An artist/designer/builder in the desert who loves preserving the wild west history of New Mexico.
Pulling up to the property at sunset, I was perplexed: spray paint skulls, a cop car with an ELVIS vanity plate, various empty or crumbling adobe buildings. But once inside the house, any perplexity gave way to the realization that this would be the high point of my vacation in New Mexico. The abandonded buildings are part of an historic stagecoach stop, and the historic trail wends into the hills outside, which makes for a great hike. The host's accomodations are far from crumbling: the bedroom is clean and modern; the bathroom has a fancy clawfoot tub; the kitchen and living areas are full of fun tchochkes, books, and art. Josh is a great cook and made me an awesome green chile breakfast burrito. He's also the perfect host, providing rich history of the area and terrific conversation. The property is quiet and lovely: I enjoyed the twinkly lights in the courtyard at night, and the dappled sunlight and bird song by day. Water is drawn from a well on the property and is so refreshing- it's that good. I came to visit T or C hot springs and considered staying in town, but I felt much safer here as a single traveler. Thanks, Josh, for opening your home! It was unique and fabulous and so much fun.
This was a great stay! I'll admit that we were surprised to find this ghost town well off the beaten path, but arriving there to find Josh and his beautiful home waiting was absolutely wonderful! Don't be alarmed by the solitude - we ended up staying for the night of the full moon, and the desert stars are absolutely not to be missed.
Josh has a wonderfully furnished and very comfortable home. He's obviously used to having guests, and seems to enjoy it. He made us delicious breakfast burritos in the morning, and we had a great conversation. Highly recommended!
Josh gave us great directions and upon our arrival gave us a great tour of the property, which is a snapshot in time. The old bar was fascinating. Josh joined us for dinner in his dining room and told us many stories about the small town. The bed was very comfortable. We hiked around the property in the morning after breakfast. We plan to return in May when the courtyard is in full bloom.
iT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE I WOULD RECCOMEND IT TO ANYONE. JOSH IS A GREAT HOST AND THEIR IS A TON OF HISTORY THERE TO BE SOON. THE LOCATION IS A GREAT PLACE TO STAY AT AS THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER GHOST TOWNS NEAR THE CUCHILLO BAR.
Staying here might have been the highlight of my roadtrip through New Mexico. Tucked away in a little ghost town away from everything-I really felt off the grid, yet Josh provided for such a comfortable stay. It was like staying with a friend! He cooked a delicious breakfast, told me tales of the wild west and gave me a good feel for the area, plus a tour of the estate which is very cool.
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Great little comfy guest room in a smaller house attached to a much larger overall property. Josh is a wonderful host, knowledgeable about the area and it's great history. The house, the old bar across the courtyard and the whole property are filled with historical and vintage items. At night the sky was clear and since there's no big light-filled cities nearby, I could see the whole galaxy just outside the door at night. There's an old gravel and dirt stagecoach road adjoining the property that leads out up to the desert - makes a great hiking trail starting right next to the house. I would highly recommend this property for a solo or possibly couple who wants to get away from everyone, enjoys the NM desert and would like a space to write, draw, paint, etc. Josh is an artist himself and was encouraging me to do something creative while I was there, and well, I took a LOT of photographs. :)
Fantastic experience! Such an interesting place and Josh is a fantastic host. Very interesting man with lots of tales to tell, not just about himself, which is interesting enough, but about the house and the town. He pointed out where the stage coach used to pass and where the occupants back in the day used to hide from attack. The old bar is well worth a look but if you're a nervous type, not recommended once the sun sets. (that was Dave. I, Sorrel, would love to!) He is also a very good cook. One of the best stays we've had ever. Oh, and the bed is super comfortable.... Plus, on a personal level, we all had a lot in common. Shared interests and tastes... Coincidence? Who knows.... We'd both strongly recommend you stay - not only to meet a nice bloke, and visit a unique place, but what you pay to stay here goes towards keeping the old buildings and their history intact, and the collection of precious things out of the hands of American Pickers.
A RARE step into history** Amazing place and host! Josh is a fantastic host - - the hospitality and space was perfect! The history held here is as deep and thick as its adobe walls. I literally felt the stories and people of a time long gone come alive for a moment. I whole heartedly recommend this place to anyone! You will be pleasantly surprised!!!
THANK YOU JOSH!