I am a Cherokee silversmith working from my 'homestead' in the rural area of Datil, New Mexico. My quiet little property borders national forest. My long term goal is to be semi self sufficient and provide a place for guests to experience life in a simpler way.
This opportunity is perfect for one person or a couple who loves the quiet and solitude of the rural lifestyle. Hiking, 4 wheeling/trail biking, horseback riding, archeological exploration, ghost town exploration, hot springs, fishing, rock climbing, bird and wild animal watching, cozy campfires and deep stargazing will keep you busy.
Rising majestically from the bush and grass of the San Agustin Plains, the Datil Mountains rise to an elevation of 7500 feet nestling the town of Datil at its feet. This picturesque little town was established in 1884 when Levi and Fred Baldwin opened the first store and post office to serve ranchers. Today life centers around the Eagle Guest Ranch, a café, motel, general store, gas station, which acts as the general meeting place for the community and surrounding area. Datil was a cattle watering stop on the historic stock drive from Springerville, Arizona to the railhead in Magdalena, New Mexico.
Spring/Summer/Fall here is like most of New Mexico; warm sun, refreshing air and chilly nights. There is no such thing as smog or a heavy, humid atmosphere. The majority of the precipitation comes during July, August and September in the form of dramatic thundershowers. This is dark sky country, so if you love stargazing, this is the place!!
The Apache and Gila National Forests border one another in this area; the two forests combined cover much of the county. The Continental Divide zig-zags through this mountain complex which is characterized by rugged slopes, narrow canyons, rocky formations, clear mountain streams and evergreen forests. There is good trout fishing and big game hunting, Elk are abundant in the area, but the area also contains deer, bear, big horn sheep, mountain lion and wild turkey as well as many other wild critters.
Located in rural Datil, New Mexico this is a quiet 2 acre property that borders one million acres of Cibola National Forest. It is divided into two sections, an upper area and a lower area. In the lower section I am creating a small traditional Native American homestead, which will consist of a raised garden, hoop greenhouse, chicken coop, traditional pit house, sweat lodge and cold cellar.
The upper section will have two guest teepees, a community fire pit, a picnic table, raised garden, fruit trees and outdoor shower.
Experience in light handyman work, gardening or permaculture is preferred. The type of work includes landscaping/permaculture design/build, painting, watering, gardening, greenhouse growing, install picket fencing, building/setting up a chicken coop, cutting/stacking wood, set up a tipi, design/build outdoor shower etc.
The upper section of the property has two guest teepees/tent camping spots, a fire pit and a picnic table. This upper area is a place to gather around the campfire and enjoy the stars. There is one parking spot for a small van in this area for boondocking only. Well water is available from a nearby spigot.
In the lower section of the property there is a 24ft trailer for housing up to two guests. The trailer is equipped with a king size bed, electricity, propane stove, fridge, bathroom, TV, wifi, picnic table and campfire setup. Next to the trailer is one parking spot for a small van with water/ electric hookup.
Warm showers are available in the main house or by using an outdoor camp shower. There is a wood fired hot tub for all guests to enjoy, although you must gather your own wood, which is plentiful.
There are three private tent camping spots in on the property and two teepee ready to be set up. Well water is available from two spigots.
This area is rural, so having your own transportation is a must. Everyone has different needs and requirements for nourishment, so I leave that up to you. I keep basic vegetarian ingredients on hand. I ask for three hours of work per day. I am open to an ongoing caretaker who is interested in managing the project. I cannot pay any wages, this is strictly a work/live exchange.
My property borders the Cibola National Forest and that makes hiking immediately accessible, but It is necessary that you have your own vehicle while volunteering here. The area is immense and to enjoy the outlaying towns, forests, hiking/climbing locations, lakes/hot springs, archeology sites etc., a vehicle is a must. The town of Datil is about four miles away. It centers around the Eagle Guest Ranch which consists of a café, motel, general store, gas station, and acts as the general meeting place for the community and surrounding area.
The only restrictions: no pets, drugs and smokers MUST smoke outdoors only.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
3 hours per day - You pick the hours