We stayed at the ranch as participants in a newly developed Nature Tourism package. At the same time, other family members were part of the Elk Rut & Aspen Nature Tour. Vermejo Park Ranch has long been noted for its hunting and fishing tours. They are expanding into photography and nature tours, birding, even cooking classes - all taking advantage of the remarkable wild setting and the birds and animals who live there.
All of the meals are included in the nightly rate and they are 5 star. In addition, there is coffee, biscotti, fruit, water and snacks available throughout the day. Also included are the guides, on site transportation and activities such as horseback riding, skeet shooting, birding, photo tours, hiking and more.
From our first phone contacts as we made reservations, through our interactions with the General Store manager after we left, we found all of the staff to be enthusiastic, honest, friendly and eager to make our Vermejo experience top notch. Which it was.
STAFF - See above
ROOMS - As noted elsewhere here on TA, the guest rooms are located in cottages or suites in one of the 100 year old lodges. They are very comfortable and clean with plenty of room to spread out. Furnishings are frequently from an earlier era. Throughout the ranch, the philosophy is to maintain the original intent and authenticity without sacrificing comfort. Our room,#804 - was fabulous with a bay window overlooking the meadow in front of the lodge.For more luxurious accommodations, rooms at the newer Castilla Lodge are available.
FOOD !! - After reading reviews here, I was prepared that the meals would be good but the cooking staff truly does a remarkable job. Every night we were treated to meals that were fresh, plentiful, creative and delicious and took as much advantage of local products as possible. Oh, and a cocktail hour with excellent bartenders and different offerings of light fare each night. At dinner we were given order forms for the next day's box lunches which usually included fabulous sandwiches, a salad and tasty cookie.
GUIDES - Included in your rate is an experienced guide who will take you hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, photographing...whatever outdoor experience you choose. We were fortunate enough to have Gene Coon who was a perfect fit for us. As far as we could tell, the man knows every inch of the ranch as well as the habits and habitat of the ranch's wild creatures. From what we could observe, other participants were also quite satisfied with their guides.
WILDLIFE - The ranch is a showcase for ecosystem and resource management. The animals are treated with the utmost respect and knowledge. The herds of bison, elk and deer were glorious. We also saw wild turkeys, eagles, coyotes, bear, horses and a rattlesnake.
All in all, we had a fabulous experience at a vast, remarkable and historic ranch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a high-end Adventure Lodge featuring a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts- hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and land management tours are the tip of the iceberg. Located 40 miles west of Raton, Vermejo Park Ranch, NM is the ideal blend of modern-day comforts and unspoiled natural beauty. With 100 years of ranch-resort operation, our professional staff can accommodate adventurers of all skill levels.From short grass prairie to alpine tundra the ranch property spans 900 square miles of enchanting Rocky Mountain bliss. Fitting for family or business, couples or friends, we welcome all age groups. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vermejo Park Ranch Hotel Raton