Located in West Central New Mexico, at the intersection of NM Highways 36 and 117.
21 miles north of Quemado, 18 miles East of Fence Lake, and 58 miles south of Grants.
Property is a working alpaca ranch nestled on 24 acres of Pinion Pine and Juniper trees. Elevation is 7560'.
Arrival time must be before dark. Check in at onsite Mercantile.
Electric hook up may be available for a charge of $10.00 per night. Hook up is dependent on the number of guests on the property and is based on a first come first serve basis.
Potable well water is available in different faucet locations on the property.
Gray water may be released with host approval at treed sites on the property.
Black water/sewage may not be released on the property.
There is approximately 100 yards of well maintained dirt road when leaving Highway 117. It is easily accessed by RVs - unless it is muddy. Call in advance for road conditions. Parking on the ranch is on dirt/grass.
Ranch is open daily. Boondockers are welcome year round, but accessibility to ranch is subject to weather/road conditions. Good communication is essential to insure accessibility and ease of parking.
We completed getting our driveways graveled to be able to accommodate visitors year round, rain or shine.
Call first: 505-788-2260
Local attractions include Quemado Lake, Cliffs/Canyons, Wolf Sanctuary, Ice Caves/Bandero Volcano, & Native American Pueblos.
Ranch activities include interaction with the alpacas, dogs, & chickens. Additional opportunities include bird watching, nature walks, star gazing, & photography. There is a gift shop on the premises.
John is the best sort of host. Met us and directed us to a shady spot. Visited each evening but not intrusive. A great story teller and a kind soul. Gordon Lightfoot and B.B. Queen, the two “senior” Great Pyrenees who roam the property (the rest are in the large pens with the alpaca), quickly became our buddies and slept each night at the foot of our RV door, protecting us like they do the alpaca. B.B. even came to the roadside, as we hitched up our toad, to bid us farewell. You will also fall in love with the Alpaca.
As my first Boondocker experience I found the place, the animals and the host to be kind and generous.
Plenty of room in a secluded location. The Host was attentive and helpful. Would love to spend more time there in the future.
He was a great host. We learned all about alpacas and saw them up close and personal. He also has Great Pyrenees dogs which are gentle giants. They're used to protect the animals. They and the cat are very friendly. It was a good stopover location for us. Would definitely stay here again.
We had a great stay at High Country Alpaca!! Host is awesome, super personable and so knowledgable! While the alpaca are super cool, the alpaca’s guard dogs are awesome, we had one stay with us our entire stay. Great Pyrenees are so smart and such gentle dogs. We would certainly stay here again if our travels bring us near.
An oasis in the middle of no where. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Enjoyed watching all the Alpacas, dogs, and other critters. Thanks to the owner for all the great hospitality.
We were looking for a place to escape the Arizona heat and High Country Alpaca Ranch did not disappoint! John, the host is great. He is so friendly and knowledgeable about all his animals. He is a very gracious host. He checked in on us every day of our 4 day stay, but never felt intrusive. He was working his farm, but always took time to talk about his animals. He sometimes has fresh eggs for sale…they were delicious! The Mercantile shop has beautiful alpaca fiber items for sale. Bought a hat and socks as gifts. He has Great Pyrenees dogs that work the farm keeping critters away from the herd. BB Queen and Gordon Lightfoot (Gordo) are the friendliest dogs. Every morning we woke up with one or both of them outside our camper door. Felt like we had our own security detail! While we were there John had a litter of puppies that were adorable balls of fluff. There is WiFi available by the bunkhouse which was a short walk from our camper. It was the perfect blend of connectivity and being disconnected. The ranch is such an interesting look into an experience you don’t see all the time. There is such a positive feeling around the ranch, this place is not to be missed. The drive along 117 to get to the ranch is stunning as well. El Malpais National Conservation Area is about 25 min away with hiking trails and beautiful geology. We will definitely be staying with BB Queen and Gordo again!
The host and granddaughter were very friendly. Excellent communication from the moment I made my request to stay. They were available upon arrival and guided me into my space. They were very accommodating and checked to make sure I had everything needed. The alpacas are adorable! I left early as I wanted to continue my journey westward. The location is about 20 miles from the nearest town. Prepare for a remote stay. Overall great area!
Arrived to a beautiful property and were greeted by a big fluffy white dog (Gordy), who is such a lover. After we settled in our host gave us the alpaca experience! We got to pet and feed the alpaca. The store is cute and full of great gifts for all. There are very limited grocery options so pick up provisions before you get there. Nearby there is a great national monument park that has some great hiking. Overall stay was amazing! Hope to get the chance to visit again!
