Casa Gallina means “Hen House” in Spanish. The moniker is a nod to the forty plus hens that live a life of luxury around the inn, providing guests and hotel owner, Richard Spera, with fresh eggs every day. Located just five minutes from the historic Taos Plaza, in a quiet, pastoral, farmland setting, Casa Gallina’s five adobe casitas offer an oasis of home and renewal for visitors to Taos. It is the ideal base of operations for exploring the Taos area, though the inn is so tranquil and peaceful that visitors may prefer to stay put and savor the environment.

Look out the windows and there’s Taos Mountain. Step outside at night to relish a clear night sky, with the Milky Way whitewashed across the heavens. Listen to the call of the coyotes prowling the valley. Stay in for the night and cozy up to a wood burning kiva-fireplace or wood-burning stove. Put your favorite music on and cook up a delicious breakfast or dinner in your fully- equipped kitchen, with veggies that you picked from the organic gardens and fresh eggs from “the girls”! Exquisitely peaceful and private.

Private Casitas

Spacious, colorful and artful. Each casita is decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, local art, antiques, and textiles from New Mexico, Old Mexico and the world over. Each casita offers wireless high-speed internet, satellite TV, Blue Ray/DVD, and a music system. Hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, shopping, galleries, museums, Taos Pueblo and gorgeous drives are all just minutes away.

The grounds and gardens are landscaped and grassy with areas to sit and relax, and hammocks to nap in. An acequia runs through the property, providing a soothing creek. In summer, enjoy the organic vegetable gardens, strawberry and raspberry patches, fruit orchards, and colorful beds of perennials and wild flowers.

Leghorn Casita

A cozy yet spacious one-bedroom, 900 square foot open studio casita, gorgeously furnished and appointed. It is perfect for solo retreats or romantic getaways for two. A pull out full sized sofa bed is also available for one additional guest.

Bantam Roost

A quaint 100 year old adobe casita that is full of color, charm and romance. It has a full kitchen and second story bedroom with a roof deck and beautiful views of the mountains and valley. Casa Gallina’s Bantam Roost is great as a solo artist’s retreat or as a romantic “roost” for two

Barred Rock Adobe

This two bedroom, two bathroom luxuriously furnished 1,200 square foot adobe home is so comfortable you may never want to leave. Perfect for two to four guests; couples, small families or friends traveling together!

Casa Gallina in TaosEl Gallo Grande

A sprawling 1400 square foot, 100 year old traditional Taos adobe home, with a beautiful courtyard garden and wonderful eat in kitchen. Sleeps from two to six guests: Couples, families, friends traveling together.

The Studio

Can be rented and used for Group Classes, Retreats and Workshops for up to twenty participants. Plan a group retreat at Casa Gallina and use The Studio as your dancing, yoga, group and/or meeting space. When not reserved as a workshop space, The Studio is available as a guest casita on weekends. It’s a more contemporary, airy, and spacious one room, 800 square foot open floorplan. It is ideal for one or two guests.

Casa Gallina chickensDiscover the Art of a Slow Vacation

In slowness we are forced to experience the fluctuations and vacillations in our mind, our patterns and habits, the world around us. Through slowness we witness the blowing of the wind, the cry of a coyote, a flower we never bothered to appreciate, the smile of a dog, the aroma of a cup of tea, the good morning kiss of a partner, the strength in our body, the beauty inside our home.

Casa Gallina gardens in TaosHow slow is slow enough? We are addicted to speed, and the faster we go, the faster we want to go. But if you can slow down you will experience magic.

Slow things have more value, they take more time, and they deliver more. Slow food tastes better than fast food. A good meal takes time. Wild Trout in the river take time to grow up big and strong. Delicious produce takes time to go from seed to sprout to full grown and edible. Slow breathing makes you more relaxed than hyperventilating. Slow loving feels better. Deep, meaningful, lasting relationships take time to evolve, deepen and mature.”

Richard Spera, the owner/host of Casa Gallina, invites guests to slow down and savor every moment of their experience.

Casa Gallina
A Taos Artisan Inn
613 Callejon
Taos, NM 87571

(575) 758-2306


  1. We love Casa Gallina! We visit Taos often and have stayed many different hotels and Airbnb’s and this is by far our favorite place that we always come back to. Private, beautiful, and filled with anything you need for a comfortable stay. Richard is a great host and offers the best tips to make the stay memorable. Happy to see this listed on New Mexico Nomad!

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