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The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill
101 Stakeout Drive Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557
North Central
(312) 593-3928


The legendary Taos hideaway of desperados and outlaws — from Billy the Kid in the 1800's to Dennis Hopper in the 70's — The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill is reborn as New Mexico’s premier venue, a reprieve from modern life, and an iconic location for ceremonies and celebrations. 

Perched atop Outlaw Hill, at 7,200 ft., we offer an intimate setting and at a legendary venue. The Stakeout overlooks the Rio Grande Gorge and Taos, New Mexico with sweeping views of the same mesas and Sangre de Cristo Mountains that captured the heart and imagination of Georgia O’Keeffe.  

An event at the Stakeout delivers on both a romantic and historic private setting with world class support staff lead by Cecilia Cuff

From the Stakeout one can see the Mesa Pedernal, 80 miles to the south, as well as Tres Orejas, Cerro, San Antonio, Picuris and Taos Mountain. An “interested eye” can see the Gorge Bridge, which leads to Tres Piedras and the town of Carson, named after the most famous trapper, adventurer and Indian Scout to explore Northern New Mexico. 

The vantage of Outlaw Hill provided ample cover for the desperados and on-the-lam types who came here to rest and keep a lookout for approaching lawmen or adversaries coming from any direction. 

Much later, in the 1970s, Dennis Hopper frequented the site, as did many locals and celebrity types, when The Stakeout was home to a beloved restaurant and bar.    


The Stakeout is located on Outlaw Hill, just a few moments south from the hustle and bustle of the small town of Taos, but deliberately set amongst the 360 views of calming mountain presence and cleansing abundant fields of sage.  The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill is less a “venue,” and more a reawakening with delicately designed experiences including dining facilities and communal celebratory areas. The Stakeout hosts groups from 10 to 200 for weddings, holistic retreats, company celebrations, quinceaneras & more!   

Set amidst peaceful gardens, the breezy, soothing spaces feature private terraces for breakout sessions, bridal parties or reflections.  The space encourages the communal rituals of ancient worship and serves as a hub for weddings, nonprofit gatherings, celebrations of life and sessions welcoming some of the world’s top yogis and treatments by expert practitioners.

Honor your event and your guests by gifting the experience of a wedding, retreat, fundraiser, corporate celebration or high-end social event at The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill. With over 3,000 square feet of indoor communal space complimented by floor to ceiling windows designed in honor of the powerful sunset, and vast open-air outdoor space, The Stakeout caters to groups of every scale and type. With flexible and organic space, your designated event specialist will help you plan all the details, from ensuring cultural requirements are met to recommending our preferred and trusted vendors and most importantly, bespoke photo locations.


In understanding that budgets vary, every event is custom based on the guest.  The Stakeout team is happy to go above and beyond to create a high end gala experience or helping to celebrate the simplicity of a quinceanera.  Deep discounts are also in store for locals!



In Taos, New Mexico, honor for community reigns supreme.  We use this value as our moral compass. Our food is locally sourced by our friends who are farmers, florists, teamakers, coffeemakers, brewers and winemakers, whenever possible.  Our staff is diverse and we are happy to pay well above the local minimum wage. This is more than "just a job" for us and guests will taste and experience it as soon as you walk through the doors…

Chef Antoine Bardoulet may be one of the most interesting humans we have ever met. All the way from Provence de France, his classic French styles are rebellious dabbling in trendy New York influence, Local New Mexican Cuisine, and traditional Spanish Influence. 

Traditionally event  venues have not been able to brag the same levels of complexity and  sophistication as cocktail bars. We don't agree! We love carefully crafted cocktails, perfectly paired wines and beer made by a guy with a giant beard and a hearty laugh.

Our beverage program is inspired by the historical period when cocktails grew out of locally sourced herbs, seasonal tinctures, medicine and home remedies. Our mixology crew is world traveled, competition veterans and ready to serve up libations that your guests will tell stories of forever more.


A 20-year veteran of the hospitality scene, Cecilia Cuff first earned kudos and a lust for high end event planning doing events at Oprah Winfrey Studios in Chicago.  Cecilia grew to help launch several brands with spectacular opening events and accelerated high end customer base loyalty such as The Grand Lux & Gin Bucks In Chicago, Hyatt in Miami, Lake Tahoe,  Curacao, New Orleans and most recently moved to Taos to assist in the renaissance of Taos Ski Valley as Food & Beverage Director as well as curation of VIP experiences for several multi-day music festivals.  Cecilia’s career client list brags seamlessly handling celebrities from Sheryl Crow, Lil Wayne, Emeril Lagasse, Snoop Dog, Rihanna, Kanye West, Seal, Brad Pitt & Angela Jolie. Cecilia’s wheelhouse is being faced with adversity and using creativity to differentiate; running 100+ person teams for Frito Lay, NCAA, New Orleans Saints, Pepsi and other corporate clientele with multimillion-dollar annual budgets or hosting intimate VIP groups of 25 or producing galas for a guest list of over 3,000. Cecilia now operates her own firm, The Nascent Group and is a managing operating partner in the launch of the Iconic Taos Venue, The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill.  

As a managing partner of The Stakeout on Outlaw Hill, Cecilia looks forward to pushing unbridled and wild creativity in event execution.  With the strong support of local farmers, ranchers, chefs, distillers, winemakers, hoteliers and her richly diverse and respected staff, the future of the Stakeout on Outlaw Hill is undeniable.  The core values for the operation stand strong on values of community engagement and inclusion, culinary and cocktail celebration and paying homage to the history and culture of the space in which they inhabit.   The Stakeout events promise an incredible sense of intimacy, exploration and family both new and old. 

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