The Alpaca Barnhaus in the Jemez Mountains-Quiet & Comfortable
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Jemez Springs house description
Winter brings snow and The Alpaca Barnhaus is the place to be for sledding or snow shoeing. The Santa Fe National Forest is just steps away. You will need to have a 4WD or AWD vehicle, but the roads are cleared during the week if the snow is deep. (But snow still remains on the roads.)
Being in nature is magical, a retreat from the workplace. In fact, infusion of nature is the antidote to nature-deficit disorder. Get smarter. A business retreat had this effect as cited by Richard Louv in The Nature Principle: 'New ideas bubbled up each morning .... several breakthroughs were the direct result of the outdoor experience that allowed our childlike awe, openness, and creativity to flourish.' The Barnhaus has no cell phone service. Enjoy an isolation vacation to recharge your own batteries. Enter a world of nature.
Relax in the mountains in a perfect getaway/base camp--winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Centrally located in the Jemez/Valles Caldera area. The Barnhaus is ideal for small retreats for writers or artists. Plan your next adventure or romantic getaway at the Alpaca Barnhaus. You will be back! For your viewing pleasure, we recently purchased DVD movies that were filmed in this area.
The Alpaca Barnhaus is located on one acre in the Santa Fe National Forest just 3.5 miles off the National Scenic Byway known as “The Jemez Trail” (NM Hwy 4). This two-bedroom home is surrounded by aspen and conifers. Perched at the top of a mountain, the quiet serenity of the surroundings makes it a perfect getaway for couples or individuals looking for a retreat in nature.
Walk across a large meadow to the spring-fed pond. Continue up the ridge to a gorgeous overlook of San Antonio Canyon where the San Antonio River offers great fishing (but you have to drive around because the steep cliffs don’t invite even the most adventurous!)
You may choose to hike to the river through Mushroom Basin. The hike takes about an hour one way. A picnic lunch may be in order. During the winter months, snow is on your nature menu. Close by is an excellent hill for sledding, and cross-country skiing is ideal. Near Los Alamos are down-hill ski runs.
The house has two bedrooms and a half-bath upstairs in the loft. A queen-sized sofa bed and a single bed are downstairs. On the first level is a full bath with a shower. The cabin has a forced-air furnace, ceiling fans and wood stove. At this altitude air conditioning is unnecessary since the temperature in the summer rarely gets above 80.
The Alpaca Barnhaus is furnished in a way that makes you feel like it's your home too. The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware. If you’ve forgotten to bring something, Amanda’s Country Store is just down the hill in La Cueva. For your convenience there's a washer/dryer with eco-friendly washing products. A picnic table is on the side deck. If the night is clear, take the comfortable air mattress outside and enjoy stargazing from the deck. The bird feeders and hummingbird feeders invite feathered friends.
OH, ALPACAS! The owners have an alpaca ranch near the Alpaca Barnhaus. Mickey and Evelyn will be happy to introduce you to these friendly fur-bearing animals. They are quiet, odor-free, gentle on the environment, and produce exquisite fiber that is made into yarn and other alpaca products. As you stand in the barn area, the alpacas will run down the rocky hill, enter the barn, and weigh themselves! Indeed, you will get up close and personal with the alpacas as you learn about them and get a chance to feed them with their special pellet supplements. Alpacas are known to be the most intelligent of all livestock. Our guarantee: You and the alpacas will smile.
About 20 minutes south in historic Jemez Springs are restaurants, a saloon, a historic hot-springs bathhouse with massages, and an outdoor hot-springs pool. Jemez Springs is home to several outstanding artists, too. Farther south on Hwy 4 is the Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Center with its fine museum and native-American crafts.
In the other direction toward Los Alamos you will enter the awe-inspiring Valles Caldera National Preserve. Tours can be arranged online or in Jemez Springs. Off the road in the Valles Caldera you will wonder at the Valle Grande where you can usually spot elk herds.
