Hipcamp host Arianna S.,
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An ideal haven for eco-minded travelers interested in an off-grid experience where physical distancing is the norm. Our newly renovated 1971 school bus is located on 10+ tranquil acres in a safe community inTaos, near the Rio Grande River Gorge. Open skies, expansive views of the Taos mountains, hiking out the back door and a short drive to the river or hot springs with the


An ideal haven for eco-minded travelers interested in an off-grid experience where physical distancing is the norm. Our newly renovated 1971 school bus is located on 10+ tranquil acres in a safe community inTaos, near the Rio Grande River Gorge. Open skies, expansive views of the Taos mountains, hiking out the back door and a short drive to the river or hot springs with the added bonus of a comfortable, functional and attractive space to call your own during your stay. Glamping at its finest! 

Here's what to expect: 

No wifi. 

Great cell reception.

Composting toilet (in a hand-crafted cob outhouse). 

Solar shower (outdoors). 

Water conscious-Kitchenette w propane double burner stove.

Vegetarian property. 

Solar lamps + USB charging station. 

3 Gallons of drinking water + med size cooler provided upon arrival. Don’t forget your ice! 

Smoking (of anything) only in designated area outside of bus.

50 gallons of utility water provided per week. 

Lodging provided
Onsite rv or trailer
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Arianna a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 3 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours

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Ice for sale. Advance notice needed. Please rent the cooler, too, if needed.

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Medium size Igloo cooler available for rent. Ice an additional charge.

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Water - 5 gallons

Fresh, clean potable well water available on demand in 5 gallon BPA-free jugs.

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Half dozen eggs

Local, organic eggs from our neighbor, 5 mins from the property.

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Propane canister

A small propane heater and propane canisters are available on demand.

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Firewood bundle

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Sage Carpenter '71 in New Mexico.


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Hipcamper Macy

I'll be back soon!

Macy T.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2021

I am a Field Scout for Hipcamp, which is how I originally found out about the location. I had heard about the artist who worked on the bus, Arianna, because she has also built several adobe buildings on the property. Usually, I travel for photography, but I chose this spot seeking rest. WOW. The desert meets the mountains in a simple and yet entirely complete experience. No detail has been overlooked, from solar chargers to a French press. This is a place that says, "Stay awhile". Come prepared for a minimalistic approach to life that will leave you refreshed. Your phone will have service, but will not be charging overnight. Your food will be generously seasoned with the necessities, salt and pepper. Your hygiene will be maintained, but not manicured. This is a beautiful example of the purpose for hipcamp: people sharing a profound gift with others, a home on sacred land. Book this rare gem immediately, before I tell everyone I know about it.

These curtains were one of my favorite details of the bus. they are hung with magnets, meaning you can shift them around the bus as the sun shifts during the day. Creative and thoughtful, like the rest of the bus. Some of the reviews mention 360 degree views and yet total privacy. This is no joke! Be prepared for the off the grid nature of this location. You can charge your phones during the day, but there is not electricity to the bus and the only power comes from small portable solar chargers. The Sage Carpenter is about thirty minutes from Taos and an hour and a half from Santa Fe. Could not ask for a better location!
Hipcamper Nicole

Sense of freedom in the high desert

Nicole L.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2021

Staying at Sage Carpenter '71 was incredibly peaceful and restorative. The 360 degree sunsets and sunrises + the stars at night are amazing. The amenities are comfortable, and it's nice to experience what off-grid living is like.

The location is great - close to the Rio Grande gorge and the Earthships and an easy drive to Taos or Abiquiu. Thanks so much to Arianna and Alison for all the thoughtful touches!

Note: It was helpful to have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle to navigate the roads to the bus, but it's not 100% necessary.

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Hipcamper Kristin

Give yourself this little getaway!

Kristin F.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2021

Such a treat to unplug, laugh alot, cook yummy simple meals, make art, stargaze, sleep in, go for walks with no destination in mind—just wandering, find hot springs, drive to Taos and then hurry back to our quiet sage field! A true recharge. Many thanks Arianna and Alison. Such a special spot. Everything we needed and thanks for the special touches that made camping GLAMPING!! xxoo

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Hipcamper Amanda

Cozy & magical with 360 views!

Amanda S.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2021

What a special place -- both the land and the bus! We had the good fortune to come during monsoon season, and a rainy evening in the bus, with 360 views, was absolutely magical. Alison and Arianna are doing an amazing job creating a cozy and welcoming space. We couldn't believe how BIG the bus was. It was clean with so many amenities, like candles, hand sanitizer, and teas and coffees. We could've spent much longer there.

Outhouse and solar showering areaFull view of the bus from the back doorSitting area and kitchen tableHaving a cup of tea and enjoying the quiet
Hipcamper Phong
Phong Y.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2021

Clean, nice, all the basic amenities supplied. Great views at night, can see taos city lights in the distance, but the real treat are the stars that surround the area.

Hipcamper Selena

Sacred space

Selena Q.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2021

A very peaceful sacred space. There is a lot of thought into the little details and overall energy of this bus and the outside as well. Arianna and Allison are both awesome, great with communication, and super considerate. The bed was soooooo comfy and cozy, I loved the kitchen setup, and seeing humming birds by the front of the bus was amazing. Would definitely stay again! :)

Hipcamper Britton
Britton Z.
recommends this listing.
June 17th, 2021

The perfect place to enjoy life slow down surrounded by the sun, the moon, and their unobstructed paths across the sky. Alison and Arianna are gracious hosts, and they’ve created a well organized and cozy space. The Carpenter bus itself is stocked with the necessities to cook, clean and enjoy your time, inside and out. The surrounding area offers multiple pathways towards a fulfilling day. You can ditch the car and walk the area to the Tres Orejas Chöten, and both Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge are only a short drive away. For those that like to cook, having the propane stove is the perfect opportunity to bring a stocked cooler and leave everything else behind. I cannot say I’ll have many other opportunities to cook inside a ’71 yellow, school bus (submarine) in the desert, and for all those reasons I hope to visit again.

Hipcamper Kira
Kira S.
recommends this listing.
October 13th, 2020

Fantastic stay at Arianna's and Alison's bus. They have very beautifully decorated the space and provide everything you need - potable and non-potable water, dishes, cleaning supplies, stove, lights, small heater, extra blankets, solar shower, etc. They were extremely thoughtful hosts and met me to show me around the bus, give recommendations on the area and checked in throughout the stay to make sure all was okay and if I needed anything. A great place to stay if you want some peace and quiet with gorgeous views and kind people!

Hipcamper Vingo

The secret of the ‘sage’.

Vingo P.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2020

It exceeded my every expectation from the welcoming hosts to the serenity of the space to the spectacular sunsets.
Both Arianna and Alison were warm and welcoming as they’ve created a space that you won’t want to leave. From the morning sunlight waking you up through each and every window of the bus to the stunning sunsets viewed from this high desert retreat. You’ll feel totally safe and secluded even with not so nearby neighbors.
I’m counting the days til I get back to this dream of a space that provided me with solitude, security and spectacular views from the ‘Sage’.

Storm’s brewing on the horizon. Cloud reflections. Another stunning sunset over the bus. So much space and beauty on a school bus.
Hipcamper Arianna
Response from Arianna, the Host, on October 10th, 2020

Thanks for coming! We so enjoyed having you both here and can't wait to have you back.

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