The SpaceWelcome to JX Ranch Bunkhouse - a short 20 - 30 minute (20 miles highway plus 2.5 miles unimproved ranch road) drive from Interstate 40 and old Route 66 at Tucumcari, New Mexico. Travelers with horses are welcome! Pets are also welcome - do let us know if you are bringing a pet and read the pet rules please. Note - We ask you to please not request a reservation more than 2 weeks before you want to come - we simply cannot be sure that we can accommodate you any earlier than that and would have to decline the request. Thank you for your understanding.
Note: if you are allergic to wasps know that at times we seem to have them around. Contact us if concerned.
Located on this 7,000-acre cattle ranch, two miles off the pavement, you are assured privacy, peace and quiet away from the noise and lights of town. Here you can enjoy nature from the shade of the JX Ranch Bunkhouse, built by early settlers and was the original Homestead. While we have done some remodeling, we have strived to leave it as authentic as possible; it is not fancy, but very rustic and cozy! Bring slippers; the old wood-floors are cold in the winter-time, hard year-round.
The Bunkhouse consists of two separate rooms, each with its own kitchen, bath and private entrance. Each room can be rented separately from the other, with its own entrance kitchen and bath. If you search for airbnb listings in "Tucumcari, NM" or go to our Profile, all three will show up (Longhorn Room, Cow Camp and Whole Bunkhouse).
The Longhorn Room is the larger of the two - It features the original rock fire-place, three twin beds, an antique wagon-wheel sofa and rocker, a TV, small kitchen area with your basics, and a bathroom with a claw-foot tub used as a shower. There is a connecting door (lockable) to the smaller Cow Camp for easy access when you rent the whole Bunkhouse.
The Cow Camp has two twin beds, a wagon-wheel sofa and TV, and a kitchen and bathroom. The entire Bunkhouse, which comfortably accommodates 5 people (7 if using the sofas), rents for $149/night (no housekeeping).
In the evening, you can watch the wild turkey as they prepare to roost in the hackberry trees down- canyon below the Bunkhouse. You may see a doe with her fawn on their way to water, or a busy roadrunner scooting by with the day's catch in his mouth. The sight of our colorful Longhorn cattle (if they are nearby) will take you back to the time of the trail drives, one of which - the famous Goodnight-Loving Trail - went through the ranch and right past where the Bunkhouse is located. The old trail is perfect for an evening or early-morning hike. At dusk, coyotes call to each other across the canyons and ridges. On a cloudless night, the star-filled sky will take your breath away!
We offer a continental breakfast – your kitchen is stocked with bagels and cream cheese, cinnamon rolls, farm-fresh eggs , orange juice, coffee, tea, sugar and creamer. In addition, we provide flour, salt & pepper, cooking spray and vegetable oil. You are welcome to bring food staples and prepare your own meals - the kitchen is equipped with a two-burner electric cook-top, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, small refrigerator and a mini-grill. You will find basic cooking utensils - pots and pans, dishes, plates etc. Chairs and table are outside the Bunkhouse where you can sit and eat while watching the sun rise over the Caprock.
We provide a charcoal grill and sitting area outside the Bunkhouse for your enjoyment. We raise and sell all-natural grass-fed beef (no hormones or antibiotics) and usually have steaks or hamburger meat available for purchase. Let us know ahead of time if you want some for your dinner so we can have them thawed out for your arrival. If you want to purchase our beef to take with you, make sure to bring a cooler.
Pets are welcome but are to be kept on a leash when outside, and kept off the furniture when inside as a courtesy to other guests. We appreciate you cleaning up after them around the Bunkhouse. We provide a cat litter box with sand and food bowls and a dog-waste disposal can.
Tucumcari, in its wildest days, was named “Six Shooter Siding”; you will find many restaurants and famous Route 66 Icons and murals. Lowes is the one grocery store - go north on Exit 332 to light, turn left and Lowes is two blocks down on your right. Come back same way and stay on 209.
The small town offers two museums - the Historical Museum and the Dinosaur Museum. Two lakes are within an hour's drive of the ranch; Ute Lake (45 minutes) and Conchas Lake (1 hour) offer boating and fishing. The Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner is an hour's drive, and Palo Duro Canyon with the wonderfully entertaining Texas Play in the summer, is two hours away.
Tucumcari is located on I-40, approximately 180 miles east of Albuquerque, NM and 110 miles west of Amarillo, TX. We are 20 miles south of Tucumcari on State Highway 209, and 2 miles off the highway. See directions. Guest AccessGuests are welcome to go for walks or hiking on the ranch (at your own risk). Beware of rattlesnakes in the summer months and stay away from thick brush. Gorgeous views, great hikes, nice evening walks. Interaction with GuestsMinimal interaction, we meet and greet, visit a little, answer any questions, and may run into each other in the morning. Guests are assured peace and quiet and privacy. The NeighborhoodThis is ranching country, so our "neighborhood" consists of open ranch land. Nearest town is Tucumcari, 20 miles to the north. It is usually very dry in this part of the State, but if we do get rain, or snow in the winter, the 2.5 miles of unimproved dirt-road may be passable only with a 4x4 vehicle. If it looks like it has rained or may rain (not very often!), please call me before heading this way. Getting AroundA vehicle is a must. If it's raining or if rain is in the forecast (check with us) our road in can be very slick and difficult to drive on. We'll let you know when you call from Tucumcari if there is an issue. Keep in mind rain is a rarity here, and very seldom happens, to our chagrin, as rain is what we need to grow grass and raise cattle...! Other Things to NoteIn the summer time, If you get here after dark, keep in mind that out in the country we have bugs, and I would highly suggest you keep the light off in the room while unloading your car, so you don't attract flying insects into the room as they are attracted to light.