N Bar Ranch New Mexico 2017 Ride Schedule

Spring


April 30-May 6
May 14-20
May 21-27

Cattle Gather

This time of year we are gathering all the cattle out of the winter country and moving them up out of the canyons to the higher summer grazing.

We will spend Sunday night at the main N- ranch headquarters, have a big meal and settle in your own cabin.

Monday morning after breakfast we will pack up our gear, get the horses saddled up, take a test ride and then trailer for about a half hour over to the RM ranch shipping pens. From there it is about an hour ride down into the canyon where we will settle into the bunkhouse and then get around for a few hours seeing where cattle are for the next days gather.

Tuesday and each morning thereafter Nate and Jay will give the plan of the day and we head off on a new adventure. It is not a huge cattle drive like in the movies with thousands of cattle...every day we ride out in small groups each gathering what they can find in the high mountain country. One group may find 50 another group may find only 5 {Harder to push 5 or 10 than 50 or a 100}. Late in the day the groups meet up, bunch whatever cattle we have found and move them a few miles to holding pasture.

Next day we get up and do it again. Now when we say pasture we are talking 6,000 to 10,000 acres so it’s not like we ride out, look around and get a gather in a couple hours. It can take days to clear a pasture up here.

It’s the real deal here. We don’t stage anything and everyone is a hand. You will ride a lot, learn a lot, laugh and smile a lot and probably even cuss a cow a lot.

The riding is mountainous and can be very technical at times, there is plenty of up and down, it’s rocky. So please be sure you and your horse, if you are bringing your own, are up for it.

Now that I have ya worried...don’t be. It is also some of the most spectacular country you will ever ride and it’s not all tough. There is some wondrous Ponderosa Pine park country, open meadows {usually full of elk} and plenty of old logging roads and elk trails. There are always several loops being made each day, some shorter, some longer, some easier, some tougher, so you can take your pick.

Friday late afternoon we will pack up and head back to the N- Ranch headquarters for long hot showers, big steak dinner and a peaceful night in your own cabin before everyone goes back to the real world Saturday morning.

During the Spring weeks we will be staying at the RM ranch bunkhouse, one really cool place. It sits on a pretty little mesa in a big canyon with 360 degree views of the pine covered mountains. The bunkhouse consists of a nice kitchen, a large main room for lounging and dining and a bathroom downstairs. Up stairs is a large room with 5 beds with a walk out balcony to take in the stars or in the morning to watch the elk as you enjoy your first cup of coffee. If you prefer to have a more private sleeping area grab one of our large, comfortable dome tents and a cot which you can set up where ever you like.


June 4 - 10

Big Loop Ride

Ever thought you were born a hundred years too late?

DREAM ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RIDE FOR MILES AND MILES AND DAYS AND DAYS NEVER SEEING A ROAD, HOUSE OR CIVILIZATION.

THAT’S THE IDEA BEHIND THE BIG LOOP RIDE.

WE START AT THE RANCH AND FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS WE RIDE AN 80 TO 100 MILE LOOP THROUGH 3 MILLION ACRES OF SPECTACULAR HIGH COUNTRY OF THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NEW MEXICO

IT IS KIND OF LIKE A PACKTRIP BUT NO PACK ANIMALS TO SLOW US DOWN SO WE CAN TRAVEL LIGHT AND EASY, GOING WHERE EVER THE HECK WE FEEL LIKE. ALL OUR GEAR IS TRANSPORTED BY TRUCK TO THE NEXT NIGHTS BEAUTIFUL CAMP SPOT. WE RIDE CROSS COUNTRY TRAVELING FOREST TRAILS AND OLD ABANDONED LOGGING ROADS, SOMETIMES JUST A WILDLIFE OR CATTLE TRAIL. IT’S ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE!

IT‘S BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, SOME OF THE BEST OF THE WEST! DON’T THINK OF NEW MEXICO AS HEAT, ROCKS AND RATTLESNAKES, THIS IS HIGH, COOL, TALL TIMBER AND ALPINE MEADOW COUNTRY. AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE UPPER 70’s to LOW 80‘S DURING THE DAY AND UPPER 40‘S AT NIGHT, PERFECT FOR THOSE EVENINGS AROUND THE CAMPFIRE.

THE VARIETY OF WILDLIFE YOU WILL SEE IS AMAZING. ON LAST YEARS RIDES BEAR, WOLF, COYOTE, ANTELOPE, DEER, BOBCAT WERE ALL SPOTTED AND YOU WILL SEE SO MANY ELK THE FOLKS BACK HOME WON’T BELIEVE IT TILL YOU SHOW THEM YOUR PHOTOS.

EVERYONE MEETS SUNDAY AT THE RANCH HEADQUARTERS, STAYING THAT NIGHT IN YOUR OWN CABIN.

MONDAY WE START OUR WEEK LONG ADVENTURE. THIS WON’T BE A FAST PACED ENDURANCE TYPE RIDE, WE WILL JUST MOSEY ALONG THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND MEADOWS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY ENJOYING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

5 NIGHTS IN TENT CAMP, WE PROVIDE TENTS AND COTS OR BRING YOUR OWN. WE WILL KEEP YOU FUELED UP WITH A BIG BREAKFAST AND DINNER, PACK A BIG LUNCH AND SNACKS FOR THE TRAIL.

FRIDAY NIGHT WE ARE BACK AT THE RANCH HEADQUARTERS FOR SOFT BEDS, HOT SHOWERS AND A BIG STEAK FEED.

ONLY 4-6 RIDERS PER WEEK UNLESS ALL ONE GROUP WE CAN TAKER A FEW MORE.

RATE $1,400.00 PER PERSON USUING OUR HORSE OR $975.00 USING YOUR OWN HORSE

WE PROVIDE A GREAT HORSE AND TACK, DELICIOUS FOOD, TENT AND COT AND A HECK OF A GREAT TIME.

YOU JUST NEED A SLEEPING BAG AND PERSONAL GEAR.

$100.00 PER PERSON ROUND TRIP TRANSFER TO ABQ. AIRPORT IF NEEDED.


Fall


September 17-23
September 24-30

Fall Cattle Gather Weeks

These weeks we are gathering the cattle out of the summer country and taking them to the holding pastures ready for fall weaning and shipping of the calves.

Both of these two weeks we will be camping out in a cowboy camp meaning dome tents and cots, campfire meals, coyotes singing at night and early, chilly mornings.

The days will be pretty much like the spring gather, riding in small groups, covering a lot of tall timber mountain country looking behind every tree for cattle and drifting them to the holding pasture. The first week will be the largest number of cattle found and moved. The second week will be stray riding, really covering some miles and country for the wily ones.

The cost for the week is $1,400 per person. This gets you lodging, meals, horse and gear, guide and a heck of an adventure! If you need to be picked up and returned to the Albuquerque airport add another $100.

BRING YOUR OWN HORSE! and the cost of the week is $975.