The Highline-4 Corners Back Country Horsemen Newletter Has To Say This Month re NewMexicoOutdoor (Scroll Down on Page For Slideshow)
A GREAT ESCAPE by Katy Sherer
... We spent a week there last Spring and another week this past Fall. Dan and Gabriela are the owners, and they're wonderful hosts. High on a mesa between Abiquiu and Medanales, NM you'll be staying in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with 6 horse stalls just outside your windows. The kitchen is large and fully equipped, with a cozy fireplace in the living room. The firepit just off the patio is a great place to hang out in the evenings and watch the sun go down behind the distant mountains. If you use the whole house with six people, it will only cost $250 per couple for a whole week (I believe the nightly rate is $150). Now for the riding -- it's endless! Right from the house you can ride mesa's, washes or deserted roads. You can also hike, play tennis on their clay court, soak in the hot springs at nearby Ojo Caliente, visit Georgia O'Keeffe's house, or drive to Taos for the day. We haven't been there in the winter yet, but we plan to soon. We're told it can be pretty cold, but they get almost no snow -- and it only takes about 3 hours to get there! We'll have photos at the February meeting. Hope to see you there!
Lucky we are that we are right on the cusp of, B-LM with thousands and thousands of acres of trail riding right here! Also we are only a very short trailer to Carson National Forest (El Rito Ranger District & Canjilon Ranger District) AND Santa Fe National Forest (Espanola Ranger District and Coyote Ranger District).
Bring your trail riding horses and stay in our guest home, OR stay with us and
use our Wrangler!
Equine Escapes-Chili, New Mexico
Debbie Spikermann, Owner (2008 President Santa Fe Chapter NM Backcountry Horsemen)
Welcome to trail riding paradise. Get to know some of northern New Mexico's most spectacular scenery. Explore the fascinating high desert country by riding through water-carved winding arroyos, passing window rocks, Anasazi ruins, old cabins in abandoned settlemets, wondrous rock formations, hills and mesas, accessible only by horseback.
Stay here with us, Equine Escapes being only minutes away, and let Debbie embark from your guesthouse door..on a Trail Ride thru Carson NF and B-LM Lands ..that you'll never forget!
Debbie, your guide and host, has many years of experience ! She has been riding since her early teens. She loves to share her love of horses and the outdoors with those who also appreciate it! She learned about the trails through training for endurance riding and has competed in several endurance events and actively participates in trail work with the Back Country Horsemen, a volunteer group who works closely with the Forest Service, BLM, and County and State agencies to clear, maintain, and build trails for the equestrian and hiking communities.
As you see, Debbie knows the area like her backyard and has many scenic rides to offer. You can also choose to start your ride from the village of Chili, Debbies head-quarters (10 miles from our guesthouse). Views include the Espanola Valley, Rio Chama Valley, and the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Longer rides include the mountain terrain of the Jemez, the high mountain stream of the Rio del Oso, and overlooks of the Abiquiu area, home to legendary artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Debbie offers also other locations to ride from including the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Copper Canyon - of City Slickers Fame - Rio Chama Wilderness Area, San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area, Portions of the Continental Divide Trail, Santa Barbara Canyon and any other location accessible by truck/trailer. If you have a special location you would like to explore, let Debbie know and she will find out if it's accessible. She'll trailer in to these locations for an additional fee depending upon mileage and time.
Debbie's rates are per person and start at $50.00 for 1 hour to $200.00 for a full day. Moonlight/Sunset Rides: $80 per person for a 2-hour ride and $110 per person for a 3-hour ride. Additional fees apply to trailer out to other locations! All rides are private rides. Small groups of 3 or less. Larger groups possible with 1 week advance notice. Trailer outings are subject to 3 riders or less. The trailer holds four horses and all gear. You should make an appointment for a ride at least a couple weeks in advance. Fridays and weekends book faster than weekdays, as do holidays. Debbie has often have weekday spaces open during the busy season, so please call to see if there are openings. The busy season is May through October. Debbie will acept only intermediate or advanced riders (no novices), and no children under 12. Riders, including adults, must be at least 5 feet in height and there is a weight limit of 220 lbs.
You may bring your own horses. Our guesthouse has a corral and can accomodate up to 6 horses. There are no extra fees and we provide water for free. You are responsible however for your horeses meals. You can ride off the guesthouse and explore the mesa and surrounding arroyos on your own or you may use Debbie as your guide for a fee. Please make sure to check out Debbie's website for full information and descriptions about her rides, and her services as well as detailed rates, payment options, reservations, and cancellation policies, FAQ, updates for announcements on trails closures, forest service regulation changes affecting trails, and, and, and...
Look at some of Debbie's pictures below and find more on her website. We look forward to hosting you and wish you already many happy trails.