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  • Established

    1904. Guest ranch since 1996
  • Owner

    Ted Turner
  • Manager

    Jade McBride
  • Tel

    18772887637
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $1,400 - $3,400
    Winter: $1,200 - $3,100
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Maximum Guests

    60
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Orvis Endorsed Fishing Lodge

With snowcapped alpine tundra, 19 fishable lakes and over 550,000 stunning acres of picturesque lands, Vermejo is the jewel of northern New Mexico. Its diverse landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, bison, black bears and mountain lions. Whether riding horseback through open fields, exploring turn-of-the-century charcoal kilns, or fly fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Vermejo has something for everyone.

Good time to go

We are open year-round.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over

Children of all ages are welcome at Vermejo. Any one child, aged 11 and under is complimentary when staying in the same room as two adults.

Arts & Crafts

coloring, sketching, Arts & Crafts, movies on the lawn

Activities

hiking, biking, picnics, cookouts

Baby Sitting

From age 0.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Babysitting must be arranged in advance of stay and is subject to availability. Additional fees apply. 

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

We at Vermejo strive to be completely sustainable in our practices and guest operations. Whether that's eliminating single-use plastics, utilizing our greenhouse, or caring for the land, we promote sustainability in all areas of the Vermejo experience.

Conservation

We are committed to fostering the preservation and restoration of the native ecosystems that support the diversity of life around us. This mission is best seen in the protection and repopulation of imperiled American bison and Rio Grande cutthroat trout. During your visit, you can see the work of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and the property’s natural resources and biodiversity specialists, learn more about the work they’re doing on the property, and understand how your visit is helping protect and restore wildlife and the land. The property’s forest health and stream restoration projects have resulted in an abundance of wildlife species making their home on Vermejo, on full display for you to experience.

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  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    buffet style, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch garden, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

Our Executive Chefs and Vermejo’s talented culinary staff prepare succulent Modern American dishes with strong emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients and bold Southwestern flavors. His specialties burst with the flavors of garden-fresh produce and local game, including ranch-raised bison, Hatch green chilies and fresh trout. Guests can also enjoy craft cocktails, local beers and select wines from the property’s extensive wine cellar.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance. Our culinary team is committed to crafting a range of culinary options tailored to your specific taste.

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  • Address

    40 Miles West, Hwy 555
    Raton
    New Mexico
    87740
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    7,500 - 13,000 ft
  • Private Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Raton

Raton is situated 40 miles / 45 mins from the Ranch.

Ranch shuttle

No

Nearest Airports

Denver International Airport, Denver

Distance

276 miles / 4 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, American Airlines


Albuquerque International Sunport, Albuquerque

Distance

274 miles / 4 hours

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  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Most riders are

    Beginner
  • Rides are grouped by

    Rides tailored to guest requests
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk
  • Guest Horses

    25
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse

The Setting

Private Land (more than 50k acres)


Our Riding

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed


Why our riding stands out

  • Guests are able to choose amongst various trail options in order to suit their needs- flat trails, scenic trails, short/long trails
  • Barn Manager, Doug Johnson, has been a part of Vermejo history since 1974. Doug shares with guests Vermejo history dating back to 1974 from his own personal experiences and makes each ride memorable.
  • Guests enjoy the relaxed riding experience they receive at Vermejo as opposed to the 'nose to tail' many other guest ranches provide.

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  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $1,400 - $3,400
    Winter: $1,200 - $3,100
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Luxury 5-Star

Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve can cater for up to 60 guests. Accommodation includes Houses and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Casa Grande

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $1,600 - $1,800
Winter: $1,300 - $1,600

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Take a step back in time and experience turn-of-the-century luxury. Once Ted Turner’s private quarters, Casa Grande, a renovated 25,000-square-foot stone mansion, blends Southwestern accents with 1900s grandeur. As you navigate through the marble column hallways, you’ll feel transported to an elegant 1920s soirée. This historic home boasts a billiards room, renovated chef’s kitchen, and conservatory. Casa Grande is available to book per room, or as a full buyout.

Rooms

7

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes

Lodge | Costilla Fishing Lodge

Rates (Per Couple)

$1,600 - $1,700

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Costilla Fishing Lodge is a wonderfully secluded getaway, located 45 minutes from the Main Lodge.  Tucked away in high country at 10,000 feet in elevation, Costilla Fishing Lodge offers direct access to untamed wilderness and fishing lakes. Breathe in the crisp alpine air and soak in the stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range as you cast for Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

Rooms

8

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, plush bathrobes

House | Chandler Cottage

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $3,400 - $5,800
Winter: $3,100 - $5,500

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Named after famed Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler, founder of the illustrious Vermejo club whose membership once included Herbert Hoover and Cecil B. DeMille, the recently remodeled two-story four-bedroom cottage is a charming example of Southwestern grace.

Chandler features a King Suite and a Single Queen Suite downstairs, alongside a welcoming living room and wet bar. Upstairs, it has two Single Queen rooms with private baths.

