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The webpage does not do justice to this place: you are on the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the country. At night the stars come out and my husband and I sat outside beside the blazing chimenea (earthenware portable fireplace) and just looked up ... for three hours. Then we sat in the jacuzzi for another two, just looking up. If the skies had not clouded we never would have gone to sleep. There is a photograph on the Casita's web page of the Milky Way behind the gate ... it is not an artist's rendering, this is just what it looks like-only it fills your vision. The daytime views are almost as stunning, and if you are a hiker then you will never want to leave. The casitas are well appointed, with full kitchens and all the comforts you would want in your own cabin.
Casitas de Gila captures New Mexico’s beauty – the desert, bright yellow Cottonwoods in Bear Creek (where I’ve watched Javelinas and Bighorn Sheep), and the rugged mountains of the Gila Wilderness. When the sun sets, the mountains turn purple – but my favorite is Turtle Rock on the hills behind the Casitas which glows a brilliant orange. Every sundown I relax and enjoy this beauty to the aroma of Juniper wood burning in chimeneas. The accommodations are great, and Michael and Becky (the hosts) take the time to explain the surrounding nature and local lore, and make their guests 100% comfortable. We’ve become friends – as with their horses Yaqui and Saino (though bringing them carrots might have something to do with that). Later this month will be my 10th visit since 2006, and with each visit I relax and ease the stress from corporate life (as the sign says, “Entering Stress-Free Zone”). Oh, and if you ever thought you’ve seen the stars – come here and look again! Highly recommended!
Excellent! Saw 7 wild Big Horn Sheep. 10" scope enabled seeing "Saturn". Panned for gold in Bear Creek on premises. No luck! First class accommodations.
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|Dark Sky Astronomy and Stargazing …
At Casitas de Gila Guesthouses, night sky and astronomy enthusiasts will find:
Secluded, dark, light-pollution-free clear skies.
Star charts and spotting scope.
Guided Tours of the Heavens through our 10-inch reflecting telescope.
Set-up sites and power available for guests who wish to bring their own equipment.
We have a 12" diameter x 42" high concrete pier available.
Pier adapters for your Astro-Physics 1200 or Losmandy (G8 or G11) EQmounts.
AC outlets on pier and at 2 adjacent locations.
DC outlets on pier: 2 separate sets of jacks; each set has a cigarette style jack and four 2.1mm x 5.0mm DC jacks.
Cables are provided to remotely connect your power supply(s) to the pier's DC outlets.
Flattened and leveled 12' x 15' area for stargazing adjacent to pier.
Please note that this pier was built by two of our guests who visit the Casitas three or four times a year. It is only available when they are not here and using it themselves. You are welcome to set up your equipment in the same location and use the power outlets, and there is power available at each Casita as well.
The Clear Dark Sky website will tell you how to read this chart.
|Becky & Michael O'Connor, Owners
CASITAS DE GILA GUESTHOUSES & ART GALLERY
50 Casita Flats Rd • PO Box 325 • Gila, New Mexico 88038
575-535-4455 • fax 575-535-4456
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