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Cuchillo, NM
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3+
Persons: 1-3
Category: Other
Host ID: 50887
Region: Southwest

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Last Updated: March 16, 2020

If this project sounds like it might interest you - Please read more, and reach out to learn more! I have lots of projects year-round and can always use a helping hand.

I am located in a sunny southern New Mexico town called Cuchillo which is considered a ghost town, although there is about 35 permanent residents. I have several historic adobe properties which date to the mid-1800s. The main property was a stagecoach stop and housed the old saloon, general store, mercantile, and hotel. I have several Airbnbs that I rent out -as well an Artist In Residence program for creatives who seek solitude.

The property is located in a small valley backed up to an immense open desert and beautiful New Mexico skies. Within half an hour from the property you can find New Mexico's largest lake, the Rio Grande, mineral hot springs, amazing hikes, wildlife, national forest, climbing, biking, mines, crystals, canyons, beautiful weather and tons of inspiration.In the spring and summer, the land is covered with wildflowers and the scent of chaparral. In the winter, Days are warm and nights are chilly and filled with infinite stars and the occasional dusting of snow.

I do have several historic homes and motorhomes that I sometimes host in, and property for tents, personal RVs and Trailers. I lean towards making this a 'hostel' atmosphere of sorts for travelers, artists, and creatives.This place is for people that enjoy solitude, self-sufficiency, and are with a vehicle -as the closest facilities are 15 miles away in Truth or Consequences, NM.I am an artist, designer and builder with an extensive background in metal, photography, and alternative/sustainable building methods including adobe, cob, and straw bale. I'd be happy to share my knowledge as well as learn from any skills you bring to the table. I am looking for help this Summer/Fall/Winter 2020- summer/fall 2042 (rough estimate)... with several projects that include cleaning, sorting, eBay, general construction, gardening, landscaping, earth building, adobe preservation, electrical, plumbing, tiling, repurposing, dry-walling, weeding, digging, working on a tiny home/40' container home, motor work and I am also working with local soil and water conservation as environmental impact and sustainability is always my focus.This is authentic, rustic Wild West New Mexico and a perfect way to get some time away from the bustle of the world.

I came across this unique town over 25 years ago and knew I had found a treasure that needed to be preserved. If you come help, you can help save a true New Mexico piece ofWild West history.

Please reach out and let me know if you need more information or have any questions.


********STAY WARM THIS WINTER IN NM!************

reviews (6)
Helper: William Barfuss Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 7, 2019
Sorry for the late review: I was at Josh's last March for about 1 1/2 weeks. ... view complete review

Helper: Kelly and Alex Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 12, 2018
We had an awesome time hanging out in Cuchillo for a week, and could not have... view complete review

Helper: Anthony Ward Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 26, 2018
Josh is a kind, attentive host and the scenery is absolutely sensational. The... view complete review

Helper: Sarah Lederle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 21, 2018
I stayed here for several weeks for my first-ever HelpX experience and had an... view complete review

Helper: Robin Weis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 24, 2017
I stayed here for just a few short days on a road trip through the Southwest.... view complete review

Helper: Dan Seymour Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 30, 2017
I spent a month here and almost cried when I left. Granted, this place is not... view complete review

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