Nice place to stay with chickens, alpacas, and a couple of dogs that guard the motorhome at night. Lots of places to visit nearby including ice caves ( ice year round), El Malpais, and Sandstone Bluffs. Spent alot of time at a good coffee shop with internet (Mt Taylor Coffee Shop). The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) runs very nearby and there were lots of hikers out.
Beautiful, peaceful. In the middle of nowhere. John was a delightful host. Witty, soft- hearted, accommodating. We loved getting to know him. He had Great Pyrenees dogs who guarded our trailer all night so that nothing would harm us. Alpacas! I wish we would have stayed there longer.
A beautiful property with wonderful critters and a welcoming host. We appreciated the stay and the unique property.
We had an incredibly special time here. The host was SO kind and welcoming. We all learned a lot about alpacas, and our kids had so much fun. We also enjoyed all of the other animals. The store has beautifully made items that make perfect gifts. Thank you for our time here!
Very relaxing atmosphere with one of John’s lovable Great Pyrenees dogs at our camp spot which made our stay even more special.
We had a great stay at the Alpaca Ranch, the host was very welcoming and we had a quiet night on their property. Thank you so much for having us!
We met our host and enjoyed his company. We were able to interact with his awesome dogs and the alpacas 🦙. Would love to visit again.
Host was friendly, site was clean, well maintained and comfortable. Watching the animals was entertaining and we enjoyed how quiet and peaceful High Country Alpaca Ranch was while we were there. The driveway IS the first one on the left.
We stayed 1 night and really would have loved to stay longer. Jon was so nice and quite the jokester. We loved to hear his stories. The dogs were amazing. Gentle giants. This stay was a wonderful memory for all of us. We would love to come back.
We had a great time. The host was warm and accommodating and gave us history of the area!
I had such a wonderful visit at this location, the owners are absolutely wonderful, true salt of the Earth. They welcomed me and showed me to my site and then we sat out on their deck chatting for over an hour. From there, feeding alpacas! I was able to pet Jewels and play with their several Great Pyrennees dogs, true gentle giants. :)
I highly recommend this location for a great time, especially if you have kids! You can bet I'll be back for the kid in me. Lol! Thank you so much!
High Country Alpaca are great hosts. I got in right after sunset and he gave me a spot with 20Amps and shared his wifi Sat internet. There was plenty of space for my 34ft DP and Toad.
We had a few good conversations and learned about their interesting history. Thank you for having me there. Wish I had a bit more time to hang out and chit chat.
The dogs are extremely friendly and love attention. They pretty much hung around the rig all day. Protecting me from critters at night.
FYI - Are is in complete mobile dead zone. So if you need directions call them before you head in. Decent Cell and mobile data service is about 19 miles out.
We really enjoyed our stay. John was super welcoming and went out of the way to make us feel comfortable. The Pyrenees dogs and Alpacas were very friendly and curious to our little Yorkie. We hope to be back again soon.
We had an absolutely fabulous stay the High Country Alpaca ranch. Just one piece of advice - follow the given directions not the sat nav. I rode my motorcycle in and my husband followed the sat nav. He missed the big sign and lost me. It all ended well though.
The evening was spent sitting on the deck sharing stories and refreshments. The hosts were very such a joy. The dogs and alpacas just added to the fun of the stay.
It’s very quiet at night and if there’s no moon you can see billions of stars.
If we’re in the area again hopefully we’ll be able to stay and enjoy more of their hospitality
This location is just a little bit remote but definitely worth the trip.
You couldn't ask for better hosts that were very concerned about our experience. We truly enjoyed spending time with John and Carolyn. My wife even got a chance to join John feeding the Alpacas....what a great experience.
Their dogs were absolutely wonderful and treated us like members of the family from the minute we arrived, and we even woke up to 3 amazing friends who slept next to our coach and kept us safe all night.....although there was nothing to be protected from, it was just in their nature!
If you are anywhere close we highly recommend a stop/stay at the High Country Alpaca Ranch!!!
John was so welcoming!!! He showed us where to park, guided us in and showed us around. His place is truly an oasis!
After a beautiful drive on roads I'd never been on, it was so cool to have the host greeting us by the driveway entrance. Easy in easy out! But the Alpacas and the Pyrenes were the highlight. Loved the peaceful setting and gracious hospitality. Perfect combination for a solid night's sleep. Thank you for everything! I love making friends like this along my journey! Be well you two!
