The SpaceNew Mexico is a haven for the unexpected. It’s an attitude. A way of life: more relaxed, amazing vistas, unexpected experiences, a direct immediate connection with nature, a pathway to the past . It’s adventure in its truest form. And, it's waiting for you at Double E Ranch Guesthouses!
Welcome to Double E Ranch Vacation Guesthouse Rentals! We are situated along the southwestern edge of the legendary Gila National Forest, just 30 miles from historic Silver City, New Mexico.
Double E Ranch Vacation Guesthouse Rentals was inspired by our desire to share our exceptionally beautiful hidden valley location along Bear Creek, literally 'at the end of the road'. We directly adjoin a 6500 acre State of New Mexico Game and Fish designated wildlife preserve, and are a short drive to 3 million acres of the Gila National Forest. The southwestern lifestyle, our love for ranching and the mild year round climate in southwestern New Mexico is our reason for being here.
For 18 years, Double E Ranch was a working cattle, horse and guest ranch. The specialty at Double E Ranch was providing our guests with the very unique opportunity to experience the undiluted, real sensations of southwestern New Mexico ranch life. The original 'bunk house' built in the 1940's and 125 year old ranch headquarters have been used to house visitors from all around the world and are in the process of being refurbished and upgraded, and will soon be included as a guesthouse option.
Now retired, Debbie and Alan continue to offer you a unique opportunity to experience a taste of life on a southwestern New Mexico ranch, explore a diverse ecological region, meet the recent and ancient past up close. Thousands of years ago the Mimbres Indians lived along Bear Creek and the Gila River. Pottery pieces, ancient tools, pictographs and remnants of stone dwellings can be readily found. More recently, legendary characters including Billy the Kid, Geronimo, and Ben Lily roamed the hills, mountains and towns in this area.
A more relaxed environment and privacy... your own cabin, your own time schedule, meals when you want to cook them. With the sun just beginning to peek over the mountain, begin by enjoying that first cup of coffee or tea, absorbing the sights and sounds of what 'peaceful' really feels like. Just about sunset, from your rocker on the deck, put your feet up, watch the mountains change from rocky rust, to stunning, vibrant reds, oranges, yellows while saying 'adios' to another healing day.
Take advantage of this incredible location, experience the magic of southwestern New Mexico by using our vacation cabins as your "home away from home" while exploring the entire southwest. Short day trips to the Gila Cliff Dwellings or City of Rocks or overnight in Santa Fe, Old Tombstone, historic Las Cruces or famous El Paso.
Breath! You'll easily be able to disconnect from the frenetic race of urban lifestyles. Our fully furnished, self catered cabins contain everything needed to make your experience relaxing, convenient and restful.
Our weather in every season is mild compared to most other regions of the country. For guests coming from our northern states, Double E Ranch is a fantastic haven for escaping the bitter cold and snow of winter! The area offers diverse activities, events and places to keep you interested and entertained, year round: Tour de Gila Bike Race, Silver City Blues Festival, art galleries, museums. With lower humidity levels, being outdoors is comfortable nearly every day and the sun shines an average of 330 days a year!
There are plenty of activities for you to enjoy on the ranch. Bring your horse! We've got self-care pens (call us for rates) and a 300x250 enclosed arena with excellent footing. If you have always wanted to try Cowboy Mounted Shooting, this is the place to learn. Alan has taught the basics of Mounted Shooting to hundreds of folks over the years along with the clinical techniques for improving your results, as well (additional charge). Don't worry -- no 'live' ammunition is used.
Just outside your cabin door, you have hiking, birding, star gazing and mountain biking. In a short 20 minute drive or 40 minute horse back ride, you will have unlimited access to nearly 3 million acres of public lands (New Mexico State Land, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service) making activities such as hunting, rock hounding, exploring Native ruins, and spectacular, exciting horseback riding easily accessible, never running out of new trails to travel! Guest AccessAt Double E Ranch our guests have access to 360 private acres. Bear creek is a short walk from your cabin, meandering through the cottonwood and sycamore trees seen from your deck. You will enjoy the walk through our privately protected riparian area where you'll hear and see hundreds of native and migratory birds, plenty of wildlife such as deer and wild turkey. A pair of Black Hawks make their home in the tree tops, returning every year to raise their chicks. In June the turkey hens have just hatched their chicks. It’s not unusual to have them cross your path, getting to the other side of the road or wandering through the vegetation along the creek. The large Tom Turkeys enjoy mornings along the creek, as well.
