(NOTE: For Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, 3 nights minimum required. Thanks!)
Mystical views into the peaks, forests of juniper and pine, nearby trout streams and magical canyons, this historic ranch was home to the Comanche, defending their land against Spanish settlers. A small herd of Tatanka (buffalo) roam freely on the ranch, where years ago thousands once
(NOTE: For Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, 3 nights minimum required. Thanks!)
Mystical views into the peaks, forests of juniper and pine, nearby trout streams and magical canyons, this historic ranch was home to the Comanche, defending their land against Spanish settlers. A small herd of Tatanka (buffalo) roam freely on the ranch, where years ago thousands once lived.
Cozy and romantic, Tatanka Treehouse offers magnificent starry skies (night sky photographers come to this spot for Orion's Belt and the Milky Way - including one whose photos appear on the NASA website). Painters come for the magic of the peaks, and writers for spiritual inspiration. If you are seeking peace, or an 'other worldly' connection, here you may find sacred connections through meditation ... or even UFOs. If being One with Nature calls, Nature will embrace you. If you love birds, we have a myriad of beautiful ones. If you love wildlife, you might see elk leaping the fences, deer, eagles and hawks, and even a bear or mountain lion. If you have ever wanted to look into the eyes of a buffalo and feel the power and sacredness of this beautiful animal (can only be done with Sandy - do not approach alone), or want to meditate in the "Enchanted Circle" where elders used to watch fairies dance in the circle of trees at night, or gather juniper berries (as the Navajo have always done for protection), then this land will speak to you.
The Treehouse is small and delightfully cozy with Southwest decor, a comfy daybed, pop up trundle, a queen bed in a loft with a window to the sunrise over the peaks and the stars, and a balcony all around - views that are breathtaking. Below are both propane and charcoal barbecues, two picnic tables, a large firepit perfect for marshmallows, storytelling and cooking on the old fashioned Mexican wok. There is a nice bathroom/shower on the property, a camp toilet up on the balcony, and a wash basin and hand towels inside.
Hiking is everywhere, rock hounding, and there is an 1800's log homestead ruins abandoned by the settlers during the Indian raids. And what better place for hippies to camp out when Janis Joplin, Hendrix and others had their love-ins and parties here? (Janis's old school bus is still here). The historic village of Truchas (founded in 1754) has not changed much, except for the many artists who hide out here and sell beautiful art from their home studios (Truchas is also where Robert Redford filmed The Milagro Beanfield War, down the road from the ranch). Nearby are three ancient adobe churches of the Spanish Colonial style - one is El Santuario de Chimayo, known for yearly pilgrimages of thousands, and visitors seeking healing at the site of the miracle of a cross that emerged from the ground. Within 30 to 45 minutes you can go wine tasting, visit Santa Cruz Lake for fishing, boating and picnicking, eat at the award-winning Rancho de Chimayo (15 min) or the quaint bistro in Penasco called Sugar Nymphs, view Big Horn sheep in the canyon along the Rio Grande, and white water raft. We are also 50 min away from either Santa Fe or Taos.
Your host (Sandy) is available for a hired tour in a comfortable UTV around the ranch, into the forest for picnic, fishing, and mystical meditation spots; the historic churches and local area, or to the wineries for a little local tasting. At the back of the ranch is a hiking trail (about a mile) to a secluded, romantic river in a canyon, and several trails and streams in the forest 1/2 mile away. And if you like gathering quartz (all colors), mica, lava, granite rocks, they are everywhere. There is also a beautiful lake a few minutes down the road for swimming, kayaking, fishing, picnics and hikes.
Dishes, bedding, TP, water, firewood for the firepit and propane for the bbq are all supplied. Bags of charcoal are available for purchase.
If connecting with Creator, nature, history or your true self is calling, here you will find it. (P.S. Mentored for 25 years by a Creek Indian medicine man, Sandy is available for meditation training and spiritual and afterlife counseling). Come - exhale - and discover magic. (A 10' x 12' TENT is also available for rent).
(REMINDER: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas requires 3 nights minimum. Thanks much!)
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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UTV Ranch Tour $30 total up to 4 pp
Take a tour of the ranch, see the Tatanka (buffalo) up close for photos, feed...Read more
8 lb bags of charcoal available for the old fashioned charcoal bbq.
Propane Included for BBQ and Shower
Propane is provided for a large BBQ and the hot water shower.
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Many people love to bike the curvy road between Truchas and Chimayo (10 miles from ranch to Chimayo), or bike the mountain trai...Read more
Santa Cruz Lake is about 25 min away. Bring your own boat.
Trout streams close by in forest, a river one mile down in the canyon, or Rio Grande 45 min.
