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    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 18


    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... 

RV only area
RV sites
3 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 65 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Sewage hookup available
Generators allowed
Hookups: No TV connection
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
Have a question? Send Alex a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Carol

Camping at an authentic hacienda

Carol S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 18th, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Pattie

Dog paradise

Pattie R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 3rd, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Debbie

Beautiful & historical

Debbie C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
April 19th, 2022

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!

Hipcamper Bill

Enchanting ranch, museum and saloon

Bill D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
April 18th, 2022

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!

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Hipcamper Paul
Paul T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
April 13th, 2022

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.

Hipcamper Mary Shelley

History, vistas, hospitality - a+

Mary Shelley M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 22nd, 2022

This was a great stop and stay - good hookups, level spot, gorgeous views with ever-changing skies and light. A flock of Whooping Cranes, our first (!), and 4 Quail visited us, both thrilling to us east-coast birders. Be sure to make time for the history tour which Alex gives personally, and I do mean personally. He is very immersed and knowledgeable of the Gila valley's history, its place in US History (and kind of within world history, when it comes right down to it) and he makes it a very enjoyable and memorable experience. The saloon is a fun evening also, so much to explore and imagine the stories told at that bar over the years .... We highly recommend. Learned that Alex has an AirBnB also, in case you are trying to meet friends who don't RV, you can all stay at the same place.

West view late afternoon.There is a raised observation platform (we enjoyed happy hour and sunset views from this platform) - looking back toward our RVLoved these just-budding trees, forgot to ask Alex what they are, but maybe apricot? Something fruit no doubt.We were gifted all the zucchini we could use.
Hipcamper Judy
Judy W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 13th, 2022

The ranch headquarters, a place steeped in history, made for an enjoyable stay. While quite rustic, it served our desires nicely. We spent nine days at the ranch alternating between bike rides and local hikes. The Catwalk, a favorite, had an exceptional wow factor. Visitors must understand that getting anywhere requires significant driving. We managed a trip to the City of Rocks and a soak in the tubs at Faywood. We viewed the petroglyphs along the Dragonfly Trail. We enjoyed both of the local restaurants, and we spent nice afternoons lounging in the saloon. If the weather had been warmer, we’d have enjoyed the hot tub and the pool, and if the projector hadn’t malfunctioned, we’d have enjoyed movie night on Alex’s twenty foot screen. Alex was a gracious host, and gave us an informative tour of his family’s collection of antiques. So, if you’re up for a bunkhouse experience, give the ranch a try.
We would definitely return if we were in the area!

The saloon.Somewhere on some hike.Bill Evans lake.Dragonfly petroglyph.
Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
February 24th, 2022

Alex is a great host and very knowledgeable about the area. I loved that my dog could roam the property with his pack. I enjoyed the mountain views and starry skies.

Campsite #2Some of the local history
Hipcamper Shawn

Great views and location

Shawn P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
February 20th, 2022

Alex, thanks again for the opportunity to stay at your property. We had a great time. Location was very convenient for the day trip to the Catwalk Rec Area and kids had a blast. Our dog also loved your dogs and the freedom to roam and play. That was a huge plus. We will definitely be back for a summer trip if you will have us again. Shawn


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