Please be aware that we do have wildlife that comes through as we're right by National Forest. If you are not comfortable with a bear visiting looking for food, this is probably not the perfect place to stay as we are remote! Located in the mountains by Pecos, only 25 min drive to Santa Fe and 15 min to the Pecos canyon. Get the best of both worlds. Suitable for a couple or
Please be aware that we do have wildlife that comes through as we're right by National Forest. If you are not comfortable with a bear visiting looking for food, this is probably not the perfect place to stay as we are remote! Located in the mountains by Pecos, only 25 min drive to Santa Fe and 15 min to the Pecos canyon. Get the best of both worlds. Suitable for a couple or small family that seeks an outdoor experience and want to reconnect with nature. "Prairie Fire" has no electricity but candles, solar lights and oil lamps do the job. Site is secluded. Cell reception is spotty depending on provider and location. Wi-Fi access only available by parking area/host residence. Please check in before it gets dark (around 8:15 pm during summer months and 7:15 pm spring/fall) in order to avoid getting lost as we have no light pollution and it's dark!
Enjoy the unique experience in the magical La Cueva valley right by the Santa Fe National Forest. Pitch your tent or stay in our romantic hand painted 18' tipi "Prairie Fire" overlooking the arroyo on our picturesque 30 acre forest property. The cozy space has a queen size bed and a couch that turns into a bed. Do you take the road less traveled and like to be off the beaten path? Friendly pets are welcome, we do recommend to leave them on a leash especially if they tend to wander. Please let me know if you bring animals as there are other dogs on the property. There is a lot of wildlife that comes through. Please do not feed the wildlife and keep your food locked up or up in the trees. We do have bears, mountain lions, chipmunks, raccoons, deer, bobcats and many birds. , etc.
The restroom is a converted horse trailer with hot water, electricity and a compost toilet (shared with two camp sites). Firewood can be collected if there is no fire ban in place in Santa Fe County (fire ban generally from May through mid July before the monsoon season). The fire pit may be used to cook. There is also a Weber charcoal BBQ at the site.
The tepee is ideal for two people and max two children. Please add the additional extra person fee for any child over 2 year of age.
We consider last minute stays, overnighters, and tent camping.
Things to consider and be aware of:
We're located about 2 miles down a dirt road. During bad weather the road might be a bit slippery, a 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicle is recommended but not necessary.
To get to the teepee, it's a short walk. If you have a 4x4, you can drive to the site if the weather permits (at your own risk).
Best to do shopping and get gas in Santa Fe before you head up the mountain as there are only a few options.
We are at 7,300 feet. It gets cold during the winter months. Bring warm layers.
Things to do: A hiking trail wanders to the top of the hill that is overlooks our valley. If you want to explore more, the county dirt road goes up to Glorieta Baldy that has a view all the way to Albuquerque and the Espanola valley. There is also an old abandoned fire lookout tower (closed). Pecos river and canyon, Pecos National Historic Park and Monastery Lake (fishing) are about 8 miles.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Briquettes/lighter fluid for portable Charcoal Grill
Stunning ridge hike
Join us for a 2 hr hike to the ridge top and back... Our property has beauti...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Glorieta Camps is just on the other side of the ridge. They have a mountain bike trail that going up the ridge that is accessib...Read more
Lots of hiking on and right off the property. National Forest just down the road.
Property has some big boulders and hillside
Birds, bears, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, rabbits etc.
Natural features you'll find at Magical La Cueva Prairie Fire Tipi in New Mexico.
The area is called La Cueva.. There is a cave in the National Forest.
Mesa or canyon
We have several arroyos that flash flood when it rains hard.
Ridge on property is about 600 ft in elevation gain.
River, stream, or creek
Seasonal creek runs through lower part of the property as well as in National Forest. Generally runs in Spring from snow melt o...Read more
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The location and tipi itself was absolutely breathtaking! Susanne was so warm and inviting and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable! I’d highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a different way to camp. There’s even a hiking trail that Susanne marked on her property that we really enjoyed as well as many of her recommended spots. It was a GREAT experience!!
The magic tipi was perfect. It was just what I needed for a solo trip in the southwest. It had a lot of comforts and immediately felt cozy. Susanne, the host, was rad and very helpful. The location was close enough to town (about 20 min) but far enough out to feel secluded. I can’t wait to come stay here again!
Prairie fire tipi
Great little spot set back about 40 yards or so behind the personal residence but still far enough to feel secluded. The tipi was in good condition and the inside was comfortable. The host was onsite and very nice and helpful. She had noted there were electric blankets but we were ok without them turned on over Memorial weekend. Plenty of firewood around to be used and flat spots for tents if need be. I don't think I would really recommend more than 2 people in the tipi although there was futon if you wanted to use it. The open air horse trailer converted into a bathroom / shower / mini kitchen was pretty well done. Overall, it was a nice spot for a night if you are looking for something a little different.
The property and the owner were amazing. The view was so beautiful and peaceful. The owner's attention to detail was immaculate. Our only disappointment was that we didn't get a picture with Scooby..but we met another fine fella..we think his name is Arthur.
Very unique location & setup
Susanne was a great host. We enjoyed visiting the Pecos Wilderness thanks to her suggestion. The tipi was perfect for our stay in Santa Fe. It’s only 20 minutes into town but far enough out to enjoy some relaxation and nature. We didn’t want to leave.
A cozy night stay
Our stay in the tipi was a blast! When my husband and I arrived, the host and her dog showed us around the property. The tipi was filled with all the essentials and the bed was incredibly comfy. It ended up storming the night we stayed, but we felt warm and cozy inside. There's a great hiking trail to the top of the mountain her property is on. It's all clearly marked and easy to navigate. The horse trailer transformed into a bathroom was awesome, and so cleverly done! Seriously, this host was so accommodating and she really went all out when thinking of what to provide for her guests. My husband and I highly recommend staying at her tipi and will be back again!