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Recently built by architect/owner this contemporary 968 s.f. Eco dwelling made of weathering steel and stone lives large right on the Taos de Fernando river, in a grove of 100 year old cottonwood and willow trees. Step out to the 12′ x 20′ stone paver deck just 8′ from the river and enjoy a relaxing soak in the new hot tub. Enjoy our new private meditation hut by the river for quiet time. Located just 3 miles from Taos, near hiking trails and ski areas, great restaurants, galleries and museums of Taos. The high 10′ vaulted ceilings high windows let in the sun and forest views. Experience the latest in technology with 2 HDTVs, with Blu Ray DVD, wireless fiber Internet and video, electric Zen fireplace, and warm radiant tile floors (hypoallergenic). Custom contemporary maple woodwork & cabinets built by the owner’s architect son Jordan ( reflect the water theme with elegant inlay designs and are topped by black honed granite. Ideal for a get away for a couple or two, with a bedroom with memory foam mattresses (queen and king) and 3/4 baths at opposite ends of the house. If more beds are needed check out our listing 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f.

Construction Details: Since the property is in a sensitive ecological area next to the Taos de Fernando River, water conservation and protection is of primary concern. Note; (river flow is seasonal as with many streams in the southwest). Every plumbing fixture is water efficient, from high end Toto dual flush toilets to sensor faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. We keep track of water usage with our water meter and have saved 1000’s of gallons of water. We averaged with help of our guests just 33 gallons/day total indoor water use vs. a national average of 94 gallons/day/person* (American Water Works Assoc.)

The house is green built with zero VOC paints and materials, energy efficient insulation, appliances and heating system. The house is tiled throughout with in the latest in floor electric heat, which is energy efficient and comfortable, no noisy furnace with air and dust. Objects in the rooms are heated and your are comfortable with the heat set at a lower temperature. Cool in summer as house is at 7600′ elevation and well insulated and has 3 ceiling fans if needed. Nights are usually very cool.

Location details: Located just 3 miles from Taos, NM. Great restaurants, more than 75 art galleries, 4 museums, Taos Pueblo, numerous shops, great live music and arts programs. Great skiing is just 35-40 minutes away. Hiking trails nearby in Carson National Forest with pinion pine forests. River rafting, fishing, and mountain biking in the late spring and summer and fall months. !

Nearby large guest house also available: If more beds and a larger house is needed check out our listing ‘Retreat at Rancho Canyon’ 209546 just 1/4 mile away with 3BRs and 2BA, 2000 s.f. This can be rented in combination with the Rio house to accommodate larger groups and family reunions. View more

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Eco Rio. The dwelling was modern and incredible. Everything was well thought out and designed. Loved how the Vaughn family created this peaceful retreat using their special gifts; lighting, carpentry, architecture, landscape design, and spirituality. The master bedroom has the most comfortable and cozy bed. It was wonderful to sip coffee in bed while enjoying the spectacular natural scenery right outside our bedroom window. Kitchen was well equipped and had every convenience of home. The Vaughn’s provided much info of Taos and surrounding areas. They included a narrative of their experience in Taos, which was heartwarming. We loved the outdoor deck, spent hours in the hot tub enjoying mother nature at her finest and listened to the gurgling stream that would freeze and thaw daily. Especially interesting is how the angle of the sun slid across the intense blue sky along the mountain ridge daily. We would love to go back. A most enjoyable experience! Ian and Heather.

Located a short 2.75 miles up beautiful Taos Canyon (Hwy 64- Enchanted Circle), just 5 miles from the city center (plaza) of Taos. Built next to the Taos de Fernando River (seasonal river) and Carson National Forest with many hiking trails nearby. Located approx. 40 min. from Taos Ski Valley, approx. 30 min. to Angel Fire Ski Area. 1000 year old Taos Pueblo (World Heritage Site) just 15 minutes away, in Taos over 85 art galleries and 5 museums and great local restaurants featuring gourmet and native New Mexico cuisine. Lots of live music, usually free in local bars and brew pubs and restaurants. Many great hiking trails over large variety of terrain from Rio Grande gorge to high country. White water rafting, balloon rides in summer and skiing and boarding in winter. Can be rented in combination with listing 209546 located 1/4 mile away for larger groups. Ski: This Eco Dwelling is located midway between Taos Ski Valley (just 35-40 min. away to the north and west) and Angel Fire Ski area (just 25-30 minutes to the east).