Hummingbird Cabin on the Pecos River in New Mexico offers guests a peaceful and comfortable getaway in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Staying here is a great way to explore the area nearby and the private riverfront setting is perfect. We looked online at several cabins for rent in Pecos, NM and Hummingbird Cabin was the clear choice for a relaxing stay in the forest and is one of the best cabins near Santa Fe.
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Occasionally we review lodgings deserving extra attention for their service, value and comfort. Simply put, we found this one of the best Pecos River cabins and we hope to share the experience of our stay in the forest. As mentioned, we looked online at many cabins in Pecos, NM and we know we found a place to return to in the future.
This review also comes with several suggestions of things to see and do beyond the peace and comfort of Hummingbird Cabin. Finally, this review will mention several restaurants in Pecos, NM worth a visit.
For more information on Hummingbird Cabin, including rates and terms, click here.
The Location of Hummingbird Cabin
The cabin, 10 miles north of the village of Pecos, is situated just a few steps from the Pecos River in a rather dramatic section of wooded canyon. The property is located along NM Route 63 which follows the Pecos River for miles before climbing to the end of the road at Jacks Creek Campground.
Route 63 offers easy access to picnic areas and fishing spots along the Pecos River as well as numerous hiking trails and other outdoor recreation areas for you to choose from. Or simply while away your time on the porch of the cabin and enjoy your own stretch of the Pecos River. The immediate surroundings here truly make this one of the most peaceful cabins in Pecos, NM.
The Cabin and Amenities
Hummingbird Cabin has a private gated entrance from Route 63 and features a parking area for up to two vehicles. There are no other rentals on-site, making this one of the more private Pecos cabins for rent.
Prompt 24 hour maintenance is provided by owners Joe and Barbara who live on the opposite end of the property. Basic Wi-Fi is available in the cabin for checking e-mail.
The cabin features one bedroom with queen size bed, full dresser, individual heat, ceiling fan and walk-in closet. Two screened windows in the bedroom provide natural light and allow you to fall sleep listening to the river. Did we mention how peaceful the cabin is?
Just beyond the walk-in closet in the bedroom is a utility room with a stacked washer and dryer and laundry detergent for guest use. A cabinet in the utility room is supplied with fresh towels and linens and there’s even an iron and ironing board
Cooking a meal in the kitchen couldn’t be easier – all utensils, plates, pots and pans, cutlery, baking dishes and cooking gadgets are provided here. A full gas range, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator and freezer make self-catering an easy choice. The owners have thoughtfully provided paper towels, napkins and even coffee filters for your stay.
That attention to detail continues with a stocked cupboard full of pantry staples such as spices, oil and vinegar, tea and sugar, salt, pepper, flour and rice. Hummingbird Cabin also has great tasting well water which means you don’t have to lug around your own! You certainly have all you need in the kitchen to prepare whatever food you bring – or catch.
The Living Room
Relax and watch a movie in the living room which has a sleeper sofa and 2 lounge chairs. There is no reception on the television but a DVD player and a selection of movies are provided in the entertainment center. Here, you’ll also find several board games and playing cards.
There is also a gas log stove provided in the living room for heat and ambiance. Settle in and get some reading done – there is a shelf full of books, maps and pamphlets featuring local areas of attraction. However, you cannot beat the view of the Pecos River from the picture window in the living room.
A nice touch to Hummingbird Cabin is the combination tub and shower, complete with bath soap and shampoo. After fishing on the Pecos River or hiking in the hills a hot bath is a welcome respite and another example of how comfortable you’ll be here. Bathroom and facial tissues are supplied along with a hairdryer, too.
Step outside Hummingbird Cabin and relax on the porch, complete with a reclining patio lounge chair and several Adirondack chairs. The property also has a separate deck by the river with a gazebo providing shade. How about a cookout on the river? You’ll find a gas grill and a table and chairs beneath the gazebo.
There is even a fire pit by the gazebo for hanging out in the evening, with firewood provided. You’ll also find a bench beneath a pine tree on the bank of the Pecos River – a perfect spot for taking in the calm of the surroundings.
Beyond the Cabin
The River and Forest
The Pecos River, Santa Fe National Forest and the Pecos Wilderness Area offer plenty of opportunity for exploration. Take a hike! Try the easy Cave Creek trail, 10 miles north of Hummingbird Cabin and accessible from Panchuela Campground at Cowles.
For information on fishing the Pecos River, stocking reports and to get a license online, visit the NM Department of Game & Fish at their website, www.wildlife.state.nm. You need a license to fish anywhere on the Pecos River, including private property like Hummingbird Cabin.
Enjoy a stunning drive along the Pecos River; there are several spots to pull in offering river access and picnic areas. A forest service road at Dalton Canyon takes you deeper into the backwoods, making for a rugged loop drive. Make sure you have a map and a suitable vehicle.
For more information on Santa Fe National Forest, click here or visit the Pecos/Las Vegas District Ranger Station on Route 63 in Pecos town.
Pecos National Historical Park
The Pecos National Historical Park south of town features a ruined Spanish Mission and the ancient Pecos Pueblo. In addition, there are remnants of the old Santa Fe Trail throughout the park.
Pecos National Historical park also contains several preserved sections of battlefield from the Battle of Glorieta Pass, fought during the Civil War. There is limited access to these sections: inquire at the visitor’s center.
Originally an inn and tavern along the Santa Fe Trail, Pigeon’s Ranch has a rather fascinating history. The adobe structure was built about 1856 and was used by troops in the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass. Indeed, the path of the battle crossed here on March 26th – 28th, 1862.
Pigeon’s Ranch later went on to become a regular stop along the Barlow and Sanderson stagecoach line. Across the road are remains of the alleged oldest well in the United States.
Restaurants in Pecos, NM
Poncho’s Gourmet To Go
It seems all of Pecos heads to Poncho’s for delicious and cheap New Mexican takeout food. Poncho’s opens at 6:00 am and features breakfast all day and also serves burgers, sandwiches and salads. They even come through with several vegetarian options.
Although Poncho’s is in a gas station convenience store they serve grass-fed beef and local ingredients. The carne adovada here is simply the best around and the Tenacious Taco Plate is a meal for two. For a true taste of New Mexican comfort food try the frito pie while you’re here.
Frankie’s at the Casanova
Frankie’s in Pecos offers New Mexican food as well as steaks, sandwiches and salads and is the finest restaurant in Pecos, NM. The adobe interior at Frankie’s is warm and inviting.
The huevos rancheros here is the best breakfast in Pecos and the most filling. Come here for wraps and sandwiches during lunch or make Frankie’s at the Casanova your choice for that special occasion dinner.
People love the chorizo breakfast burritos at Mayela’s Restaurant. New Mexican staples here include chlie rellenos, stuffed sopapillas, carnitas and plenty of red and green chile.
In addition, sandwiches, salads, wings and other appetizers are also on the menu. The chicharron burrito at Mayela’s Restaurant comes with a strong Drifters Reccomendation.
Casa de Herrera
Offering a middle ground between Poncho’s and Frankie’s, Casa de Herrera in Pecos serves New Mexican and Mexican favorites. However, steaks, burgers, and salads are also on the menu here.
The folks at Casa de Herrera do good value breakfasts starting at $4.95. Come here with your sweet tooth – Casa de Herrera also features homemade desserts, candies and even custom cakes.