The SpaceThe Ranch House Headquarters at Double E Ranch offers an atmosphere very rare: PRIVACY, free from being observed or disturbed by other people. No street lights, just star filled nights. No traffic noise, just the sounds of quiet country, the breeze rustling the leaves of cottonwood and sycamore trees. No concrete buildings, just open spaces filled with natural beauty and wildlife at every turn. No rushing elbow-to-elbow crowds everywhere you look. Just the people and animals that live here. No glitz, glitter, or high-toned life style. No big-city worries filled with people you don't trust. Just an old fashioned ranching environment nearly as it was 100 years ago.
At Double E Ranch what you get is folks who still have no reason to lock doors, who trust and respect their neighbors and offer help without being asked. Our facilities are best enjoyed by independent travelers who don't expect to be entertained, who are self sufficient, resourceful folks wanting to experience a simpler, grounding lifestyle.
Built in the very early 1900's and used as the ranch headquarters "home place", The Old Ranch House has been completely refurbished, upgraded and (just slightly) remodeled, while continuing to reflect the charm and character of the very unique New Mexico Territorial style home. Including the 16'x24' screened Veranda Porch, you'll have nearly 1400 sf of living space to call 'home'.
High ceilings in the living room/dining/bedrooms enhance your sense of natural light filled spaces, with turn a "turn of the century" ambience. Cooking is done in a kitchen will full sized appliances, including dishwasher. Guests are responsible for providing their own food and preparation of meals. A large selection of gourmet spices and condiments are available. You will also be provided a BBQ grill, one bag of charcoal and lighter fluid for outdoor grilling.
Serve up your meals using delicately hand painted china dinner ware (or stoneware dishes) seated at an old oak dining table covered with a 120 year old Irish linen table cloth, trimmed with intricate, hand crocheted lace trim and seating for four.
The intimate living room area includes 1950's wagon wheel sofa and rocker, 4' Cowboy Lamp for reading, large flat screened HD TV setting on a period side board buffet with extra storage space, dvd player and extensive dvd library. Wi-Fi internet is available for streaming movies, email, texting, as well as a land line telephone for receiving calls and making local calls at no charge. However, guests are responsible for bringing a calling card for long distance. Because we sit in a secluded valley, we have NO CELL SERVICE in your house. But, you can receive Verizon service signal by driving a short distance to the top of the hill.
The large master bedroom has a gas fireplace, queen sized bed, 1930's oak armoire imported from England, vintage hand painted table lamps, perfectly refinished pine wood floors throughout the entire house. An antique oak, treadle sewing machine with delicately carved wood trim serve as night table.
Separated from the living/dining room by curtained, double French doors, bedroom number two has a queen bed, antique walnut dresser with mirror, bedside table, and private bathroom with toilet and shower. Western art and authentic ‘cowboy gear’ hang on the walls.
The beautifully designed master bathroom has a vintage cast iron, claw foot bath tub setting under a hand crafted stained glass window are the center of focus. You will enjoy an oversized stall shower with a "rain water" showerhead. Lots of natural light reflecting off the Italian stone floors fill the room with soothing shades of creamy beige and pale yellow. A 1950’s Hoosier cabinet top with etched glass doors offers loads of space for toiletries, thick towels and more. Guest AccessNew Mexico is a haven for the unexpected. It’s an attitude. A way of life more relaxed, with amazing vistas, unexpected experiences, and a direct immediate connection with nature, a pathway to the past . It’s adventure in its truest form. Our corner of the world is best enjoyed by independent travelers who don't expect to be entertained, who are self sufficient, resourceful folks wanting to reconnect with a simpler life style.
At Double E Ranch our guests have immediate 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!
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 adjoin a 6500 acre State of New Mexico Game and Fish designated wildlife preserve, and are a short drive to 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. The original Ranch Headquarters i finished and already hosting guests.
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... free from being observed or disturbed by other people. Your own cabin, your own time schedule, meals when you want to cook them. With the sun just peeking 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 to 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. We are 5 hours drive from Phoenix, AZ and Albuquerque, NM.
Breath! You'll easily be able to disconnect from the frenetic race of urban lifestyles. Our fully furnished, self catered cabins and guest houses contain everything needed to make your experience relaxing, convenient and restful. Guests are expected to bring their own food items and drinks. We provide an extensive selection of gourmet spices and condiments.
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.
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 National Forest) 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! Interaction with GuestsWhile owners Debbie and Alan Eggleston, along with son, Christopher, are typically working on the ranch or in the office, our philosophy is to give guests PRIVACY...free from being observed or disturbed by other people. We encourage "self check in", leaving your cabin door unlocked and a few welcoming lights on. Many times, your schedule and our schedule may mean you never meet us. However, one of us is ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE by phone: home and cell. 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 the towns of 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. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation available in rural areas. Other Things to NoteWe live in a very rural area, literally "at the end of the road". Speaking of the road, it is a dirt road well maintained by the County. We get average annual moisture of between 9 and 13 inches. You don't necessarily need 4x4 vehicles, but we suggest it.
Electrical outages are not unusual. Each cabin is heated by propane gas with gas stoves. You will always stay warm in winter, be able to cook your meals, take a hot shower. We provide oil lanterns for light (kind of romantic!) and candles. Outages mean you will also not have the internet, however your land line telephone will work. Remember to reset your internet modem by unplugging when the lights do come back on.