JX Cattle Co. LLC
vacation @ jxranch.com
(without the spaces)
March 24, 2011
you so much for a wonderful three-day getaway. I am simply awestruck by the
beauty of the JX Ranch. The horses and the riding was fantastic, and your
hospitality was, well, so warm and welcoming that you can count on me coming
back. Thanks so much for everything!"
"My sister and my
daughter and I spent many hours on the computer
researching "dude ranches". We found that
most of the ranches were not our idea of how we
wanted to spend spring break - we wanted the
"true cowboy experience". We finally found
the JX Ranch website and our decision was made! From
the time we drove down the long ranch road to start
our vacation until we drove down the long ranch road
ending our vacation, our experience was everything
we could have hoped for! From the bunkhouse to
learning how to saddle, to the wonderful scenery,
cattle round-ups, delicious suppers, awesome horses,
branding, it has truly been a wonderful experience.
Most of all our hosts Mimi and Tom, you life a hard
but wonderful life out here fulfilling your dreams
and you have made our dream come true and we thank
|The JX Ranch is a 7,000-acres working cattle ranch and guest ranch, not a "dude ranch", located in northeastern New Mexico at an altitude ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 feet. The JX Ranch Headquarters sits in the shadow of the Caprock, a steep escarpment that runs through the ranch. JX Ranch is owned and operated by the two of us, Tom and Mimi Sidwell and we have no hired wranglers, cook or other staff. About 160 Texas Longhorn cows and their Charolais-cross calves graze on this ranch. Every morning we ride out to check on the cattle, watch for new calves being born, or move them to new pastures when scheduled. The calves never receive any antibiotics, hormones or insecticides, and are eventually sold as dry-aged, natural free-range beef to customers throughout the United States. During the summer months we take up to five guests at a time, with some riding experience, who want to experience life on a cattle ranch. When the cabin is not occupied by guests, it is available for daily rental (2 nights minimum) for birding, wildlife photography, hiking, or just to get away from it all!|
We welcome guests starting around March 1 until end of May, and again from beginning of September till end of October. During the hotter summer months of June, July and August we will accept groups of three to five people.
We ride in the mornings to check the cattle. This usually takes anywhere from three to five hours of riding. Our cows start calving end of February, and as we ride through the herd, we check for new-born calves. This is fun time, to see these rambunctious little baby calves run and play, discovering their new world and surrounding. We also check the waters, fences etc. If it's time to move the cattle, you help gather and drive the cattle to a new pasture. Our holistic grazing practices put emphasis on giving the plants long rest periods before being briefly grazed again. This promotes plan vigor and healthy range lands. Therefore, we move cattle frequently. When most of the calves are born, we brand and vaccinate the calves.
Sometime during the fall, usually towards the end of October, we gather up the cattle, sort of the calves and wean them off their mommas. Spring and fall are busy times, with sometimes long hours in the saddle. We do a fair amount of trotting and it is therefore important that you have reasonable riding experience and can post or stand at a trot.
In the afternoons we tend to have a dozen ranch chores to do - anything from fixing or building fences, to putting out salt and mineral for the cattle and wildlife, or anything else that may come along. You are more than welcome to join us and lend a helping hand. You may elect to take a drive in the afternoon to nearby Ute and Conchas Lakes, with boating, fishing and swimming, especially during the hotter months June, July and August. Although this is strictly ranch country, there are a few sites to visit in an afternoon in the area. There may be a local rodeo or ranch rodeo to take in.
The cozy bunkhouse is the old homestead, dating back to the early 1900. It sits nestled among the cedar and juniper below the Caprock, and is part of the JX Ranch Headquarters. It can accommodate up to 5 guests; it has 2 separate rooms with 2 beds in one room and 3 in the other, and each room has its own kitchen and bathroom. The 2 rooms have a connecting door which allows for a group of 3 or 5 guests to be together. We take a maximum of 5 guests.
We are flexible - you decide what day of the week to arrive and to leave. Our only requirements are that you are in reasonably good physical shape and don't weight over 230lb, have some riding experience and stay a minimum of 3 nights. Contact us if you want to bring your own horses.
welcome - children 6 - 12 get 25% off the regular price. All
returning Guests automatically get a 10% discount.
the JX Ranch is a cattle ranch and not a dude ranch, we do require that
you have some riding experience and can post or
stand at a trot. We do not ride nose to tail, but
spread out when the terrain allows and you need to be able to handle your horse. The terrain can be rough and steep in places.
Our horses are gentle working ranch horses, but they are not dude
horses. We recommend that you are reasonably physically fit
and getting some riding in before coming would make you more comfortable
in the saddle.
|Foreign Guests may like to know that between the two of us, we speak French, German, Swedish, and some Spanish too! For a German or French abbreviated version, please click on flag!|
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