Discover the culture and beauty of the southwest at the best dude ranches in New Mexico. The area is rich in history to explore while you ride out on horseback on the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the Apache warrior Geronimo. With this strong background of cowboy culture it only make sense that New Mexico is one of the most unique destinations for both working cattle ranch vacations and traditional dude ranches. You can participate in rugged cattle drives with campouts under the stars and then enjoy a nice long soak in a hot tub once you’re back at the ranch. Or spend as much time as you want in the saddle each day exploring the New Mexican desert, mountains and deep canyons with the exclusive perspective of your own personal guide. And, with a touch of luxury the best dude ranches in New Mexico are sure to offer one of your most memorable vacations yet.
The Creek Ranch is located in the Pecos Valley South of Santa Rosa, NM in a small village called Puerto de Luna. The ranch raises cattle on a 8,200 acre ranch. The terrain out here is wild, rough and yet beautiful. You’ll get the meaning of Land of Enchantment out here! The landscape on the ranch varies in many different ways: Green and supple along the infamous Pecos River or the Carizzo Creek. Bluffs and arroyos are present everywhere you look – this is the typical landscape of the Southwest. Chollas, Junipers and Mesquite complete the picture like in most western movies.
This is the area, where Billy the Kid once roamed. Old homesteads and a cemetery are testimonials from the heydays of the Wild West and you can still feel the spirit.
Open March through mid November the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere, located in the mountains in the beautiful Gila National Forest of SW New Mexico. There are just 4 cabins and the maximum capacity is 16 guests. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows and tall ponderosa forests, up on high hills where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million acre National Forest, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. Wonderful, gentle and responsive horses good for any ability are available to the guests. The trails start at the back door and there are millions of acres to discover!
Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America and learn about some incredible history here at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! You can visit pit houses and cliff dwellings once occupied by the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, search for pottery shards and arrowheads left behind and see pictographs painted on the rock walls by these early people! This is also the land Geronimo was born and grew up in and where the Apaches once roamed.
Burnt Well Guest Ranch is located in warm, sunny, southeastern New Mexico. The ranch is located on the 15,000 acres of the Chesser Ranch, open since 1950. The horses for you to ride at the ranch are ranch horses that cowboys can do a job on as well as put guests on. There is a wide range of horses to accommodate various riding levels. There is no nose to tail riding at Burnt Well. Riding is in open pasture unless you opt for a mountain trail ride for your day trip.
Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a simple ranch with simple pleasures such as; good food, good conversation, lots of storytelling and laughter, campfires and a night sky full of stars. Come to Burnt Well, get dirty and have some fun, then kick your boots off and relax a spell.