Tired of the hotel scene? Ready to step out and explore some out-of-the-box accommodations? Have you always wanted to stay in a tipi or a yurt? We’ve got those covered, and more. Check out these unique New Mexico Airbnb offerings and start planning your next adventure.
1. Geodesic Earth Dome (El Prado)
There is a lot artfully tucked into this 30-foot-around dome: kitchen, clawfoot tub, toilet, sleeping loft (with a skylight over the bed) and living area. It even has internet. The host does warn that the dome has its quirks. Some guests are uncomfortable with the composting toilet and the few spiders that tend to the pest control.
El Prado is minutes from Taos. Rates start at $55 per night. Up to three guests ($10 extra per night for a third person), but better for solo travelers or couples. No pet allowed due to free-range chickens on the property. More about the
Geodesic Earth Dome
2. Vintage 1948 Spartan (Santa Fe)
This throw-back getaway is located in the village of La Cienega, just outside of Santa Fe. The newly renovated 1948 Spartan Camper has a queen bed, full bathroom with shower, and a cozy living room with a couch and chair. Don't let the word "vintage" fool you though. The kitchen is up to date with a microwave and fridge.
Guests rave about the special touches and decorations in the camper. Rates start at $69 per night. Two people. No pets. There is no internet or TV, but the host provides a portable DVD player and some movies. As a bonus, a local petroglyph hike is nearby. More about the
3. Earthroom (Santa Fe)
If you are into sustainable, green vacations, this is the place for you. As well as being partly built into the earth for energy-efficiency, the"earthroom" and its main house run off solar power. The room has a fully-equipped kitchen, separate living and dining areas, and a sleeping alcove. With a mere 620 square feet of space, details matter. The brick floors, hand-painted walls, and artful decor were all chosen to enhance the space.
Rates start at $125 per night. Accommodates up to three people, with a bedroom and a sofa bed. No smoking. No pets. There is satellite TV and wi-fi. Guests can also enjoy the two-person sauna and swimming hole on the property. More about the
4. Earthship Studio (Taos)
If you have ever wanted to stay in an earthship, this is your chance. This studio is off-the-grid, but it has everything the modern guest could want – wi-fi, flat screen TV, well-equipped kitchen and a deep tub for soaking. Best of all, the energy-efficient earthship design keeps the room at a perfect 72 degrees, year-round.
Located on a mesa just outside of Taos in an earthship community, this studio offers peace and quiet and unparalleled views of the sunset and starry skies. From $125 per night. Pets allowed with extra fee. Can sleep up to four.
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5. Yurt (Arroyo Secco)
This is a solo traveler's oasis. Located down a winding dirt road in Arroyo Secco, the location offers privacy and a chance to be in nature without actually roughing it. It has a basic kitchen, good for simple meals, and a small fridge. The shared bathhouse has toilet, shower, and laundry facilities.
The yurt property is 20 minutes to downtown Taos and 10 minutes to the ski area. Hike, bike, or just hang out on the landscaped grounds. From $59 per night. Sleeps one, with a comfy, real bed. No smoking. No pets. It does have wireless internet. More about the
6. Glamping Tipi (Cloudcroft)
The "Sun and Sky" tipi is a mix of camping and comfort. The tipi is 20 feet in diameter, providing 314 square feet of space – enough room for a regulation queen bed (complete with pillow top mattress), a table and chair set, and a chest. Open the fire flaps to enjoy the night sky or get romantic under the candlelight chandelier.
Cook on the provided propane grill and picnic at the outside table. There is a private potty and a shared outdoor shower. Rates start at $95 per night. Add two cots and the tipi sleeps up to four. There is no cell or wi-fi service, so unplug and relax! More about the
7. Authentic Tipi (Carson)
Just bring your sleeping bag and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the Rio Grande, just feet away. The tipi is close to hiking, rafting, rock climbing, and fishing. No glamping here, but you do get a large mattress and wood stove heat.
Nights at the tipi start at $65. Sleeps up to four. Facilities include an outhouse with composting toilet. No smoking. No pets. More about the
Rio Grande Tipi
8. Tortilla Bus (Taos)
The Tortilla Bus is one of several getaways available in an off-the-grid community in Madrid. Perched atop a mesa, two miles off the main road, the bus offers a clean, quiet get away. It has a queen-sized bed and woodstove heat in the winter. There is no running water, but the host provides water for drinking and dishes. Visitors are welcome to cook in the open-air community kitchen. There are no refrigerators, but coolers are available.
Hike the canyon near the community or venture into the artsy ville of Madrid, about five minutes away. The Tortilla Bus is good for couples or the solo traveler. Rates start at $45 per night. No smoking inside. The road to the property is bumpy so a 4-wheel drive is recommended. Well behaved pets are welcome. More about the
9. Organic Farm Trailer
Experience Taos at its funky best. Guests at this organic micro-green farm trailer remark on the property's peace and rustic simplicity. The trailer is cute and comfortable with hardwood floors, custom curtains and plenty of blankets. There is no running water in the trailer but water is provided. Also, expect an outdoor composting toilet and shower (but it does have hot water).
Located at the edge of the farm, the trailer offers privacy, except for the occasional visiting cat. Rates start at $39 per night. Accommodates two adults who like being cozy. No pets. There is internet on the property, but the signal is weak at the trailer. More about the
Organic Farm Trailer
So, which of these colorful places is next on your vacation list? More information and booking availability can be found at