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Southwest Working Cattle Ranch

Southwest Working Cattle Ranch
New Mexico USA
Welcome to the Wild West, where Billy The Kid once roamed!
Southeast of Santa Fe lies the ranch in the Pecos River Valley, where in 1541, the Spanish Conquistador Coronado once took camp with his army and where in 1881, Billy the Kid once roamed. The historic Guadalupe County Seat of Puerto De Luna colonized in 1863 directly borders the ranch. The ranch has 8,200 acres and is a cattle ranch. We raise Black Angus cattle and invite you to take part in the life of a Working Cattle Ranch as a Cowgirl/Cowboy. You will enjoy the familial atmosphere, because for all that hard work, there is a lot of fun!
The horses are Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Paint Horses, that live, accordingly to their natural habitat, in a herd on big pastures. They are all even-tempered and friendly and there is a horse for every rider – from beginner to advanced.
A lot of work is still traditionally done on horseback, e.g. driving cattle from pasture to pasture, controlling/repairing water tanks and fences or checking the health status of the cattle. Twice a year (spring and fall) there are cattle brandings at which friends and neighbors help with a barbeque to follow. Our friendly and always humorous team is happy about any kind of help with the ranch work, but the help is not mandatory!
Every day you may take part in horseback riding. The trail rides in this indescribably beautiful and diverse landscape are a producer of unforgotten memories. Imposing bluffs, deep arroyos and mesas with junipers, mesquite and tumbleweed form a picture like the old Wild-West-Movies. Approximately 24 miles of trails lead to an old cemetery, ruins of long forgotten days and old Native American camps. The Pecos River flows about 5 km through the North of the ranch and the Carizzo Creek with 2 springs runs about 4 km along the Northwest border. You can go swimming or fishing in the Pecos River and a picnic here is always a highlight!


Working Ranch

Meeting: Albuquerque ABQ
Airport: Albuquerque ABQ
Transfer: Albuquerque ABQ
Riders: Min 1 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Southwest Working Cattle Ranch
    Tour Code: WRNM05
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,400.00
    Dates : April - October

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP, double room 1 /10 Reserve
    B 2016 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP, shared room 1 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter, Appaloosa, Paint Horses (limi...
    Pace: based on experience slow or fast paced...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Albuquerque ABQ
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