Come and help on my homestead in the desert near Mesa Verde National Park, USA


United States

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  • Description


    My name is Evan and I moved onto a 4 acre property in Cortez, CO this summer. I currently am living here alone with my 2 cats, Hunter and Calle. I'm from Virginia and came out to Cortez last year and found I loved life in the high desert amongst the mountains. There is a lot of deep native history in this area and I've felt more and more connected to those energies. I work in the table tennis industry and table tennis has been a passion of mine. I also enjoy playing golf, disc golf, archery, meditation and hiking. Always up to have a deep conversation about life and whats going on in this reality.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Mesa Verde National Park is 15 minutes away and there are many historical native sites around the area. I was told there were pottery shards found on the property so there is a lot of history here. Personally I coach table tennis however my tables are not currently setup but am hoping to have those available by October. I've learned to shoot archery and am learning to shoot a rifle. I also have a disc golf basket and so there are recreational opportunities available. We can also learn to can and preserve food together further.

  • Help


    I have many projects that I want to accomplish including adding a kitchen and bathroom to the tiny house shed on the property. As well as finishing a chicken coop/run, putting up fencing around the property and putting together a greenhouse. I have garden beds that I will be growing food in through the fall. So help with gardening and taking care of chickens. I've been getting into canning and preserving food through different methods so that is a new interest. I have some beekeeping equipment if someone wants to help me with that. And then there is a lot of general maintenance stuff like weeding and cleaning around the property. I open to projects that would add to the experience here or make life easier.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There is plenty of space to setup a tent and be near the stream. The tiny house shed is also available however there is no kitchen or bathroom in it. It is probably the nicest space on the property but needs some finishing up. I will offer first preference to someone with experience to help setup the kitchen and bathroom. I can have a port o potty on site if needed. And then the main house (although small) will be available for showering as well as using the bathroom when needed. There is also a small extra room in the house that may be an option as well. I'm happy to share meals or provide food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The house is up on a hill and has great views of Mesa Verde, the La Plata Mountains and the Sleeping Ute Mountain. There is a stream on the property with a natural pool area if you want to take a dip. It's a nice luxury in the desert. It's very peaceful surrounded by sheep and cattle ranches yet only 4 miles from town. You can see the milky way on clear nights. I have a bike that is available for use. As mentioned I also have a disc golf basket and bow and arrows available for use. There is so much to do in the area. Mesa Verde is 15 minutes away. Amazing pueblo sites around the Utah border. Cortez is a small town but has a nice park, recreation center, and there are some good restaurants and breweries. The quaint little towns of Mancos and Dolores are within 20 minutes. You can check out the rivers and there are some great cideries and breweries there as well. Phils World is a top mountain bike trail destination just outside of town. Durango is an hour away if you want to do some shopping. Telluride and Moab are 2 hours away. Tons of hiking trails around and Rico Hot Springs is an hour away. There are some great farmers markets around the area if you like local organic food.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The wifi is good but not great. I am able to stream Youtube and Netflix without many issues.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There are no hookups but plenty of space RV's, vans, etc.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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