Casitas de Gila
50 Casita Flats Rd., off Hooker Loop, 30 mi northwest of Silver City, 88038, United States
On the western edge of the Gila Wilderness are five private casitas ("little houses" in Spanish) overlooking Bear Creek, nestled on 260 gorgeous acres. The night skies are brilliant, with countless stars twinkling, and the swath of the Milky Way glowing brightly. Each casita has its own spotting telescope or high-powered binoculars. Watching the stars from the shared hot tub is not to be missed. Guests have access to the organic herb garden (in season), which is super for those wanting to use the casitas' well-equipped kitchens and barbecue grills. Custom-crafted Southwestern-style furnishings, kiva fireplaces, radiant-heated floors, and generously appointed baths make for a perfect year-round getaway. The gracious and well-informed hosts offer star parties and tips on hiking and local geology; there are 9 mi of trails right on the property. There's also a very well-curated art gallery on-site.
- peace and quiet
- mountain vistas and the brightest stars you've ever seen
- be prepared for a remote getaway—it's a winding, slow (with some gravel) road for the last 4 mi, and the town of Gila doesn't offer much
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