in general. Close access to Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, which features John Dunn bridge area/Black Rock Hot Springs among other attractions.

Hosted by Ray

  1. Joined in April 2016
  • 223 Reviews
  • Superhost

During your stay

For the most part I give guests plenty of space, however I live nearby and often can become available, should a need arise.

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    Things to know

    House rules

    Check-in: After 3:00 PM
    Checkout: 11:00 AM
    Self check-in with lockbox
    Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events

    Health & safety

    Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Show more
    Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
    No carbon monoxide alarm
    No smoke alarm
    Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $500

    Cancellation policy