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Livin Hi Lodge, Peaceful Haven in the Sun & Clouds Surrounded by Nat. Forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 325 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom + extra beds 1 full & 1 three quarter baths. Bunk-room & Bath opt.

><> Beautiful 3500 square foot 3 story log home on 14 acres in pristine Lincoln National Forest. Non-smoking property. A remote area with few houses, Livin Hi Lodge offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of busy life styles. No cell phones here! Modern conveniences yet secluded. Intriguing decor in keeping with long ago but interesting Africa theme fills the great room. Many trophy mounts from around the world, a hunters heaven! 3 bedroom, with extra beds and sofas, unfinished apartment & bunk room when available. ONSITE OR NEARBY CARETAKERS. Walk right out the door, across the fence into the national forest. The area offers many hiking trails including the beautiful views from the rim trail overlooking the Tularosa basin and White Sands Desert. Wildlife abounds. Summer months July and August bring beautiful wildflowers, Fall paints glorious colors with aspen and maples - a golden palace of leaves! Winter snows are not normally harsh but leaves the area usable and drivable! A four wheel drive is recommended in winter but front wheel drive may suffice. Enjoy Snow mobiling, tubing, skiing and cross country skiing in our area!

Additional charges: Cleaning, 2.9% for credit card usage, additional guests over 8 people $15 per night per person. $10 per child 12 or under per night. Responsible party must be 25 years of age.

Additional Site distances from Livin Hi:

Carlsbad Caverns - 2.5 hours, NM Museum of Space History & IMAX- 30 min.

E-check free credit card 2.9%

Basic 'hunter type' bunkroom apartment sleeps 4. Add $50 per night and $50 cleaning fee.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks english, kidogo kiSwahili na panono chiBemba
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Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

About Judi

After the hustle and bustle of city life in Houston we fulfilled a dream to move to the peaceful Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and build a log home on property purchased some years before. We had a good 10 years at this property as our home. In 2002 we became missionaries to Africa and have lived there since.. See Help4Hope Africa on FaceBook, When we are home and house is rented we may be found in the bunk room apartment downstairs. Otherwise we are away traveling and speaking to raise support for our Africa work.

Judi purchased this lodge in 1991

Why Judi chose New Mexico

We built this house in a secluded area in the Lincoln National Forest as a haven for us and for our friends and family.

What makes this lodge unique

Every aspect of Livin Hi is a story. You will see evidence of travels around the world. If you are a hunter or just enjoy being in a 'hunting lodge' you will enjoy Livin Hi! There's even a Victorian room and bath to make the ladies happy! The view from the 35 foot long covered upper and lower decks fill you with awe of God's creation. Bask in the sun on the large balcony off the master bedroom. You will not be disappointed and will never be able to take it all in! A jewel in the rough!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Judy, We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our time in your home! It was so comfortable and interesting. my children spent a lot of time looking up animals in books and internet to identify each one there. It was the perfect place for us. We spent most of our time there, went into Cloudcroft for dinner one night. We saw about 20 turkeys in the yard most days and after putting out some corn, came home to between 35 and 40 elk in the yard. One day we went to the national observatory and drove over to Bluff

Springs and counted more than 100 elk on that drive. We had a fun , relaxing time to remember while our son is in Afghanistan. It was very hard to leave him but we sure enjoyed our visit with him and so did he, and your beautiful place helped make that possible.

Thanks so much for sharing your home!
Mar 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge rental in Cloudcroft

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 325 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Main guest bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master bath
    Optional - Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , unfinished apartment & bunk room - for additional charge.
  • Large double sink Master Bath with walk-in shower and walk-in closet. Victorian Guest Bath has antique claw foot tub good for soaking in bubble bath with a nice glass of wine! It also has additional modern walk-in shower. Not quite completed efficiency apartment & 3/4 bath are optional for additional charge. Inquire if available. Roomy shower, fridge, stove, microwave.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , Loft guestroom
    Den sleeping - 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Trundle and queen sleeper sofa in den sleep 4. Sofa on deck.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Main guest room with Queen Anne sofa.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , Master w/daybed w/ trundle. Futon on covered balcony.
    Optional downstairs unfinished apartment - ADDITIONAL CHARGE - 2 single bed , 2 sofa bed/futon , 2 Rm downstairs apt - ADDED CHARGE. Cleaning fees increase.
  • There are places for 16 people to sleep including day beds, sofa's and sofa hide-a-beds & OVERFLOW apartment (extra charge). Beds are extremely comfortable and sofa bed is a 'sofa bed', what can we say! :-) There is a sofa on main deck outside den and a futon on balcony outside master bedroom for the more adventurous spirited persons.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • Yard
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • tennis
Minimum age limit for rental 25 years. All linens and kitchen basics supplied. House is heated with wood heat and bathroom infrared lights. 50' Sony Bravia Smart TV in Den. DVD player with Roku Flat Screen TV in Master Bdrm. Antenna coverage allows 1 channel (CBS) but TV's with internet service added to rental allows multi access to music and endless movies. Some free and some paid with your credit card. Outside house smoking allowed but be careful to extinguish smokes in water and throw in trash bin. Watch to see fire warnings as you enter the area, if high outside open fires are prohibited by law. Children are welcome if they are WELL BEHAVED. There are valuable animal mounts from around the world that must NOT be handled and petted which would cause irreparable damage. There is an additional charge for children 12 years of age& under. No cell phone coverage at Livin Hi-bring a calling card for long distance calls. We hope you enjoy your stay and rest at Livin Hi Lodge


