The Sanctuary's gate is temporarily closed to the open public.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety in our focus we are currently not accepting general visitors seeking Sanctuary.
If you want to talk about our GATE KEEPING,
please call our landline (505) 717-7365,
or write to us at:
Day visitors maintaining physically distant protocols are welcome upon advance verbal or written confirmation of request.
Some short term camping may also be available upon request.
With COVID and very limited housing here on the land, we want to be sure the needs and safety of everyone on the land is considered before you travel to us.
PLEASE CONNECT WITH US BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. Thank You.
At 7.500 feet above sea level it can get chilly all year around. Plan to bring a tent, good bedding, and a tarp or two to be sure you are dry and comfortable as you can be.
You are invited to spend the days helping with land projects, sharing in the cooking, enjoying queer radical faerie space, and leaving the sanctuary better than you found it.
ZMS is supported 100% by donations from people like you.
Our ask is a per day donation of $11-$33.
More if you can, less if you can’t.
NOTAFLUF: No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds
You can bring food, cash, check or Make a Donation.
If you have room in your car, please let us know when you RSVP. If you need a ride, let that be known too and arrangements can be made.
When you arrive, please close gates behind you (1st green gate if sign indicates closure is needed & 2nd purple gate no matter what).
Please drive up the hill past the bus and park in short term parking near Hearth House or the Live/Work construction site.
Once you have walked around and oriented, you’ll be able to unload near your tent and then park your vehicle near the bus at long term parking.
You will most likely lose Wifi during your drive so if using digital maps,
please download the directions while you are able.
Written directions from Albuquerque:
- 40 West toward Grants and Gallup.
- Take Exit 81, the second exit in Grants.
- Turn left onto NM 53 toward San Rafael, El Malpais National Forest, and the Ice Caves.
- Stay on 53 for about 46 miles (your turn is just before mile marker 40) past El Morro National Monument.
- Make a right turn onto BIA 135 (very small sign on the right side of the road)
Note: BIA 135 is just before mile marker 40 and is a dirt road over a cattle guard.
- Stay on road for approx...5.5 miles.
Note: There will be two forks – keeping left at those two forks. The first fork is County Road 149 and the sign has a bullet hole in it. The road transitions from dirt to gravel at this fork. Take that left! You’ll be heading to the base of the mountain.
- After approx.. 5.5 miles you’ll see Zuni Mountain Sanctuary Road – take that left!
- Pass through 2 cattle gates & PLEASE close 1st green gate if yellow caution sign says closure is needed & 2nd purple gate no matter what.
Keep driving until you see the other cars at the main house.
on a shared vision of growing our sanctuary in the very best of ways, we all are working on sharing our individual gifts and asking for what we each need in a clear and transparent way with one another and our tribe.
We would love to know more about you.
How can we best support eachother?
Why are you coming?
What gifts do you share?
What are your needs?
Let's come together and serve one another at ZUNI MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY.
Many of the trails you see through this fragile environment are well worn. In one season, a new path can form and take decades to repair.
Please stay on the paths and camp only in designated areas. There are likely to be gardens mottled throughout the land in unlikely places, as well as trees as small as a few inches high that are part of our reforestation project. Several paths lead into the camping areas.
Try to camp close to the path to avoid destroying the soil crusts & plant life, which has little tolerance for trampling and, in some cases, can take decades to reestablish.
Never drive or park your car off the road. Designated parking spots are easy to find.
If you would like more information on the abundant yet extremely fragile cryptobiotic lifeforms on the land, please ask a Steward.
They are indeed quite beautiful.
This arid climate experiences its share of wildfires, which can destroy an area our size in less than a day. So, before lighting a fire anywhere, you must check with one of us.
Campfires / Bonfires are allowed only in Authorized Fire pits / Stoves with sufficient water barrels. Also, be cautious when smoking.
Carry out what you carry in.
We do not have municipal garbage or recycling pick-up, so mindfulness and forethought keeps things easier for the maintaining the natural beauty.
Please offer to carry out an extra load of trash if you are able.
Recycling cans are located near the tool shed, providing a place for plastics, brown glass, green glass, clear glass, paper and metal.
We Take Out Our Own Trash.
When you plan to bring something please consider containers that are reusable.
Think green & give us a hand with this important responsibility.
It’s a good idea to keep in mind that whatever you put down our sink is dumped onto the land, almost at surface level. We request that you use only biodegradable products (ie. Burts, Dr. Bronners, Kiss My Face, anything labeled “Free & Clear”). Even “non-natural” commercial toothpastes and shaving lotions contain trace quantities of petroleum products, which, over time, will harm the environment. We will provide biodegradable soap and may have other natural toiletries available. Please remember: on fragile land such as ours, a little bit of responsible consumption goes a long way. Maintaining balance in the desert has different considerations than in most other environments.
Please report any emergencies to a steward.
The nearest medical services are 40+ minutes away.
Two hours away is the nearest, major city: Albuquerque.
If you simply need a Band-Aid or dose of aspirin, we have an infirmary set up for day-to-day first aid needs.
See a Steward for first aid box locations.
The dry heat and strong sun will tend to tucker you out a little quicker.
Rest when needed.
Drink plenty of water.
As you bask in the sun, don’t forget the temperature will plummet as the sun goes down, so prepare to dress warmly or cuddle up.
Preparing layers of clothing to bring with you prior to sundown also helps.
Clothing is optional,
but be aware of weather & bug seasons to make your visit more enjoyable.
