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· Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
20 acres
3 sites
2 Lodging
1 RV/Tent
 Open skies... 20 acres [adjacent to Northern New Mexico wilderness area]  of sustainable organic farming with solar electric and -hot water, wind turbines, biogas, masonry stoves, greenhouses etc. overlooking an arroyo leading to the Chama River.    Located on 10 acres of the mountain desert. 1-5 miles away from the river, lake, and hot springs. As the internet service is spotty, please call if possible to confirm the booking. Listed as drive-in, be prepared to walk your supplies from the driveway to the back building [150 feet].  Hiking trails start right at the front door, and the Chama river canyon wilderness [bordering the Santa Fe and Carson national forest] is only a short walk away. I can provide canoes, bikes, backpacks, and other gear, also a shuttle service if you want to raft the Rio Chama.
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Tierra Amarilla , New Mexico, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Arvo T.Joined in July 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 3 hours
218 ratings · 183 reviews
Dawn S.recommends
October 3, 2022
One of a kind place and Host.
Arvo is such a unique, welcoming, and generous host. The place was pretty much exactly as described and photographed. Rustic and Cozy. I arrived late in the day and Arvo kindly showed me to the apartment in the dark and made sure I knew where everything was. You will want to do as the listing says and bring your own/some additional bedding as the bed is quite firm. I brought my sleeping pad, blankets, and pillows from out of my car and was super cozy. The shower is in a separate section of the greenhouse from the bathroom in the apartment and I did not use it during my stay. I do not think the small fridge was functional but Arvo did offer ice and let me store one or two items in a freezer. He has a solution for just about anything and is awesome to talk with about his place and the area. I went to the Ojo Caliente Spa and it was a beautiful drive there and back. I also toured the Earthship Community closer to Taos. My favorite place to eat and hang out was The Chili Line Depot in Tres Piedras. Arvo’s place was the perfect jumping off point to explore this part of NM in all directions. You could stay onsite and eat out of the garden(maybe bring some cooking oil n spices) and go on hikes and have a full experience as well. The place is unique and an adventure in and of itself. The views of sunset from the overlook next to The Hermitage were stunning. I did half of the hike to the hot springs and loved the scenic views and solitude. Will definitely be back!
Naomi L.recommends
September 30, 2022
Funky, eclectic, off-grid place to stay on the edge of the Rio Chama Wilderness. You WILL need Arvo to lead you to The Hermitory as his property and main house are a bit of a maze. The Hermitory itself is very private with stunning views during the day and night. This is not a hotel. It’s a hip camp, so temper your expectations accordingly and you will have a great time. My friend and I really enjoyed ourselves and loved exploring and hiking the surrounding areas.
George T.recommends
September 20, 2022
Time away from normalcy.
Arvo's property is truly an example of off the grid self sufficiency. It's amazing what he has accomplished and the information that he is willing to share. He is a gracious host. Be aware of the reuse/repurpose philosophy with the materials that Arvo has on hand.
Tracy J.recommends
September 13, 2022
Beautiful and quiet stay
The hermitory was a beautiful spot next to a cliff. It’s rustic, unique, and memorable. Arvo is a modern day Christopher Lloyd, and his off grid engineering is well worth the stop. The space is modest, outdoorsy feel with some solid amenities. Bring your own TP and cook stove! Arvo was so kind to offer greens and ice packs for my cooler, and was a kind and welcoming host! The bed was comfortable- remember your bedding and pillow:) A place of quiet solitude and access to the phenomenal natural world.
Michele L.recommends
September 13, 2022
raven tree campsite
Quiet location
Had a wonderful time at this beautiful location. Host was very kind and generous. Sweetest dog ever on site and even got to watch a raven eat in the owner’s kitchen. Tried chanterelles for the first time ❤️ and host extended his organic gardens to us. Thank you Arvo!
Hannah R.recommends
September 6, 2022
The hermitory was really unique and Arvo was a very gracious host! We really liked the little space – I loved all the color and little details in it - and the fresh garden greens and herbs which Arvo was very generous with (thank you!). I’d recommend bringing your own potable water, or at least a water filter if you don’t want to drink straight rainwater (I wasn’t sure about that for my own stomach), because I found the potable water, which Arvo had to be mix with well water due to lack of rain, to be difficult to drink due to its strong sulfur smell. I’d also bring toilet paper next time. I also loved Argo’s dog; she’s so sweet!
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