Continue driving to Bandelier National Monument with its ancient cliff dwellings. This is another good place to have a picnic. Afterwards loop back up to Los Alamos and visit the two outstanding museums. The museum run by the historical society takes you back to the formation of the plateaus and the foundation and operation of the Los Alamos Ranch School. For the making of the atomic bomb, the Ranch School gave way to Los Alamos Scientific Lab. The second museum, The Bradbury Museum, takes you through the war years to the present.
• 1296 sq ft
• 2 bedrooms w/half-bath in loft
• 1 bath with shower on ground floor
• Fully furnished (2 double beds, 1 single bed, sofa bed)
* Deep air mattress can be used for two more guests
• Vaulted ceiling with loft
• Deck and covered front porch
• Wood-burning stove
• Forced air furnace (propane)
• Full-sized refrigerator and propane range
• Ceiling fan
• Nestled in conifers and aspen
* Fully equipped kitchen
Great location • Quiet and private
8700’ elevation • Maintained dirt road
Amanda’s Country Store in La Cueva is minutes away from Aspen Ridge Alpacas. Check out Amanda’s website for information about groceries, snacks, ice, bait, area info, and camping supplies.
Drive twenty-five minutes from Aspen Ridge Alpacas and experience the amazing Valles Caldera. The Valles Caldera National Preserve was a private ranch until 2000, when Congress created it from a well-known ranch known as “the Baca Ranch” in New Mexico’s volcanic Jemez Mountain Range. This 89,000 acre property is situated inside a collapsed crater. Studded with eruptive domes and featuring Redondo Peak (11,254 feet), this old ranch property is now being developed to explore a new way of managing public lands. The preserve is open to the public, but we guarantee you’ll find the visit unlike any other you’ve had in a park or national forest.
Keywords: Cozy house with wood-burning stove and plenty of wood. Clean and well furnished,
Anatolian Livestock Guardian Dogs, Alpacas, Near Recreation Areas,
- 1300 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Full Bathroom downstairs. 1/2 Bathroom upstairs (toilet and sink)
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Parking Off Street:
- Wood Stove:
- Washing Machine
- Iron & Board
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Near our Alpaca Barn, and we love to show off our barn facilities and our alpacas. The house is on one acre among aspen and pine trees, close to a meadow, surrounded by a national forest. Ideal for x-country skiing and hiking and relaxing in mountain serenity at 8700'. During the winter 4x4 or AWD vehicle may be necessary. Please call for road conditions. County maintains the road as needed....moreless
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
We are located at the top of the mountain. An easy hike takes you to a spectacular view from a rocky ledge overlooking San Antonio canyon! A short drive takes you to the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Gilman Tunnels (where '3:10 to Yuma' was filmed). ...moreless
- Fly Fishing
- Hunting Big Game
- Ice Skating
- Massage Therapist
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Recreation Center
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Meet our alpacas and learn all about these gentle animals. You can choose to relax, hike or bike or cross-country ski. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Jemez Springs where you will find spa services, local artists and galleries, and fine dining. The Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Center featuring Native-American crafts and a museum is south of Jemez Springs. Don't miss visiting the awe-inspiring Valles Caldera National Preserve, a likely place to see wild animals (especially elk). The Jemez Mountain area is filled with history from ancient cave dwellings to Los Alamos (50 min away) where two museums take you back to the time before the development of the atomic bomb to present day scientific research. We are proud of 'our' mountain location and enjoy sharing its riches....moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
Loved the Barnhaus
Loved the Barnhaus
We totally enjoyed our stay at the Alpaca Barnhaus. The property was clean, well decorated, and extremely comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked both with cooking supplies as well as condiments. Wonderful owners. Mickey and Evelyn were very helpful and we really enjoyed meeting their Alpacas and delightful dogs. Enjoyed visiting Jemez Springs and Los Alamos. A totally positive experience.
- Guest Richard (Laguna Beach, CA)
- Date of stay 10/24/13
- Review Submitted 10/30/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
The Sound of Pine Trees in the Wind
The Sound of Pine Trees in the Wind
Very peaceful and relaxing! Bring all of your food, spices, and condiments in order to cook. Your hosts are delightful and the alpacas are so interesting. The local area is fabulous. Do NOT drive your "nice" car, as it is a rough road. Walking shoes are a must. You are required to clean the place before you leave, AND take your trash with you, so be prepared for that.
