Casitas de Gila Guesthouses & Art Gallery

50 Casita Flats Road , Gila, NM 88038 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Wonderful first trip to the Southwest!

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!

Just About Perfect - SW America at its best.

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.

Keeps us coming back!

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!

Casitas de Gila truly a stress-free zone!

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!

Not really a B&B?!

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.

Casitas de Gila Guesthouses & Art Gallery

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.

Restful Restoring

5 on June 11, 2008

Every detail has been though out - splendid place quiet, clean, great mattress!

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Location Type

on a flowing creek, nature preserve, rural, countryside, overlooks Gila Wilderness & Forest, high desert, Mountains, Rural


El Paso, TX (ELP) 140 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, 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, University

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Cabin

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Night sky tours available, Self-guided nature trail, 11 hiking trails covering 6 miles, Try Geocaching!

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  • Check In:: 3-6 PM
  • Check Out:: 10 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside on porch only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes only 2-bedroom casita suitable for children age 5 and under
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit at time of reservation; balance due on arrival. For holiday periods, the balance is due 21 days before arrival.
  • Cancellations: $25 per casita fee for all cancelled reservations. Balance of deposit will be refunded if cancellation received more than 21 days before arrival. During non-holiday periods, cancellations received less than 21 days before arrival will be refunded if the room can be rented; otherwise a credit is given which is good for 12 months. During holiday periods, cancellations received less than 21 days before arrival will be refunded if the room can be rented; otherwise there are no refunds. There are no refunds for early departures or late arrivals.
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Becky & Michael O'Connor

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: anytime
  • Serving Location: guest's casita

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