As the temperatures start creeping up and we move into summer, some of us are thinking about finding places to hide out in the shade, seeking cool breezes and tall, fruity drinks to quench our thirst. But what about digging down into the earth, where the temps barely rise above 70F?
I fell in love when I found this amazing B&B located not in Turkey or Greece or some other exotic (and expensive!) locale, but right here in the hills of New Mexico. Kokopelli’s Cave is located in Farmington, NM and boasts a full 1700 square feet of underground living space. Ahhhh, I can feel the coolness of the stone walls already!
“Our cave house is built into the vertical cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo sandstone and overlooks the beautiful La Plata river valley some 300′ below. The cave itself is 70′ below the surface. The entrance is located in the cliff face and is reached by walking down a sloping path and steps cut into the sandstone along the pathway. From the Cave and the cliff tops, you have an unparalleled view of our beautiful southwest sunsets over the beautiful La Plata River valley and the four states of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado that make up the Four Corners.
The Cave is a man made cave and was originally intended to be a unique office for Bruce Black, the owner who is a consulting geologist. When this plan didn’t materialize, they decided to make it into a bed and breakfast.
When you reserve Kokopelli’s cave, you will be staying in a cave of approximately 1700 sq. feet. The Cave consists of a master bedroom, living area, replica Native American kiva, dining area, full kitchen and bathroom with rock walls incorporating a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub. There are two porches with sliding glass doors; one off the main entrance and the other off the master bedroom. With the exception of the bedroom and bathroom, all the rooms are located around a large central sandstone pillar which separates the Cave into its various component rooms. The temperature in the Cave stays between 68° and 73° year around.
Since there is no elevator, it is wise to pack as lightly as possible. A backpack is a good idea.
So, I’m ready to go…shall we take your car or mine?