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Join us at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch for a Family Vacation or Reunion during the Spring or Summer!

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

This blog is being re-shared from Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch blog 

We open in March and the weather is lovely here in the spring with lots of warm sunny days and very low chance of precipitation. Unlike many places in the country, the weather here at the ranch is typically dry: Perfect for your spring break family vacation or reunion.

Summer weather is also lovely. We are located in the mountains at 6,500 feet elevation. Days are pleasantly warm and nights cool down to around 60 degrees. We love to wade and swim in the creek during the summer!

New Mexico Guest Ranch

Here is what you can expect during a stay at our ranch:

-Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a Small Family Run Ranch. We have only 4 cabins and take a maximum of 12-16 guests. Because of this we are able to give our guests more personal attention. You tell us what you want your family’s time at the ranch to be like!

-This is a great place to spend Quality Time with your Family having FUN! In today’s busy world it can be hard for families to find time to spend together. Everyone has their own schedule and often it is not even possible to have a meal together. At our small ranch, families spend their time together: you will ride horses, eat meals together, relax around a campfire, hike, swim in the creek, play games, line dance, and make memories together that will last a lifetime!

-Explore Nature: We are located in the middle of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest. This is a great place for families to escape the hustle and bustle of town and city life. Wildlife is plentiful here including large herds of elk, many types of birds, mule deer, javelina, eagles, and much more.  It is a great place to learn about and experience the beauty of our natural world. We love sharing our knowledge of the flora, fauna and wildlife with our guests! And the scenery you will see by horseback is unparalleled: deep canyons with crystal clear spring fed stream running through them, mountain overlooks, open meadows, ponderosa forests- the variety is endless.

-Go Back in Time and Learn about the History of the Area: The Mimbres people were in this area from 200-1150 AD. Right in our area there are remains of pit houses, cliff dwellings and pictographs (rock paintings) that we take our guests to explore. You can even find 1,000 year old pottery shards and sometimes arrowheads! (All artifacts must be left where they are). This is unique because these archeological sites are not part of a National Park and there will be no one else there! Later, the Chiricahua Apaches were also in this area and Geronimo’s birthplace is within 15 miles of our ranch! Even more recently Cowboys and Basque Sheepherders stayed in the area and made shelters which remain today. There is also evidence of Tin Mining from the 1930’s and 40’s.

New Mexico Guest Ranch

–Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a great place for a Small Family Reunion! If there are between 8-16 people in your group you will have the ranch to yourselves and our undivided attention!

Happy Trails!

 

Why Dude Ranches are the Perfect Family Vacation Destination

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

If you have a family you probably find yourself often searching for new vacation destinations suitable for every member in your family unit. On the one hand you want to be assured that where you choose to go is a safe environment for your little ones; but, you also want it to be fun for everyone in your group. And most likely you would like to enjoy some private time with your significant other, even if it’s just for a short period of time perhaps while sharing a relaxing spa treatment. Here’s an idea for your next family getaway: Book Your Next Vacation at a Dude Ranch. 

Echo Valley Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch

The majority of dude ranches are open during both the summer and winter months. You can choose between rustic accommodations and full-fledged luxury style ranch resorts that offer amenities similar to high end hotels with extras like spas and gourmet dining. Working ranches provide guests with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cowboy way of life in every way allowing you to take part in cattle drives and other exciting day to day ranch activities. This type of vacation may be more suitable for families with older kids; whereas, other guest ranches often offer special kid-friendly programs that are ideal for every age group.

Here are seven reasons to make a reservation for you and your family at a nearby, or faraway, dude ranch.

Experience Ranch Life – If you or your young ones have always dreamed of experiencing the life of a cowboy or cowgirl, this is your chance. Pull on some cowboy boots and walk the walk if only for a short period. Nothing beats waking up to the sound of horses neighing in an open field or the smell of an all-American trail breakfast.

 

family ranch vacation

Disconnect In Order To Reconnect – We have never been more connected yet more disconnected than we are now. Although it may seem impossible to “unplug” for even just a short period of time from the myriad of electronic devices available to us nowadays it is possible. Many guest ranches although they offer Wi-Fi connectivity in specified areas it is also quite common to find that you simply can’t connect everywhere you go. Take advantage of these moments to look up from your device and engage in “real moments”.

Discover the Thrill of Horseback Riding – One of the main reasons people choose to visit a dude ranch is because they want to ride. There is nothing like the feeling of being atop a horse as you take in beautiful scenery all around you. The connection between horse and rider can’t be beat.   If you have never ridden before don’t worry most guest ranches provide lessons to help newbies feel comfortable in the saddle.

kids horseback riding

Stop and Smell the Roses – Guest ranches provide the opportunity to rediscover what nature has to offer. Towering mountains, arid deserts, rushing rivers, thick green forests and a sky full of impossibly bright twinkling stars to name a few are what one can expect. Regardless of where you choose to stay the natural beauty that surrounds you will leave you in awe.

Try Something New – Don’t strike dude ranches off your list of holiday destinations if horseback riding isn’t your thing. Many ranches provide a range of activities that will thrill you, relax you and keep everyone in your family excited. For instance, you can go fly fishing, take a guided tour, explore your surroundings through hiking trails, and even book a spa treatment. If you’re heading to a dude ranch during the winter, your list of activities can include skating on nearby lakes or skiing at a nearby resort.

Make New Friends – Most guest ranches do family-style dining which means you get the chance to meet new people at mealtimes. You will also get the opportunity to experience activities while part of a group and time spent around a campfire at night is always a wonderful way to swap stories with newfound friends. Children’s programs enable  kids to mix with other kids their age while giving adults some perhaps much needed adult-time.

Take a Break From Cooking – Enjoy home-cooked, hearty meals or gourmet ranch cuisine while staying at a guest ranch. Many ranches grow and raise a lot of their own food guaranteeing that only the freshest of ingredients are used in your meals. Some guest ranches even offer special wine-tasting weeks!

family ranch vacation

While each of these aspects make dude ranches great, nothing can compare to bringing the whole family together under one roof and at one table. You can’t put a price on that. So book your next vacation soon before another family takes your place. Search for a ranch using our FREE dude ranch search tool.