I was at Geronimo for the same week in early November as the reviewer, Slorben. It was my third guest ranch vacation in three years. When people ask what I like about guest ranch vacations, I answer that I ride for the scenery and the sense of being way out in the great, peaceful outdoors; getting to places you can't see from a car or even on foot unless you've got a lot of time and inclination for strenuous hiking. Geronimo satisfied that urge better than my previous ranches and I thought they were great at the time. We rode to high overlooks, down through narrow canyons, in mountain meadows, across warm spring-fed streams; sometimes all on one ride. Sometimes, we were on no discernable trail at all. As Slorben said, we could ride side-by-side where the terrain allowed and were free to change riding order or stretch out the line whenever we wanted. If we got too strung out, those in front would stop and wait til we bunched up again. It was more like riding with famiy and friends than a business.
My cabin was adequate, the bed comfortable. The food was very good, varied and plentiful, very plentiful. Evening and free-time entertainment was low-key, the sort I might enjoy with a group of friends; nothng fancy or extravagant; and I was free to take a book and go off by myself anytime I wanted. My gracious hosts and the wonderful staff obviously took seriously their goal of making sure all of their guests have wonderful memories to take home. All in all, a fantastic relaxing time spent way out in the beautiful back of beyond.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a real western adventure! Horseback riding or hiking takes guests through open meadows, tall ponderosa forests, up on high hills where the views go on forever, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. From the "Top of the World" guests can view the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, Aldo Leopold and Gila Wildernesses. Elk, mule deer, wild turkey, javelina and other wildlife abound. Pit houses, Cliff Dwellings, and Pictographs (rock art) of the earliest inhabitants, the Mimbres (750-1150 AD) to explore in the immediate vicinity. This is the land Geronimo and the Apaches roamed. Outstanding gentle and responsive horses for every ability. Comfortable, attractive accommodations, warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere, great food. Come enjoy the peace and quiet at our small ranch! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch Hotel Winston