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The Alpaca Barnhaus in the Jemez Mountains-Quiet & Comfortable at 8700' $145/nt

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + More (See Description),1.5 Baths, sleeps 5 +$10/nt ea over 5

Love animals? Connect with alpacas and our two Anatolian Shepherds!

The owners, Mickey and Evelyn, are your neighbors and will gladly show you around and make sure your stay at The Alpaca Barnhaus meets your needs.

The Santa Fe National Forest is just steps away. (Check out Facebook Aspen Ridge Alpacas for more photos.)

NEW: The Alpaca Barnhaus and the alpaca barn are available for small weddings. Walk down the aisle through the pasture with an alpaca. Come up and look at our venue and see if this is the place for an unforgettable and unusual wedding.

Being in nature is magical, a retreat from the workplace. (Wi-Fi is weak or non-existent. However, you can use our home porch if you need access to the internet.) The Barnhaus has no cell phone service. But a phone is available. 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!

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 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 upstairs in the loft (queen-sized bed in one bedroom and full-sized bed in the other bedroom) and a half-bath upstairs in the loft. A single bed is 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. We do not charge a cleaning fee as long as you leave the house as you found it. $50 if you do not care to clean the house. 90% of our guests clean the house. There are no additional fees.

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.

Barnhaus Amenities

• 1296 sq ft

• 2 bedrooms w/half-bath in loft, Bedroom #1 queen-sized bed #2 full bed

• 1 bath with shower on ground floor

• Fully furnished (1 queen & 1 full bed upstairs, 1 single bed, sofa bed downstairs)

* Deep air mattress can be used for two more guests

• Washer/Dryer

• 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 (now a national park) 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,

More Details

Mickey Wright
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Mickey Wright

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.

Mickey Wright purchased this house in 2007

Why Mickey Wright 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.

What makes this house unique

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 Sunny, are people friendly, too. In May the alpacas are sheared. Bags of the most incredible fleece are collected for sale or to be made into

yarn, batts (for felting), and roving (for spinning). 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.


Jemez Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Barnhaus guests are not allowed in the alpaca barn area unless accompanied by one of the owners (Mickey or Evelyn).
  • For no cleaning charge the house must be left as found. (See emailed Rental Agreement.) Please put towels and sheets (in pillow cases) in the kitchen.
  • PARKING: Summer: Park in front of The Alpaca Barnhaus off Aspen Dr. 830 Aspen Dr. Winter: Access off Squirrel Trail. Park at barn area . AWD/4WD.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower, Toilet, Sink
    Bathroom 2 - Sink and Toilet. Located in loft.
  • Full Bathroom downstairs. 1/2 Bathroom upstairs (toilet and sink) Towels soap, etc. are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This is one of two bedrooms located in the loft area.
    Living area sleeping 3 - 1 twin/ single , The bed is located in the living area on the first floor.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is one of two bedrooms in the loft area.
  • Bedroom 1: One queen bed. Bedroom 2: a double bed. Downstairs is a twin bed and a queen size sofa bed in living room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
Near our Alpaca Barn, and we love to show off our barn facilities and our alpacas. The Alpaca Barnhaus is on one acre among aspen and pine trees, close to a meadow, surrounded by a national forest. Bring your mountain bikes. 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.


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The Alpaca Barnhaus in the Jemez Mountains-Quiet & Comfortable at 8700' $145/nt
average rating of 4.989899 based on 99 reviews
Albuquerque, NM

