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Ocate Cliffs

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· Ocate, New Mexico
140 acres
7 sites
2 Lodging
5 RV/Tent
My name is Star Ford, and together with a group of other autistic people, I’m building an autistic workplace called Ocate Cliffs. Instead of a model that aims to integrate autistic people into the workplace by forcing us into behaviors that are unnatural for us, we’re building a workplace and community where autistic people can be themselves and use their strengths. We’re building a wilderness retreat in beautiful northern New Mexico that will be financially self-sufficient by offering retreats for groups of 20 to 60 in comfortable, environmentally sustainable lodges. And all of the staff will be autistic. It is currently open for camping, and can be rented out by groups such as churches, other non-profits, and family reunions. We are located near Ocate, New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
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Ocate, New Mexico, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Star F.Joined in July 2019
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 2 hours
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23 ratings · 18 reviews
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Dennis M.recommends
June 13, 2021
Ocate Cliffs
Rustic Retreat in Mountain Paradise
A peaceful, unplugged weekend in a gorgeous pine forest atop a mesa in Northern New Mexico. Star was a gracious and personable host. We enjoyed hiking a few miles of relaxing yet challenging hiking trails, stunning views of the cliffs, and breathing in clean mountain air at 9,270ft elevation.
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Andrew D.
June 9, 2021
Ocate Cliffs
I learned from this reservation that it’s a good idea to always ask the host about the possibility of a locked gate. Can’t comment on a stay as we were unable to complete the stay due to a unmentioned locked gate. Helpful tip if this happens to you… honk, I guess you’re very close. Star was helpful in refunding our stay. Hope you all have better luck. Travel safe,
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Valerie B.recommends
May 31, 2021
Ocate Cliffs
Want to go back!
Star was a wonderful host, very responsive and accessible when we needed to verify directions and she was very welcoming once we arrived. Ocate Cliffs is remote without being a primitive site. Outlooks of the cliffs are a short hike away through beautiful forest. It was a rainy weekend, and we can’t wait to go back during better weather.
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Vladimir S.recommends
February 21, 2021
Ocate Cliffs
Staying in Ocate Cliffs was amazing. The nature, the views, the air are exceptional. One of my favorite places in the world. Absolutely fabulous.
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Shawn P.recommends
September 4, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
It was pleasingly relaxing.
We enjoyed the peacefulness of this site as we were able to rest from a long drive as well as acclimate to the high altitude. The hiking trails are pleasant and a great way to warm up to hiking at a high altitude. They offer great views of the cliffs and region below. We appreciated having a solar shower area to use that kept you in touch with nature. There was plenty of potable water available for cooking and cleaning up. The host/Star is friendly and makes herself easy to find if you have questions to ask her.
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Kendra H.recommends
August 30, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Gorgeous views!
Private and serene. Beautiful campsite.
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Rachel H.recommends
August 15, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Ocate Cliffs was a dream and Star was so welcoming and helpful! Our dogs had a blast on the trails. We can't wait to go back!
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Xavier E.recommends
July 17, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Wonderful getaway from everything.
We really enjoyed our stay here. There are plenty of trails in the area for hiking. We set up with a roof top tent and found the location to be very quiet and peaceful. All the amenities were top not and very clean. I would highly recommend a high clearance or 4x4 vehicle. Do not show up to this with either a front wheel drive car, low clearance, or towing anything. The 2 mile road to the campsite is very steep and can be really rough if it recently rained. In my truck it took about 15 minutes to do 2 miles.
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Rebecca B.recommends
July 3, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Beautiful property!
Beautiful property! As it's stated, last two miles up the mountain are bumpy. We enjoyed pitching our tent in the meadow with trees right behind us. Clean kitchen and solar latrine. Several very friendly dogs will come up and greet you as you get closer to the house. Short trails are very beautiful. We appreciated Star's hospitality!
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Tracy W.recommends
June 27, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Rustic camping- comforts of home
Let me begin with why I gave the directions to the camp a mid rating. Star will give you exact directions to the camp, but Hipcamp didn’t give us those directions. So, follow what Star tells you they are exact. Now that that’s out of the way it is beautiful there. Star and the crew have done an amazing job! You will have the beauty and serenity of rustic camping with the ease of using the restroom, shower, kitchen and you can even eat your meal in the main house. Star gives you a detailed map of the trails they’ve cleared when you get there, she lets you know which ones are ready for use. They’ve done a great job of marking the trails. Every once in awhile you might catch yourself enjoying the beauty and have moved off the trail a bit, just take a second to look around and you’ll be back on your way. Things to know- first you need a higher profile vehicle to maneuver the 2 mile road to the camp. That 2 miles took us 20 minutes to drive- it’s a serious road. If you’re concerned with nature- like you don’t like animal poo and uneven campsites this might not be the place for you. The sites are very rustic- it is nature after all. I think those are the main things that might bother the faint of heart folk. I’m excited to see what the future brings for Stars endeavor! I hope to be able to post pictures.
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Sandy E.recommends
June 23, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Thanks for the stay!
Star was welcoming and helpful when we arrived at Ocate Cliffs. They showed us around the different camping spots we could choose from. They also told us were could choose another spot we liked that wasn't marked. We ended up picking a spot that was perfect for group camping. There is a solar toilet and a spot to hang your solar shower that is private. It was nice to have the platform to stand on! Clever! The indoor communal space was lovely and inviting. You cannot cook meat at this listing so be sure to precook your meat or bring jerky. Overall, we had a super great time and will be back in the future!
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Randy L.recommends
June 21, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
This is a awesome spot, the host Star is super awesome and very helpful. The site is beautiful and feels very safe but remote. Definitely would recommend it!
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Matty K.recommends
June 17, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Very accommodating. Beautiful piece of land.
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Eddie S.recommends
May 27, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Beautiful campsite
Great camp, camp host and facilities. Rough road, well worth the trip.
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Ryan M.recommends
May 26, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
I stayed there for a night it was really nice it’s a great place to get away and enjoy nature. The host are really nice and have good stories
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Diana G.recommends
May 25, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Perfectly peaceful
Delightful..a great connection with nature with incredible views!
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Eddie S.recommends
May 18, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Amazing site, amazing host.
The campsite was amazing. Star is a great host. I will definently be returning!
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David R.recommends
May 17, 2020
Ocate Cliffs
Best stay in the mountains!
While looking for a place to get away during the shut-down, we found that many camp sites were closed. We lucked out when we found this one! As far as managed camp sites go, this one is quite out there. Luckily we were given very clear directions to the propriety. The last two miles were pretty rough, so you must have a dependable vehicle with good clearance! Sites surround a central building, which is fitted with a full kitchen where you can prepare food. This is bear country, so we had NO problem following the cooking regulations. During the pandemic, our host gave clear instructions for cleaning up to maintain social distance and mitigate the spread of germs. There is also an outdoor bathroom and access to water. The property is covered with wild irises, and was incredibly beautiful! And best of all for us, dogs were allowed off leash :) We loved this place!
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