Type of horses:
Quarter Horses, two miniature Paint Horses and two miniature donkeys
Nature of horses:
Kind, well trained and surefooted horses to suit all abilities.
Height of horses:
14 - 16hh
240 lbs / 108 kg
This destination is a small family run ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere in the magnificent Gila National Forest in south west New Mexico. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests, up to the heights where the views go on forever, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliff walls and crystal clear streams. Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America. Ride the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and visit Native ruins where the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, and later Geronimo and the Apaches once roamed.
The Gila National Forest boasts a rich history of the Mogollon and Apache Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans, ranchers, prospectors and miners. Apache Chiefs Mangas Coloradas, Geronimo, and Victorio, Aldo Leopold: conservationist, ecologist and author of the Sand County Almanac, and renowned lion hunter Ben Lilly are but a few of the personalities who have left their mark in the Gila.
Situated west of the Continental Divide, the ranch is located in a truly unspoiled setting, secluded and serene. The ranch is off the power grid; electricity comes from solar arrays supplemented by generators as necessary. Cell phone coverage stops 70 miles away; your stay will be undisturbed. The water supply comes from stream fed wells, and the taste is spectacular. The cabins are attractive and comfortable, with fully equipped bathrooms and covered porches.
Riding and hiking will take you through gorgeous pine forests with an abundance of wildlife, steep canyons with crystal clear streams running through them and lush meadows (often with elk). A great bonus of being at this altitude is that the ranch is almost bug free so its the perfect place for all outdoor activities. The ranch boasts plenty of sunshine with turquoise New Mexico skies that invite you to spend your time in the great outdoors.
The horses (mainly Quarter Horses and Paints) are sweet and gentle. There is a good variety to suit all abilities. The main focus of the ranch is on riding and making your vacation special. Since the ranch is in the mountains it is blessed with moderate temperatures all year round.
Accommodation is in one of two cabins nestled among the pine trees. Each cabin is cosy and comfortable with a private bathroom, a covered porch and is heated with a propane fireplace. In the cabins you will find coffee service, complimentary water bottles and freshly baked cookies.
There are 4 cabins available and these are very spacious, meaning that they can accommodate family groups or friends - groups are never mixed.
Apache cabin is decorated in Native American style. It features a queen-sized bed along with 2 singles, one set of bunk beds and sleeps 6. The second cabin, named Mimbers - after the ancient pottery art of the region - is also decorated in Native American style. It features a Queen bed and one set of Bunk Beds and can sleep up to 4 people. The other cabins have a cowboy and horses theme and have been given the names Cowboy and Outlaw. This is actually one single large cabin, split into two living areas and can accommodate two separate groups or a larger family. Cowboy features a spacious room with one queen-sized bed and three single beds. It can sleep 5. Outlaw has two separate bedrooms with one queen-sized bed and one set of bunk beds. It can sleep 4 guests comfortably. Both accommodations have sitting areas as well as private bathrooms.
Typically check-in is between 4-7pm on your day of arrival and check-out should be before 10:30am on your departure day. Special requests may be accommodated but you must let us know in advance!
Meals are served buffet style three times daily in the dining room or outside on picnic tables. There are a wide variety of healthy, delicious meals made using fresh vegetables, meat, fish and poultry. Popular dishes include grilled salmon or trout, pork tenderloin, steak cookout, garden fresh vegetables, New Mexican scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes with fruit and the chef's famous chocolate mousse along with other delicious desserts.
Special dietary requirements can be catered with with prior notice. The ranch does not have a liquor licence but you are welcome to take your own.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy besides horse riding including hiking, photography, swimming in the small pool or the creek, wildlife and bird viewing, indoor and outdoor games (such as badminton, horseshoes), evening entertainment such as sing-alongs around the campfire. There are no schedules or typical days so you are free to choose how you would like to spend your days at the ranch.
Languages: English and some French
Health requirements: None specific
Age limit: No age limit but 6 + for trails
Tuition: Tuition can be arranged
Included: Lodging, meals, horse riding, activities and entertainment.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages, flights and travel insurance.
Guests fly into either Albuquerque or El Paso. It is a 4 hour drive from either airport. Car hire is required.
Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport
Alternative Airport: El Paso International Airport
There is no typical day at the ranch. Your ranch vacation is just that, your vacation, so you may choose how to spend your days here. You may ride as little or as much as you want, trail rides are not scheduled. Here you will be treated as one of the family. You may pitch in as much as you like helping feed and care for the horses, hone your roping skills while you are waiting for dinner, or join in with any other ranch chores. If you prefer you may sit back and relax. You will find solitude as well as adventure on your visit.
Other activities that guests enjoy are campfires at night with fantastic stargazing, musical entertainment around the campfire or in the rec hall, barbecues, outdoor and indoor games, roping lessons, photography, rodeo games and riding lessons in the arena, swimming in the small pool or creek or just reading a good book on one of the bench swings. The ranch also has two miniature paint horses and two miniature donkeys that are fun to groom and pet!
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|Maximum group size:||16|
|Ability description:||All riding abilities can be catered for.|
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|Departure dates:||Dates available to suit between March and mid-November. 3 night minimum stay. Check in from 4 -7pm on arrival day, check out by 10.30am on departure day.|
2017 (open March through mid-November):
Adult prices, per person:
7 nights: £2103
6 nights: £1803
5 nights: £1503
4 nights: £1293
3 nights: £969
Children ages 6-11:
7 nights: £1910
6 nights: £1638
5 nights: £1365
4 nights: £1093
3 nights: £819
Children aged 3-5: £70 per night
Children aged 0-2 stay for free!
Single occupancy is charged at an additional 20%
Non-riders receive a 10% discount on the above rates.
Three night minimum stay.
All prices include accommodation, meals, riding, hiking and a number of other activities on the ranch. Also included are state taxes at 5.6875% and a National Forest land use fee. For your benefit we have also included 15% staff gratuities in these prices.