For activities, consider Vermejo its own private back-to-nature old-school national park. Leave the zip-lining and bungee jumping for another trip. Here, the ranch’s team works with each guest to carve out the perfect itinerary for everything you’d want to experience during your visit. There are 19 lakes and over 30 miles of streams for fishing, which you can explore on your own or arrange for a fishing guide. There are numerous hiking paths for all skill-levels, both guided and self-guided, and a “4 Peaks in Five Days” adventure for the truly dedicated. Horseback riding for beginners is available, or more advanced High Country riding for a richer experience. A wide range of shooting sports include archery (with 3-D targets), shotguns (five-stand and wobble deck) and rifles. Mountain biking allows you to take advantage of stunning views, just be prepared to take some time to get used to pedaling at high elevation.
There are also programs that let you experience the heart of Vermejo’s conservation missions, such as the Guided Bison Expedition, Guided Wildlife Tour and Riverbank Restoration Tour. Your guide will explain how their programs have benefited the wildlife while you keep your eyes peeled to get that perfect photograph. You can even improve your shutter skills at one of Vermejo’s seasonal photography workshops.
For most guests, dining will be in the main lodge where Executive Chef Giovanni Lanzante oversees the resorts’s American-style menu, with many game dishes and local produce. Craft cocktails, beer and wine, are always a pleasure to sip after a long day of activities on the long porch, watching the sunset and some passing herds. Multi-course wine dinners, cooking classes, cookouts, barbecues and a lakeside campfire “Cowboy Breakfast” can also be arranged.
Getting there: Vermejo, A Ted Turner Reserve is located in Raton, New Mexico. Closest airports are Denver International (DEN), Colorado Springs (COS) and Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). See their website for up-to-date prices, seasonal activities and COVID-19 policies.