Santa Cruz Lake is 25 min away. Rio Grande is about 40-45 min.
There are trails in the forest suitable for atvs - or Sandy can take you in the UTV.
Snowshoes available for rent. Also bring your cross country skis.
At the Rio Grande, about 45 min away.
Elk, deer, mountain lions, bears, hawks, eagles, many colorful birds and small animals.
Natural features you'll find at New Mexico Enchanting Treehouse in New Mexico.
Carson National Forest
25-30 min down the road is Santa Cruz Lake for boating, fishing, picnic, hiking.
Canyon at back of ranch 1 mile hike down to magical, romantic river. Other canyons in area.
About as close to the beautiful peaks as you can get without backpacking.
Truchas means "trout." Mountain streams throughout the forest, and a river close by.
80 acre ranch with trees, meadows, buffalo, 2 rescued mustangs, streams, koi fish ponds, trails, and log homestead ruins.
Dirt lane from road up through ranch to treehouse.
Places to see near Tatanka Mountain Treehouse
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Quiet treehouse mountains buffalo
This was an awesome place to stay. My wife and I were looking for a last minute place to camp and get away from everything for a little bit and we stumbled upon this gem. We stayed 3 nights in this treehouse. Sandy is very friendly and gave us a UTV tour of the area and even took us up more into the forest so we can picnic by a stream. This location is quiet and the views are amazing. Very relaxing and a good place to get away. It was awesome watching the stars at night. There is buffalo on this ranch and they walk around freely which makes this place even more magical. Sandy offered for us to tag a long one sunset to go check on the buffalo, which we were able to get some pretty cool upclose pics. This place is pretty comfy with everything you need such as multiple cooking equioment, a water tank nearby, a hammock, chairs, blankets, small portable toilet upstairs, and a shovel. The bathroom is a short walk or drive away but it is very clean and seems pretty new with hot water and a shower. Can't wait to go back!
Beautiful, unique, magical stay!
This land, and beautiful treehouse was our favorite part of being in the desert of NM. Sandy and Jerry are incredible hosts. Each morning and evening was more breathtaking than the precious. This sacred land is rich in history and beauty. We can’t wait to return. If you take the time to listen and be who knows what you’ll discover.
We had a wonderful time at Sandy's property! Sandy took the time to show us around and give us helpful information. She put so much love and thought into all of the details inside the treehouse. We took our 4 year old and pup. They had a complete blast exploring the property and playing in the treehouse. The pup would go up the stairs but we did need to carry her down. Sandy was extremely responsive and helpful for all of our needs during the stay! The views during the day and the night are spectacular. Thanks you for the memories we will never forget!
We had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend at the Truchas Treehouse! The views from the property are breathtaking, the sunrise and sunset gorgeous, the small herd of Buffalo majestic and awe-inspiring, the treehouse comfortable and fun. Sandy is the most gracious host, her enthusiasm for all the property has to offer will have you hunting for fairies spying for UFOs. Do yourself a favor and spend a couple nights unplugging and connecting with the serenity and peacefulness of nature in Truchas!
Incredible is the first word that comes to mind when I think about our experience here. The treehouse and camping ground were very comfortable and provided for all of our needs. The wild Buffalo roamed around us while we sat by the campfire. The peace that a buffalo emanates is something every person should experience at least once. We kept at least 100 quartz rocks that cover this land and make the soil sparkle at night. We fed wild mustangs that Sandy, the host, had rescued. We picnicked by a mountain stream so clear that we drank from it. I recommend purchasing the tour. There are so many beautiful things to see in the surrounding area. Sandy, the host, quickly became a mentor and part of the family. The entire time we were there, it felt as if we were in a bubble of peace, where time didn’t exist. I’m still buzzing from it. I recommend this experience for anyone looking to heal and recharge. You will never be the same.
The place is incredible . U should go. U may not see fairies, u may not see Bigfoot, although you may. The land here is enchanted, and the beauty of the forest and surrounding peaks are more than enough, as they are. Sandy and Jerry are gracious people who will be happy to have u in their expansive surroundings
It’s unlike anywhere else. Magic is the word everyone uses when signing the guest book. The house is just the right size and there’s a wonderful sleeping loft. Everything you need is provided except for your food. Sandy is an attentive and gracious host. Definitely go on the ATV tour. I have already booked to come back.
Fantastical, unique, peaceful!
What an amazing and truly unique experience! Cute treehouse with everything you want or need, beautiful, peaceful scenery, amazing stories from super-friendly hosts on an amazing tour! And getting to meet and feed buffalo up-close! WOW! Special memories to last a lifetime! Thank you, Sandy and Jerry! I can't wait to go back!