HISTORIC EMBUDO STATION, located on the west bank of the Rio Grande between Santa Fe and Taos, is an extraordinary northern New Mexico property and opportunity waiting for its new owner. Embudo Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and The National Historic District and was one of the stops the narrow gauge railroad, The Chili Line, made as it ran in former times from Santa Fe to Antonito, CO.
Current ownership oversees and manages eight existing residential rental units (5 houses and 3 apartments) on 5.5+ acres. Or, one can re-establish a commercial business, as the property was formerly a restaurant. Coordinating and enjoying outdoor pursuits and recreational activities; i.e. river rafting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, etc. is an opportunity to experience the finest of Northern New Mexico’s environment in association with lifestyle fulfillment on the Rio Grande. Come experience the timelessness, step outside, and back in time, as well as enjoy 325+ days of sunshine and endless enchantment as only northern New Mexico can provide.
Read more about its colorful past on Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embudo,_New_Mexico.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AT EMBUDO STATION, AN OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE
Embudo Station is near the bottom of the “wild and scenic” section of the Rio Grande extending from a few miles below the Colorado state line to about 2 miles downstream. This means that the possibility of future river development is certainly limited by the Federal government. Even the mine in Questa, NM would have a hard time opening because of strict Federal and NM standards. The property behind Embudo Station is all BLM. The prospect of future development is virtually none. The fact that Embudo Station is on the National Register of Historic Places and The National Historic District further enhances the area’s protection. Embudo Station is ‘grandfathered’ as having restaurant and commercial property designations for future use given its past history.
The surrounding towns of Dixon, Rinconada, Pilar, and Velarde are literally known as artists’ meccas. Several years ago, Dixon was chosen as one of the best 100 towns for artists. Dixon is noted for having the ‘Best Small Library’ in the United States.
There is a little theater for residents to participate in and enjoy. The surrounding communities contain a Brew Pub, three local wineries in addition to outdoor river sports. There are four local eating places – Michael’s Mini Mart (on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail), The Dixon Co-Op ( for local groceries, gourmet sandwiches), Zuly’s, a favorite New Mexican and Mexican restaurant (sit down eating), and Sugars, a local burger drive-in consistently mentioned in national food magazines. There is also a grade school. High school students have a wide choice of Charter Schools, or the Taos and Espanola School Districts. The local Montessori school and dance workshop is run by Roger Montoya, who in 2019, was chosen among ‘the 10 American Leaders’ by CNN.
In the months of late Spring through early Fall there is boundless access to river sports. In winter, there are four ski resorts within easy reach – Los Alamos’ Parajito Ski Hill, Taos Ski Valley, Sipapu, and Santa Fe Ski Basin.
What’s it like living on the Rio? It is magical and yet subdued. People are here because they want to be nowhere else. People and friends constantly wander and come back to the area permanently. Dixon is a phenomenally free-thinking and free-spirited town. The place will change you. The River will change you. If you listen, you will have a lot to learn.
- Preston Cox, Owner, Embudo Station