Aspen Cabin had everything we needed/wanted for our get-away. Since we usually camp in remote areas, this experience was "luxury" for us! We didn't even have to pitch a tent! Crystal and her partner Star were easy to communicate with and Star was so kind to give us a tour of the off-grid retreat center and tell us a bit more about the property (the retreat center is not far, but the cabin is very secluded and you have complete privacy) There is a house being built "over yonder" (you can barley see it from the cabin). The owners of the house were building one of the the 4 days we were there and had their radio up loud. It wasn't quite the peace and quiet we were after and our hosts kindly asked the neighbors to turn down the music, which they did. All of the other days were very peaceful and we enjoyed just hanging out at the cabin. We took a few walks on the trails and the views/surroundings can't be beat! There is so much land to explore! The view from the cabin is just spectacular as well. The bedroom has HUGE windows that look directly out over the mountains-it's a fantastic sight to wake up to in the morning! One day we drove into Angel Fire and did some mountain biking; the drive was scenic, and took about an hour or so.
Make sure to take enough supplies with you because there really isn't anything nearby (that's the point of this place, right?) A note about the directions: the high ten road is only 1 mile from where the pavement turns to gravel (we watched our odometer to check), not 2 like in the directions. When you get to the top of the road and go through the gate, stay to the left (there's a street sign-if you turn right onto the "loop" or Oak drive, it will take you to the retreat center). Then up on the right there are 2 posts to drive through as you turn. You'll pass a little red barn and corral on your right. You'll pass a dirt rd. on your left. Go a little further and another dirt rd. will be to your left and marked with a wooden stake topped with a bit of bright orange. That is the road to Aspen Cabin.
We definitely recommend 4WD or AWD, as the road is very rocky and slow-going. The area is gorgeous and we are already trying to figure out when we can go back!