this campsite is a small, sheltered clearing between trees providing privacy, shade and protection from strong winds. there is a level spot of about 12'x14', part of which is sand and gravel, but there is also a 7'x12' patch which sits on top of several inches of pumice pebbles so it is super soft, dry and warm to sleep on. Also, there is a small kitchenette with a roof,
this campsite is a small, sheltered clearing between trees providing privacy, shade and protection from strong winds. there is a level spot of about 12'x14', part of which is sand and gravel, but there is also a 7'x12' patch which sits on top of several inches of pumice pebbles so it is super soft, dry and warm to sleep on. Also, there is a small kitchenette with a roof, sink, running water, bear-proof food box and [solar] electricity as well as a fireplace. camp stove is available, also ice. some 60 feet away is a snake-proof outhouse.
the raven Chaco Conan Strongbeak, whom i raised after finding him in the forest, often sits atop the large ponderosa pine overlooking the site. he might try to steal some food, but he is very charming about it. for lots of pictures -and over 60 reviews - of the farm, surrounding wilderness, river and hot springs check out my other listing 'Hermitory'.
there is plenty of firewood to gather, and you can help yourself to organic greens and herbs from our gardens and greenhouses. we also sell eggs and some meats. while there are no marked trails, you can start hiking right from the site and go for many, many miles through untouched wilderness - we are surrounded by hundreds of square miles of public lands. the nearby hot springs on [and IN] the Rio Chama are fairly unknown and rarely visited outside the summer rafting season. i can provide tents, bikes, canoes and other gear and provide shuttle service if you want to raft the Rio Chama.
i do not consider kids under 10 'additional guests'
as far as covid goes, i am vaccinated but will wear a mask if you wish.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Nearby el vado lake is good for bass, some trout and kokanee salmon. even more nearby chama river is EXCELLENT for trout
You can get lost in the wilderness or pick some less challenging routes
There are A LOT of trails on public lands, blm, state, national forest, nearby
Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoes. closest downhill skiing in Taos or Wolf Creek [Co}
Oh where to start.... golden eagles. bald ones, too. bears. mountain lions. elk. deer bighorn sheep [once in a while] and pret...Read more
Natural features you'll find at raven tree campsite in New Mexico.
While we are at 'only' 7000ft, the surrounding mountains go up to 11000 and higher
River, stream, or creek
We are at the beginning of a 20-some mile stretch of designated wilderness along the chama river between el vado lake and abiqu...Read more
Organic farm, some lifestock, all on renewable energy [solar, wind, biogas, woodstove
Yep. it's a driveway. you can drive on it
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Camping with amenities and privacy
A four star camping experience complete with soft pad on ground, private outhouse, power, kitchen stuff. I especially enjoyed the privacy because the site is surrounded by trees and a small distance from the hosts home. Much better than other hipcamps that are just pitching a tent in someone's backyard or next to strangers. Its not hard to find if you follow the host's directions.
Uniquely new mexican
I had an excellent stay at Raven Tree Campsite. My only regret is that I had only the one night night. Arvo was wonderful and accommodating host. In additional to have a great campsite he offered up grapes from his green house, fresh eggs, and home made carbonated water made from rainfall. If I had not been set on a lazy evening I would have followed his advice to head down the road to watch a beautiful sunset over the Rio Chama.
His property is unique and eclectic in the finest NM tradition. It is obvious that he lives mostly off the grid and has recycled and adapted lots of random things to serve his purposes. If you are looking for a KOA type experience , look elsewhere. If you want to experience a little bit of what makes NM beautiful and unique, come stay for a bit with Arvo.
My stay at Raven Tree was delightful. It is very quiet and isolated, surrounded by wild, open, and green land. Although it is remote, it had everything I needed, including a running water and kitchen area, a shower, power, and an outhouse. I also was able to get internet from my hotspot (both AT&T and Verizon). Arvo was exceptionally helpful in showing me around, including showing me nearby sites such as El Vado lake, and hot springs next to the Chama river. He also was generous in offering me all kinds of various homemade items, such as sausages, sparkling water, fermented beverages, and vegetables from his garden.
Lovely site with awesome host
This is a really nice little site with running water, lights, a phone charging station, and such a kick-ass host. Arvo has so much knowledge about the surrounding area and is happy to share it with all his guests. He took me swimming in the lake, directed me to secret hot springs on the Chama river, and let me tag along on a mushroom foraging adventure. I got to meet Chaco the raven, Rhea the dog, AOC the cat, and a crew of boisterous geese. Who could ask for more?
Great remote rugged spot!
The site is really well set up. Access to a sink with well water, lights, and a small space to set up your kitchen, which makes camping MUCH easier! The pad with the pumice was SO soft and warm! It really makes this spot super nice!! The wi-fi was super spotty (worked best in the mornings), and the power source didn't work, so come prepared to be off-grid for your time here! Great views of the sunset, night skies that are unbelievable, and really out in the country make this a spot to stay when you really want to get away from it all!