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A Day on the Ranch
A regular day at our place starts with a hearty breakfast around 8 am. Afterwards everybody prepares lunch (sandwiches/water/cereal bars/apples) for taking out on the trail in the saddlebags. Then, we catch the horses, groom and saddle them and then head for the arena. You get the chance to get to know your horse and ask any question you might have. From there you'll head out.

We are a small working & cattle ranch so there is only one ride a day, but you'll be in the saddle for about 3 hours every day. Depending on the purpose (trail ride for fun/checking fences/water gaps or cattle) the time varies and could be longer. Our guests are welcome to help gather cattle on horseback in the pasture if needed.

You will be back sometime in the afternoon and you take care of your horse (we assist as much as needed). Then you decide what you want to do. You could learn how to rope the dummy, play the horse shoe game, take a shower and relax, soak your sore muscles in the hot tub, go hiking/fishing/swimming or sit on the back porch, visit with everybody and enjoy the spectacular view over the Pecos Valley...

Some evenings, friends come by and do team roping in our arena every so often and they love to have help to load the cattle. In the evening, around 6 - 7 pm we all have supper together on the back porch. We (team and guests) are "family" and our goal is to make everybody feel at home.

Trail rides in this indescribably beautiful and diverse landscape are a producer of unforgotten memories. Our trails will lead you to old ruins of long forgotten days. For guests looking to do some cattle work at the ranch, it is best to book a date earlier in the year so that it is not too hot. There could be some cattle work at any time of the year, like driving cattle back into the pasture where they belong, after they got through the fence somewhere or gather cattle to be sorted for selling or helping neighbors with their cattle work.

Branding Season
We do our brandings in our peak season April - June and September-October. We brand one pasture every month to enable as much guests as possible to share this experience with us. We start early in the morning and are usually done by early afternoon. Guest can participate with the gathering, but are not allowed in the branding pen because of insurance policy.

Non-Riding Activities Outside of the Ranch
Located in the Guadalupe County or nearby communities there are rodeos, dances, ranch and horse auctions to which we attend upon request. In Santa Rosa (30 min), several lakes invite you to swim and dive. Furthermore there is a nice, little Oldtimer museum and the Blue Hole, a water hole for scuba diving or swimming (unexpected for this desert-like area). You may also enjoy the Santa Rosa Lake & State Park for boating, fishing, swimming and hiking along the provided trails. Along the legendary Route 66 that runs through Santa Rosa, are a lot of restaurants and bars. In Fort Sumner (1 hr) is the grave and museums of Billy the Kid. Also the Bosque Redondo is located in Fort Sumner, a once gruesome prison in which Navajo and Mescalero Apaches have been held under unworthily terms. Another special attraction is Santa Fe (2.5 hrs), the oldest town of USA (1620).
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Southwest Working Cattle Ranch
Tour Code: WRNM05
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,645.00
Dates : April - November

Trip Rating :
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 2021 04/01 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP (high) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2021 07/01 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP (low) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 09/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day Ranch, AP (high) 2 /12 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 International Sunport (ABQ)
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