While they do not encourage, rather, allow trespassers, the visitors center was closed and I was just DYING to see these bad boys that made me literally stop dead in my tracks when we were passing by. Hubs and I had seen a documentary about funky, completely sustainable homes made from solely from recycled materials and I couldn’t believe I randomly stumbled upon them in this quiet section of New Mexico.
We took a quick little loop in the main driveway just as the sun was setting. We respected the visitors and homeowners in this private community, but we’re able to see these amazing structures somewhat up close. Close enough to see that what looked like little hundreds of rhinestones or grommets of sorts were actually recycled bottles! Very, very cool!! Mind blowing actually. We noted the fantasy like shapes which the girls thought looked like curvy castles. We saw the solar panels and of course the gorgeous snow capped San Cristobal Mountains in the distance.
You can actually rent these homes which are located just near the ski mountains making it a perfect stay any time of year! Information for rentals and tours are on their websites which is quite informative. There you can read about their mission and where all over the world these Earthships are located such as Haiti, Indonesia and Northern Europe. You can even order Earthship kits to make your own! How wild?! There’s also an Earthship Survival App! What?!
I absolutely LOVE and am fascinated by all things green and the Earthship concept! All Earthships follow the same design principles:
-Thermal/solar cooling & heating
-Contained Sewage Treatment- the homes reuse all household waste without polluting.
-Recycled and Natural materials- all materials must be locally sourced by products
-Water Harvesting- all rain water and snow melt is collected and reused 4 times!
-Food Production- the gallons of water from the sinks and showers can be used for all year growing produce indoors.
If you are just a little bit green and want to learn how people push self-sustainability to the ultimate limit, this place is for you! Whether you’re driving by, want to plan a stay in one of these wonders, tour the interior, or even build your own, this is your place! Outstanding!
A stay here is definitely on my radar for my next visit to this region! It’s located just down the road from The Rio Grande Overlook Bridge and on the journey from Ojo Caliente and Taos Pueblo making it a convenient stat while visited either or both of those attractions.