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Livin Hi Lodge, Peaceful Haven in the Sun & Clouds Surrounded by Nat. Forest
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Wonderful and amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Livin Hi Lodge is amazing. The view is one that will make you never want to leave. The entire house is a testament to what I can only imagine are two very interesting people and a life of travel. We spent each day marveling over things in the house, discovering something new each day. The kitchen has anything you need to cook and prepare meals in, including a coffee machine! Judi provided detailed notes about anything you might need or use during your stay. The cabin is close to some amazing hiking trails and Cloudcroft itself. We saw elk, turkey, and many different birds all from the 2nd floor balcony each day. There is plenty of room for a large group and all the beds are so comfy! The wifi worked fine to make up for no cel coverage but it's so beautiful you won't want to be looking at your phone anyway.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Christmas Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

I thought the property was very unique, cozy and the location although a bit too far was very peaceful. The scenery was breathe taking. It was a Christmas that we will never forget. We made wonderful memories and I definitely would recommend this property, it has everything you need and more.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, comfortable and remote- just the way we like it!

  • 4 of 5

This home is exactly as described, fully stocked kitchen, beautiful décor and the owners were so nice and pleasant to work with. Wood fired stove for heat ( pre-stocked, pre-cut wood!) washer/dryer, dish washer, all the modern amenities! The home is filled with trophy animals and some amazing items from Africa. We especially liked looking at the stars from the skylights above the master bed upstairs!

We ride ATV's and direct access to the Lincoln National Forest was our primary reason for staying here. Access was great...

The road coming into the property is unpaved for a few miles ( from either direction) so be aware if you're traveling during inclement weather.

We LOVED the remoteness and were impressed with the large herd of elk that showed up in the yard one morning. If you stay here, bring everything you need with you as the closest restaurant, shopping ( Cloudcroft - approx. 10 miles), grocery stores (Alamogordo 30 miles) are a drive to get to.

If you like the sound of the wind in the trees, bugling elk and peace and quiet, you'll LOVE this place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Private & Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Tucked into the high alpine meadows, Livin Hi is an experience destination. If you want city life an amenities - don't stay here. If you want solitude & quiet and wildlife - this is a great place for you. We wanted the latter. So, this place was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great quiet getaway.

  • 4 of 5

Greatly enjoyed our stay at livin high. If you like to be away from it all this is the place. The view off the balcany is fantastic. We saw lots of wildlife. Judi was very responsive even though she was in Africa! The house is like a museum. Our teenage boys enjoyed seeing all the big game animals. The road leading to the place is a gravel road for a few miles and the location is about 15 min from Cloudcroft. Overall a good experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, warm, welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

This vacation home was perfect for our family! The setting was breathtaking, the home itself was very well equipped for cooking, sleeping arrangements and having fun! Board games, books, dvd's...the property owners have put a lot of thought and time into making sure their guests have any and everything!

We can't wait for a return trip and stay at the Livin Hi lodge!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
118 Miles
El Paso, Texas
Nearest Barpub
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Golf
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM and Inn of the Mt. Gods (50 mi)
Nearest Motorway
11.5 Miles
Highway 82, Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Restaurant
11.5 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Cloudcroft, NM and Ski Apache Ruidoso, NM (71 mi.)
Car: necessary

A Perfect place to get away! Rest, Hike, Drive watch the Humming Birds! White Sands Desert & Carlsbad Caverns as a day trip. Historical Lincoln, NM & Old Mesilla also a good day trip. Charming Village of Cloudcroft is 20 minutes away with quaint shops and good food. A meal at the famous 'Lodge' is a must! This country is abundant with Rocky Mountain Elk and Merriam turkey and if you look hard you may also see deer, bobcat, black bear and cougar. No cell phone coverage here either! Sorry, we have a 'No Refund' policy. We encourage guests to purchase cancellation insurance from HomeAway/VRBO


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday lodge in Cloudcroft

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Holidays
22 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
22 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee A$251.5
PER child per nite 12< A$12.58
Property Damage Protection A$124.49
Refundable Damage Deposit A$314.38

PLEASE NOTE: 12 YRS or under $10 PER NIGHT PER CHILD. ABSOLUTELY NO PETS! Damage protection is required. House sleeps up to 12 in beds, sleeper sofa, sofas & trundle beds. Over 8 people EXTRA CHARGE & cleaning fee increase. Overflow may rent 'not quite finished but comfortable' efficiency apartment below house for $50 per night - sleeps 4 (futon & bunk beds). Apt Cleaning fee $50.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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