If I'd wish to have a great cultural and ecological experience while on vacation in the mountains, I'd certainly choose this home, for myself and my family. SPIRIT WIND RANCH sits in the midst of its own sanctuary: "Talahogan Sanctuary for Wild and Domestic Life", boasting a varied flora and fauna, amongst big Ponderosa and Alligator-juniper trees. Fantastic, colorful rock formations crown the peaceful surroundings, enticing for strolls in the meadows, and hikes up ridges offering breathtaking views of the valleys below. Archaeological Anazasi sites are found to enjoy as well, while walking around the property, and beyond.
This ranch of 305 private acres, is located 2 miles away from the famed "Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary", a few more miles from the "El Morro National Monument", the "Ice Caves", the "El Malpais Park" with its "Caldera" (inactive volcano). There are two Native American communities (Navajo and Zuni) not too far away to go visit. In Zuni, you'll find traditional eateries and arts/crafts shops too. Around the El Morro Monument area, there are an art gallery, a trading post and two excellent restaurants. The cute Ramah village with its own museum and home-operated restaurant is also in the neighborhood.
The house, perfect for couples and small families, sits on a hill surrounded by nature. From the sun-room, cozily resting on the couch after all the hiking and the visiting around, you may enjoy the wonderful sunsets New Mexico is righteously famous for. There is also a jacuzzi-tub in the en-suite bathroom of the master bedroom, with large windows allowing for a nice view of the surroundings while soaking in the bubbles. The birding is fantastic, right from inside the home, or from the verandah and deck. Elk regularly come through our pastures and go drink water and lick salt where the horses hang out near the windmill.
There is an old windmill on the property. According to a local lore, legendary Billy the Kid built it to water his cattle he was keeping nicely hidden in the whereabouts.
"Land of Enchantment" is New Mexico's official description (it's written also on license-plates...), and surely this location lives up to it. The surroundings present a flowing, peaceful experience, its energy conducive to meditative and health-connected momentum.
The neighborhood is also quiet and safe. There are a couple trading posts, 2 stores, 3 gas-stations in the area, easily accessible by car at all times.
It is advisable to rent your own car at Albuquerque's airport. A 1 hour-drive on I-40 will take you to Grants, and from there 1 more hour of a pleasurable drive on scenic hwy 53 south will take you to an intersection with BIA route # 125 through the small village of Mountain-View and to the "Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary" (off Route # 120). Two more miles (on 5-Gate Road), and you'll arrive at "Talahogan Sanctuary" and at "your home in the wilderness SPIRIT WIND RANCH". Our property has private parking.