If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful stay in the beautiful high desert terrain of Southwestern New Mexico, the Stress-Free Zone of Casitas de Gila Guesthouses and Nature Preserve is for you! Set on 265 acres overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness, about a half-hour from Silver City, these 5 casitas (Spanish for “little houses”) offer the epitome of Southwestern style. The guesthouses are beautifully decorated with Mexican furniture and rugs. Each has a full kitchen, a living room with kiva fireplace (seasonal), a small porch with a chimenea, and a bbq grill. On hand is an outdoor hot tub with a view of the creek, canyon, and sky. There’s an adobe art gallery featuring oil paintings and handcrafted turquoise jewelry by the owners, as well as work by other area artists. Each Casita has a library of books on the area. There's a spotting scope in each Casita for viewing wildlife or the night sky. Learn about the environment here when you walk our self-guided nature trail. No matter what your hiking ability, one of our 11 trails (covering over 6 miles) will be perfect for you. Pan for gold in Bear Creek. Or just spend the afternoon in the hammock under the cottonwood trees.
4.8 on May 31, 2010
This was my first trip to New Mexico and I was very pleased by the service and accommodations at the Casitas. The innkeepers, Becky and Michael, were friendly and the amount of knowledge that they have about the area and surrounding land was both helpful and interesting. As a novice bird-watcher, I enjoyed spotting many different species while on daily hikes. Many thanks to Michael for sending us in the right direction! Our casita was charming and had that Southwestern flair that helped make this trip memorable. Having a fully equipped kitchen was wonderful and I was impressed with how clean everything was, especially given that we were in the middle of the desert! This truly was a "stress-free zone" and I hope to make it back soon!
4.0 on February 04, 2009
We've come back year after year, and every year there is something special that has been added. The peace and quiet remains a most attactive feature, with the great outdoors coming a close second. Adventure is everywhere around here - riding, bicycling, hiking try 3.5 millions acres of REAL winderness (not a Park info booth in sight). The couple who run this place are experts, nothing is left to chance, not even the warm welcome. Oh, and the first time we were worried about the drive from Albuquerque airport, all 5 hours... it was bliss! The Very large Array and Rt. 12 is one of America's most beautiful roads, not to mention the passage through the Gila Wilderness with towering pines an cool air in the hottest of days. Want real dsert? 2 hours away are the Arizona Suguaro Castus parks. Want ski-ing? 2 hours north are the White Mountains. Want Indian Ruins - just walk around! We found arrow heads and other bits and pieces on every walk. Just to walk the Crek as Cochise and the Apaches did is so darn cool! Want to know what it is really like? Just think John Ford movies... but the real deal. And bird watchers - remmeber this is the western flyway... today in February we're watching Golden eagles, ospreys and the Sandhill cranes flying up and down the creek.
5 on November 18, 2008
This Thanksgiving will mark our family's 10th visit to Casitas de Gila! We have stayed at many guesthouses over the years, but this it the only one that we have continually returned to. Accounting for this are the immaculate, comfortable accommodations and the peaceful quietness of nature. Looking forward to many more visits!
4.8 on November 15, 2008
Casitas de Gila captures New Mexico’s beauty – the desert, bright yellow Cottonwoods in Bear Creek (where I’ve watched Javelinas and Bighorn sheep), and the rugged mountains of the Gila wilderness. When the sun sets, the mountains turn purple – but my favorite is Turtle Rock on the hills behind the Casitas which glows a brilliant orange. Every sundown I relax and enjoy this beauty to the aroma of Juniper wood burning in chimineas. The accommodations are great, and Michael and Becky (the hosts) take the time to explain the surrounding nature and local lore, and make their guests 100% comfortable. We’ve become friends – as with their horses Yaqi and Seino (though bringing them carrots might have something to do with that). Later this month will be my 10th visit since 2006, and with each visit I relax and ease the stress from corporate life (as the sign says, “Entering Stress-Free Zone”). Oh, and if you ever thought you’ve seen the stars – come here and look again! Highly recommended!
2.8 on October 30, 2008
host and hostess very aloof. Accommodations lovely, setting beautiful. Atmosphere - "stress-less" not really a B&B but rather a guest house with kitchen efficiencies and breakfast provisions. no interaction with other guests.
4.8 on July 21, 2008
Excellent - Saw 7 Wild Big Horn Sheep. 10" scope enabled seeing "Saturn". Panned for gold in Bear Creek on premises. No luck! First class accommodations.
5 on June 11, 2008
Every detail has been though out - splendid place quiet, clean, great mattress!
on a flowing creek, nature preserve, rural, countryside, overlooks Gila Wilderness & Forest, high desert, Mountains
El Paso, TX (ELP) 140 miles
FROM SILVER CITY: Take US 180 west to NM 211. Turn right on NM 211; go 4 miles to Gila. Take NM 153 for 1 block; turn right on Hooker Loop. Go 3-1/2 miles, then turn right at Double E Ranch Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn right at Casita Flats Road. Go 1/2 mile and follow signs to the office. FROM ALBUQUERQUE: Take I-25 south to Rt. 60 at Socorro. Take Rt. 60 west to Rt. 12 South. Take Rt. 12 south to Rt. 180 east below Reserve. Take Rt. 180 east to Rt. 211. Turn left onto Rt. 211; go 3 miles to Gila and turn left onto Rt. 153. Take Rt. 153 for 1 block; turn right on Hooker Loop. Go 3-1/2 miles, then turn right at Double E Ranch Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn right at Casita Flats Road. FROM TUCSON: Take I-10 east to Rt. 191 north . Take Rt. 191 to Rt. 78. Take Rt. 78 to Rt. 180. Turn right onto Rt. 180 and continue to Rt. 211. Turn left onto Rt. 211; go 3 miles to Gila and turn left onto Rt. 153. Take Rt. 153 for 1 block; turn right on Hooker Loop. Go 3-1/2 miles, then turn right at Double E Ranch Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn right at Casita Flats Road.
Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, hot springs, ghost towns, Gila Cliff Dwellings, birding areas, Catwalk Nature Trail, rockhounding, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins
BBQ grill, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub , Dark Sky tours available, spotting scope in each casita, art gallery, 12 hiking trails, star charts, 265 acre nature preserve
Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Night sky tours available, Self-guided nature trail, 11 hiking trails covering 6 miles, Try Geocaching!, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts
Becky & Michael O'Connor