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$12,000 starting price
$12,000 starting price
$9,000 starting price
$9,000 starting price
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

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El Caracol Court is a wedding and elopement venue near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Located in the Pojoaque Valley, the property features a mid-century modern home and a private pool surrounded by desert gardens. The house was built in the 1960s by Allen McNown, a renowned architect, and the Friedmans, who lived there for over 40 years.

Facilities and Capacity

With over two acres of land, El Caracol Court offers a variety of areas to host wedding ceremonies and receptions. From April to October, the property hosts outdoor events that can accommodate up to 100 guests, while indoor events are available year-round for up to 40 guests. Weekend bookings include a three-night stay for up to 14 overnight guests. The unique house at El Caracol features adobe bricks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a spiral staircase. Exposed beams and brick walls give the inside a rustic charm. The back courtyard of the house features a pool and hot tub, and there is also a game room with foosball, darts, a pool table, and ping-pong.

Services Offered

All bookings at El Caracol Court include tables and chairs for 60 guests with a range of banquet, round, and cocktail tables, folding chairs, and white linens. The friendly staff will perform setup for each celebration and are happy to accommodate additional event needs should couples wish. El Caracol Court is set in the Pojoaque Valley, just a 15-minute drive north of Santa Fe. The property runs along Nambe Creek, offering a picturesque and serene backdrop for such a special day. The surrounding area provides natural wonders, including hiking trails and Nambe Falls, so there is plenty to do during the downtime.

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Historic Building

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Uncovered Outdoor

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Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Clean Up
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Sean C. Sent on 02/21/2024
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El Caracol is excellent for an intimate retro wedding and reception

Discovering El Caracol through Airbnb felt like stumbling upon a hidden gem in the heart of New Mexico. My partner and I were instantly drawn to its intimate setting for our wedding celebrations. While we ultimately chose Ghost Ranch for the ceremony itself, El Caracol became our cherished hub for pre-wedding gatherings and a small reception.

What appealed to us most about El Caracol was its proximity to some of New Mexico's most charming attractions, its affordability, and the array of entertainment options nearby. The pool and hot tub unexpectedly became a highlight of our reception, offering guests a relaxing retreat after a day of festivities.

The architecture and retro vibe of the property added to its charm, providing a true New Mexico experience. It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding celebrations, surrounded by quintessential New Mexico attractions.

Originally planned as an elopement, our wedding quickly evolved into a small gathering with close friends and family. Opting for a DIY approach, El Caracol provided the flexibility we needed to make our vision a reality while ensuring everyone had a great time. Whether you're planning an intimate ceremony or a moderately sized reception, this property offers versatility and is conveniently located near Santa Fe for catering and other wedding services. Overall, El Caracol exceeded our expectations and left us with cherished memories of our special day.

Photo cred: Jac Dodge Photography
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Adam Geyer
Adam Geyer
Owner and Steward


My name's Adam and I've been the owner operator fo El Caracol since 2021. I'm originally from Austin and was a professional poker player for 18 years. A fortunate, unusual life led me to the high desert now!

I have a property in Austin, and Joshua Tree, CA but decided to move to Santa Fe when I saw ECC as a listing and said let's go get it! I became enamored with the area's beauty and history, the home's architecture and familial culture as well.

ECC needed a lot of love and care as it was on the market empty for a year. After years of incredible help from contractors, pool pros, vintage stores, cleaners, handymen, arborists, permaculturists, and many more I'm happy to present it as a venue!

Please don't hesitate to ask me anything,




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