Rooms

4

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes

House | Bartlett Cottage

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $3,400 - $7,000
Winter: $3,100 - $6,500

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Renovated to emulate Casa Grande’s elegance, the two-story five-bedroom Bartlett Cottage is an ideal option for an intimate gathering of friends or family. The cottage is equipped with a wet-bar, coffee station, and mini-fridge for your convenience, paired with a comfortable living room and fireplace. With four King Suites and one Double-Queen Suite, Bartlett’s spacious bedrooms and bathrooms add to the luxury of this lavishly furnished home.

Rooms

5

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

House | Gourley Cottage

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $1,400 - $6,200
Winter: $1,200 - $6,000

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Sitting in dignified solitude on a well-manicured lawn, Gourley Cottage is comprised of four queen bedrooms and one room with two twins.

Rooms

5

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, seating area, plush bathrobes

House | Pennzoil Cottage

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $1,400 - $5,000
Winter: $1,200 - $4,800

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The scenic four-bedroom cottage has spectacular views of the Vermejo Valley. This private house set back from the main lodge is the historic home of the property’s physician.

Rooms

4

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes

House | Maxwell Cottage

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

Summer: $1,400 - $5,000
Winter: $1,200 - $4,800

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

The three-bedroom Maxwell Cottage includes a kitchenette and a large side yard with expansive views of the property.

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes


Booking Policy

Rates include 3 meals daily, all non-alcoholic beverages and two daily activities including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, shooting sports, 3D archery, geocaching, and disc golf.

Excludes: alcoholic beverages, transfers, private guides, spa services, photo sessions, cooking classes and curated dining experiences.

Private guides are available at a rate of $475/8 hours or $350/4 hours.

Rate Adjustments: Any one (1) child, aged 11 and under, is included when staying with two paying guests in the same Costilla Lodge room or Turner House room. This inclusion is not applicable for Casa Grande or Guest Cottage reservations.

In rooms that can accommodate more than two guests*, an additional $600 per person, per night is applied. *With the exception of Bartlett House and Chandler House, where the additional occupancy fee is applied to parties exceeding four guests.

All Costilla Fishing Lodge guests require and are issued a state fishing license upon arrival. The fee is included in the rate. Rates are subject to nightly taxes and minimum length of stay requirements.

Deposit Policy: A deposit of 50% of total reservation including state and local taxes is due at time of booking. A reservation is not confirmed unless it has a deposit on file. All remaining costs including taxes become due and nonrefundable 60 days prior to arrival date.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notification must occur at least 61 days prior to your arrival date to receive refunded payment. A 10% fee of your total reservation amount is non-refundable. Reservation reductions such as party size or duration made within 60 days of arrival will not receive rate adjustments.

Pet Policy We love pets as much as you do, but due to the disturbance to wildlife caused by domestic pets, as well as predator danger, they are not allowed at Vermejo.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Non-alcoholic beverages

Extras

Tax

11%

Gratuity

Not included

Massage

Not included

Yoga

Included

Guided Fly Fishing

Additional fees apply; $475/8 hours, $350/4 hours

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  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T.
  • Business Services

    Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers.

Onsite

Shopping

We have a retail shop located in our Main Lodge with apparel, jewelry and other souvenirs. 

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, Yoga, sporting clays, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays, Archery, Hiking, Guided Wildlife Safaris, Birdwatching, Outdoor Fitness Trail, Horseback riding

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage

Winter Activities

snowshoeing, winter ice fishing


Fishing & Wildlife

With over 30 miles of pristine stream and 19 fishable lakes, both spin and fly fishing at Vermejo is unparalleled. 

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, lake, stream, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available

Wildlife

Vermejo is home to hundreds of animals and bird species including bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bald and golden eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, bear and more. Let our talented guides take you on a wildlife safari to spot these animals and learn about the rich history of Vermejo's ecosystems.


Local Attractions

St. James Hotel

The St. James Hotel, located in historic downtown Cimarron, New Mexico, is a historic hotel, restaurant and bar. It is known for its legendary status of being haunted by the spirits of men murdered there in the 19th century during northeastern New Mexico's "wild west" days. Today, guests can stay at the historic hotel, in either the historic section (main building with bar and restaurant) or in a modern addition (new building). The hotel is in the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Cimarron Historic District.

Distance

80 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

Private Guide fees apply

Highs

  • This incredible property boasts over 550,000+ acres of wilds lands, with a herd of 1,200+ wild bison, 19 fishable lakes and 30 miles of pristine streams
  • The accommodations are varied and luxurious; choose from eco-friendly mountaintop lodges, mansion houses or guest cottages and more – they can cater for all party sizes and preferences
  • Enjoy three gourmet modern American meals a day, prepared by the Executive Chef and his talented team
  • They have a deep appreciation of the intricacies of the natural world, and they're committed to fostering the preservation and restoration of the native ecosystems that support the diversity of life around the property

Lows

  • Custom rides that include picnic lunches or allow for a stop along the way for guests to take advantage of some hiking or fishing require advanced planning and incur additional charges, so make sure you plan ahead if you want something a little special
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