- Guest What's your first name? W. (Albuquerque, NM)
- Date of stay 09/19/13
- Review Submitted 09/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you again. We are confident that the road will be much improved in the near future. The Jemez Mountains had an unusual amount of steady rain, so the county road crews have been trying to catch up with the mountain roads. Our road is usually well maintained. We don't have trash service up here on the mountaintop. We do have salt and pepper and some spices available, but, as you mentioned, if you have special spices that you need for cooking, it's better to bring them with you. Amanda's Country Store is a short drive away if you have forgotten something. Ask us as well. We may have what you are missing at our house. We strive to make every guest's stay comfortable and rewarding. There's nothing like a little R & R at 8700 feet surrounded by national forest where hiking prospects abound, and you will see flora and fauna and few, if any, people.
The property is very well kept and clean. A nice, secluded area in a developed area of the Jemez wilderness. Jemez is a large, beautiful area with lots of hiking, fishing and exploring to be done. Dirt roads to the house are in good condition and would only require a four wheel drive in inclement weather. Home is well furnished and comfortable. Only one caution. The beds are "full" size. This was fine for us but large/very tall folks might have an issue. Would definitely like to go back and stay longer next time. The owners are really friendly and easy to get along with.
- Guest 58Chevy (Albquerque, NM)
- Date of stay 09/06/13
- Review Submitted 09/12/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
We LOVED the Alpaca Barnhaus
We LOVED the Alpaca Barnhaus
We loved the Alpaca Barnhaus! Our 17-month-old immediately learned the word "Alpakee" (see http://youtu.be/XlhW9ThLQbA for some extraordinary cuteness). Our teenagers loved rockclimbing in the Jemez Mountains. The grandmother with disabilities loved sitting, looking at the trees and enjoying the coolness. We slept outside one night, hiked the Valle Grande, visited Bandelier & Los Alamos, and even got to have a snow(sleet)ball fight - in the middle of August! Through it all, Mickey and Evelyn were gracious and endearing hosts who introduced us to many alpacas (and alpaca facts). Highly recommended!
- Guest Multi-generational Family of 8 (Austin, Texas USA)
- Date of stay 08/15/13
- Review Submitted 08/25/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, age 55+.
Vacation in the Jemez Mountains!
Vacation in the Jemez Mountains!
We had a perfect vacation in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico! My wife and son (4 years old) met my wife's parents last week and we had an amazing stay at the Alpaca Barnhaus! We spent the week relaxing on the porch playing games, eating lunch and dinner outside, taking hikes and my son's favorite....spending time with the Alpaca's. Each day when my son woke up, we went to pet and spend time with the Alpaca's. By the end of the week he knew all their names! The owners were so kind and helpful to show us around, educate us on the history of not only the Alpaca's but the area. We live in Houston so it was such an escape from the city lifestyle and I highly recommend this place! We will definately be looking at the calendar in 2014 to return!
- Guest Dave (Houston, TX)
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 08/07/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners.
We loved staying there. The people there were so friendly and my daughter who is 6 loved feeding and visiting the alpacas. It was beautiful relaxing and peaceful!
- Guest Coco (United States)
- Date of stay 06/01/13
- Review Submitted 06/08/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
My kind of camping
My kind of camping
My family loves coming to the Alpaca Barnhaus every year. The beauty of being in the mountains with all the comforts of home and more. Enjoying the Alpaca's is an exceptional treat that adds to our peaceful get-a-way. We are always treated with good old fasion hospitality, which is a rare find and we long for our next return to our home away from home.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 05/25/13
- Review Submitted 05/31/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Relaxing in the Woods
Relaxing in the Woods
Perfect place to relax in the woods! We happened to have snow, and the kids loved being able to sled down the hill until they got cold, come in and warm up, and then do it all over again. Evelyn & Mickey were welcoming and friendly (as were the alpacas and dogs!). The cabin has a nice open layout, wonderfully stocked kitchen, and lots of books and games. Great place. I would definitely recommend 4WD in the winter.
