IMPORTANT: I have had several people contact me about staying and I have gotten back to them too late. I am retired and do not get on my computer every day. In fact I can go several days without checking e-mails. Please give me several days notice so I can be sure to respond.
About my place: We live in the mountains at 6,700 feet in elevation. We are 30 miles east of Albuquerque. We have 40 acres located literally in the middle of nowhere. They call this area the High Desert. There are few trees and lots of open range land.
At night it is very quiet. On a new moon it is also very dark. If the sky is clear, and most nights are, you can see thousands of stars.
Our land is not part of any city limits. We are part of Rural Santa Fe County. The nearest town to us is Edgewood, NM about 10 miles away. I told you we are in the middle of nowhere.
Because we are on a well and septic tank system, we do have a few minor requests.
1. Water in the South West is a scarce commodity. You are welcome to hook-up your RV to our water. We would ask that guest use water in moderation like you would in your own home. Cooking, doing dishes, toilet use, and RV showers are all acceptable usage. Using a black tank flush for 20 minutes or filling a 100+ gallon fresh water tank are not acceptable usage.
2. FYI: Our water comes from the well and goes through a number of filters, including a charcoal filter, and a water softener. This results in great tasting water but, in the shower with soap on the floor it can become very slick. Use caution if you take a shower while using our water.
3. We have an RV dump which you are welcome to use. Since the RV dump goes into our septic tank, we request you speak with us before using the RV dump. There are restrictions on what can go into the septic as well as quantity restrictions (Gallons at one time).
4. The most important rule: Enjoy!
We are 10 miles from I40 on a paved well maintained road. I get my class A 37 foot RV up and down the road with no problems.
If you are coming from Santa Fe or I25 do not use a GPS. You must go through the mountains to reach us. The GPS can put you on roads you will regret, especially in a larger RV. Give me a call and we can discuss the best route.
Plenty of room to park your tow vehicle next to your RV.
You are welcome to stop any time we are home. Being retired, we travel more frequently.
The winter time can be unpredictable. Because of our altitude, 6700 feet, we get snow. Anywhere from a few inches to a couple of feet. You just have to pay close attention to weather forecasts. The road in front of our house is plowed by the county as soon as it starts to snow. Our 900 foot long drive is not plowed.
We are midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico. Both cities offer tons of historical and cultural things to see and do.
These hosts are wonderful. They are generous and the conversation was easy. When we finally retired for the night, the area was dark and quiet. This host is easy to get in touch with and gave excellent directions.
Joe graciously let us stay at their beautiful location even though it was Valentine’s Day. He greeted us in the rain to guide is in, show us the hook ups, and ensure we were settled for the night. The views in the morning were well worth the few miles off I40. We wish we could have stayed longer, but the rain/snow we woke up to urged us on our way.
We enjoyed our time at JoeSams, it was quiet & quite beautiful. They were very respectful of our privacy and offered great tips on area attractions. Full hookups-definitely a bonus! And we loved their dog Pepper!
Thanks so much for opening your yard for an overnight stay. Great hospitality and very cordial hosts in a super ranch like setting...really enjoyed it. Windmill camp.
We had the pleasure of stopping twice in the last week with JoeSam. We were greeted with smiles and an offer for Happy hour. They made wonderful refreshments which made the road miles and fatigue disappear.
We are newbies and received more helpful information than was humanly possible to assimilate.
You know you have special hosts when they not only helped with a black water disposal, but actually did it while we watched. They also suggested additional items to make the experience easier.
We will definitely look forward to our next visit.
I am under the influence of Joe's excellent Manhattan as I write. This is a delightful stop. The parking area is graveled and level and they offer fhu incl 30 amp. They would not except a bottle of wine we offered nor any dip, but served us nice drinks! Far beyond expectation! They are 10 miles or so off I 40. Certainly will stop here again when we are passing, unless they are off RVing themselves.
We stayed here in mid-March 2017 and can definitely recommend them as the type of hosts you would want to meet in this blind-date situation. They were particularly helpful in recommending the places to visit in NM. The view from their home is serene and Pepper the dog is as good companion as you could want.
Traveling east with our two oldest children. We stayed here for one night arriving late. We were welcomed immediately by Joe and his dog Pepper. Nice quiet area with water, electricity, and bonus dump station! Thank you for your hospitality!
The hosts and their dog were very responsive during the confirmation period and wonderfully hospitable once we arrived. We loved getting to know them and walking the beautifully scenic property around their house. Recommended if you're passing through central NM!
Thanks again, you guys! :)
This was my first experience and I got in with a couple that wide opened their arms to me.
I stayed for 5 nights! Joe was so patient. They invited me for happy hour the very first day and for dinner (my Portuguese cooking) on the last night.
The space is huge, with water electric AND dump available!
The backyard is a large extension of the high desert, with cow paths to meander thru.
Their dog, Pepper is lovely, but I was afraid of having my little poos to socialize with him (after all, it's his property and he does a good job guarding it), so we just kept calling each other whenever I needed to walk them out.
This was an awesome experience, mainly if you like isolation.
Joe and his dog, Pepper, are quite the pair and treated us kindly.
We truly enjoyed our time with Joe and Pepper. The property is scenic, quiet and calming. Joe knows a lot about these lands, and he will share his insights. In the mornings and afternoons, Joe and Pepper hike the trails, and you may join them. We hope to be back this way some day and perhaps attend another genuine Joe and Pepper happy hour.
We enjoyed being with Joe (Herman was away) and Pepper. We shared dinner and storied together over some great wine. We certainly hope to rendezvous with them on the road. Interesting gent and Pepper did make himself welcome in the RV - inspite of the other dog who sort of looked at him - "Yo bro?".
Great views, warm friendly host and dog (Pepper) matched his owners style. Set up with water, electric and sewer was well maintained and worked great. Enjoyed nice conversation with Joe who was very knowledgeable about traveling in New Mexico. Gave us some great tips only locals would know.
Joe is a fantastic host! He is a wealth of knowledge on the area and he recommended things to do and see. We throughly loved chatting with him! And Joe's land is as amazing as he is. The views are FOREVER and amazing every way you look. Beautiful mountains to the west and it seems like you can see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean when you look east. The sunrise was absolutely beautiful.
Do not miss this stop! It ranks as one of our favorite places so far!
PS: Pepper, their dog will make himself home in your RV :) which we LOVED!