Hipcamp host Arvo T.
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The Hermitory is a single efficiency with futon, sink, rain-water catchment, outhouse, wood-stove and trombe wall located separately from our farm.  It has a deck overlooking the canyon. Please expect to bring own bedding and cooking materials [though we can provide these if necessary]. There is electricity, as well as ice for coolers. If you have  no cell phone/internet ser


The Hermitory is a single efficiency with futon, sink, rain-water catchment, outhouse, wood-stove and trombe wall located separately from our farm.  It has a deck overlooking the canyon. Please expect to bring own bedding and cooking materials [though we can provide these if necessary]. There is electricity, as well as ice for coolers. If you have  no cell phone/internet service [most carriers cover this area] we can provide basic wifi.  Firewood can be purchased, or better even gather it yourself very close by. It is possible to obtain organic greens, eggs and other foods from our farm. Friendly pets ok. Located on 10 acres of mountain desert. 1-5 miles away from river, lake, and hot springs. As internet service is spotty, please call if possible to confirm booking. Listed as drive in, be prepared to walk your supplies from driveway to 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.

please note that our organic farm is entirely off the grid, so electricity and hot water depend somewhat on the weather. there is always enough electricity  to charge phones or laptops, have lights and music, but maybe arc-weld that sculpture somewhere else if it is cloudy?

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Laundry present
Pack it out
Have a question? Send arvo a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Nearby el vado lake is good for bass, some trout and kokanee salmon. even more nearby chama river is EXCELLENT for trout


You can get lost in the wilderness or pick some less challenging routes

Off-roading (OHV)

There are A LOT of trails on public lands, blm, state, national forest, nearby

Snow sports

Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoes. closest downhill skiing in Taos or Wolf Creek [Co}

Wildlife watching

Oh where to start.... golden eagles. bald ones, too. bears. mountain lions. elk. deer bighorn sheep [once in a while] and pret...Read more

Wind sports
Whitewater paddling


Natural features you'll find at Hermitory in New Mexico.


While we are at 'only' 7000ft, the surrounding mountains go up to 11000 and higher

River, stream, or creek

We are at the beginning of a 20-some mile stretch of designated wilderness along the chama river between el vado lake and abiqu...Read more


Organic farm, some lifestock, all on renewable energy [solar, wind, biogas, woodstove


Yep. it's a driveway. you can drive on it

Hot spring
Swimming hole

The vibe at Hermitory

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Hipcamper Anna

Secluded new mexican tiny house

Anna C.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2020

The concept of Arvo’s property was absolutely intriguing. It featured eco friendly amenities such as recycled rain water and solar powered electricity. Arvo had a greenhouse with a shower in it, a chicken coop, a beautiful property, and much much more. The tiny home we stayed in was located in the back of the property. It had a painted glass windows, a sliding door that lead onto the porch, an out house, and running water. We had an incredible view of northern New Mexico. Arvo was extremely friendly and helpful. He gave us plenty of information about the surrounding areas like he knew it as well as the back of his hand. He even helped us by finding a scenic route to take to our next location! I will definitely be recommending this to anyone who passes through the area.

Hipcamper Darby
Darby P.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2017

I had the most enjoyable time with Arvo and Mallory! They took me swimming, mushroom hunting and on a hot spring hike! The hermitory has the an amazing view of the sunset off the back deck. I also enjoyed hanging with the raven that comes to visit during the day! Thanks for the experience!

