Guided Hikes

Take us with you and we'll tell you some stories.

 

We’re not experts in geology, archeology, or much really…but we have spent many years on this land, observing. We’re keen on you having your own hiking adventures here, but if you feel that heading out together could be fun, we promise to share our insights. Signing up for a guided hike can happen as part of the reservation sequence, when you book your casita, or you can arrange it when you’re here, assuming we’re available. The cost goes down the more
people go along so feel free to recruit other guests to come, too. It’s a ton of fun to share the beauty of this place with people. Plus, it’s a way for us to get to know each other. (Otherwise we tend to give you lots of space as we don’t want to intrude upon your experience here.) That said, we’re (happily) not 25 years old any longer, and so we limit the frequency with which we guide hikes to what makes our bodies happy. First come, first served is a good rule of thumb.

 

We offer five guided hikes at this time.

Mesa Hike

Crossing our bridge over the Rio Ojo Caliente on the south end of the mesa, we’ll hike up and head north along the base of Tecolote Mountain. When we reach the shepherd’s shack, we can picnic either at the source of Crystal Springs, or on the cliff edge overlooking the valley. Returning by way of the Niederstadt Ruin, prepare for wet feet as we cut back across the river unless you cross the river barefoot. (We recommend packing a light pair of water shoes.). Then home through the valley.  A moderate climb to the mesa top. We rest a lot! 4 hours ~ $300

To reserve this or another guided hike, first reserve your casita.

The Money Shot

River Ramble

Walking north through the valley along the Rio Ojo Caliente, we’ll visit Spider Rock then cross to the river’s east bank to visit the Dripping Cave and the Niederstadt house.

Home through the valley, stopping at the Mother Spring, source of the pond’s water. Wet shoes likely unless you cross the river barefoot. (We recommend packing a light pair of water shoes.) 2.5 to 3 hours ~ $190

To reserve this or another guided hike, first reserve your casita.

Western Hills / Arroyo Return

Starting out on the High “U,” we’ll keep going to the top of the Western Hills. From there we’ll catch the long views of the ranch’s West Section and, in the far distance, Cerro Pedernal.

We descend into the wide mouth of the arroyo that funnels an enormous volume of water into the box canyon during the monsoons. Walk east down the arroyo back home. Some rocky slopes and steep inclines. We rest a lot! 4 hours ~ $300

To reserve this or another guided hike, first reserve your casita.

Lambing Pen Walk

We’ll walk west into the box canyon arroyo, passing the big cottonwood and its protector boulder, then scramble up a short, steep path to the North Rim path and big views to the east.

Heading out to Lambing Pen Lookout overlooking the arroyo from which we came, we’ll return on high animal trails back to to the Lower Pond. 2 hours ~ $150

To reserve this or another guided hike, first reserve your casita.

The High “U” Walk

This is a cairn-marked trail that gets you up to some great views with a little effort (only at the start).

After unpacking, setting out on the High “U” is a great way to get oriented to the lay of the land. It’s easy to do on your own, but if you want company we’re happy to go with you just for the fun! 1 hour ~ $100

To reserve this or another guided hike, first reserve your casita.

 

 

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