Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why only 12 people and horses if you have more beds available?

A: This is the best number so the showerhouse, cookhouse and outhouses can keep everyone happy and so horses all have their own safe space.

Q: Can I get a big living quarters trailer into the ranch?

A: Yes, the first 12 miles up the mountain from the village of Reserve is paved but is steep and has three switchbacks, once on top it kinda levels off. The road is paved all the way until the last 12 miles which is all weather gravel. The trip is not bad, just slow, figure on 1.5 hrs to cover the 38 miles from Reserve to the ranch.

Q: Do you have hookups?

A: No, the entire ranch is off the grid but we can refill water tanks for you. Most folks coming to the high country use generators or solar setups.

Q: Do cell phones and internet work at the ranch?

A: No. There is a land line at the main house for emergency contact calls but not for just chatting on. We have no long distance service so you must bring your own calling card.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Just recently our insurance company has said we can allow outside dogs but… THEY MUST BE KEPT ON A LEASH OR IN YOUR TRAILER. NO DOGS CAN RUN LOOSE OR BE ALLOWED IN ANY OF THE BUILDINGS. Just outside the ranch gates are millions of acres your dog can run free on. You must clean up after your dog on the private land.

Q: Do we have to have a full group of 12 to RENT THE RANCH?

A: No you can rent it with any number less also.

Q: How do I reserve a week?

A: We require a 50% deposit to hold your week, the balance is due 30 days before your arrival.

Q: Is the deposit refundable?

A: No but if your plans change it is good for up to two years for another stay.

Q: Can I buy hay and feed at the ranch?

A: No. You need to bring your own. This avoids any feed change complications and we have to travel 4 hours to get our hay so we are stingy with it.

Q: Do I need a guide?

A: No but it is recommended for a day or two to get your landmarks figured out. A guide can also take you to some great places you would not find on your own.

Q: Are the trails marked?

A: We have several trail loops marked ranging from 2 to 6 hours. Other wise there are thousands of miles of old logging roads as well as nice riding elk trails. We HIGHLY recommend the use of a GPS.

Q: What is your weather like?

A: Early May it can be cold, or it can be warm. It can snow, or it can be sunny for days. But figure highs in the 50’s lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. By the end of May and early June our weather has usually really changed. Much less chance of any precipitation. June is our warmest, driest month with highs in the mid 80’s and sometimes we will even get to 90. Nights cool off rapidly with lows in the upper 30’s and 40’s and we can get a frost as late as the third week of June. The country is still gold and brown, we don’t usually have a green spring, that happens in… July, August and September after our summer rains start about the first week of July. Then our world comes alive! Most days start out sunny and cloudless, by noon the temperature is about 85 with the first thunderheads forming over the peaks. Mid afternoon cools off to the 70’s and thunder storms bang around. It is not often wide covering, you can usually ride around them and miss a drenching. Summer nights are almost never over 50. Late September we have our first frost after cooler days in the 60’s the last week or so of the month. October brings frost most every morning but perfect fall days in the 60’s and 70’s the first few weeks and later in October it will be in the 50’s and 60’s with nights in the upper 20’s.

Special times of the year… Late May and early June is Elk calving time. This is when you can see herds numbering in the hundreds out in the grasslands. Horseback it is easy to get close for amazing photos. Wildflowers show up 2nd week of July and peak at the end of August. It is as if some what took a pallet of colors and wildly smeared it across the landscape. August is rainbow time, almost daily some where you can see one, often doubles and rare but special are the triple rainbows. Mid September through early October is the time to come hear the bull elk bugle. We are not talking about a distant lone bugle, we mean a chorus of bulls bugling all around the cabins and keeping you awake. It is an amazing time. October is also when the Aspen trees change the mountains to shades of gold.


N Bar Ranch
P.O.Box 409 Reserve, New Mexico 87830
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