The N Bar is a century old working cattle and horse ranch in the mountains of western New Mexico. We are remote, over an hour from the closest town. The headquarters sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by the 3 million acre Gila National Forest.
Starting in the 2014 season we will be changing our focus and direction a bit. We will still be taking only four guests a week. We will still offer cattle weeks of branding, gathering and Cowboy Clinics but we are turning our attention and our horses to exploring more of the 3 million acre Gila National Forest. It is truly a national treasure that so few know about.
The great thing about the ranch and it's location in the Gila is the diversity of terrain and ecosystems, every day is a ride new country. Ride out the West gate and it's high mountains of Spruce, Fir and Aspen, you'd think you were in Montana or Colorado. Ride out the East gate and it's rolling grasslands cut with deep rock rimmed canyons and Cottonwood lined creeks similar to Wyoming or the Dakotas.
Rich in history this high and lonesome country was the heartland of the Apache. Victorio, Mangus, and Geronimo all were born and lived in this awesome land. Billy the Kid, Kit Carson and Ben Lilly traveled these trails. Butch and Sundance were cow-bosses on the ranch for three years. Things are safer now but the country hasn't changed a bit. You will see it as they saw it. Wild, free and unspoiled.
Don't let the thought of New Mexico in the summer scare you away, it's not what you may think. We are at 8,000 feet elevation and ride up to 10,000 feet which makes for comfortable days and chilly nights. July and August the days are in the upper 70's and low 80's with frequent afternoon thunderstorms which make for incredible sunsets. Mid summer nights will be in the upper 40's and low 50's. WE HAVE NO scorpions, rattlesnakes, ticks, chiggers, blackflies or mosquitos!
Wildlife abounds here. We are known as one of the premier elk habitats in the U.S. It is an everyday deal to ride and see hundreds of elk in one herd and view many herds each day. We also have plenty of antelope, deer, hawks, eagles, wolves and other critters.