Notes from the Valley

Reopening for 2021 on February 20th!

As it turned out, Cliff River Springs closed in March and remained closed for all of 2020 because of Covid-19. It’s only now, with new longer stay requirements, that we feel confident we can safely welcome you back to the land. We’ve missed having you here! Whether it’s for a staycation, a remote work opportunity, or just a much deserved change of scene, we’re certain the healing power of nature is needed now more than ever. Please read the page Covid-19 Safely to learn about the care we’re taking going forward. In this, our eighth season, we look for the light and turn the page.

Spring: the migration season

Out of the clear blue sky you can hear them calling as they fly. In great v-formations, breaking rank occasionally to spiral higher on thermal winds, sandhills cranes on are the move. They’re leaving their winter homes along the southern Rio Grande now and heading toward the northern Rockies. Since sandhills live 30 years or longer, many of them have passed this way many times before. Seeing them return is like welcoming back an old friend. They’re an enduring sign of spring.

sandhill cranes migrating

The river rising with snow melt

A mile of the Rio Ojo Caliente runs through this land. As the cold days of winter give way to the warmth of spring, the river comes to back to life. At night from the casitas you can hear the low roar of its waters swelling with snow melt. And during the day the honking of Canada geese lets you know that nest building along the riverbank has begun.

river's rising

Now open for our 7th season!

We’re so excited to share the beauty of this place with you. In the realm of the celestial, there’s nothing quite like seeing the high desert lit by a full moon. Next up is the full worm moon March 9 – named for the thawing land and stirring earthworms. Come celebrate spring! The casitas are cozy and awaiting your arrival. We look forward to meeting you on the land.

moonrise over eastern hills

Thank you to all who came and stayed with us this year.

Cliff River Springs has closed for the winter now. We’ve turned the land over to the care of the owls and coyote until February 4th when we’ll reopen for our seventh season. Until then, we wish you all a peaceful holiday season.

Sweet Cliff West

Twin beds, full kitchen, private bath & a 2nd story deck with view of the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains. ❤️

Bonfire tonight!

When groups come – renting all of Cliff River Springs for a workshop, family reunion or friend getaway – we break out the s’mores.

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