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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

Nice weather, cool and comfortable. Bring your mountain bikes. Trails abound outside your door. 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,

More Details

Mickey Wright
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2017

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 New Mexico

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 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Jemez Springs in Sandoval County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 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 Bed , This is one of two bedrooms located in the loft area.
    Living area sleeping 3 - 1 Single Bed , The bed is located in the living area on the first floor.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 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
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • 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
  • ski
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 4.988506 based on 87 reviews

Great place. Will return.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 stayed at the Alpaca Barnhaus on the mountain for Spring Break and truly enjoyed the stay. The cabin is well maintained, clean, warm and inviting. The setting is fantastic. The week experience included Indian ruins, hot springs, great hiking, phenominal star gazing, relaxation, and even a mountain lion sighting (off the road, not near the house!).

While at the cabin we were very comfortable and look forward to returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You certainly had a full experience! That's what we hope for. You are the first to see a mountain lion. We've seen bear, elk, deer, bobcats, turkeys, coyotes, rabbits, and a host of birds. Thank you for the positive review, and we hope to see you again. There's so much more to do in the Jemez.
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Beautiful home, beautiful setting, beautiful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend! The accommodations were exactly as represented in the web site--perhaps even better. Our two hosts, Mickey and Evelyn, made us feel like visiting family. The setting is absolutely beautiful with unlimited opportunities for walks and hikes from totally relaxed to as strenuous as desired (not for me!). The seven alpacas were darling, gentle and totally enchanting. We were comfortable visiting them any time. The two young children with us (5 and almost 7) loved the animals including the big dogs. They also loved the hiking and being able to run free in the huge meadow just down the road. The very reasonable price makes this a perfect alternative to having your own cottage in the Jemez. We went in to Jemez Spring for church and breakfast and found it an easy drive (with a stop at Soda Dam and the Jemez Ruins). We also took the longer drive down to the Gilman Tunnels (well worth the side trip). All in all, a great weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You made the most of your weekend, leaving time to relax as well. We're so glad you got to Gilman Tunnels, a must-see drive. Soon they will be closing the road because of the danger of rock slides now. They will be putting up some sort of barriers to make the road safe. We love talking with you, too. Please return for another R&R; we know how busy busy you are otherwise.
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Beautiful, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

New Mexico, even for a Coloradan, is like visiting another country. The diversity in people and landscape truly makes it the Land of Enchantment. Mickey and Evelyn are wonderful hosts. They took the time to introduce us to their alpacas and Anatolian shepherds and made sure we felt at home. Danke schoen!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed sharing this special part of New Mexico. Using The Alpaca Barnhaus as a base for investigating other areas in the Jemez is a common reason why people rent The Alpaca Barnhaus. As you found out The Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier, plus the hiking opportunities, are special attractions. Bitte besuchen Sie uns wieder!
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Memorable Stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from The Alpaca Barnhaus. Beautiful house with everything your heart desires! Plus, the house was immaculate. The property was breath taking.

We slept on the queen bed and both of us really had restful nights.

Super nice owners (ladies)!! They wanted to do anything to make our stay memorable. And they did!!!

Their Alpacas are just beautiful animals. Also, I do not want to forget Tinker and Bell (dogs). Wanted to take them home with me, but I know they would not fit in the car nor would the owners be happy about that!

Make sure to ask Mickey or Evelyn to check out their shop. Some really nice items you may want to pick up. I bought some things for my daughters and grandson. And could not be happier with the purchases I bought.

I cannot recommend this property enough.

Bring two pairs of shoes-one for outside and one for inside.

Thank you, again, Evelyn and Mickey for a memorable stay at The Alpaca Barnhaus.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all the positive comments about The Alpaca Barnhaus and the alpacas and Tinker and Belle. It was nice that your stay was graced by a couple of spring snow falls. It is beautiful up here. Good idea about the two pairs of shoes. Next time try the summer when hiking is wonderful.
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time! Evelyn & Mickey were so kind, they had thought of everything we could possibly need when they stocked the cabin and it was a pure delight to talk to them! The Alpacas and doggies were a joy! The cabin had plenty of room (sleeps 5 with 2 double beds and a twin) and we felt very much at home! The cabin is very clean and nicely appointed. The one shower is downstairs from the bedrooms so you may want a bathrobe but there is a half bath upstairs. It was so quiet and relaxing. No WiFi available in the cabin but that just made it that much more peaceful. We can't wait to return! While the written directions were a little hard to follow, the GPS in our car took us right there.

We saw a deer on the road on the way up and a flock of turkeys on the way down. Squirrels and birds were present during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Alpaca Barnhaus, located on a mountaintop in the Jemez Mountains, offers a pleasant retreat from city life for sure, and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. I'll have to review where the directions weren't clear, but nice that GPS guided you without concern. Please visit again, and you just may see deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats, a family of wild turkey, and even a bear. Of course the doggies and alpacas always satisfy the need for animal company. Thank you for your kind review. (Wi-Fi does connect closer to the house; however, the booster has trouble sending a "beam" over a hill.)
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Fantastic Jemez getaway

  • 4 of 5

I rented the Barnhaus for President's Day, and would highly recommend this location for a quite space to get away for awhile. The rental has very comfortable beds and a wonderful living room area to chat or watch a few movies (dvd player and dvd selection are available). The kitchen appliances are great and there are excellent pots and pans to cook anything your heart desires.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive comments about The Alpaca Barnhaus. We hope to see you again.
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Valles Caldera National Preserve
Soda Dam Historical Marker
Los Alamos
Bandelier National Monument
Santa Fe
Jemez Stage Stop
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
Jemez Springs, La Cueva, Los Alamos
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Jemez Springs, USA

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2 night minimum stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit £78.23

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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