- Guest Andrea L. (Albuquerque, NM)
- Date of stay 03/08/13
- Review Submitted 03/12/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, pet owners.
An enchanting place to renew the body, mind and spirit
An enchanting place to renew the body, mind and spirit
Our family of 6 braved the heights and the 4 mile dirt road in our non 4 wheel drive van to arrive at a wecoming and meticulously clean barnhaus. It was great with more than enough space for our family with room to spare. The owners were amazing hostesses and I look forward to spending time with them again. The alpacas were amazing and the children had a great time building a snow fort. On top of the barn is a lovely little shop featuring clothing, accessories and yarn all made from beautiful alpaca wool, so soft and allergen free. An absolutely great place for families, we are looking forward to going again in the early fall.
- Guest Moon (Santa Fe County)
- Date of stay 03/02/13
- Review Submitted 03/06/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
From the moment we arrived at the Barnhaus, we felt like "family." We settled into the beautiful and comfortable Barnhaus immediately and enjoyed the views, the quiet, and the feeling of totally getting away from it all. We will be back. The owners run a very nice operation, the Barnhaus was clean and had everything we needed to enjoy our time there. We will recommend to our friends who love to visit Jemez Springs or the Valles Caldera. It was an easy drive [even with snowy roads] to get down to Jemez and enjoy the Giggling Hot Springs. We had a great anniversary weekend here and will be back this year.
- Guest The Bobulators (Albuquerque, NM)
- Date of stay 02/22/13
- Review Submitted 02/24/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
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- Nearest Airport: Albuquerque at 80 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: NM Hwy 4 at 4 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Jemez Springs at 13 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Los Alamos at 35 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Los Alamos at 37 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Jemez Springs at 13 Miles
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Since retiring from teaching in 2000, sisters Mickey and Evelyn began a whole new venture breeding and raising alpacas. These gentle and intelligent animals have been our full-time pleasure. In 2009 the Alpaca Barnhaus was ready for vacation renters.
Why the Owner Chose Jemez Springs:
Thompson Ridge, where Aspen Ridge Alpacas of Northern New Mexico and the Alpaca Barnhaus are located, is in the midst of a National Forest. At at altitude of 8700' we enjoy aspen stands and conifers, mild summers, colorful autumns, white winters, and delightful springs. The climate is perfect for us.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Nature abounds with mountain flowers, hummingbirds, eagles, deer, elk, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and more. Just open the door and walk in any direction to discover the blessings of the natural world. To make your stay at the Alpaca Barnhaus really unique, Mickey and Evelyn invite you to learn about their wonderful alpacas and what alpaca ranching is all about. Their two livestock guardian dogs, Tinker and Belle, are people friendly, too. In September 2012 we're expecting the births of four alpaca babies. In May the alpacas are sheared. Bags of the most incredible fleece are collected for sale or to be made into rugs and yarn. We have a store featuring quality alpaca products. Come and experience this most unique area as well as the alpacas. This part of New Mexico is truly enchanting.
- Primary: (575) 829-3312 (New Mexico, USA)
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Recently painted exterior
Vaulted Ceiling and Loft. Pine floors. Wood-burning stove.
Bedroom #2 with double bed
Patio Area at the Barn.
During the winter park between the barn (left) and the back of the Barnhaus (rt)
Baby alpaca named Chimayo. Sept 2012 is when we will have four babies born.
Training alpacas on the obstacle course
A twin bed is on the first floor.
Aspen Ridge Shalako--Meet him and other alpacas at the barn.
Bedroom #1 with a double bed
There's the roof of the Barnhaus on the left. Alpacas are playing on boulders.
My new best friend!
On the road to The Alpaca Barnhaus. Fall is especially beautiful.
Tinker and Belle, our Anatolian Shepherds (livestock guardian dogs),love people.
FOR SALE:scarves, yarn, socks, gloves, headwear, sweaters, vests, teddy bears...
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