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Living Off the Grid

For some, living “off the grid” will fulfill a dream of self-sufficiency. For others, it’s a way to show love for Mother Earth. It can be an investment in long-term affordable living, or a way to disconnect from some of the bustle and bother of modern living. Whatever your dream, whatever your reason, living off the grid is actually more doable than many people think.

Building a home disconnected from public utilities like electricity and water doesn’t mean living in isolation or sacrificing all the comforts of modern life. With modern technology and thoughtful planning, many people who are choosing to build on reclaimed ranchland can generate everything they need.

“We’re here because of the freedom and atmosphere,” says Jake, who built an off-grid home on 40 acres with his wife, Jennifer. “We’re proud of what we built together. We like feeling connected to nature. We’re not granola tree-huggers, but we care about the land.”
Read Jake and Jennifer’s story

Here’s a look at some of the considerations some modern homesteaders have made that might help you as you plan your dream of living independently:

Power sources

With increasing power and decreasing cost, solar and wind power generation solutions are attainable by more and more people.

These can run from simple, low-power arrays used to power critical appliances during the day to large, whole house systems with battery backups that provide power through the night.

Some people choose to layer technologies. “It’s windy in the winter and sunny in the summer,” says Jake of his home near Casper, Wyoming.

Just as important as the technology is how it is applied. Families need to be conscious about which appliances use power, and when they run them.

Working with the landscape

By angling homes to warm up in the morning sun while providing cooling shade from afternoon heat, building into hillsides where possible to insulate from extreme temperatures, and using windows and skylights for daytime light, off-grid homes can be exceptionally efficient.

The landscape can also provide food. By raising compatible vegetables and fruits in their gardens, and raising chickens for eggs and meat, residents can still enjoy having part of their diet come from the land, even if most comes from a nearby grocery store.

The water of life

Even though the West has a reputation for being dry, there is water underground. Many full-time residents choose to drill a well, and while depths can vary, the water they enjoy is clean and pure.

Some residents instead choose to build a cistern and truck in water for pennies per gallon. Whatever solution they choose, every home is adequately supplied.

Maintaining digital connections

In the 21st century, “off the grid” doesn’t need to mean “cut off from the world” – unless you want it to mean that. But with wireless technology as advanced as it is, even high-speed internet is available to remote locations.

An off-grid homestead may be served by a repeater tower placed on a nearby hill to collect and boost wireless signal. As a result, the owner can enjoy streaming video and shopping over the internet as easily as anyone else in the country.

The most important network

For many people, “off the grid” is meant to refer mostly to power and utilities. They still value their real-life connections with friends and neighbors. Fortunately, ranches are served by maintained roads that mean shopping and medical care are often less than an hour away (although it is possible to get more remote.)

“We wanted privacy, we wanted lots of peace and quiet … and we wanted to not see our neighbors. We like having neighbors, not seeing them,” laughed Phil, an off-grid resident in the Southwest. “Almost every day, I get up in the morning, I come out here on the porch and look out and say ‘this is so great.’”
Read Phil’s story

Residents form friendships with their full-time neighbors and occasional visitors. And for those who keep jobs in nearby towns and cities, access continues to allow them to earn their livelihood while also living on their own terms.

Find Your Place

Whatever lifestyle you’re looking for, we can help you find ranchland where you will find it.

Stagecoach Trails
Near Yucca, Arizona
Stagecoach Ranch
Located in northwestern Arizona halfway between Kingman and the California border, Stagecoach Trails at Santa Fe Ranch is a community of about 130,000 acres of land over a large abundant aquifer. With its dry, desert climate, the property is situated at the base of the majestic Hualapai Mountains and features gentle sloping terrain that moves into some foothills and boulder outcroppings. Large parcels of approximately 40 acres are available.
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Kaibab High
Near Williams, Arizona
Stagecoach Ranch
Kaibab High is on the road to Grand Canyon National Park, less than an hour south of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Located just 15 miles from the charming town of Williams, Arizona, Kaibab High offers true country lifestyle with city convenience. The scenic 1-acre parcels offer a private yet affordable retreat where you can enjoy cool, clean mountain air, the scent of juniper pine trees and visits from elk, deer and other wildlife.
(855) 716-5263
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Spring Flower Ranch
Near Williams, Arizona
Stagecoach Ranch
Located 30 miles west of Flagstaff near the town of Williams, Spring Flower Ranch sits near 1,114 miles of Forest Service roads, several parks, campgrounds and six fantastic lakes, making it one of Arizona's best recreation destinations for exploring, hiking, biking, four-wheeling, camping, horseback riding, fishing and boating. Great golfing is also available at Elephant Rocks golf course, considered to be one of Arizona's best and most scenic golf course destinations. Parcels are 2.5 acres or larger, and all have electric and phone service.
(877) 345-0296
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Legend Ranch
Near Kingman, Arizona
Stagecoach Ranch
Legend Ranch in Golden Valley offers the very best of northwest Arizona in a private yet accessible location. Located just west of the city of Kingman, a city known as a major stop on the historic Route 66, Legend Ranch is a short drive from Lake Mohave, home to some of the area’s best fishing, and has easy access to Las Vegas and Phoenix. The area boasts excellent outdoor recreation in the nearby Hualapai and McCracken mountains, in the Lake Havasu area, or on the Colorado River.
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