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12 Earthship Rentals for a Unique & Sustainable Getaway

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Looking for a truly out-of-this-world vacation rental? Look no further than an earthship rental.

These futuristic-looking homes are made with off-the-grid living in mind, so you can disconnect from the world and enjoy a little peace and quiet while feeling good about your decision to book eco-friendly accommodations.

These earthships harness solar energy, are made from upcycled and natural materials, and are very close to being entirely self-sustained. Of course, environmental friendliness and responsibility aside, they’re totally cool, too, both from an architectural and engineering standpoint. Some even have their own gardens if you want to go a step further and grow your own food.

So, hurry up and book before they get taken. Most earthship rentals are in the American Southwest, where you’ll certainly find one that fits your travel style and needs. Here are a few of the best options.

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1. Spectacular Earthship

Spectacular Earthship home
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Why you should stay: An original earthship in the famous Earthship Biotecture.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

If your interest in earthships is on the serious side, this is the earthship rental for you. Built on the Earthship Biotecture — a community made up entirely of earthships that also features a visitor center and provides educational tours — this particular earthship was an inspiration for other earthship builders around the world.

Taking all that into consideration, your stay is bound to be educational, but also comfortable. Thanks to the ship’s modern design, mountain views, and colorful decor, you won’t feel like you’re living in a biodome.

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2. Picuris

Picuris earthship
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Why you should stay: Experience the latest and greatest Earthship tech.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $215/night

One of the newer earthships to gain status as an official “global model” is the Picuris Earthship. That means it shows off many of the current best practices in earthship building and technology. It incorporates a range of architectural and sustainable features that combine for what the owner calls “the most evolved and comfortable off-grid house on the planet.”

Within the Greater World Community (an earthship subdivision), the home sits on 630 acres of mesa with mountain views and crystal-clear starry night skies. The decor is Southwest ranch-inspired and filled with color, from the large, stained glass windows to the vibrant tile work to the plethora of plants.

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3. Sustainable Home Experience in Big Sky

Earthship Sustainable Home Experience in Big Sky
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Why you should stay: Easy access to all your favorite outdoor activities.

  • Nearest town: Gallatin Gateway, MT
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $495/night

This modern earthship rental in the mountains puts you very near Yellowstone National Park, so you’re very close to a range of outdoor activities. Plus, you get access to a short running trail, nordic skiing and snowshoeing, a wood-fired sauna, a fire pit, and more, all on the 20-acre property.

Better still, you get to enjoy all that outdoor fun while knowing your stay is in harmony with the natural world, as this earthship moderates its own temperature, generates its own electricity, and stores rainwater. But don’t worry: you won’t have to give up too many of your creature comforts, as Wi-Fi is available.

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4. Handcrafted Earth House

handcrafted earth house
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Why you should stay: Secluded mountain retreat with views for miles.

  • Nearest town: Boulder, CO
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $321/night

Get lost in the mountains (not literally, hopefully) just outside Boulder with a stay in this secluded earthship. Made with local materials, it features all the architectural and design details you’ll find throughout most earthships, including lots of windows for tons of natural light, indoor gardens, gorgeous tile work, and rustic stone walls.

This particular earthship, however, gives you a few extra amenities to help you relax, such as a hot tub and a cozy wooden fireplace. Laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and a television keep you fully on the grid, but it’s likely you’ll be too distracted by the views of Sugarloaf Mountain to spend too much time scrolling on Instagram.

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5. Taos Mesa Studio Earthship

Taos Mesa Studio Earthship
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Why you should stay: Budget-friendly earthship livin’.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $109/night

Green living can sometimes seem pricey compared to other options, but that’s not the case with this budget-friendly earthship. The studio home features lots of wide-open space both inside and out. Guests have a full kitchen, an entertainment area, and an expansive sunroom (plus endless space to roam outdoors.)

Bring Fido along for the adventure (this earthship rental is pet-friendly and even the pet frees are reasonable) and chill in the backyard, where you’ll enjoy desert and mountain views for days. Taos is also a pretty cool town (even in the winter, if you ski!)

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6. Simple Survival Earthship Studio

Simple Survival Earthship Studio
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Why you should stay: A smaller space with plenty of character.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

Look at an array of earthships and you’ll likely realize pretty quickly that the main color palette for most could be described as “rock hues.” But that’s not the case with this chic earthship that wows with a dash of color.

