4 of the Best Ideas for Planning Your New Mexico Family Vacation

Whether you’re planning a fantastic staycation or looking to explore the great American West, we have the ultimate itinerary for a New Mexico family vacation that will take your next getaway to another level. Take a dip in the crystal-clear creeks of the Gila National Forest and explore the towering canyons on horseback. If you’re looking for a vacation suitable for the whole family while making memories that will last a lifetime, it’s time to start planning your visit to one of New Mexico’s hidden gems, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. 

Book your stay at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, and let us simplify your travel planning. Let us know when you plan to visit and the type of ranch experience you’d like to have, and we’ll create a customized itinerary for you and your family! Best of all? It’s free!

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4 of the Best New Mexico Family Vacation Ideas

Experience New Mexico the way it was meant to be seen when you plan your visit to Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. Saddle up and explore the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest and tour the wide-open country with the people who know it best, ranch owners Meris and Seth. A visit to the ranch is more than just a vacation—it’s an experience that is sure to last a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Let’s start exploring!

  • Horseback Riding into the Horizon

Here at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, we believe we are in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Atop one of our trusty steeds, you will ride through stunning scenery, explore 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings, and learn the amazing history of the area. 

Our horses are expertly trained and capable of handling all skill levels. Instruction is included with every stay at the ranch, and you are sure to leave with confidence in your riding ability. Your all-inclusive stay is completely customizable with half-day or all-day picnic rides available.

  • Explore the Gila National Forest

Build Confidence in Your Riding SkillsThe Gila National Forest is 3.3 million-acres of preserved land, tucked away in Southwest New Mexico. With 360-degree views of pristine wilderness for miles on end, evidence of modern man is virtually absent. The Forest is home to elk, mule deer, javelina, black bear, mountain lion, Mexican grey wolf, bobcats, coyotes, and much more. The abundance of gorgeous vegetation includes narrow-leaf cottonwoods, fruit-bearing plants such as grapes, raspberry, and wild onion, as well as succulents like sagebrush, mullein, yucca, and rubber rabbitbrush. Walk the creek banks and take in the scent of wild mint and sage and enjoy the sweet-smelling Ponderosa Pines as we ride through the forest.

This vast landscape is also home to a rich past of Mogollon and Apache Indians. These Native Americans left behind incredible cliff dwellings, pottery shards, arrowheads, and ancient pictographs that you’ll have a chance to see up close when you explore with Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. Discover all that the Gila National Forest has to offer during your next visit!

  • Connect to New Mexico’s Native American History

New Mexico’s Native American past has been traced back to the Cochise culture of 6000 B.C. The Mimbres people, who evolved from the Mogollon culture, left behind artifacts, pottery, and cliff dwellings that tell a story of their early existence e. Some believe these people were forced to relocate due to drought and a lack of natural resources, but no one knows the real reason for their disappearance. Hop on the trail during your next New Mexico vacation and uncover the mystery for yourself!

  • Stay on an Authentic Dude Ranch

Secluded Cabins Nestled in the Ponderosa Pines.No trip to New Mexico would be complete without a stay on a real dude ranch. Enjoy authentic country cooking, stay in a  cabin with views of the horses in their pastures, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and so much more. 

Book your stay in one of our cozy cabins and enjoy accommodations perfect for the whole family. Your visit includes three homestyle meals per day, unlimited horseback riding, history exploration, exciting ranch activities like campfires, fantastic stargazing and Western movies, and an endless supply of lemonade, iced tea, and Chef Fred’s delicious cookies! Why stay in a hotel when you could be part of our ranch family? Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is dedicated to making your visit as special and personalized as possible. We can’t wait to welcome you to New Mexico!