Eat what you bring, bring what you want

Call it “food independence.” We’ve equipped each casita with a fully functional kitchen to give you the freedom to organize your meals as you wish. When you stay two nights or longer, we stock your fridge with staples for you to enjoy the morning after your arrival (bread, butter, jam, coffee, tea, eggs, steel cut oats with raisins, and milk), but plan on bringing provisions for your other meals. Stopping at the store on your way to us means avoiding having to leave
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right away to get supplies. The best options for food shopping are Taos or Santa Fe – both about an hour away. For a delightful destination that will meet some, if not many, of your needs, head to Bode’s on US 84 in Abiquiu (505-685-4422), a gorgeous half hour drive north along the Rio Chama. The closest store for gas, beer, soda pop and canned goods is Oliver’s, five minutes away in Ojo Caliente (505-583-2317).


Bounty from the land

For a couple of wonderful summers we all enjoyed the amazing produce Alcides and Erin Ortigoza grew in our market garden here. As a result of their dedication and hard work guests discovered carrots, zucchini, salad mix, garlic, summer squash, melons, peppers, winter squash, beets, radishes, tomatoes, spinach, kale or chard in their refrigerators upon arrival. Sadly, our farming family has now moved on to greener pastures. So, no more produce until we find new farmers! Know anyone??

Share a bite with your fellow travelers

The breezeway is where guests of Cliff River Springs gather to socialize. There’s a gas grill with a side burner there that you can use to cook up your steak or trout, while sauteing your veggies. A big table seats twelve – perfect for families and friends traveling together. If you meet someone at the pond or on the trail whom you’d like to get to know better, why not make a date to share a meal together on the breezeway?


When dining out is just the ticket

We’re lucky to have several restaurants nearby. It’s a good idea to use the phone on the Cliff House portal to call before you go to be sure they’re open. Here are some favorites:

El Farolito 575-581-9509 (closed Mondays)
Serving the best northern New Mexican cooking. Award winning green chile dishes. A teeny tiny place well worth the beautiful 9 mile drive to the village of El Rito. Cash or check only! Read the Yelp reviews here.
The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs’ Artesian Restaurant 505-583-2233
An oasis of civilization! Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Has a wine bar.
In Ojo Caliente, just 3.5 miles away.
The Mesa Vista Cafe 505-582-2245
A Trip Advisor reviewer wrote “authentic New Mexico,” describing the Mesa Vista in a nutshell. Must-see decor, friendly staff, tasty meals. On 285 on the way into Ojo Caliente, 3 miles from Cliff River Springs.


Red Mountain Pizza 505-583-2184
Pizza, baked goods, coffee, yum. Complimentary wifi, too. Call ahead to have sandwiches ready to take with you on a day trip or hike. Check out the menu. Red Mountain is in Ojo, on the same side of 285 as the turn to the Springs and just a bit north of it. Closed Tuesdays.
Taos Trail Inn Brewery 505-583-9215
Make the quick trip into Ojo and you’ll spot the Taos Trail Inn Steakhouse on your left just before the turnoff to the Springs. Steak, ribs, bbq + vegetarian dishes. Great brews on tap. Currently Thurs – Sat 5 – 9 pm.
Sugar Nymphs Bistro 575-587-0311
In Penasco on the scenic High Road to Taos, Sugar Nymphs is a destination well worth the trip for lunch or dinner. It’s a featured stop on our 3-day itinerary.
In Taos, we’re partial to dining in the pretty garden patio at Lamberts of Taos (123 Bent Street, 575-758-1009).  Arrive early enough to enjoy a libation upstairs at The TreeHouse Bar & Lounge where happy hour begins at the civilized hour of 2:30 pm seven days a week.

Heading to Santa Fe? You’re in for a treat. So many great restaurants to choose from. Ask us for recommendations!

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