Corralitos Trail Rides

Corralitos Trail Rides, Las Cruces: Address, Phone Number, Corralitos Trail Rides Reviews: 4.5/5

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HollyJacob
Toledo, OH28 contributions
Nice ride!
Jan 2020 • Family
We had a nice ride with Billy, it was his first ride in a year after dealing with some health problems. I feel honored that he saddled up and took us out! We rode to the a abandoned mines and petroglyphs. Nice easy relaxing ride. Horses were quiet and well behaved.
Written January 26, 2020
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SlamAbama
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WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! THE WHOLE FAMILY RECOMMENDS %100
Apr 2019 • Family
Billy really provided a true cowboy experience start to finish. The whole ride both Billy and his helper were educational and very easy to talk to. My wife was the only one with experience but that didn't stop Billy from teaching us city slickers the ropes and he was great teacher. My ten year old daughter was very nervous almost to the point where she didn't want to continue but Billy was so supportive and calmed her down and helped her the whole way and now she can't stop talking about how much she loved it. If you're in the area and looking for a good time definitely make an appointment. We were told the first trail led to a couple caves and dinosaur tracks. Before we arrived in town it had rained and the trail was washed out so we got to go on the second trail which went on top of a mountain. Believe me when I say the view was breath taking. You could see the whole city in the distance and mountain ranges in almost any direction. Don't get me started on the wildlife. Herds of cattle, Hawks, falcons, tortoises, Jack rabbits, frogs, horny toads, lizards. We even saw a rattle snake (which I'm man enough to admit I was kinda worried) but Billy let us know that they're more scared of us then we are of them and we rode right by. They even have a pair of owls that live in the second floor of the barn for over a decade. So much to experience and that was only our first trail. My whole family gave it a 11/10! Can't wait to go back to enjoy even more!
Written June 16, 2019
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ThomasL6
Jacksonville, FL61 contributions
A Tall Tale Ride With Cowboy Billy in the Deserts of New Mexico and Exploring the Ice Caves at El Malpais Monument
Jan 2019 • Family
My wife and I were invited by our son Aaron and his family to participate in a midwinter vacation, exploring several areas of New Mexico. My wife and I had lived in Alamogordo, NM during my early enlistment years and working in the USAF at Holloman AFB, NM. The six of us, four adults and two Grandson's took an afternoon flight from Florida to Albuquerque, NM where our journey began. Our first full day was spent exploring the Ice Caves at El Malpais National Monument, Bandera Volcano located west of Albuquerque. Once off the main road, the drive was filled with an up close view of a herds of wild deer with several large Elk trailing behind. The Ice Caves and old Volcano on the great divide were covered with several inches of snow and the weather even delivered a small blizzard before our departure. Our last two days were spent in Las Cruces, NM where we ventured westward to "The Carralitos Ranch" that advertised - Trail Rides. The Ranch is managed under the Medicine Hat Basin Horse Mule Co, and ran by Cowboy Billy and his side kicks. We started with a briefing at the ranch stables and learning how the Butterfield Overland Stage once dropped passengers off in the 1800's for brief stretches heading westward and for fresh horses. Cowboy Billy then escorted us several miles northward into the Desert Mesa where your eyes could see from foothill to mountains. After a briefing on our horsemanship we all set out with Mr. Billy leading our horse train plodding from one trail to another. After several hours we eventually met our destination where several caves were located that had recent digging activity. Outside the cave walls displayed Native American Indian markings and some dinosaur tracks in the desert floor. We were all very excited and completely satisfied that Cowboy Billy had delivered and made a day well worth our travel efforts. A BIG Thanks to Mr. Billy and his Staff for showing our Family "One Heck of A Day in the Desert". Thanks, Tom and Cheryl Lumpkin, Jacksonville, Florida
Written February 20, 2019
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Companion16318585366
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Highly recommend
Nov 2018 • Family
From the beginning to the end this was a wonderful experience. My kids had never been on a horse ride before so we booked the beginner trail. The way Billy and his wife took their time to make my kids feel comfortable was amazing. They were very easy to talk to and definitely explained what we could and couldn’t do. Billy spoke throughout the ride giving the history of the area which was very interesting and my kids actually enjoyed hearing about it. I certainly will be going back for more when we are in the area again and highly recommend this for all!
Written November 21, 2018
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tcr00ks
Austin, TX6 contributions
Unbelievably RUDE people
Oct 2018 • Couples
After our trail ride being delayed a day because of the rain we arrived on time at the ranch. There was no sign to tell us where to go...nobody to greet us even though I had rung that morning to confirm the paths weren't too muddy. We finally found the right building after my husband spotted someone walking around near one of them. We walk over and weren't even greeted with a hello. Billy's wife (I assume she's his wife) shoved a liability form at us to sign and pointed out the sign on the barn dorm eliminating them from all responsibility if an injury occurred. She didn't even introduce herself or smile. Neither one of them smiled or introduced themselves in fact. Billy mockingly said to my husband "so you've never been on a horse before huh?" (as I'd told him on the phone that my husband was nervous because of this). My husband pointed out that he comes from inner city London where horse riding isn't exactly a given. Billy did nothing to put him at ease but instead commented on his accent. Neither one of these people made ANY effort to be friendly, have a conversation with us or put my husband or I at ease in any way. The wife especially was rude beyond belief and literally bordering on hostile. She practically yelled at me for forgetting to sign the back of the liability form. I'm not kidding. After about 10 minutes of this treatment (you'd have thought the horses would already be saddled up but NOPE) my husband and I thought "to hell with this". We weren't prepared to pay $80 to put up with this ridiculously hostile and rude attitude. So we got in our car, drove the hell out of there and I texted Billy how we felt and why we were leaving. No response was received nor was any apology given. I guess they don't care about losing business. NEVER have I experience people less customer service orientated and I'm 54 yrs old and have lived in many places throughout Europe and The United States, so trust me that's saying something.
Written October 4, 2018
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Beth G
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States59 contributions
Wonderful experience; do check in again a day or so before your ride
Apr 2018 • Couples
My partner and I did a beginner's ride with Billy. The horses were well-trained (they don't try to book it home when you hit the turn around), Billy shared lots of interesting info on the geology and history of the area, and the scenery was amazing. After meeting him at his barn to do the paperwork, he loaded the horses into a trailer and we followed him out to the trailhead. His ranch is huge, so he had multiple options, and can pick a destination based on the group's skill level.

