The Earthship Biotecture community in Taos, New Mexico, isn’t as sci-fi as it sounds, but it is off-the-grid. Based on the passive solar prototype architect Michael Reynolds perfected in the 1970s, each house under the Earthship banner is largely built from recycled materials like glass bottles and tires, with a self-sustainable approach to sewage, heating, cooling, and food growth. To learn firsthand how carbon-zero construction works, stop by the area’s visitor center anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a $7 self-guided tour of model homes, media rooms, and a small gallery space.
Dig the concept? Take a furnished ship out for a spin. Four houses are rentable through the visitor center. The newest is the Waybee Earthship, a two-bedroom, two-bath house equipped with WiFi and Apple TV (so, you know, it’s not that off-the-grid). Prices start at $210 per night for up to two guests or $1,150 per week.
At least 10 additional rental options—ranging from $49 to $245 a night—are bookable via Airbnb, including the groovy property shown here.