After a beautiful drive in roads I'd never been on, it was so cool to have the host greeting us by the druve
There's gold in them that hills! Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Alpacas and in the generous hearts of the hosts! Thanks for a wonderful night. We enjoyed immensely! Over the top! Thank you and hopefully we'll see you again! God bless!
We enjoyed our time at High Country Alpacas Ranch. They offered to fill our fresh water tank and we parked in the field down from the Alpacas. It was roomy and nice for a one night stay.
John and Carolyn are the super hero's of hosting!!! These guys really are the best, we were on run of bad luck that any RVer dreads.. until we arrived and John and Carolyn went out of their way to turn our luck around...I can't say thank you enough for their special brand of unmatched hospitality!!!
The ranch is also pretty awesome - seeing the habitat of the alpacas, friendly dog visits and spectacular views. Loved the store - what beautiful items made from alpaca wool.
We never thought we would have so much fun doing nothing. The hosts were gracious and have an outstanding ranch. A simple quiet place to just relax. You will fall in love with the alpacas and if you don't know why they hum, just ask John.
If you are not a dog person this is not your place, but if you are, be prepared for an overload of dog joy. First off the dozen or so Great Pyreneans are a treat. The two outside dogs will stop by to see if everything is okay, all they want is a hug in return. Gentle beasts for sure. Then we just happened by at the best time, 14 Great Pyreneans puppies. A huge 10 on the cute meter and we already figured out which one will be the trouble maker. The house dog is a German Shepard named Angel who sticks close to home, but the total treat for us was a Heeler named George Harrison. He would lay in the shade under our rig and be waiting at our front door while breakfast was being made. Out of respect we never fed him, but we felt his love all the same.
Bottom line is that if you are ever near western New Mexico make sure you stop in and say hi to John & Carolyn and the crew of four legged ranch hands.
This was a quick stop, arriving around 5 and departing at 9:30 am the next day. John selected a choice spot that I only had to raise one side a couple of inches to make perfect and private. Lots of dogs and all friendly, not annoying in any way. In fact, I felt like the great pyrenees were protecting me as well as their alpacas. John's young nephew introduced me to the fourteen puppies - one litter - and I do appreciate mama as Mother's Day approaches. Alpacas are adorable and curious although not quite as friendly as their guard dogs. Quiet at night - heard coyotes at one point - and quiet in the am; so quiet I felt awkward stopping in to say goodbye. Goodbye and Thank you John and Carolyn. Be well.
Very gracious hosts with a very beautiful Alcapa ranch. I highly recommend a stay at the ranch if you're in the area.
Our hosts greeted us warmly and showed us to our lovely treed camping site. John was very knowledgeable and eager to chat. We enjoyed their dogs and alpacas and would recommend this location for anyone travelling in the area.
Instantly hit it off with our hosts and their animals. Genuinely nice people, beautiful location and informative.
Somehow our review from July got lost or I failed to do it. We stayed there over the 4th of July. They were very welcoming and we had a relaxing visit there. We were tired from some very hot sightseeing at Arches, and it was a relaxing rest to get ourselves back together.
Kids want to move to this ranch! We loved the dogs and alpacas. So cute! Hosts shared information about the area and their operation that was fascinating to us all.
I wish we could have stayed longer. Maybe we’ll try to get back again.
Oh, and the high elevation gave way to amazing star gazing!
Thank you for the wonderful experience of staying at your alpaca Ranch. Beautiful location and your dogs were absolutely amazing. George Harrison guarding power rig each night and waking up to him in the morning just forced me to start the day with a huge smile. I highly recommend staying at this location.
Had a wonderful time with the hosts and their animals. Really enjoyed spending time with them learning about the alpacas on the farm and the history of the area. It is a very quiet laid back place to stay. We will definitely make a point to go back. We just love the alpaca socks we got at their store. This is a stop everyone should put on their list.
We knew weather could impact being able to reach destination. Carolyn and John warned us we might not be able to drive up to their farm, but we wanted to take the chance. Snow was not in the forecast, while it was beautiful watching snow fall, we were unable to reach the farm. We spent a quiet relaxing night at the base of their driveway. We hope to return on our next adventure west and spend time at the farm!
This was one of my favorite BW hosts so far. Great people, amazing animals and a very fun guest to hang with. Enjoyed myself so much. Will stay in touch. New friends😁
Wow what a fantastic experience we had at High Country Alpaca Farm. We had great conversation and quickly became friends. We loved the alpacas and all of the dogs. Our 2 dogs had fun with George Harrison ( Healer ) and Gordon Lightfoot ( Grat Pyrenees ). I would highly recommend everyone to plan a trip to the farm!