Well, it may not look like it, but you are 7,200 feet high in the Zuni Mountains.
The sanctuary is situated on a little over 300 acres of land with rich-sodden arroyos cutting through the property. Lands to the east, west, and south of ZMS are private property. Please do not cross these fences. Want to hike? Directly north of Sanctuary land is the Cibola National Forest, which includes thousands of acres of semiarid forest. The hike to the top of the mountains takes 3-5 hours.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind:
Some visitors may experience a mild headache or nosebleed. Do not worry. If you experience more severe symptoms, like major shortness of breath or heart palpitations lasting longer than an hour, PLEASE contact a resident immediately.
We discourage bringing your pets.
To avoid pet dramas, please leave pets at home.
If you must bring your familiar with you for spiritual or other health related reasons,
Let is know in advance.
You will be expected to keep it contained or on a leash at all times.
When you arrive at ZMS you will notice that we already have furry friends running around. The land animals are already acclimated to this environment, wild life and to one another. They provide us with both safety (walking visitors to their tent sites, catching mice) and companionship that is essential for living in such a remote location.
We respect the animals here, both wild and domestic, and seek to foster better accord between them and those living on the land.
If problems should arise with your pet, we will ask that you find an alternative for boarding your pet.
You may encounter wild animals on the land or in the adjacent National Forest area.
We have seen signs of mountain lions, bears,and bobcats. Elk and deer occasionally come here to graze and, of course, you will hear the call of coyotes or wild dogs almost nightly.
We have several different species of snakes, including rattlesnakes, which are the only poisonous ones of the bunch and will give you fair warning with their distinctive rattle sound.
Respectful humans are generally free of danger, but when exploring the land, you may consider going in groups of two or more.
For your health and that of everyone else….Please wash your hands frequently.
Water consciousness is multi-faceted in the desert; each with ideal uses and considerations.
We use water from catchment sources for gardens (lower mineral content) and bathing – as it is generally softer than land water. Currently catchment water is not suitable for human consumption as it has contact with roofs, bird excrement and possible bacteria.
Drinking Well Water:
Our drinking water comes from a well. Any water that comes from faucets or blue-handled spigots on the land is drinkable.
During the Summer, hot water for showering is available during daylight hours (on sunny days) via our solar water heater, which feeds the outdoor shower located between the common house and Camp Hill.
A jump into the lower pond is also refreshing.
Personal sponge bathing is also a possibility in most of the indoor spaces.
An indoor hot water shower is available; please do not hesitate to ask.
See a resident so we can better accommodate your preferences.
Breakfast is usually “help yourself”
Lend a hand making meals.
If cooking is a passion of yours, we would love to try your food!
Sign up to make a meal!
Everyone Cleans up.
Do your own dishes and a few more at every meal. Taking a turn in the dish room is a good way to plug in.
Keeping It Cool:
It is preferred during busy (or warm day) times to limit the need to go into the walk-in cooler space.
We serve primarily vegetarian food at our gatherings, and we promote an atmosphere where diet needs are met where necessary.
If you have any other special dietary needs or food allergies, please tell a Steward and write it on the board in the kitchen.
Generally, we circle together before dinner and sometimes before lunch.
This is a great place for introductions and announcements.
ZMS is a healing sanctuary and safe space.
We respect visitors and residents who are on a path of sobriety.
We ask visitors to uphold a community wellness code of honor around alcohol & drug use.
in other words, if you bring distilled or fermented spirits, please be responsible and contain your beverage in a “shrouded” vessel or private camping space.
Do not leave any alcoholic beverages of any kind in public areas.
The primary intention around this issue is having fun while respecting others.
ZMS abides by all State and Federal Laws regarding illegal substances.
We DO NOT tolerate abuse of any kind.
Plan to wrap up any needed communications before visiting the land.
With the closest AT&T cell tower located 23 miles away we generally do not get good cell/internet reception. There are spotty areas where signal may be obtained.
If you need to make a call, we have a landline able to call anywhere in the USA. For international calls, please use your own calling cards.
There is limited Wi-Fi service in the Studio to check email…but don’t plan on streaming or watching any movies.
We strongly encourage you to fully enjoy your time at the Sanctuary by minimizing electronic communications.
Please see a Steward for more information.
If you are driving we ask that you kindly leave your car in the parking circle or the RV Park during gathering times.
There may be others with town needs.
If you’re planning on going to town (Ramah – 10 miles away, Gallup / Grants – each are 1 hour away, Albuquerque – 2 hours),
LET US KNOW.
Supplies, emergencies & shuttle pick-ups.
Carpools save energy and also “wear and tear” on the roads.
Locals and Neighbors
It’s common practice in these parts to give a friendly wave to local folks along the road. The locals really do appreciate us in these parts and see us as a valuable asset to our larger community.
Mostly, our roads are dirt and gravel. Please don’t drive too fast and leave clouds of dust in your wake.
All of the shitters here at ZMS are dry, meaning NO PEE.
Not peeing in them keeps them from stinking terribly. So please remember to pee first, or else where.
ZMS is a sister sanctuary to several other Radical Faerie Sanctuaries.
There are as many definitions for Radical Faerie as there are Radical Faeries.
We are a queer friendly, perhaps queer first culture, welcoming our friends and loved ones, both those who identify as Faerie and the people who love them.
Stay in touch with us so we can stay in touch with you!
ZMS totally relies on the loving contributions of those that love and support us.
Thank You for Thnking Of Us!
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