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Vida Bonita Ranch

· Wagon Mound, San Miguel, New Mexico
1670 acres hosted by Duc V.
2 lodging sites · 10 RV/tent sites
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Escape to Vida Bonita Ranch, a 1670-acre nature haven in northern New Mexico, where diverse landscapes of mesas, meadows, forests, and awe-inspiring cliffs create a breathtaking backdrop for your next adventure. With two miles of the Mora River winding through our property, immerse yourself in outdoor experiences like fishing, swimming, and floating. Our off-grid ranch boasts world-class stargazing and is home to an array of wildlife, including elk, deer, bears, mountain lions, turkeys, and mountain goats. Discover the remnants of old ruins, explore canyons, and visit our friendly farm animals. Bring your bikes, horses, or off-road vehicles for endless exploration – and don't forget, horseback riding is coming in 2023! Roam freely across the entire property, and enjoy your campsite equipped with a heavy-duty metal fire ring, swivel grate for grilling, and a picnic table with an umbrella. As we're off-grid, lanterns and flashlights are strongly encouraged for navigating the darkness. A porta-potty is conveniently located nearby. We have a few essentials at our on-site store, offering charcoal, eggs, snack foods, drinks, and more. Keep in mind that the nearest gas station is 75 minutes away, and cell service can be intermittent. Please arrive before sunset, as the roads leading to the property are dark and isolated, and be prepared for loose gravel that may affect your vehicle. At Vida Bonita Ranch, we're committed to preserving the land's pristine beauty. As a trash-free campsite, we ask that you take out any trash you bring in, or face a $50 fee. Embrace the spirit of sustainability and make lasting memories in our undisturbed wilderness. Book your stay now at Vida Bonita Ranch – the ultimate off-grid adventure awaits!
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144 ratings · 80 reviews
Kerstyn H.recommends
July 8, 2024
River Site 4
Tent camping on Duc’s property was wonderful! It was a short hike down to the river and VERY secluded. The closest town was Las Vegas, about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from the cite. There was no WiFi connection from where we were, so a great place to come if you’re wanting to unplug from reality. Would 10/10 recommend!!
Lindsay M.recommends
July 8, 2024
Bluff Site 1
So peaceful and beautiful
Wow! Vida Bonita Ranch is just spectacular and we had so much fun camping there over the 4th of July. It’s really secluded and way out there which brings so many benefits like dark skies (I saw the Milky Way for the first time since I was a kid!!), lots of wildlife (we saw fox, elk, deer, cool beetles, a crazy orange snake, and heard a bullfrog at night), and a total sense of peacefulness. Duc was an awesome host, too. I would definitely like to come back!
Lindsay A.recommends
May 29, 2024
Bunkhouse 8
Beautiful place, groundskeeper was wonderful and kind.
Richard H.recommends
May 28, 2024
River Site 4
Had a great time camping here over Memorial Day weekend. Super private camping spots with amazing views, and the dogs loved the river! Duc is a great host that is happy to help and point you in the right direction to any of the areas on the property.
Shawna W.recommends
May 27, 2024
River Site 3
First time hip-camper
What an adventure. First time hip-camping experience and it was overall a great time. Our tent site was next to the river bluff; prepare to hike a good 15 minutes one way for river access, which is steep and has loose rocks, but my 8 year old managed no problem, some people were driving 4 wheelers up and down. The river is pretty high still, not really that accessible for swimming. The tent site itself was nice, there was plenty of shade and firewood, mid-day heat even in May is no joke - prepare to do something in the shade at least part of the day. I am glad we brought our lil beach wind shelter, the first evening the wind was so I intense, I don’t think cooking would have been possible without it. I’m also glad that we brought plenty of our own water because we forgot to ask about the potable/non-potable water access when we got there. Towards the end, some kids showed us how to use the pump. My daughter spent most of her time obsessed with the batch of 3 week old Great Pyrenees puppies. The kids camping had so much to do between checking up on chickens, dogs, and sheepies. Next time, I’d pick a less “busy” weekend, there were a lot of people around, which we were told ahead of time would be the case. The people were all really friendly, but I just had more of a remote experience in my mind. What I love about camping is going with the flow, there are always unpredictable factors and that’s part of it! I would recommend preparing for the elements and you’ll love it.
Clyde B.recommends
May 14, 2024
River Site 5
Worth the drive!
If you’re looking to breathe in the clean fresh quiet and exhale all the noise, then this is the place to do it. 1600 acres of all of nature’s best: the rhythm of the river, the vastness of the black night sky, it is all here. Duc Bernard and Norm are all available to ensure a supported but free to roam experience. YOLO: eat the fresh chicken eggs!
Wagon Mound, San Miguel, New Mexico, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Nʉmʉnʉʉ Sookobitʉ (Comanche), Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), and Jicarilla Apache First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Duc V.

Joined in May 2022
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