Carved into cliffs of Ojo Alamo sandstone, this unconventional hideaway was originally intended to be an office for geologist (and owner) Bruce Black. Now, it’s the perfect place for adventurous travelers to engage in Flintstonian fantasies.
Overlooking the La Plata river valley, the cave and its two patios afford views of the Four Corners—Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The cave itself is about 1,700 square feet, with a central stone pillar anchoring the main living areas: living room, dining room, kitchen, and kiva, or traditional ceremonial room, with traditional horno (fireplace). The separate master bedroom has a queen bed and a bathroom with a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi.
The cave is stocked with an assortment of DVDs and CDs, and while you can get cell service, there’s no Wi-Fi. Your neighbors are squirrels, chipmunks, ring-tail cats, and hummingbirds.
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This is as remote as it gets—and that’s really the point. You’re sleeping in a cave excavated into 65-million-year-old sandstone and your back yard is the great outdoors. Nearby attractions include the Four Corners Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, and Monument Valley.
Need to Know
Rooms: From $280 for two people. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: There’s no restaurant, but continental breakfast is included in the rate and the cave has a fully equipped kitchen. Accessibility and pet policy:The cave is reached via dirt roads, and the entrance, located 70 steps from the surface, is not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not allowed.
Who's it for: Archaeologists and anthropologists, wannabe cavemen and wilderness lovers, explorers and rough-and-tumble honeymooners. Our favorite room: There’s just one room, a 1,700-square-foot manmade cave, which sleeps up to 4 people. Plan ahead:There’s no elevator, just the 70 stairs to get in and out of the cave. In other words, pack lightly, ideally a backpack.