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

Jemez Springs, NM, USA
  • House1300 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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! How about a winter get-away? When the snow starts, you will need AWD or 4WD. We have a sledding hill, easy access x-country skiing, a nearby ski run call Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, and a wood-burning stove to warm you. (We also have forced-air heating.)


NEW: Nomad Mountain Pizza in La Cueva opens in the spring of 2018. This is no ordinary pizza place and another great asset to our mountain community.

The owners 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.)

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.

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 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,


Mickey Wright

Member Since 2008
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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 Sandoval County

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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, This is one of two bedrooms in the loft area.
      • 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
        One queen bed. Bedroom 2: a double bed. Downstairs is a twin bed and a queen size sofa bed in living room


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Mountain 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).
        • Rural
          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
        • Ski-In
          x-country skiing right out the door
        • Ski-Out
          Winter is Wonderful! X-country skiing right outside your door. Pajarito Ski Area, near Los Alamos, is 45 minutes away.
        • Village
          Visit historic Jemez Springs: Art and Hot Springs, Historic Bath House, Historic Bar and Grill. Seasonal Events.
        • Water View
          We have a pond on the other side of the meadow. A hike will take you to the San Antonio River and a hot springs. The most convenient hot springs is off Hwy 4..Spence Springs.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Wi-fi is weak due to hill separating The Alpaca Barnhaus and the owners' house. The owners' house is next door. Wi-Fi is excellent on our porch! Or on the top of the hill.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Off Highway 4 there are 3.5 miles of dirt road leads to Thompson Ridge. a graveled long driveway leads to the house. There is plenty of parking area.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove
                      We have plenty of split wood for your convenience.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Every pan and pot you would need. Plenty of dishes and glassware and silverware. Just bring your food. Water from our well is delicious.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          We have sugar, salt, pepper, some spices, flour, and condiments.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Extensive library
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Lots of board games available
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  board games and dominoes
                                • Video Library
                                  WE HAVE A SELECTION OF DVD MOVIES THAT WERE MADE AT THE VALLES CALDERA (VALLE GRANDE) AND AT GILMAN TUNNELS. We are quite near these locations.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Please clean up after use.


                                        • 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

                                                    • ice skating
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • 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.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          97 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Family feel with mountain splendor!

                                                          Chris & Karen W.Verona, MO

                                                          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.

                                                          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.

                                                          Simply the Best

                                                          Ron W.Bedford, Texas

                                                          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.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          There was so much to do around this area. Let's see..you 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.

                                                          GREAT WEEKEND STAY!

                                                          Sandra T.Los Alamos, NEW Mexico

                                                          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.

                                                          Cozy, Clean, well-stocked, and secluded...

                                                          Sander s.

                                                          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 :)

                                                          We had a great, relaxing stay and the hosts were amazing. It was a great retreat.

                                                          Timothy S.

                                                          We had a great vacation and we would do it again. Mickey and Evelyn are wonderful and gracious hosts.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Our conversations about everything from alpacas to our story of how we got where we are now and your story as well make life on the mountaintop just that much more enjoyable. Meeting the folks who rent The Alpaca Barnhaus is a definite plus.

                                                          Loved our stay!

                                                          Andrew S.Austin, TX

                                                          I'm not sure where to start when it comes to this rental. First of all, it is an absolutely stunning drive up to the property through the forest, and the further you go, the more peaceful it becomes. The Alpaca Barnhaus sits in a small clutch of properties and is surrounded by trees. The rental itself is probably the most well appointed of any we've stayed in. If you want to cook, clean, do laundry, stay warm, watch TV, it's all there. You really don't need to bring anything. We slept in the Queen bed upstairs and it was so cozy and comfortable. I don't know if we were exhausted from traveling or if it really is that quiet but I slept like a baby in this house. As far as your hosts are concerned, Mickey and Evelyn are fantastic. They live in the house over the hill from the Barnhaus and run the Alpaca farm. They are warm, welcoming, and more than happy to show you around, talk to you about Alpacas, the property, the architecture, and the area. It felt like staying with family (that you actually like)! I was as bummed to say good bye to them as I was to leave the house. Sadly, we were only there for about 36 hours which is really a shame because this is a great basecamp for seeing SO MUCH. You're plopped down in a National Forest with quick drives to the Calles Valdera Nature Preserve (GO!), developed and undeveloped hot springs, and more trails than you could hike in a month. If we didn't have jobs or a home or responsibilities elsewhere, that's how long we would have stayed. I don't think I've ever felt more nostalgic about a place I spent so little time in but we cannot wait to return for a longer stay!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Birds and more BIrds, too. We love the fact that you love birds as well as wild and domesticated animals. This time of year, right now, the elk are bugling, and a great place to hear it all is at The Valles Caldera National Preserve. We are hoping your next stay will be much longer and all the more relaxing. We do so love to share. We have a long history in this area and a half acre grew to more acres through the years.


                                                          Jemez Springs, NM, USA

                                                          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.


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          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.

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