We were made comfortably at home by the members and their friendly animals. We recommend the ranch to other boondockers.
Thank you both, John and Carolyn, for the overnight camping spot and the warm conversation! I loved the dogs Gordy and BBQueen, and will enjoy the yarn from Carolyn’s shop. Gatsby already misses his pals.
What a wonderful stay for our 2nd Boondockers Welcome stay. They greeted us with a warm welcome and we truly felt we parted as friends. Loved seeing the alpacas, dogs, cats and chickens. We learned a lot about alpacas! We had lots of room and a relaxed evening. We will definitely visit again when we are in the area.
What a fantastic place! John and Carolyn were so kind and gracious. The alpacas were great and the dogs! Such beautiful dogs. We had a great visit and bought a couple of pairs of Alpaca Socks. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
Same feeling as last the last visit back in April. However, this time, George kept me awake many times during the night most likely to scare away any potential intruders (e.g. wildlife).
Lovely country setting, hosts were very accommodating with several choices for parking. Loved the alpacas and all their dogs. We will definitely make this spot a option in our future travels.
New Mexico’s motto is “Land of Enchantment”, and that very well could be the motto for High Country Alpaca Ranch. What an enchanting stay we had here. You could not be made to feel more welcome and at home than here. Our host quickly got us set up and told us to please look around and enjoy. Enjoy we did. The next morning we begged to help out with caring for the alpacas, and they obliged. So we took care of cleaning their pens (we were thrilled to be of some help). Afterwards we were given a tour of the barn and were introduced to the other farm animals. High Country Alpaca Ranch is indeed in high country. With an elevation of over 7,000 feel the air: clean, cool, dry and fresh. Thank you for such a wonderful visit.
We enjoyed very much our stay. The hosts let as feel at home,we had great conversations and left feeling we made friends for life.
John and Carolyn were absolutely awesome people and hosts!! They were accommodating to our needs and even gave us a first hand glimpse at running an alpaca farm! If you’re looking for a place off the beaten path and a chance to relax, this is the place for you. FYI their is a charge of $10 a night for electric hookup if you need it, but you get that back in the fresh eggs Carolyn is able to provide, pending the chicken’s production and the 24 hour security provided by George the healer, who did not leave our side or our site the entire time we were there. He literally escorts you every where you go! We loved our stay and plan on returning next time we are in the area!
Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay! John and Carolyn were wonderful and extremely helpful hosts. The property was beautiful. Carolyn gave us some delicious farm fresh eggs from her hens upon arrival. John helped us with some electrical issues we had with our RV. They were there when we had questions, but also gave us our privacy. They even provided us with our very own guard dog for our stay, George Harrison!
High Country Alpaca Ranch was a great place to unwind after a long days journey. We stayed two days and had a great time. The hosts have their own slice of heaven out here.
We loved our stay at High Country Alpaca Ranch. So sorry we had to rush away since both Jill and the RV needed doctors today. When you go, plan to sit and stay awhile. Don’t miss the alpaca feeding time like we unfortunately had to. John and Carolyn are such great hosts. They put the “H” in hospitality. Also, be sure to buy some of Carolyn’s fresh eggs. They may well be the best eggs you ever tasted.
If you love silence, High Country Apalca Ranch is the place to stop. Carolyn and John gave me a very warm welcome. Their farm is quite interesting to see. Thanks for the eggs.
Even if the ranch is out of your way, you should definitely make time to visit here.
The hosts are incredibly generous, kind, and funny! I really loved my time getting to know them. Not only did they allow me to help on the farm where I learned many new things, but I even enjoyed home cooked meals with them.
There is tons of space for multiple rigs & the Wi-Fi was so great that I was able to video chat with no problems.
The alpacas (& llama) are hilarious and I became great friends with their dogs :)
I can't wait to come back!!
This is the best location I’ve stayed at yet. Friendly hosts, tons of animals, fast wifi, cool location, beautiful stars, and free eggs. When can I come back?
Great stay with a sweet couple that raises alpacas. Carolyn showed us our spot and we got settled in super easily. John came by to check on us and for a little chat before we got to some work we both had due.
We hiked up to the top of the hill in the morning, which was some nice exercise. Damien did some drone footage before we hiked back down.
Before leaving, we visited the alpacas a bit and shopped at the store on site. Carolyn even gave us some fresh eggs to take with us.
Such a fun stay! Thank you both for your hospitality.