City of the Sun Foundation, Inc

Columbus, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: December 5, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 9, 2004

Mission Statement

The path is found in work.

Community Description

Founded in 1968, City of the Sun is located on 157 acres in Luna County, New Mexico, adjacent to the to Village of Columbus. Columbus is located on Highway 11, thirty miles south of Deming (off I-10), and three miles north of Palomas, Mexico. Our goal is to live and work in mutual cooperation; to explore methods of gardening and horticulture in the desert. Our spiritual beliefs vary, all paths welcome. We offer workshops about making bokashi and using effective microorganisms. We have on grid living as well as a designated off-grid area for alternative housing, solar energy, and composting. We have one irrigation well, pristine waster water lagoon and green cemetery. Some residents use solar water distillers. Due to lack of jobs in the area, residents must be self-sufficient.

We have a small sleeping room for short term rental for prospective visitors or guests. Some members have space available to rent, and we have 2 RV sites.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1968
  • Start Living Together: 1968
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Office Manager
  • Community Address:
    #1 Sunshine Way
    PO Box 370
    Columbus, New Mexico, 88029
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Spiritual or Religious Community, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 157 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 20
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email in advance to arrange for an escort or for sponsorship to stay a bit. You may need permission from some members to visit their alternative houses. Please be prepared to camp, have an RV, or arrange a rental before you come.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Prospective members are invited to visit or rent for a time to see if the community is right for them. They then present their membership application and payment plan for the modest membership feeat a regularly scheduled membership meeting, and answer any questions. The membership fee allows a member to select a home site and be given a certificate for lifetime use of the property. A ballot is then sent out to all members (we have some non-resident members) and the next month the count is taken – if approved the member is welcomed to the community!

  • Additional Comments:

    There is a large new public elementary school in the local village with geothermal, greenhouse; the Columbus Village library has about 30 computers, and is a central focus for art shows and other community activities.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Board of Directors, elected by the membership

    full membership participation desirable


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Members must be self-sufficient. We need visionary people who are enthused about saving the planet and using compost, solar, and living lightly on the earth. We really need people who can help with management: bookkeeping, treasurer, secretary, board members, maintenance supervisors, lagoon attendant, and enthusiastic members to develop programs. We’d welcome you!
    As able and willing, we have lagoon parties to clean brush around lagoon, maintain peace park, chop tumbleweeds or we have to hire it done.

    $1750 development fee

    currently about $30 per month per member for maintenance fees plus you pay water, electric (if on the grid) and a share in taxes for the land as well as taxes on any improvements on your home site.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Biomass
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    potlucks for workshops, holidays, birthdays

    many vegetarians and vegans, some raw-fooders

    Bylaws express an ideal to reach for our higher selves, no matter where we are in our development at the moment.

    also many non-smokers. No smoking in public/shared spaces

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    A nice ideal in reaching for one’s higher self, but that is up to the individual.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We’ve lasted longer than many!

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


alternative, gardening, housing