There's nothing like the desert sun rising over a beautiful and isolated landscape –– which is why this Airbnb stay in Arizona is inspiring a lot of travelers' wanderlust.
Located on the Western Navajo Nation, about an hour north of Flagstaff, Arizona, this "earth house," also known as a hogan, looks like a truly otherworldly stay that is the most wish-listed rental in the state. A hogan is a traditional, partially underground home for the Navajo people.
The unique home blends perfectly into the desert landscape for a truly off-the-grid experience that every outdoorsy traveler must try. The humble house is not big on frills, but if you're looking for a quiet, isolated vacation experience, it has everything you need.
"The accommodation is very basic with minimalist essentials for camping, no electricity or running water (we provide 5 gallons of water)," the host says in the listing. "It is on the family homestead of my grandmother's summer sheep camp."
The location is also very convenient for people wanting to see the Grand Canyon, since it's only about half an hour away, as well as Monument Valley and the Little Colorado River. In addition to the spectacular views, guests can also marvel at local wildlife like coyotes, oxes, porcupines, antelope, and rabbits, as well as domesticated horses and cows.
The home has two small beds, with the option of adding a third for an additional fee. Cooking is a little more of an al fresco affair when the weather is warm with a wood burning stove outside, as well as an inside stove for the winter months. While it certainly looks off-the-beaten-path, it's also a conveniently short drive from grocery stores, local restaurants, and shopping centers.
Since it's a traditional family home, the host also asks guests to respect local Navajo Nation laws, including prohibiting the use of alcohol or drugs on the property.
The nightly rate begins at $150 per night. For more information, visit the Earth House listing on Airbnb.
Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @theandrearomano.
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