Burnt Well Guest Ranch

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Burnt Well Guest Ranch is owned and operated by Kim and Patricia Chesser. The ranch is a small family owned cattle and sheep ranch located in southeastern New Mexico. Southeastern New Mexico has a warm sunny climate where temperatures range from mid 70’s° F in the spring and fall to mid 90-100° F in the summer and mild winters in the mid to upper 50’s. Burnt Well is sixteen miles from the nearest highway and is thirty-five miles from the nearest town, Roswell, New Mexico.

Historically, Burnt Well is located in prime cattle country. Around the turn of the century (1900), cattlemen assumed usage of open range land to graze their cattle and sheep. During that time the Homestead Act was enacted where an individual could apply to the general land office for a specific partial of land. The requirements stated that if a person could prove up on the land, which meant they had to build a house and live there for a year, the individuals were given ownership of the land.


  • Address 399 Chesser Road Roswell, New Mexico 88203
  • Phone 866-729-0974
  • Category New Mexico
  • Location New Mexico
  • Tags Airport Transportation, All-Levels, Beginner, Experienced, Hiking, Horseback Instruction, Horseback riding, Intermediate, laundry facilities, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Games, Pack Trips, Roping, Trail Rides


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In the early 1900’s, this region of New Mexico was control by very large cattle companies, such as the John Chisum Ranch, Block Ranch, Seven Rivers, and Bloom Cattle Company. Several homesteaders were in the area and cowboys from the Bloom Cattle Company attempted to run the homesteaders off by burning the wooden windmill tower. They threw fence posts down in the water well to prevent the settlers from having access to water. Controlling the water was a way of taking control of the land during that era. Later, Diamond A Cattle Company bought the land which was known as the Burnt Well Camp. In 1950, Ivan Chesser bought the Burnt Well Camp ranch and in 1957 he also bought the adjacent Frazier place to add to his holdings. Both places became the current Chesser Ranch. Hence, Burnt Well Guest Ranch got its name from the homesteaders and the Bloom Cattle Company cowboys.

Ivan’s son, Kim, is a lifelong cowboy from a traditional ranching family background. He was born and raised on the Chesser Ranch. Kim has a love for the ranching lifestyle, but has a greater love for people. Kim’s wife, Patricia, is also a native New Mexican who enjoys making people feel at home by seeing that your comforts are taken care of and providing plenty of good ole country food. She rides when she finds the time and can be always be persuaded to play some sweet fiddle music. Kim and Patricia have spent their entire married life entertaining people where their easy and warm hospitality makes people feel at home and welcome. They have a special passion for strengthening the family unit and want to provide a place where families from grandparents down to the smallest of children can get away from their busy lifestyles. Burnt Well also provides a unique place for those individuals who just need some peace, quiet and down time.

Kim and Patricia have spent their entire married life, prior to opening the ranch to guests, entertaining people from all across the United States and around the world. Their easy and warm hospitality makes you feel instantly welcome. They have a special passion for strengthening the family and want to provide a place where families from grandparents down to the smallest of children can get away from the high-tech, fast-paced life, so many have found themselves in.