A Dude Ranch in Alien-Friendly Roswell
Though Roswell, New Mexico has made a name for itself through the UFO crash in 1947, it’s also home to the Burnt Well Guest Ranch. This is one of the best places to reconnect with yourself, nature and your family. The New Mexico ranch has been around for three generations since 1950 but became a guest ranch in 2003. If you’re looking for a place where you can unwind yet still enjoy an adventure, read on to find out why Burnt Well may be what you seek.
The History of Burnt Well Guest Ranch
In the early 1900s, the land on which Burnt Well was established was a popular grazing area where cowboys brought their cattle. However, when the Homestead Act was enacted, settlers moved in. According to the act, if they could live off the land for a year, they could earn a section of it easily. To rattle settlers on this land, cowboys from Bloom Cattle Co. burned the wooden windmill tower the former put up and threw its posts down a well on the property. This is why the area became known as Burnt Well camp.
By 1950, Ivan Chesser purchased the land and raised his family. His son Kim, who was born and raised on the ranch, decided to carry on his father’s legacy. Kim loved the ranch way of life, but loved interacting with people more. After marrying Patricia, a native of New Mexico, he turned his home into a guest ranch whereby they could both treat visitors to long horseback rides, ole country food, and fiddle music at night around an evening campfire.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Kim and Patricia Chesser’s hospitality is unparalleled, but that’s only one of the reasons why Cowboys and Indians Magazine ranked Burnt Well Ranch as one of the Top 11 Working Ranches Worth Waking Up Early For. The following are some of the perks you’ll enjoy at Burnt Well Guest Ranch.
Outstanding Riding Experience
The dude ranch has 15-20 horses of a variety of breeds such as quarterhorses and geldings. You can ride on one of these across the ranch’s 15,000 acres and 10 miles of water pipeline any time of the day. There isn’t a riding schedule you should stick to. However, you’re welcome to guided rides accompanied by Kim, Patricia, their son Tye or anyone else. Or another staff member.
Burnt Well offers a number of activities which you can enjoy for a whole week. For instance, you can go on a cattle drive, which is paced according to guests’ wishes. The ranch’s cattle drives flaunts an Old West style, allowing you to experience hot breakfasts, suppers and nightly campfires while out on the trail. You can also go on a Cowboy Camp or a Cattle Working Cowboy Camp, both of which start at $1,915 plus tax.
The Art of Marriage
One of the special weeks at the ranch, it’s are held once in December, January, February, June, July and August. Kim and Patricia will strengthen your marriage during a week of fun activities. However, be ready to spend a considerable chunk of your time during the most unpleasant half of the day (coldest or hottest time) watching a series of videos from Family Life’s The Art of Marriage.
Comfortable Accommodation at the Casita
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time roughing it up on the plains, consider booking the 600 square foot Casita. Built for those who seek peace, it is far from traffic, cell phone service and the town itself. However, you can bring your own music and videos as there’s a VCR and DVD player there. Moreover, you can cook your food in the fully equipped kitchen or BBQ grill. Perfect for couples, singles or family retreats, this is a good option for those who don’t want a full service dude ranch stay but would like the other perks on this list. On the other hand, you can move into the lodge and enjoy the hospitality that has put Burnt Well Guest Ranch on the map.
Child Friendly Activities
Children at the ranch will learn how to ride safely using a halter and lead rope. They can also enjoy the arts and crafts collected in the guest house’s toy box as well as play board games. For older children, you can opt for animal and horse care activities as well as trail riding.
Other Non-Traditional Activities
You can enjoy bird watching or a dunk in the hot tub at the ranch. However, there are off-site activities you can go for too, such as trips to Historic Lincoln, the Roswell International UFO Museum and 1947 UFO crash site, or Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Also in season is ranch rodeo, in which Kim has participated four times and qualified for World Champion.
To find out more about the ranch’s availability or current rates, don’t hesitate to contact it right away.
So give Burnt Well Guest Ranch a visit if you seek a relaxing yet exciting holiday in New Mexico. Rest assured that you won’t experience a single dull day since from the time you step arrive at this working ranch.
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