Hipcamper Chris
Chris S.
recommends this listing.
May 14th, 2019

Such a cool little place! Arvo and Mallory are very welcoming and shared lots of info about the local area, even taking me to a few incredibly beautiful spots. They were responsive to my questions before arriving. Showed me around, making me feel comfortable when I checked in. And were available when I had questions or needed something during my stay. The Hermitory is a great little off the grid building to hang out and get away. Very simple, but so much! Perfect spot to catch up on some reading or do some writing. Overlooks an arroyo and numerous plateaus that photos don't do justice. Incredible views, day and night. It is quiet! Snowed when I was there but the building was very warm, even before starting a fire. Lots of open land in all directions. Two huge lakes and awesome river with hot springs nearby. Tried to be lazy and relax, but there is so much to do to stay busy; even when the weather isn't so wonderful. Great spot to have as a center point to travel back n forth to Alamosa, Pagosa Spgs, Taos or Santa Fe (about 2hrs away or less). T-Mobile was not providing me any bars but the drive wasn't very far to get some phone/internet service. Stayed a week. Could've stayed a month! Will be going back.

Hipcamper Elisabeth

Cozy beautiful adventure time

Elisabeth P.
recommends this listing.
January 14th, 2020

We absolutely loved staying here! The cabin was cozy and warm, even though it was below freezing and snowy almost the entire time we were visiting (mid-December). Arvo was a great host and super helpful. He showed us a beautiful hike to hot springs, and helped us learn how to use the cabin, like making fires in the masonry stove, and using the insulation panels. We also loved all the animals at the place, including the sweetest dog, ducks, geese and goats. The area around the Hermitory is stunning. We loved hiking in the canyons and seeing mule deer and ravens. The sunsets were so beautiful every night and the stars were incredible! We were so sad to leave--the place really grabbed our hearts. I would love to return here in the winter again, or any season.

Hipcamper Kimberly
Kimberly M.
recommends this listing.
April 9th, 2020

I had a great time at the Hermitory. I was there for four days and had everything I needed. Private views, seclusion and it was a beautiful area for some daily hikes. Arvo was great and super helpful. I will definitely be back next time I need a quiet space to get away. Plus the futon bed was super comfy! And the views out the back porch were amazing to wake up to.

Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn R.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2020

My friends and I couldn’t be more satisfied with our trip to Arvo’s. He was extremely accommodating- showed us around his farm and gave us a lot of great suggestions for things to do/see. He showed us a trail head to the most amazing hike to some hot springs. Arvo is knowledgeable about the people, animals, and land of his region which made for so many great learning opportunities. We got so much more out of than camping out of this stay and I couldn’t recommend this place more :)

Hipcamper marick

A unique experience

Marick F.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2020

The hermitory is unique and so is Arvo. The view from the deck is breath taking . The whole experience felt like being in another world altogether , away from society and fully In wild nature . The only 2 things not so satisfying are: lack of screen doors which meant we were invaded by flies and other creatures and the dry toilet needing a cleanup.. Arvo is attentive to his guests while remaining discreet.

Hipcamper Janice
Janice J.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 24th, 2017

Mallary will do all she can to make you feel comfortable and secure. Make sure you communicate with her BEFORE your journey. Phone reception is not possible, at least with AT&T, a very important piece of advice.

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 9th, 2018

Staying at the Hermitory was a very unique and adventurous experience! Arvo (host) was a very friendly, nice man who even met us at the end of the road to lead us into his property when we first arrived. The cabin/single efficiency was very nice and quaint. There was a sink in the Hermitory, an outhouse to use right outside the door, and it also had a great view from the deck. There was also a nice canyon to explore right in front of the Hermitory. There were animals on the property; cats, dogs, chickens, potbelly pigs, and even a goat. It was nice to spend time with these animals. Arvo gave us a tour of the property, showed us his herb, and vegetable garden, and welcomed us to take anything we would like from the garden. In the house, we also got to meet the raven that visits daily. As far as the property, most of the property is a "work in progress" and there tends to be a lot of reusable/recyclable material on the property. Arvo also has interns that stay on the property as he teaches them about self-sustaining homes and efficiency. GPS cannot take you directly to the property, and it is best to call 1-2 days ahead for directions, because it is kind of tricky to get there.

HermitoryHermitoryInside the efficiency.  View from inside the efficiency.
New Mexico
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