|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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The end of summer and the weather is cool at night with occasional rains in the afternoon and evening...Perfect! Check the calendar for available dates. (Good idea: Contact owners and don't pay with a credit card. We like to have checks. Pay 1/2 the rental fee to secure the dates-- followed by paying the balance upon arrival. Send the initial check and signed agreement that we will email to you. You would also include a $100 check for a refundable cleaning/damage deposit. You will save a lot and we will save a little.) 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. 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.
• 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,
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
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.
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.
We spent our first anniversary at the beautiful cabin. We packed enough food for the weekend that we never had to leave. It was absolutely perfect - clean, quiet and beautiful. We went for some short walks, watched a brief thunder shower, sat in the sun, and read. It was just a perfect, relaxing weekend. It was so much cooler than Albuquerque. It is far enough that we felt like we had been somwhere, but not so far that you dread the drive. Highly recommended and exactly as advertised. Plus on our way back down the hill we saw a bear! Thanks for a great weekend and we look forward to returning soon. We love the fact that we avoided a cleaning fee, by leaving the place as we found it. Don't hesitate to book - you will love it!
Located in the Jemez Mountains, this cabin was fantastic. Excellent (and comfortable) sleeping accommodations with all the amenities you would need to cook, read, and watch TV (if that's your thing) in a very restful mountain location. While we didn't interact much with the beautiful Alpacas, we had opportunities to visit with them and their four legged watch dogs (also wonderful). Our hostesses were also very friendly and accommodating. We would highly recommend this facility which was close to Bandolier, Valle Caldera, Los Alamos, etc.
Recommend that you bring in your main food items if you plan to cook at the site wince grocery stores and restaurants were not real close by. Also review the contract/obligations in the contract so you are aware of all expectations.
My husband and I just returned from a short weekend at the Barnhaus and I can honestly say we've found the perfect vacation getaway. The house is beautiful and SO comfortable. We spent countless hours on the front porch enjoying the trees and blue skies. Amazing stars at night!!!! The alpacas are an added bonus. We took advantage of the "human space" and enjoying the dogs and views.
Mickey and Evelyn are truly delightful! They ensured our stay was met every expectation. I really want to hang out more with these ladies!
If you're willing to give you your electronics for a bit (no cell service or internet/wifi), and truly enjoy some downtime, this is the place for you. We WILL be back!!!!
I imagine I'll be mirroring a lot of the comments describing the property but it was an absolute vacation getaway! When we first stepped foot in the cabin the family dropped their jaws. We had no idea we were walking into a home instead of, what we expected, a traditional cabin. We thought the space would be about half the size it was with cramped quarters, stepping all over each other and possibly doubling, maybe tripling up when we went to bed. Not the case at all! The amenities were absolutely amazing: The beds had brand new mattresses, the carpeting was brand new last year, the kitchen had everything we needed and more with people "paying it forward" and leaving spices, coffee, (which my mother-in-law forgot to bring :-)), filters, about everything you could imagine and then some. The owners, Mickey and Evelyn, made sure we were quite comfortable and had everything we needed. Mickey even kicked my oldest son's butt in a friendly game of chess! Put quite simply, if one is looking to "get away from it all", this is THE place to go! Garry, the "ranch hand", was very informative when we went to the actual Alpaca barn which is right behind the cabin. Anyway, I could go on and on about our experience. Suffice it to say we will be returning again and again and never get tired of it! Thank you Mickey and Evelyn for a wonderful experience!!!
Robinson, Smith and Keator Family
My family has been to the Barnhaus many times now, but it had been a couple of years for us to be there. We had missed it. The Barnhaus is perfect for us as it allows us to go on many adventures or just retreat away from life. We love being unplugged for a few days and always take in the many outdoor opportunities around the area. My children have loved the location and seeing the Alapacas. We will be back again.
Our wish as central Texans was to give our kids a white Christmas in the mountains so they could see real snow. We got our Christmas wish, there was beautiful white snow everywhere. You will need a 4x4 to get up the mountain, our vehicle wouldn't make it so Mickey graciously ferried us up in her Subaru. Next time we will come in an all wheel drive for sure because we hated to put more on their plate as hosts, but she was gracious and helped save our Christmas plans!
We were shown the sled hill by Mickey's great-niece and she shared all the sleds and local knowledge. My kids had a BLAST making a sled ramp to launch themselves into the snow. My husband and I even tried it a few times and we were laughing like maniacs, talk about feeling like a kid again! So many great memories were made, my kids haven't stopped talking about it.
The Barnhaus accommodations are top in my books, Mickey had ALL that we needed ready to hand. The kitchen is thoughtfully stocked with ALL you will need to bake, cook, and prepare meals. The washer and dryer were not just a convenience but a must for us, helping us keep snow drenched socks and pants dry for wearing again. The wood burning stove made the entire house toasty and warm, we kept it going with the complimentary firewood that is graciously provided. Did I mention that Mickey and her family set up a Christmas tree for my family? We were so blown away! The beds and bed linens were so comfy and cozy, we all slept very well and comfy. The entire home was clean and cozy with plenty of room for us to spread out. All the windows in the home let in beautiful mountain views, we can't wait to get back to the mountains and are thinking of taking a trip in another season so we can experience more.
I can't recommend the Barnhaus enough, both Mickey and Evelyn are gracious and welcoming. They provided all we needed and things we hadn't thought of, they checked on us and their sweet niece Kate even took me to town for a few more supplies. I really didn't want to leave, and honestly if we could have moved in we would have loved too! But our jobs and lifes back home were calling so we couldn't....heavy sigh. I am so grateful though that we found this treasure in the mountains and we'll be back!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|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. We accept checks or cash.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.