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Experience Living In the American Southwest - New Mexico, USA

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  • Last activity: 14 fev. 2024



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    Seeking a unique cultural experience surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the U.S.?

    Curious about off-grid living?

    Looking for a way to explore a deeper connection to the Earth and nature?

    I’d love to host you.

    Hi, I’m Alex. I live off the grid on ten acres of pinyon-juniper 'pygmy forest' and sage, in the high desert of NW New Mexico.

    This area is rich with archaeological traces of indigenous cultures. Numerous modern-day Native communities live nearby—including the Navajo Nation and Southern Ute.

    I’m an archaeologist and would be thrilled to share my knowledge with you.

    You’ll enjoy amazing sunrise views of the San Juan and La Plata Mountains in Colorado. Take in the breathtaking sight of Angel Peak and other mesas in NM at sunset.

    Explore mountains, canyons, rivers, mesas, forests, and deserts in every direction.

    Here you’ll become attuned to the rhythm of nature. Wander “out your door” into miles of public lands. While gaining firsthand experience in gardening off the grid, water reclamation, composting, solar usage, and more via your work exchange here.

    The property is just an hour SE of Durango, CO—a cosmopolitan mountain town overflowing with restaurants, guided outdoor adventure opportunities, and a lively art scene. Navajo Lake and the San Juan River are about 30 minutes away—perfect for fishing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and kayak enthusiasts.

    I’m a kind, progressive person who values international travel and cultural exchange. I hope you’ll consider spending some time here. I can’t wait to meet you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Construção/faça você mesmo
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Manutenção geral
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    >Discover traces of indigenous cultures.
    >Live in proximity to modern-day Native communities.
    >Learn from a professional archaeologist with over 25 years of experience.
    >Grow food at high altitudes in arid conditions.
    >Experience the process of composting and building soil.
    >Investigate off-grid living as an option for yourself.
    >Connect and develop a friendship with a U.S. native—sharing stories and learning from each other.
    >Enjoy the fruits of your labor if you’re present when crops are harvested (details TBD.)
    >Benefit from access to a variety of boats and adventure gear to facilitate your free time explorations in the area.
    >Utilize the private mountain biking/hiking trail built on the property.
    >Explore thousands of acres of public land bordering the property.

  • Help


    The property has two gardens—a greywater garden and a larger drip-irrigated garden. I’m seeking help with both gardens and miscellaneous projects around the property. Potential work needs include planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, light carpentry, etc.

    I’m looking for someone to put in roughly 15 hours of work each week, over three to five days per week. We’ll work out a flexible schedule that feels good for both of us.

    In exchange for your kind labor, you’ll receive a safe, one-of-a-kind free place to stay with beautiful views, immediate access to public lands, and shared harvest (if you’re here at that time.)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Japanese: Beginner
    Khmer: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I’m an ongoing student of Espanol, current student of Japanese, and a former student of Khmer. I’d love to continue learning either language—or other languages—by working with a native speaker. I’m happy to help you learn English too.

  • Accommodation


    Camping style accommodations. I’ll provide a large 6-person tent if needed, or you can bring your tent, tipi, camper, vehicle, or van. There is a composting toilet on the property and access to plenty of potable water.

    There are multiple locations on the 10-acre property for camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I’ve traveled all over the U.S.—and to many places in the world. I believe the Four Corners area of the Southwestern U.S. is one of the most interesting and visually striking regions of North America. There are countless national parks and monuments, state parks, and other public lands to explore in this region.

    Hiking, backpacking, rafting, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding are all easy to access here. These are activities that I participate in regularly. I’m happy to make suggestions for adventures in your free time and to share gear with you if I have what you’re looking for.


    It is somewhat remote, so having your own vehicle would be ideal. Alternately, I’m willing to provide a ride to Durango, CO at least once a week if I’m already headed there.

    Please reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to connecting with you.

    One Love.

  • 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

    Digital nomads are welcome. If you have a hotspot, you’ll be able to access a decent cell signal here from most cell carriers. Please note that my internet access for work comes from my hotspot—I do not have wifi or satellite internet to share for streaming. However, I’m willing to allow Workaway guests to use the hot spot for brief periods if needed.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Vans and campers are welcome. The road access is unpaved and road conditions vary—depending upon the weather. It would be difficult to navigate for RVs.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    You’re welcome to bring pets with you that are friendly with other dogs and people—as I occasionally have guests and other dogs come to visit.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 287427143232



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