We (T.J. and Lisa) are professionals who left Silicon Valley in California to pursue a more adventurous lifestyle. We have two dogs; a two-year-old Australian Shepherd, Q, and a Golden Retriever puppy, Sophie. We also have two horses; Biskit, a Palamino and Jesse, a Mustang. The property sits on 35 acres with 360-degree views of mountains, canyons, and a world heritage site. It includes a meadow, a forest with hiking trails, raised garden beds, a pond, and horse facilities. All within 2 miles of the historic town of Mancos, Colorado.
Help in the house
Depending on the season, volunteer assignments include gardening, mowing, tree planting and care, animal care, cleaning horse pen, ditch irrigation, fire mitigation and general maintenance projects. Building projects include minor renovations. Also looking for carpentry and automotive experience.
Two types of accommodations for singles or couples only: 1) Guest bedroom with queen bed, private bath and laundry located within home. 2) 17 ft Sportsman camper on property with queen bed, pull out single bed, kitchen and bath with toilet and shower. Private outdoor space with firepit. Three meals a day and snacks included. Option to eat dinner with family or on your own.
We are located in Western Colorado, USA, in the Mancos Valley. Mancos is a historical community at 7,000 feet elevation that sits on the cusp of the magnificent La Plata mountains and national forests where you can camp, fish, mountain bike, ski, and hike. Mancos is the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, a world heritage site. We are also within driving distance of other national parks; Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Hovenweep, and Canyonlands. Durango is a 30-minute drive which includes world class fly fishing, rafting, and the famous Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Train.
Public Transportation is not available so a rental car or personal vehicle is best if you want to explore the area. Guest may use host bike.
Expectations of others in our home are to display the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We are kind, gracious and enjoy casual or meaningful conversations.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Both TJ and Lisa have worked in the tech industry and education. TJ is an artist, graphic designer, and volunteer. She is also an avid horseman. Lisa is an Executive Director for a nonprofit and volunteers on national boards and locally. She loves kayaking and gardening. Both are involved in the surrounding communities and enjoying sharing this beautiful spot on the planet.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, prefer 1 week stay