Hipcamp host Sandy W.,
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(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

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(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!)

Lodging provided
Treehouse
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Sandy a message!
  • 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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Charcoal

8 lb bags of charcoal available for the old fashioned charcoal bbq.

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Propane Included for BBQ and Shower

Propane is provided for a large BBQ and the hot water shower.

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

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Boating

Santa Cruz Lake is about 25 min away. Bring your own boat.

Fishing

Trout streams close by in forest, a river one mile down in the canyon, or Rio Grande 45 min.

Paddling

Santa Cruz Lake is 25 min away. Rio Grande is about 40-45 min.

Off-roading (OHV)

There are trails in the forest suitable for atvs - or Sandy can take you in the UTV.

Snow sports

Snowshoes available for rent. Also bring your cross country skis.

Whitewater paddling

At the Rio Grande, about 45 min away.

Wildlife watching

Elk, deer, mountain lions, bears, hawks, eagles, many colorful birds and small animals.

Hiking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at New Mexico Enchanting Treehouse in New Mexico.

Forest

Carson National Forest

Lake

25-30 min down the road is Santa Cruz Lake for boating, fishing, picnic, hiking.

Canyon

Canyon at back of ranch 1 mile hike down to magical, romantic river. Other canyons in area.

Mountainous

About as close to the beautiful peaks as you can get without backpacking.

River

Truchas means "trout." Mountain streams throughout the forest, and a river close by.

Ranch

80 acre ranch with trees, meadows, buffalo, 2 rescued mustangs, streams, koi fish ponds, trails, and log homestead ruins.

Driveway

Dirt lane from road up through ranch to treehouse.

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Hipcamper Joe

Quiet treehouse mountains buffalo

Joe T.
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June 14th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

We are looking forward to your visit again, Joe and Amber! You are such a great photographer ... another bison calf to photograph!

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Hipcamper Dyanna

Beautiful, unique, magical stay!

Dyanna C.
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June 21st, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

It is so wonderful that you and Brett enjoyed your stay, and had magnificent nature and spiritual (magical) experiences. The treehouse and Enchanted Circle are waiting for your return :)

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie B.
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June 27th, 2021

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place! Sandy was the perfect host, and the land is pure magic. The view from the treehouse is gorgeous too!

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on June 29th, 2021

Hi, Katie, I am so delighted that you all enjoyed the beauty and magic here in the mountains. It was wonderful to visit with you, and I look forward to a return visit when you have time.

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Hipcamper Hayden

Magical treehouse!

Hayden C.
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June 5th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on June 6th, 2021

Hi, Hayden, it was a delight to have you and the family stay, and so glad you enjoyed nature and sleeping up in the pines. Next time you visit, I'll take you up in the woods where you can have a beautiful picnic beside a trout stream. Many blessings to you and yours, and look forward to seeing you again. Sandy

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Hipcamper Conor
Conor D.
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July 12th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

Hi, Conor, it was wonderful to have you visit the mountains, and I'm so glad you immersed yourself in the beauty and nature. It's waiting for your return!

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Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda P.
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July 12th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

Hi, Amanda, the ranch, the buffalo, all of Mother Nature, enjoyed your visit and look forward to embracing you all again soon. Big hugs from me and all the nature spirits!

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Hipcamper NATHAN

Earthly encounter

Nathan B.
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July 12th, 2021

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

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

Thank you, Nathan! C'mon back and do a little fishing! Next time I'll take you down to Santa Cruz Lake - fishing, hiking, picnic ... beautiful! Blessings to everyone, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Velora P.
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July 16th, 2021

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.

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Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 17th, 2021

So looking forward to your return Velora! More tours, and definitely a midnight, magical fire under the stars! Perhaps more rock hounding in the forest! Big hugs, and can't wait to meet Chuck :)

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Hipcamper Sarah

Fantastical, unique, peaceful!

Sarah E.
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July 23rd, 2021

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!

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Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 23rd, 2021

The buffalo are waiting for your return visit and more treats! It was wonderful to spend some time, and to share our starry skies, sunrise over the peaks and sunsets. You are a lovely, adventurous lady and we appreciate your care of the site. Come back soon!

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Property
Tatanka Mountain Treehouse
State
New Mexico
Country
United States
$125/night
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