Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

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Experience horseback riding and scenic beauty in the breathtaking, pristine Gila National Forest! Ride through tall ponderosa forests, up on mountaintops and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. From atop your well-trained horse, spot abundant wildlife including elk, mule deer and javelina.

This is the land Geronimo grew up in. Swim in the East Fork of the Gila River near where he was born! Visit 1,000 year old cliff dwellings and pit houses dating back to the Mimbres people! Search for pottery shards and view pictographs still remaining from these ancient people.

Our main focus is on trail riding: seeing the beautiful scenery from horseback, and making this a special vacation for you. Other activities our guests enjoy are campfires at night (sometimes with s’mores and sing-a-longs!), fantastic stargazing, unguided hiking, indoor and outdoor games, roping lessons, photography, swimming in the creek, or just reading a good book on one of our bench swings.

Come enjoy the warm hospitality, delicious food and extraordinary peacefulness Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch offers! You will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Your Hosts

Diana, Harry & Meris Esterly







Adults: $345/night, Children: $276/night Non-Riders 10% discount, Singles please add 20%

Minimum stay

Three Nights


50 percent

Payment Methods

Cash, personal checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover


Personal or rental car

Travel Agents



Dude Ranchers’ Association, American Quarter Horse Association


Our cabins, which are nestled in the pines are cozy and well-appointed with fireplaces, queen sized beds, twins and/or bunkbeds, coffee maker, full bath/shower, reading chairs, magazines and books, snacks, table/chairs, covered porches, and a cookie jar filled with homemade goodies. Our cabins are comfortably furnished in a Native American style or a Cowboy motif, and you will have a cabin to yourself – we never mix groups.

Food & Dining

Meals are normally taken in the dining hall, on one large table with seating for 16. We eat family style, and our meals include traditional ranch breakfasts, southwestern specialties, grilled steaks, chicken and salmon, and desserts ranging from pies to chocolate mousse! Special dietary requirements can be easily and tastefully accommodated.


Whether our visitors come to ride or hike, they have truly memorable experiences. We have gentle horses suitable for riders of all abilities. In open meadows, among the Ponderosa or juniper forests, high on the hilltops overlooking the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, or along creeks and rivers in deep and narrow canyons, the scenery is spectacular. The weather here in the Black Range Mountains is just about the best we have ever experienced, anywhere in the world. Summertime temperatures normally range from the 40s in the evening, to the 80s during the day, with very low humidity. Skies are normally a brilliant, deep turquoise blue, cloudless in the morning, with puffy white clouds in the afternoon. Native American sites dating back to the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD are nearby, including pit houses, cliff dwellings and pictographs. These sites are protected by state and federal law, and remain untouched. Your stay will be undisturbed and untroubled. We are 50 miles from the nearest town, 85 miles from the nearest stoplight, and cell phones don’t work in these mountains. While there are very few human residents, there are large herds of elk, as well as bear, mountain lions, Mexican Grey wolves, and bald eagles here. The quiet is such that you hear the approach of a bird of prey by the beat of the wind beneath its wings.

Kid's Programs

Our program, both for adults and children, follows no rigid agenda; leave your schedules and meeting times behind. Children and their parents rediscover structured and unstructured play at the ranch. Since we have no children’s program, you will ride as a family. Our horses enjoy the daily attention provided by grooming.




6500 feet


In the Gila National Forest, between the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wildernesses, in the mountains of southwest New Mexico. 80 miles west of Truth or Consequences, one mile south of Wall Lake.

Closest Airports

Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas

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