Real Old West adventure! Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small, family owned ranch with an emphasis on horseback riding. We are situated in the mountains of the Gila National Forest; some of the most breathtaking, untouched country in America. Our vast area allows for you to ride different trails every day of your stay. Along with the stunning scenery, this area has a rich and fascinating history: from the Mimbres people who were here from 200-1150 AD, to Geronimo and the Apaches to Basque sheepherders, to cowboys and outlaws and even tin miners. We have a passion for the land, the animals, and the history, and we look forward to sharing it all with you!
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Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a real Western adventure! Horseback riding or hiking takes you through beautiful forests of tall Ponderosa pine, across crystal clear streams, and into astounding deep canyons with sheer towering walls. From the “Top of the World” you can gaze upon 1000 square miles of the Gila National Forest, the Aldo Leopold and the Gila Wildernesses (more than 3 million acres!). Elk, mule deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife abound. Explore pithouses, cliff dwellings and rock art of the earliest inhabitants, the Mimbres (750 – 1150 AD). This is the birthplace of Geronimo and the homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches. The likes of Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy rode over the same territory that you will enjoy at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. Outstanding horses (including many registered quarter horses) match every ability. We offer comfortable, attractive accommodations, warm hospitality, a relaxed atmosphere, and great food. There are no set schedules – guests do as little or as much as they want! Evenings may be spent around the campfire with sing-a- longs, line dancing in our Rec Hall, watching Western movies or playing games. Come join us for a vacation you’ll never forget!
Ranch Type / Accomodations :
•Guest Ranch •Cabins
Western Experiences & Actvities:
•Horseback Riding •Trail Rides •Dancing •Fishing •Hiking •Indoor Games •Mountain Biking •Outdoor Games •Swimming •Wildlife Viewing
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a real Western adventure! Horseback or hiking takes guests through beautiful forests of tall Ponderosa pine, through astounding deep canyons with sheer towering walls and crystal clear streams. From “Top of the World” view more than 3 million acres, 1000 square miles of the Gila National Forest, the Aldo Leopold and the Gila Wildernesses. Elk, mule deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife abound. Explore pithouses, cliff dwellings and rock art of the earliest inhabitants, the Mimbres (750 – 1150 AD). The land Geronimo and the Apaches roamed. Outlaw hideouts for the likes of Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy. Outstanding horses (many registered quarter horses) for every ability. Comfortable, attractive accommodations, warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere, great food. No set schedules – guests do as little or as much as they want! Evenings are spent around the campfire with Western musical entertainment, sing-a- longs, line dancing in our Rec Hall, watching Western movies or playing games. Come join us for a vacation you’ll never forget!
“What an unbelievably special place, run by unbelievably special people.
When we left I-25 and headed into the hills for Geronimo Trail, we had no idea what a truly wonderful adventure we were embarking on. The 2 hour plus drive in was well worth it, to get to your little piece of wonderland. We got an immediate feel for the ranch, as we rounded the bend at Wall Lake, and were greeted by a massive elk herd, who had placed their calves in the center of the herd for protection. What a sight!
The isolation of your beautiful wilderness was only part of what made our visit so special. The rides were gorgeous, long and interrupted only by the opportunity to share lunch with friends and rest the horses. Although Kay and I have been to a couple other guest ranches, we had never had an experience like the one at Geronimo Trail. The horses were terrific, but most importantly, you folks and the staff were truly special people, who clearly love what you are doing and did everything in your power to make our stay fun and comfortable. – Joseph A. Duggan, Judge, Rockville,MD
“…a wonderful stay, great hospitality, excellent food. These 4 days of riding in the wilderness have been outstanding. Thank you, Meris and Clinton, for helping Suzanne to overcome her fear for horses. Now she is a skillful horse rider!” – Stephan and Suzanne, Swedes living in New York City
“What a fantastic time we had at (this) piece of heaven up in the Gila! We shall not soon forget the wonderful hospitality and the amazing riding in such a gorgeous location. Seth’s cooking was delicious and it was great fun to have time together in the evening with Clinton for singing. The Birthday memory will go down in history!!! – Mary Osberg, West Vancouver, BC
“For more than twenty years I have wanted to go to a dude ranch. I cannot tell you enough how happy we are that we picked Geronimo trail Guest Ranch…Kind hospitality, great rides, breathtaking scenery (and of course, the good food!). – Renee and Lars Lundholm, Greenwich, CT
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!
This October we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary of owning Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! Originally started as a hunting lodge in the 1980’s, Geronimo Trail evolved into a guest ranch in 2002. It was 10 years ago that Harry, Diana, and Meris Esterly purchased Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch.
So how did a family who grew up on an island off the Maine coast come to own a guest ranch in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico? It all started when Meris was eight years old and started taking English riding lessons together with Diana. After a few years of riding lessons the whole family decided to vacation out West, taking advantage of the trail riding opportunities offered. When Meris was fourteen they went to a dude ranch in Colorado for a week. They loved it so much that they returned every summer for 5 years. By that time, Meris was old enough to work at a dude ranch. In the summer of 2005 she hired on as a wrangler at a dude ranch in Colorado where she worked for three summers. After the third summer, Meris had graduated from college while Harry and Diana had retired and they all were looking for a new adventure. The Esterlys love of dude ranching led them to seek out a dude ranch to buy. A broker set up seven ranches for them to visit from New Mexico to Montana. Geronimo Trail was the very first one they visited. It was love at first sight and the rest is history!
Today, Harry and Diana have retired (again) to Bayard, NM while Meris and her husband Seth Stout take care of the day to day operation of the ranch.
10 Year Anniversary
We would not have made it to our 10 year anniversary without the patronage of our guests. We have been fortunate to meet people from all over the United States and the world. It doesn’t matter where people come from or how old they are or how experienced they are with horses. It is their love of horses, history, and the great outdoors that bond us together. As a result, we have formed friendships that extend well beyond a stay at the ranch. A sincere thank you to all who have stayed with us these last ten years. We look forward to meeting many more of you over the next ten years! Contact us today to book your vacation!