We did a beginner's route that took us out to a series of mines/caves (about a 6-mile round trip), and he gave us a couple of flashlights and left us alone to explore. It's all pretty low-key. I'd love to come back and see a different part of the land.

A couple of notes:
- the horses ARE well-trained, but this is a cross-country ride and probably not suited to younger children unless they have experience with horses. We had no issues, but there are rattle snakes an other things in the brush that can spook a horse, and I don't think many youngsters would be able to keep control.
- it will likely be DUSty AF on the car ride to the trail head. Be prepared to have to hose off your vehicle afterwards.
- I would definitely call him again a day or so before your ride to verify your reservation. This is a very low-tech operation.
Written April 12, 2018
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jillfreshney
New York City, NY2 contributions
Fun and interesting ride
Feb 2018 • Couples
My husband and I did a trail ride with Billy and Jim. Both of us are very much beginner riders, and we were very happy with everything about our morning and felt totally safe at all times. Our horses were very well behaved and Billy gave us some basic instruction before we set off. Not only was the scenery beautiful but Billy has a wealth of knowledge about the area. If you're interested in learning about the history of the area as well as having a great ride this is perfect. We rode out to some old caves and mines and were able to explore for a while before heading back. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we'd highly recommend it to riders of all levels.
Written February 18, 2018
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Michelle F
17 contributions
New Year’s Day Trail ride
Jan 2018 • Family
Our trail ride was great. The horses are very well trained. The views of the mountains and playas were beautiful. We explored caves, saw a petroglyph and dinosaur prints, and learned about the ranch’s interesting history. Billy is a great guide and story teller. It was really nice of him to take us on a trail ride on New Year’s Day when everything is closed.
Written January 2, 2018
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zak clark
Berea, KY1 contribution
Corralitos Trail ride
Oct 2016 • Family
Was so enjoyable and relaxing great information on area and the views were breathtaking. I felt safe every minute great time. I will go again next time I am in N. M. and I am 65 so don't be afraid.
Written October 21, 2016
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Brent F
Edwardsville, IL212 contributions
Amazing Experience!!
May 2016 • Family
We initially picked this place because I had never been to New Mexico, and it was one of only two states I had not visited, and also because of the "realism" of an authentic experience. It was easily accessible, and we flew into El Paso and drove the hour north to this ranch. On the day we went, it was just my mother, myself, Billy (the cowboy proprietor of Corralitos Ranch) and his friend. Most trail rides they run are 6 people or less, because of the need to load the horses onto a trailer to get out to the trail ride location.

Billy begins by explaining some of the geology and history of the area before loading the horses onto the truck, and we followed him out in our rental car about 5mi north of the ranch. The ride is a slow walk through desert scrub brush. Lots of mesquite bushes, cacti, jackrabbits, prairie dogs, horny toads and other lizards along the path (no rattlesnakes the day we went, but they've been known to come across them). The trail ride goes three miles from the valley to a series of caves and old mines that we were given time to explore. I found these very intriguing, along with the old legends and lore about the BLM land (Bureau of Land Management). The whole ride lasts from about 10am until 2-2:30pm, but they have about 5 other trail rides they said they will take groups on depending on weather conditions, rider experience, etc.

I loved the fact that we were able to go in a small group, the authenticity of a real western experience, ease of getting to the ranch, and the pristine natural beauty of some of the loneliest country I've ever seen. The price was amazing too, only $40 per person for a several-hour ride! I highly recommend this experience.

**After your trail ride, be sure to have lunch in Old Town Hermosilla, NM, just a ten minute drive away!!
Written June 1, 2016
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