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ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
19 reviews
· Gila, New Mexico
8 acres
3 sites
3 RV
The L.C. Ranch was the second largest Cattle Ranch in American history.  In its heyday around 1900 it was over one million acres.  Today, the cows are gone, along with the vast tracts of land and the cowboys that managed the herds.  The Lyons and Campbell Ranch Headquarters remains as a time capsule of an era past. The extensive adobe compound includes the 27 room adobe mansion of Cattle Baron Tom Lyons and his wife Ida Campbell, along with the fabulous Old West Saloon, Jail, post office, bunkhouses, Theater and Chapel. In the summer months enjoy the great swimming pool, and in the spring and fall enjoy the Mimbres design hot tub. Our RV sites are closed in the winter, but our Airbnb apartments are closed in January only.   The Theater has just added a video cinema system to its live performance capabilities.  Think "movie night".  There is a lot of history here, and for just $10/person you can take the 2 hour tour of the historic grounds.  The L.C. Ranch is located in the tiny village of Gila, just 30 minutes from Silver City, right off U.S. 180 on NM Hwy 211.     Learn more about this land:     COVID VACCINATIONS NOW REQUIRED!!  (For all eligible guests)     Near Silver City, New Mexico, the Historic Lyons & Campbell ranch is in the tiny village of Gila in the lush Gila river valley in the otherwise arid Mountain Southwest. Dog Friendly!  (Cats? Not so much, better keep them inside your RV at all times).  This massive 60 room adobe compound dates from 1810, is one of the oldest houses in the southwest and was a million acre ranch, the second largest in America back in its heyday from 1880 to 1920, and includes a museum, theater, Old west Saloon, Chapel, jail and two apartments "Inn at the L.C. Ranch" in Gila, NM, available for short term rental on a!rbnb.      3-RV spots with full hookups, AND Wi-Fi.  20 or 30 amp, are $40 per night for up to 4 people. 50 amp for $50 per night and up to 6 people. Hook ups include sewer and water connections, and access to the swimming pool, Hot tub, Old west Saloon and Gallery.  Two night minimum.  Two group maximum, which means we will not book the third site unless it is with one of the first two sites booked.  Swimming pool is open May thru September, Hot tub is available March thru May, and September thru November.  Hot Tub is wood-fired, and available on request. It takes all day to heat it up.  Not good on windy days or freezing nights.     NO FIREWORKS! Please!  We are relaxing our fire ban to allow charcoal or gas BBQs, and fully screened portable fire pits, if it is NOT windy.  We do not supply these. There is plenty of firewood here, but you will have to cut/break it to usable size.    The authentic old west Saloon, Historic Main House, Theater, Gallery, Jail are all available to tour, and for workshops, retreats, Weddings, groups etc. The two hour guided tour of the museum in the main house, the "adobe mansion" of Cattle Baron Tom Lyons, is $10 per person for RV guests.   The swimming pool and Lanai are located next to RV Site #1.  It will handle any size rig, 65'+, Big fifth wheels, Class A or C Motorhomes, no problem, back-in, has a little shade, but for now has only 30 amp temporary power, 3" sewer connection.  We will be upgrading this to 50/30 amp soon. The Lanai by the pool has BBQ, pizza oven, sink, refrigerator, music, games, horseshoes, croquet, darts...   The other two RV spots are a short walk away, about 150 feet.  Site #2 is good for up to 65', pull in, perfect for any size Motorhome or big rig, 50/30 amp. It also has its own shaded picnic area and picnic table. 4" sewer connection.  Site #3 has a full tree canopy over head, perfect for Class C or Travel trailers. 50/30 amp, water, 4" sewer and wi-fi.     The Mimbres design hot tub is located in the bath house between the two RV locations.  It is wood-fired and available on request.  It takes all day to heat it up and it is NOT recommended on windy or freezing nights as it is quite exposed.   There is also a bathroom with flush toilet at the pool, along with fridge, BBQ, Wood fired pizza oven, misters and bar in the Lanai, and a guest laundry with an indoor shower nearby in the Spanish courtyard. There are additional bathrooms in the Saloon and the Theater.     Karaoke at night in the old west Saloon used to be a regular occurrence on weekends before covid, let's see if we can get that going again this summer. The Saloon is equipped for live music as well, with guitar and bass amps, P.A. and electronic drum kit. The Saloon as well as the entire property is BYOB. The Saloon is not open to the public and has no liquor license. We like it this way.      Wi-fi is available at all our RV sites, and is best in the Saloon and Gallery.  We have just installed new Wi-Fi extenders.  Cell phone service is sketchy, some people with Verizon or T-Mobile get service. It's best on the observation mound.  Discounts for longer stays... 
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Gila, New Mexico, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Alex O.Joined in June 2020
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 10 hours
23 ratings · 19 reviews
Doug B.recommends
September 19, 2022
Site 2 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
Quiet. Off the beaten path. A great host.
Carol S.recommends
June 18, 2022
Site 2 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
Camping at an authentic hacienda
Everything was wonderful from Alex greeting us to swimming in the pool , providing a very informative museum tour and a great movie watching experience in the theater! We had plenty of space and privacy the entire week we were here and yet Alex was always accessible.
Pattie R.recommends
June 3, 2022
Site 3 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
Dog paradise
Alex’s property is in a beautiful part of New Mexico and it was cool seeing a piece of history. He was a generous host - the pool was amazing and he played a movie for us in the (legit) movie theater. We watched Clifford and it felt like a 4d experience with the three newfoundlands around us. We brought our two heeler mixes with us and they had an amazing time wandering the property off leash and playing with the other three dogs. The internet was fine for work and movies (the cell service is not great). The tour was really cool.
Debbie C.recommends
April 19, 2022
Site 2 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
Beautiful & historical
The formerly 1,000,000 acre LC Ranch is now a much smaller property that includes huge cottonwood trees and 200 year-old buildings from the Spanish, Mexican & American eras. Alex's two-hour tour of his family-owned property is interesting and entertaining. And then -- he turned us loose in the BYOB Saloon in the evening - it was like sneaking into a museum at night by ourselves!
Bill D.recommends
April 18, 2022
Site 1 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
Enchanting Ranch, Museum and Saloon
If you like wide-open spaces, locations just off the beaten path, history, inspiring settings, welcoming and unique places to stop for a few days - this is one of those places not to miss. Alex, Robin and their family have created an oasis in time and space that will renew your sense of the American West. If you're fussy or enjoy the banality of a KOA campground or find yourself at home in a shopping mall, do not visit. If you like to discover interesting folks, history and artwork, then don't miss this. Lots of space for RVs, full hook-ups, 30 and 50 amp, wifi, pool, a real Wild West Saloon where you can BYOB, big friendly dogs, and a museum containing marvelous contents and reams of history dating back to the Spanish, Apache, and early cattle ranch days. Once part of the largest cattle ranches in the West, the spirits seem to linger on at this enchanting propery. Thank you Alex and Robin, we'll be back soon!
Paul T.recommends
April 13, 2022
Site 2 - ESCAPE to the L.C. Ranch , Gila NM
We enjoyed the quiet, rural area. Looking across the field and seeing the black angus cows and calves was very plesant. Alex's tour was intesting and very informative.
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