We are also home to brown bear, and Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, majestic golden eagles, and impressive black hawks nesting in the tall cottonwoods along the creek. At night you'll see our skies are clear and dark making it possible to see some of the planets in our own galaxy as well as the Milky Way spread across a clear, dark New Mexico sky! Interaction with GuestsYou are on vacation! No need to rush in order to meet a 'check in' deadline. Relax! Debbie or Alan realize you may not arrive when expected and have made "self check-in" convenient and easy. Once you turn onto Double E Ranch Road, reflective signs will guide you to your cabin: Piñon Log Cabin, Agave Guest House or the Hide Out Cabin are clearly marked and easy to find. After dark, we'll leave the lights on for you, the door is unlocked, key is on the dining table. Each cabin will have a Guest Information Booklet filled with wi-fi access codes, telephone numbers, local places to eat, and area tourist attraction suggestions. You always have access to contact telephone numbers should you have a problem. We are just a phone call away.
During the day, Debbie is usually in the office. It is likely you will see Alan working one of the many horses at the ranch. His passion is training well bred quarter horses for such disciplines as cattle work, reined cow horse and cowboy mounted shooting. As an expert horseman, he has a wealth of information, tips and techniques and he is always willing to answer questions. The NeighborhoodDouble E Ranch Vacation Guesthouses adjoin more than 3 million acres of public lands, including a protected wildlife area and the Gila National Forest/Gila Wilderness. Astonishing! Grant County is still very rural. Ranching remains a very important part of the local economy.
The Village of Gila and the nearby town of Cliff were settled in 1884. The local Gila Post Office was established on Apr 5, 1875. Services in Gila and Cliff include: 2 post offices, library, EMT/Volunteer Fire Department, medical clinic, community center, senior center, library, Bill Kaderly Art Gallery ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), Cliff School Grades K-12, Chucks gas station and several churches. Our average population is between 350 – 500 residents. Just a few miles from your cabin, the Gila River splits Cliff/Gila and flows all the way to Arizona and beyond. Canoe-ing, tubing, fishing or simply listening to the water move are all easy to do.
Silver City has some interesting art galleries and restaurants and is just a 30 mile drive.
Places to eat are few but local “style” is priceless. Mr. D’s Smoked Meats and More is open Thursday through Sunday. You’ll enjoy breakfast with bacon, eggs, sausage biscuits and gravy. Lunch includes smoked pork, hamburgers (Thursday and Friday) and brisket, smoked loin ribs, Hatch green chili cole slaw, pinto beans, macaroni, chips and cocoanut cream pie. Calling ahead is recommended to reserve your meal…it all sells out fast!
Last Chance Liquor and Pizza Pro is just up the road a ways in Buckhorn, NM. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday, phone in your pizza or sandwich order.
Chuck’s Folly Gas Station is “the” place to get all the latest on doings in the community. You’ll find convenience store items such as milk, eggs, other dairy items, ice cream, etc. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. Other Things to NoteRanching has been and continues to be a way of life for many New Mexicans, including Debbie and Alan. Before "retiring", they ran a herd of Texas Longhorn cattle and quarter horses on 27,000 acres.
Fewer acres, fewer cattle and fewer horses now, they continue to live a ranching life style. You’ll hear the morning and evening feed wagon, occasional noise from a tractor, and sometimes you might hear Alan fine tuning a horse in training for Cowboy Mounted Shooting. No worries -- no live ammo is used. Our ranch roads are dirt, our skies are stunningly blue and at times you can expect to hear (an smell) horses, cows, dogs, chickens, and ducks. Maybe a few coyotes, too!