Indulge your Cowboy Spirit with a New Mexico working guest ranch vacation, lots of horseback riding, roundups, western horsemanship clinics, spectacular New Mexico vistas and the undiluted, real sensations of ranch life in southwestern New Mexico. Unlike many working dude ranches or guest ranches, Double E Guest Ranch is a working cattle and horse ranch inviting its guests to participate in the day to day activities on a real ranch. On our working New Mexico guest ranch (dude ranch) we provide our guests with an opportunity to spend their days with the Wranglers and Cowboys who live the cowboy life and work at Double E Ranch.
Feel nature up close and explore a ranch vacation paradise exceptionally beautiful, filled with abundant wildlife and rich in the history of southwest New Mexico. Located in the heart of Apache country, 30 miles northwest of historic Silver City, the Double E Guest Ranch and surrounding territory is the home of Billy the Kid, Geronimo, Judge Roy Bean, "Dangerous" Dan Tucker and Ben Lilly. The 3.3 million acre Gila (HEE-la) National Forest and pristine Gila Wilderness surround us on two sides! A working New Mexico cattle and horse ranch consisting of nearly 30,000 acres, the Double E Guest Ranch is family owned and operated.
Our guest capacity is small - we work hard to keep it 15 or less, providing plenty of opportunities for our Staff to offer individual attention and instruction. Whether you are a horse owner who rides every day or a "city slicker dude" only riding a few times during the year, if you are interested in improving your horseback riding skill level, Double E Ranch can help. It's hands on, sleeves up, seat in the saddle! Activities can include, but are not limited to, grooming and tacking horses, feeding livestock, or any combination of gentle or more challenging horseback riding. There is roping, team penning, round ups and other activities that every riding level can participate in, such as gymkhana games in the arena.
You'll participate every day in the conditioning and training of our horses by riding. Learn round pen techniques, if you've got an interest. At the end of the day, pull up a rocking chair, sit back and unwind. That's the sum of the cowboy experience here at Double E Ranch! The atmosphere at Double E Ranch is casual and relaxed. It feels like "family". But, like family, please don't expect to be waited on. You are part of the Double E Team. We encourage our guests to lend a hand, get involved, participate - get dirty! Tell us what your interests are and we'll try to incorporate them into your visit.
The American West holds a special place in the hearts of millions all over the world. Being a cowboy isn't about what you wear, how you walk or what kind of job you have. Being Cowboy is a state of mind and heart where the West is still alive and doing very well. We are extremely proud to be preserving part of our country's Ranching Tradition. We are working hard to care for it. We're pleased to be able to share it with folks like you. Honored to have been featured in several national magazine and newspaper publications over the past few years, we invite you to take a moment, read a few of these articles and discover their perceptions of this beautiful place and the lifestyle we live.
Why not join us! From nearly any evening vantage point at Double E Ranch you can watch the mountains and cliffs gradually turn from yellow, to orange, to startling red in the light of the setting sun. In every season, you'll share good company, breathtaking vistas, exciting horseback rides on seasoned horses, satisfying meals, and the Milky Way spread across the New Mexico night sky! It just doesn't get any better than this!
Weather and Climate: Four gentle seasons best describe the climatic conditions in the Gila National Forest, Gila Wilderness and Double E Ranch areas. The latitude, as well as the 5,000 - 7,000 foot elevation permits maximum enjoyment of the region during any season. Whether winter or summer, daytime temperatures are generally pleasant for hiking or horseback riding, and range from the high 90's in the warmest summer months to mid-40's in winter. The area enjoys an average of 345 days of glorious sunshine and clear blue skies annually. For additional information on the area, check out the Silver City Website. All participants should be in good physical condition and capable of being on horseback or hiking for a minimum of 4-5 hours each day. A combination of hiking and horseback riding is encouraged.
Join us in our corner of the world...it's pretty amazing! We hope we have tempted you to come visit ... watch some New Mexico sunsets ... and ride your dreams!
Experience an Adventure
Double E Ranch provides dude ranch enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience dude western-style roundups, exciting dude horseback riding in scenic southwestern New Mexico. We offer Dude Trail Riding, Dude Clinics, Gila Wilderness Nature Rides specially designed for dudes and holiday dude specials for your dude ranch vacation. Dudes at Double E Ranch enjoy Dude activities such as, dude riding, dude roping on seasoned dude horses, dude clinics, dude accommodations in comfortable dude cabins. Dudes vacation in comfortable dude cabins, dining on delicious traditional dude meals. A dude ranch vacation is a great family vacation, suitable for all ages of dude guests. Improve your dude ranch skills, enjoy meeting other dudes from all over the world. Double E Dude Ranch is different from other dude ranches. Dudes can still experience a traditional dude ranch life style. Imagine yourself on a dude ranch vacation in the southwest of New Mexico. Dudes visit from all over the world, meeting other dudes with similar interests in dude ranching. Join us for a dude ranch vacation you won't forget. Make it a family dude ranch tradition. Dude ranching has been popular since the turn of the century with many dudes. Each year, more dudes take dude ranch vacations in the southwest. The weather is perfect for a dude ranch vacation in the winter months.
Debbie and Alan Eggleston
Double E Guest Ranch
Experience the Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest on horse back. Ride through the canyons of the Gila region. View wildlife in the Gila region. Double E Guest Ranch adjoins the Gila National Forest. Indian culture, wildlife, horseback riding, in the Gila Wilderness on horse back at Double E Guest Ranch.
Updated August 2006