Accommodations at Taos Territorial Just off the Taos Plaza

A History Of The Historic Taos Territorial Compound Chicken Coop
A History Of The Historic Taos Territorial Compound Chicken Coop



A History Of The Historic Taos Territorial Compound

Chicken Coop

Guests are in for a truly wonderful Taos lodging experience when selecting the Chicken Coop. Decorated as a private residence, the luxury accommodations are beautifully furnished with choice amenities and doesn't feel like a Taos vacation rental. The Chicken Coop is ideally located for a self-paced New Mexico vacation with shops, galleries, restaurants and the historic plaza just steps away. Contact us to make your reservations today.

As the name implies, the site was the actual location of the chicken coop, which serviced the Taos Territorial House since the 1870’s. Today only the adobe walls are original to the historic chicken coop. Restored in 1998 by well known professional designer Leslie Fay of Taos, NM, the chicken coop is a lodging treat that can easily house two small families with children or serve as a studio for the visiting artist.

The Chicken Coop is comprised of two separate living spaces, each with a fabulous private bathroom. There’s a small cozy kitchen to prepare breakfast and simple meals. The secluded and beautifully landscaped patio features a large hot tub and custom outdoor patio furniture.

The large open Great Room has 20’ high ceilings, exposed vigas and tall windows providing a fabulous view of Taos Mountain. Spacious yet comfortable, the Great Room offers two large sofas, one a high-end sleeper sofa that offers comfort unlike any other sleeper sofa on the market. There’s an adjoining sleeping alcove with a Queen bed and a separate private bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub.

The Kiva Room has a functioning kiva fireplace, and a separate private bathroom with a natural stone steam room and shower. Sleeping in the Kiva room is made possible by another high end Queen-size sleeper sofa. Two couples can share this home in absolute comfort, as the two rooms become 2 master bedrooms at night.


The land on which the Taos Territorial Compound is located is part of the original 17,360-acre claim of the "Pueblo of Taos", surveyed in 1858 by John W. Garretsen for the United States Congress. At that time the New Mexico Territory was sparsely populated and Taos was home to legendary fur trader and frontiersman Kit Carson. In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed a hand written order granting the General Land Office the authority to parcel out the large claim thus allowing smaller tracts be sold to settlers and developed. Later that year Santiago Martinez acquired the corner lot for the price of "one cow and five pesos."