Burnt Well Guest Ranch

New Mexico

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Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a small, family-owned and operated working ranch in the warm, sunny climate of New Mexico. 16 miles from the nearest highway & 35 miles from the nearest town.

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The State of New Mexico has so much to offer its visitors, the mountains around Taos with its fine Native dwelling, the Acoma Pueblo set on top of a huge rock, arts and crafts in Santa Fe, the Gila Wilderness in the south west area and the legend of Billy The Kid.

The Burnt Well Ranch in southeastern New Mexico has a warm sunny climate where temperatures range from mid 70′s° F in the spring and autumn to mid 90-100° F in the summer and mild winters in the mid to upper 50′s.

This is a genuine Working ranch offering both ranch stay weeks and cattle drives, which they offer in the autumn. These are the type of drive many of us have seen in the movies, they drive the herd from one pasture to another and camp out on the trail.



We have first-hand knowledge from our many ranch visits, so please contact us with any questions or for a ranch holiday to suit you.

The ranch buildings are set on what appears to be the open range but once you are out on your horse, you will find the range is made up of short canyons and gulleys, ideal places for stock to hide itself when you are looking for it.

The main Lodge is where meals are served when you are staying at the ranch, family style around the kitchen table.

In the yard there is a self-catering Casita that will sleep up to six people, the main accommodation is the Hacienda constructed by the Chessers with local materials.

It has a large living area with a Pool Table and small ranch store. The to bed rooms will sleep up to about 10 people is double and bunk beds. Bathrooms are shared.

The ranch run a few sheep and lambs but it's mainly cattle so ranch activities will depend on the season you visit, branding weeks will be in early May for example.

On a working ranch there is always plenty to do and the ranchers often need to move cattle throughout the year.  With enough notice, they may well be able to adjust their working schedules to include some sort of cattle work the week you plan to visit.

Burnt Well's great attractions are their cattle drives, which, being further south, can be later in the year than in areas like Montana and Wyoming.

As a rule they camp out on the trail for at least three nights; however it can be four or five nights depending on the drive. Expect to be in the saddle between five to ten hours a day.  Its a really early start, driving cattle by sun up and they try to be at camp by early afternoon. This drive can be between ten and fifteen miles a day depending on the location. Its usually a 6 night affair.

They will provide a bedroll for you and hot meals are cooked in a Dutch oven and over a campfire for breakfast and dinners. Expect packed lunches in your saddle bag.

You must be physically fit and able to participate on this cattle drive. Unless you fall off of your horse, you will be expected to complete the cattle drive as a member of the crew.

The ranchers from Burnt Well have had a change of ownership of the land over which they used to operate their cattle drives, the new owners are no longer wanting someone else’s stock on their land so they have come up with some alternative Camps

The tentative plan is to set up the camp that they use for their cattle drives, somewhere in the cooler mountains or higher elevation to beat the summer heat. This week will be lower stressed with more relaxed mornings and camp time (not the time demands of a cattle drive).  The ranchers hope to ride in and explore some higher elevation ranch country, seeing a different type of New Mexico terrain from the back of a horse.  

The 4th annual Chisum Challenge Ranch Rodeo Cattle Drive is scheduled for 6-11 October 2019. Cost £1720pp

A second drive has been added at the end of the month - 27th  Oct to 1st November also £1720pp. Both are ranch based.

They have some of their cows on a leased ranch north of Roswell, which is part of the original John Chisum, Bosque Grande Ranch.  They will be gathering the cattle and possibly weaning the calves or loading the cattle on trucks to bring back to Burnt Well.  

They will have their cattle drive camp set up and since the cattle work will not take the entire week, they plan to fill in some of our camping time with historic rides as well as a local historian’s views on the days of John Chisum.

Burntwell Cattle Ranch House New Mexico
  • Burntwell Cattle Ranch House New Mexico


All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us to confirm the rates - 01798 865946.

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We can tailor-make your holiday with flights, car hire, motorhome and city hotels.

Prices are for ranch stays or cattle drives and include ranch or camping accommodation with full board, riding and taxes. Gratuities should be paid on departure.

2019 Ranch Holidays

Sunday to Friday ranch stays are £1490.00 pp based on double or single occupancy.
2019 Autumn rounds are 6 to 11 October & 27 Oct to 01 Nov.  £1720.00pp inc tax. Only space for 12 guests so please book early

Optional gratuities are paid locally to the staff. 10% or 15% is recommended.

A transfer can be arranged from Roswell Airport for weekly stays.   Please note this ranch may only be booked direct with American Round Up

Deposit 30% per person

Please let us know your preferred departure dates and number of people travelling and we will send a quotation to you.

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