So delightful a stay .... wish we did not have to leave

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a cozy cabin, surrounded by trees, meadows and incredible quiet, this is your place. The kitchen is perfect for preparing anything, the living room has plenty of comfy seating and the décor is amazing. They even have live plants inside!! Our group came up to do marathon game playing, but if you are into hiking and the out of doors this would be an excellent choice. The owners, Mickey and Evelyn, were wonderful making sure all was aok upon our arrival. Nice touch. We even were able to meet their wonderful dogs and the alpacas. What a nice added attraction. If you are getting out of town to do work on your computer I would not recommend as connection can be iffy. If you are looking for a great place for peace, quiet and beauty, you've fount it at the Alpace Barnhaus.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The cabin and its location has something for about everyone, especially if relief from stress and traffic is on your vacation menu. On every occasion when I stopped by to see how you were doing I found you playing cards, dominoes, or mahjong with a good deal of giggling and laughter mixed in. What a delightful group you are. We hope to see you in the future.
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We loved the house and the location. Beautiful and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Size was perfect. I was initially concerned that it was only 1 full bath and a half bath but it was perfect for two couples. There was a half bath upstairs between the two rooms and the bathroom downstairs was a good size and it had a shower. Beds were very comfortable with high quality sheets, blankets, and pillows. The house was very clean and the towels and wash cloths provided were soft and fresh smelling. It had all the comforts of home. The kitchen was fully stocked. We loved the porches and the weather was perfect. Mickie and Evelyn, the owners, live next door and they were a pleasure to meet and visit with. A wonderful retreat and we would love to stay there again.

Billy and Angie Whitley

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Angie, for the positive comments. Our VRBO rental links us with so many interesting people, and many Texans for sure. We didn't get much opportunity to chat, but we will next time. We wish you the best of luck on your upcoming elk hunt.
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Bedford, Texas

Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed in the Barnhaus multiple times over the years. Each time, we are met with the same excellent location and the most gracious of hosts. When we travel to New Mexico, we always stay here. The home has everything that we need.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There was so much to do around this area. Let's went to Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and Ruby had mucho fun. You also went to Rancho de Chimayo for lunch. This restaurant is always a favorite. Bandelier! One of my favorite places. The Santa Fe Children's Museum. Hiking along the river. OH..and Gilman Tunnels. I'm sure I forgot some places you visited while you were here. We'll see you again. This we know because visiting the Jemez is embedded in your hearts. This is a good thing.
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Los Alamos, NEW Mexico


  • 5 of 5

Very clean home in a great location away from it all. Mickey and Evelyn are great, and even my teen boys enjoyed meeting the dogs and the alpacas. We were fortunate to have had a bit of snow before our arrival. Was just beautiful. Nice hikes all over the Jemez mountains. House was exactly as depicted in the photos and description.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, Clean, well-stocked, and secluded...

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your wonderful property. It was cozy, clean, well-stocked, and secluded. After long hikes and soaks in the San Antonio hot springs, it was a pleasure to come home to the Barnhaus to relax, play games, and sit by the fire. 5 stars for the Alpaca Barnhaus :)

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Verona, MO

Family feel with mountain splendor!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at the Alpaca Barnhaus as our homebase for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It was about one and a half hours drive to the balloon fiesta grounds , but a pleasant drive and away from the city congestion. Mickey and Evelyn were very gracious hosts (even shared some fall fruits and vegetables with us) and the alpacas were so much fun to watch. The dogs stole our hearts,(our son Sam wanted to bring Tinker & Sonny home with him). The home was a perfect fit for our family of six. It was private, very cozy, and well stocked, especially the kitchen. The linens were exceptional as well. I can't say enough about the setting either. We were lucky enough to have the aspens in full fall splendor. Also, a nice surprise was the Jemez Pueblo, mineral springs, and the array of galleries in Jemez. We loved the people and area so much . We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wolven Family, Thank you for the positive review. We agree that this "secret" area in the Jemez is magical and the surrounding points of interest are frosting on the cake. We all, including Tinker and Sunny, hope you will stay at The Alpaca Barnhaus in the future. We enjoy sharing, and fall colors with crisp air make the sharing just that much more exceptional.
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Jemez Springs
Nearest Golf
37 Miles
Los Alamos
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
NM Hwy 4
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
Nomad Mountain Pizza in La Cueva opening Nov '17.
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Los Alamos

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

The rates are based on 5 people. Each additional person is charged an extra $10 per night. Rates are subject to change until rental is confirmed. NO CLEANING FEE if you leave the house as you found it! This is a great savings for you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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