Earthships

Earthships information

Taos , USA
Address
Street US Hwy 64
More information
www.earthship.net
Prices
tours $5
Opening hours
10am-4pm
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Lonely Planet review

Innovative and off-the-grid, Earthships are self-sustaining, environmentally savvy houses built with recycled materials like used automobile tires and cans. The community is the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds, whose idea was to develop a building method that 'eliminates stress from both the planet and its inhabitants.' Buried on three sides by earth, the Earthships are designed to heat and cool themselves, make their own electricity and catch their own water. Sewage is decomposed naturally, and dwellers grow their own food. The Earthship 'tour' is a little disappointing – you pay five bucks basically to watch a short dvd and check out the visitor center. It's much more interesting to stay in an Earthship Rental overnight. The tour office is located 1.5 miles past the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on US Hwy 64 West.