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Vida Bonita Ranch
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37 reviews
· New Mexico
1670 acres
14 sites
1 Lodging
13 RV/Tent
Reconnect with nature at our 1670 acre ranch. The unique terrain has several mesas, meadows, and forests. Enjoy magnificent views. The Mora River flows through our property for 2 miles. We are completely off-grid, so the star gazing is world class. This land is home to lots of elk, deer, bears, mountain lions, turkeys, and mountain goats. Explore the old ruins, canyons, and cliffs. Swim/fish in the river. Visit our farm animals. Bring your bikes, horses, or other off-road vehicles! Horseback riding will be available 2023. You will be free to roam and wander on the entire 1670 acres, including fishing or floating in the river. Your site has a heavy-duty metal fire ring and swivel grate for grilling. A picnic table with umbrella is provided. The ranch is off grid, so it gets very dark at night. Flashlights and other lanterns are strongly encouraged. There is a porta-potty nearby. You will have access to the entire ranch. We also have a few groceries available, such as charcoal, snack foods, drinks, etc. The nearest gas station is 75 minutes away. Please check in before sunset because the roads leading to the property are very dark and isolated. Cell service is intermittent. The county road is also made of loose gravel, so driving your nicest car is not recommended, unless you're ok with possible dents, cracks, or paint chips. One of our primary missions is to keep this land as undisturbed as possible; therefore, we are a TRASH FREE campsite. So whatever trash you bring in, you MUST takeout with you. Otherwise, you will be charged a $50 fee.
Activities
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Natural features
Forest
River, stream, or creek
Swimming hole
Canyon
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Location
New Mexico, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Duc V.Joined in May 2022
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40 ratings · 37 reviews
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Jeff H.recommends
September 26, 2022
River Site 5
Unspoiled nature
Wonderfully dark skies. Ranch lies at the intersection of various ecosystems: prairie grasslands/piñon, juniper, ponderosa woodlands/lush riparian valley along the Mora River. It has not been abusively grazed, like many western ranches. Tremendously biodiverse plant and animal communities. Duc’s ranch manager Val was incredibly hospitable, easygoing, knowledgeable, and polite: a true native Nuevo Mexicano in all the best ways. The eggs were delicious, and the Great Pyrenees pups, Aspen and Bear were well-behaved, and loyal campsite sentries.
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Candace R.recommends
September 13, 2022
River Site 5
Beautiful off the grid camping
Beautiful off-the grid campground that is well cared for by the caretakers. The “River Sites” are more cliff sites as the river is in a canyon that is quite the hike down. We fished some and caught 3 catfish! There are a lot of small catus plants around the area so make sure you bring sturdy shoes with a good sole. The hens and goats are a nice addition and the fresh eggs are great! FYI the rooster will wake you up at sunrise. Overall we had a wonderful time!
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Jenny O.recommends
September 12, 2022
Bluff Site 7
Great experience! Be prepared for a long dirt road drive to get to the campsite. Impressive amount of land for sure! We stayed in the bluff sites, and had the place to ourselves! Extremely peaceful if you’re looking to completely check out. Lots of good exploring around the property, tons of cool rocks throughout the campsites and beyond! The tent was great, very heavy duty.
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Janet C.recommends
September 12, 2022
River Site 3
Quiet, peaceful getaway
My husband & I wanted a nice getaway & Duc’s place was exactly what we needed! The land is rustic & beautiful. We literally had nobody around us for 2 days. Our favorite part was having the 2 ranch dogs, bear & aspen, never leave our side. So sweet!! The ranch workers were outstanding & willing to help with whatever was needed. It was a spectacular camping trip. We will be back!
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Ryan S.recommends
September 11, 2022
River Site 5
Great remote camping experience
This was such a treat. Duc and family own a beautiful piece of land. I recommend giving yourself enough time to explore some of the 1700 acres. Make sure to get in before dark as the drive is not short to reach the ranch. You’ll want to see everything! Duc couldn’t have been better. Helped provide whatever we asked and was an awesome person to chat with. I highly recommend!
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Mike E.recommends
September 7, 2022
Bunkhouse 10
Great camp for hiking and exploring
Vida Bonita Ranch is an excellent getaway from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It's about a 9-hour drive and the drive from Tucumcari has some beautiful views. The ranch is remote, ~25 miles down a dirt road. There is no traffic noise, it's a great dark sky location with wonderful views of the stars. I had close encounters with free-ranging horses, a few deer crossed my path just 50 feet in front of me. In the mornings, I could hear coyotes howling in the distance. The ranch has a coop of chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl. There is also a small herd of goats. The owners have a nice garden with a variety of vegetables, melons, and herbs. Hiking, 4-wheeling, fishing, and biking are all accessible. There are a variety of campsite options. I took one on a hilltop that had some amazing views just on the edge of the site. There are safari-style tents available, an RV, and a travel trailer that are perfectly located with great views. There is a bunkhouse built with thick adobe walls and is fully stocked. Be aware, that there is no electricity or plumbing. There is a water well and limited filtered water but, plan on bringing your own drinking water or purification system. There are multiple porta potties available and they are well maintained. I highly recommend this camp and will be back there often.
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