Bright turquoise, deep burgundy, splashes of white, and vibrant cerulean combine along with leafy green plants and fun geometric shapes for an eye-catching design entirely worthy of a social media post. After you’ve taken your fill of all there is to see inside, head outdoors for equally gorgeous desert and night sky views.

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7. Mountain Retreat Earthship

taos new mexico earthship
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Why you should stay: A pretty perch high up in the mountains

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2+ nights
  • Rates from: $245/night

You may need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to reach this earthship, but don’t let that deter you from making the trek out. You’ll be well rewarded with a spacious ship that’s cozy and comfortable enough inside, though the real treat is outdoors.

The expansive outdoor patio (complete with a grill and patio seating) appears to be perfectly perched on the mountainside, giving you unobstructed views of the valleys and towns below as well as of the mountains further beyond. There are multiple outdoor spots for you to relax, take in the scenery, and soak up the sun. With a cool Flintstones feel inside and epic King-of-the-World vibes outside, it’s no wonder this is a popular earthship rental.

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8. Phoenix Earthship

Phoenix Earthship
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Why you should stay: Luxury living, complete with a greenhouse and fish pond.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $194/night

Who said going off the grid meant you had to give up all your luxury? This “official” earthship of Phoenix impresses as soon as you arrive, with its exterior that looks more like a Victorian greenhouse than a private home.

There is, of course, a greenhouse inside, complete with a fish pond, birds, turtles, and tropical trees , but there’s also spacious sleeping arrangements, a large dining area perfect for entertaining, a fireplace, and water features. Outdoors, you’ll find even more entertaining space, including an outdoor fire pit and grill area. A free tour of the earthship complex is included with your stay.

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9. Artsy Earthship

Artsy Earthship
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Why you should stay: Have your own artistic retreat or remote work staycation.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

This earthship is as fun, artsy, youthful, and bright as they come. It’s a great earthship rental for writing and artistic retreats, and for those who just want to chime in to their office’s next Zoom meeting from somewhere a little cooler than the living room. The Artsy Earthship provides dedicated work spaces, but also plenty of room to spread out if you’re traveling with the family or five of your favorite co-artists.

Each of the bedrooms and work spaces provide privacy, but large gathering spots make for lively dinnertime conversations and late nights watching the stars. Pups are okay, and you’ll have a local hot spring within a 15-minute drive (just message the owners for more info.)

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10. Modern + Mesa

Modern + Mesa
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Why you should stay: A mostly modern earthship with a few traditional details.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $140/night

If you don’t really care for the rustic, Southwest style that you’ll spot in many earthships, you may prefer this property and its modern take with plenty of clean lines and sleek surfaces. The neutral color palette is accented by modern art and artistic light fixtures.

Only in the bathroom will you spot those geometric features that are so common in earthships. As you sit in the cast-iron, clawfoot tub (repurposed, naturally), you’ll be surrounded by walls made of circular and diamond-cut polished stones. It’s pretty relaxing, actually. And dogs are welcome for a reasonable $20.

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11. Encounter Earthship

Encounter Earthship
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Why you should stay: Huge visual impact with a small footprint.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $152/night

This light and airy earthship offers lots of breathing room both inside and out. The expansive outdoor space provides mountain and desert views while the indoor space brings the outdoors in. Thanks to lots of windows and a pale pink-based color palette, the inside has a dreamy atmosphere that makes the space feel a lot bigger than it is.

The succulents and other small plants scattered throughout the space provide a pop of color, as do the eclectic lighting fixtures and the bold black-and-copper backsplash in the kitchen. This is one of several homes on this list in the Taos earthship community, so consider booking a few at the same time if you’re traveling with a larger group.

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12. Taos Earthship

Taos Earthship
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Why you should stay: Unique, romantic earthship rental close to town.

  • Nearest town: Taos, NM
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $117/night

Feel a world away from it all without actually being that far away at all. This earthship is about 15 minutes outside of Taos, but its remote location and natural surroundings give it a much more isolated feeling.

With three fireplaces, the earthship stays cozy all year-round. So if you’re thinking of booking in the winter, go for it – you’ll see snow-capped peaks from the expansive wall of windows that faces the mountain ranges beyond. Dark adobe walls and ceilings lined with wooden beams give the space a rustic appeal, further making you feel like you’re hidden away deep into a Southwestern oasis.

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