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Reviewed 12 May 2008

Canon del Rio is a delightful bed and breakfast in the tiny mountain town of Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The village is well off the beaten path but offers all the attractions of the National Forest, including hiking trails, fishing, and hot springs (both commercial and undeveloped) as well as historical sights. The inn is about a mile south of the center of town.

Their web site [--] gives a good overview of the property. There is an online availability page, but this is not updated in real time, so you may find that what you thought you had reserved online is not really available. I would definitely phone instead.

The inn sits on a beautiful five acre property along the river. There's a nice pool and hot tub outdoors and some paths to stroll on. I saw more hummingbirds in the yard there than anywhere else I've ever been.

The innkeepers are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and comfortable, all with private entrances and baths. The shower was plenty hot with good pressure, and the room temperature can be easily adjusted. No phones or television in the rooms, although they do have wireless internet service. There is a large screen tv in the main lounge are, which is open to guests all the time if you need your fix of that. There are also snacks, like fruit and candy bars, along with coffee, tea and other drinks available anytime.

The highlight was the breakfast--truly outstanding. It is served at 9 am with all guests seated together. An abundance of food with many choices, and everything was excellent.

We had a very pleasant stay and will definitely try to get back before too long.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2007

My husband and I got lucky and discovered Canon del Rio in Jemez Springs for our single night stay. The management (owners?) were Dona (pronounced "Don-ya") and her husband. Dona was incredibly friendly and showed us around the grounds. The B&B is tastefully decorated with art pieces. It has a heated swimming pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, walking trails, a river on the property, and amazing views of the surrounding mesas. I personally liked the fact that there were no TVs in the room. (There was a large TV plus many DVDs in the commons area for those that need the tube.) The grounds provided for gorgeous sunsets and peaceful sunrises. The breakfast was delicious and the conversation with Dona and the other guests lively.

The management was in the process of expanding services. There were plans for future massage and other related services (note: this will not be a spa!).

The only drawback I saw for management and for travelers looking for places to stay was the fact that there was no sign at the entrance explaining what "Canon del Rio" was. I bet there is lost business by people driving by not realizing this is a B&B.

We enjoyed our stay and definitely recommend this place to others.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mmhaustin
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Reviewed 5 February 2007

We decided to stay at Canon del Rio because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor and because it seemed to be the only place in Jemez Springs with a hot tub and one of the few places with WiFi. We had planned to do some long afternoons of x-country skiing and wanted to be able to soak at our hotel afterwards. My first interaction over the phone with the innkeeper/caretaker (apparently not actually the person who owns the inn but someone who stays there in her stead) should have been a tipoff. She came across as gruff, unenthusiastic, and ignorant about the area, saying she "had no idea" where people went to ski. This in an area known for its skiing and hiking trails! She did assure me that the hot tub was functioning when I asked. After getting to town and hearing from locals that Canon del Rio was one of the best places to stay, we went over to see it. The front door was locked in early afternoon. We knocked for a while, and finally the caretaker came to the door and said she only had one room left. It turned out that only one other couple was staying there, so perhaps they only keep two rooms up and running in the winter? The place smelled odd and was cluttered with Native American kitsch. The roof was leaking into the great room. The bedroom she showed us with small and in no way took advantage of the spectacular views to the south. Instead it gave onto a little, iced-over courtyard, with a giant patch of ice right outside our sliding door which required careful navigation to get past safely. The mattress was decently firm. One side of the bed had a nightstand and reading light, while the other side abutted the door onto the patio and had neither amenity. The bathroom was clean and unremarkable, with a standard, small tub/shower and institutional-looking wall dispenser of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. We took a quick look at the hot tub, which is in a nice location that should provide great views of the surrounding cliffs, but more on that later. Despite some misgivings, we decided we did not want to spend a lot of time looking for another place to stay and so took the room. My husband told the caretaker that he had seen the sign on the front door saying that check-in was not until 4pm (although I think their website says 3) but asked if we could just leave our laptop in the room so we didn't have to leave it in the car at the ski site. She reluctantly said ok, then added in an irritated way, "But for future reference, check-in is at 4!" Turns out future reference will be unnecessary for us. We returned after skiing to hop in the hot tub before heading out to eat....donning our swimsuits, we dashed through the frigid air and stepped down into the tub, only to discover that the water was barely lukewarm. I went back, dripping, into the building to find the caretaker, who came out of her usual hiding place to say that she had had to fill up the tub that morning and that it should be hot "in a few hours from now." We returned after dinner out to the inhospitable great room--deserted, with a cold kiva fireplace and synthesizer music droning from the huge TV in the corner. Another unpleasant discovery awaited us: there was no WiFi to be had, and we could not access the bed and breakfast's network, even once we had been given the keycode. Unable to sleep on the incredibly stiff pillow, I checked the hot tub at 1 AM, and it was still colder than body temperature. By the morning of checkout, the water was bearable, so we sat in it for a little while. There is an odd, glassed-in wooden structure built over the hot tub, which serves to obscure much of the view because all but one of the sliding glass windows are stuck or frozen, and most are iced over (in the winter) as well. Why not just use a standard cover to conserve heat when it's not being used, we wondered, and then completely open it to the air for periods of use? As it is, the tub water evaporates, condenses on the inside of the roof above you and then drips down unpleasantly onto your head and other exposed body parts. The grandparents who were watching our children called early the evening before to speak with us, but only got the voice mail and left a message. The morning we left, the caretaker mentioned they had called, but they later told us they had some concern that no one had returned their call, nor did they then feel they had a reliable way of contacting us should they have needed to. Breakfast was pretty good, though we were a little worried at first, seeing the giant coffeemaker with packets of Folgers at the ready, orange juice concentrate, milk from two months ago, and fridge otherwise empty save for 20 foil-wrapped baked potatoes in the bottom. The cook, a friendly man from the community who cooks at a local restaurant as well, arrived in the morning and made a big, hot breakfast of blintzes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. We did get the orange juice concentrate, alas. There is little warmth or hospitality about the Canon del Rio these days; it is devoid of the little personal touches and comforts you hope for in a bed and breakfast, and it is not cheap. It was really a disappointment, and we would not go back there.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank nm_mom_traveler
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Reviewed 10 November 2006

Comfortable, clean, beautifully decorated with Native American items. The back has a path to wander around and benches to sit by the little river. You can soak in the hot tub and look at the mountains. There are only 6 rooms, and when we were there one other was occupied. We had the great room all to ourselves and watched a movie on large screen TV; there is a selection of movies and books. Breakfast was delicious. Natural and historical sites are close by, including a bath house where you can get a hot mineral water soak and massage at a very reasonable price. It's a world away from the city, and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JoyHein
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Reviewed 13 October 2006

Jemez Springs is off the beaten path but well worth the diversion. The Canon Del Rio was an excellent B&B. The atmosphere was great and the place was really nicely decorated with native american indian. There are about 6 bedrooms and one great room housing a large TV, dining area, frig, etc. There is a stream out back, a neat courtyard, and hot tub. Rooms are named after an indian nation and decorated along those lines. The area was really quiet. At night, the sky is filled with stars (including milky way) since there is no city glow. In the morning, you have a great breakfast and great view of the canyon walls brilliantly lit up from the morning sun from the dining table. Jemez is in the bottom of the canyon. The place was terrrific. I would stay there often in the future. Plus, the owner may buy you a drink down at the Los Ojos down the street.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank gonefishing85
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