The Alpaca Barnhaus in the Jemez Mountains-Quiet & Comfortable at 8700' $145/nt(84 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 2 Bedrooms + More (See Description),1.5 Baths, sleeps 5 +$10/nt ea over 5
The Santa Fe National Forest is just steps away. (Check out Facebook Aspen Ridge Alpacas for more photos.)
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.) 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.
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.
• 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
• 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,
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Member since: 2008
- 1300 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 5
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Full Bathroom downstairs. 1/2 Bathroom upstairs (toilet and sink)
- 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
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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
Absolutely rural with few neighbors. The owners are right next door if you need anything. Quiet and natural. The Alpaca Barnhaus is surrounded by a national forest. We are high enough for lovely aspen...moreless
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
- Taxes Not included
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. We accept checks or cash.
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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.
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, NM, USA:
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 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)
Links to more information:
Summer Green. Aspen Ridge Alpacas' barn is behind the Barnhaus.
Winter Wonderland at The Alpaca Barnhaus. Relax by the wood-burning stove.
Fully Equipped Kitchen
New Carpet on stairs and upstairs (November 2015)
Bedroom #1...A queen size bed. View of the alpaca barn
The pleasant summer weather invites you outdoors.
On the road to The Alpaca Barnhaus. Fall is especially beautiful.
Patio Area at the Barn.
My new best friend!
Tinker and Belle, our Anatolian Shepherds (livestock guardian dogs), love people
Barnhaus family meets new baby alpaca.
The pond at the end of the meadow. Hike beyond the meadow to overlook.
Learn how to halter and lead an alpaca.
Spacious living area off the kitchen. Dish Network TV.
Room to Relax
View from the Loft
Bedroom #2 has a full-size bed. Between the two bedroom is a 1/2 bath.
Fall is colorful. Take a hike among the aspens in national forest.
Aspen Ridge Shalako--Meet him and other alpacas at the barn.
Tequila the alpaca and Sasha, Tequila's best friend. Fall is beautiful up here.
When Chimayo was a baby..
FOR SALE:scarves, yarn, socks, gloves, headwear, sweaters, vests, teddy bears.
An evening walk across the meadow to the pond
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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