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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is an excellent place for trail riding; Historical and hosts are very informative about the area: Hila National Forest and Wilderness is off the grid, remote and exciting; wonderful place to get away from hustle and bustle; excellent accommodations and always great and plentiful food. Just horse riding, hiking, reading and socializing with other adventuresome people.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Gila575, Owner at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thanks so much for writing a review! We enjoyed seeing you for a second time and look forward to the next time :-)

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

My wife and I have stayed at many Guest Ranches across the Western United States and have enjoyed them all but we both agreed in terms of the scenery and riding experience, quality meals, and gracious hosts, in our opinion Geronimo has no equal. For what we look for in a ranch and ride experience, everything was just perfect. Everyday we rode somewhere new but the constant was the beautiful scenery, whether you were riding high on the ridge or down below through the canyons. The entire surroundings reminded us of a Western Movie set and based on the seclusion, we felt that we were seeing the old west just as our ancestors first saw it long ago. The history of the region shared during our rides by our host's Seth and Meris was fascinating and there was so much to see and learn. We saw remnants of dwellings occupied by an ancient civilization of people dating back a 1000+ years along with caves that provided temporary housing for early settlers moving through the area, some of which contained the original tables and beds constructed from what could be gathered up. We learned about the conflicts between the Indians and the advancing settlers, and rode the areas in which those encounters incurred including the homeland of one of the fiercest Indian fighters of all time, Geronimo himself. Both Meris and Seth were well versed on the history of the area and eager to share it with us during our rides, enough to wet our appetite to learn more in the evening from a well stocked library that resided in the Cantina. Finally the food was outstanding, far superior to what we have experienced at guest ranches elsewhere. Thanks to Fred the Chef we enjoyed three outstanding meals a day, from Eggs Benedict in the morning to Duck Confit and Braised Pork Shank at night and plenty of delicious homemade deserts as well. Geronimo Guest Ranch is a long way from home for us but we will definitely return soon. Its a very special place.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Gila575, Owner at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are glad everything was just perfect for you- that is always our goal! :-) We enjoyed sharing our special area with you and getting to know the two of you. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We stayed at Geronimo trails ranch for 4 nights. Since we have a guest ranch ourselves we wanted to learn from this experience and see everything through customers eyes!
What a great time we had. The accommodations are cozy and comfortable. The food exceeded our expectations. Home made pastries and Fred went the extra mile for us vegetarians. The horses are well taken care of, ridden in bit-less bridles and were very soft and responsive. The trails were the enchantment of New Mexico. OMG, what a beautiful scenery and lots of private history Seth shared with us about the Mimbres people who lived there a thousand years ago. it felt very special. We had an awesome time and can highly recommend this special ranch!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled on business
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Gila575, Owner at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thanks so much for writing a review. We enjoyed getting to know you and sharing our special area with you. Best wishes for continued success with your ranch! We hope to see you again, either here or perhaps there :-)

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

But if you want to explore by horseback the beautiful and secluded Gila National Forest with super nice hosts and enjoy a rustic ranch with private cabins that are just fine for comfort, this is worth the trip for sure. Meris is an energy source and her team (Husband Seth and buddy Kelly) run the show to make your riding days awesome. And they are very pleasant company. Again - if you are not ok with a bit rustic, head for Santa Fe. But the beds are fine, showers hot, and Fred the chef is awesome - especially given the isolation of the ranch and the intentionally small guest guests. The first two nights we had another couple also there for dinner and talk and a campfire. The third night it was just us. The stars are ablaze after dark if you venture out away from the lights. And you do not need to go far. The Gila is about the size of Connecticut with only 12 residents apparently. The drive in from the relative civilization of Truth or Consequences, NM is 2.5 hours. Bring your own adult beverages and snacks, as that 150 minute drive is the distance to the grocery store and gas stations. My horse was Rooster and my wife's Lightning. Both were well matched to our skills. There are 25 total horses, all very well cared for. DO NOT USE YOUR GPS to get to this place. You will end up even more in the middle of the seclusion than you intend. Follow the web site map and instructions. Technically there is internet - but if you spend your time on-line, you are missing the point. We had to for some work, and were able to take care of business fine and get back to "Being there."

Room Tip: Rooms are attached, two to building. Get details when you book from Meris.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Gila575, Owner at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thanks so much for writing a review and pointers for future guests :-) We enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Wow - what a wonderful place! An old friend and I, neither of who have been on a horse in a very long time, spent four nights here mid-September 2017. I was interested in seeing some Mimbres sites up close, and was not disappointed. The horseback riding was an added bonus, with a different ride every day. Mervis and Seth are as hands-on in running a place as owners could be, leading the rides and providing local history and background, and then doing the work of taking care of their herd and everything else on the place. Kelly, the other wrangler, is a treat as well - all three make you feel right at home and glad to be there. This is not a "country-club" fancy place, but it is clean and comfortable, with everything you need for enjoying this beautiful location in the middle of a national forest. The food is just excellent (way too much, but hard to complain about that!), prepared by Fred, who trained in Wisconsin with a former head of a Paris cooking school. Breakfast, picnic lunches packed in saddle bags, full course dinners every night (and special dishes for my vegetarian friend) - if you leave hungry you'll have no one to blame for yourself (forget about taking snacks as suggested on the website - you will not need them!). If you like the idea of getting "off-the-grid" remote (not a power line anywhere in site) in a national forest adjacent to the largest wilderness area in the US, this is the place for you. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: Bunkhouse style - take friends. Internet is limited but functional.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Gila575, Owner at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two of you and are so glad you liked every aspect of your stay. We hope to see you again someday!

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