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Gila, New Mexico-Land of Enchantment

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

The Gila River Valley offers abundant vistas, wildlife, peace and tranquility.

The Gatehouse at Bearpaw Ranch is perfect for a small family or couple. It is a handmade log cabin with high ceilings and lots of light! There is a cute sleeping loft with a trundle bed and it has a fenced yard It is a short walk down to one of our 4 ponds, with the Gila River just beyond that.

Ideal for hiking, hunting and fishing, Bearpaw Ranch is also close to Bill Evans fishing lake and a short drive up to the Gila wilderness. Our property lies on the Gila River and you will have complete access.

We have a large barn and fenced field if you are bringing your horses. Ideal for hunting in the fall and winter. The wilderness begins a few miles up the road. Perfect for hiking and climbing, and bird-watching. There is a wild-bird preserve just a few miles south of us. Of course the bosque here on the property affords great access to spotting numerous bird species.

Silver City is 30 miles to the south and has many art galleries and restaurants. Bearpaw Ranch is a great place to stay during the Blues Festival, the World Class bicycle races, or the Wild West Rodeo. The hotels in Silver City fill up, but you can take the short drive out to the Gila and rest in the quiet and peace, refueling for another fun time enjoying Silver City's great events.

In the mountains north of Silver City you can visit the old western town of Pinos Altos, and continue up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. A visit to the copper mines is also a must, with a stop at Lake Roberts on the way!

To the northwest of us is historic Mogollon with its art gallery, antique shop, and museum. Near Mogollon is the little village of Glenwood, with the state fish hatchery and the famous Catwalk. The Catwalk is a favorite hiking spot with a lovely picnic area.

The night sky offers a magnificent and unequaled view of millions of stars, planets and the Milky Way in all of it's glory. New Mexico values our dark night skies and a quick google map search will reveal that Gila is by far one of the darkest places in our country. If you have never known (or knew but its been a long time) what it is to be able to stroll in the starlight, you really must come visit.

There is plenty to do in the area, but many folks find that they are content to walk around the property, visit our horses, watch our ducks swim around in the pond, or just sit and listen to the quiet. This is a perfect retreat if you just want to get away...far away from the rat race. This is real out-west country living.

Keywords: Cabin, horseback, astronomy, stars, Gila, wilderness, birdwatching

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About The Owner

Hi there! I am Rose and I have lived here for 34 years. This is a small ranch and we have horses, mules, and a few head of Longhorn cattle. We raise heritage breeds poultry including chickens, ducks, turkeys, and peafowl. We have a large garden and fields in which we grow vegetables and feed for the animals. We believe in healthy eating and grow all of our produce using organic methods. Our livestock all live cage-free and free-range. No coops or corrals for our critters! We gladly share farm fresh eggs with our guests, and you might find that they are the best eggs you ever ate!

As an antique nut, I have collected too many articles to fit in my old house. Bottles, mining tools, old dishes, stoves, tools, tins, crocks....etc So, I had a building built to look like an old west store and you are welcome to go in and look at my collection. I call it the 'old store'...but it is really just a place to house my dust collectors. It's fun!

I have raised my children in this small community, but now they are all grown, and I have room to share! The Cliff/Gila community is an eclectic mix of folks who love the Gila. There is one little gas station, a library, a Senior Citizen Center, a small farmers market/co-op, a school, and a few churches. The Community Center has tennis courts and a basketball court along with swings for the children. This is a wonderful community to live in, and I am happy to share it with my guests.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1982

Why The Owner chose Gila

I have lived on this property for 36 years. I'm a New Mexico native and grew up in Albuquerque. I moved here because I fell in love with the Gila River Valley. The Gatehouse cabin was not here when we purchased the property. It came later as a 'mother-in-law' house. She didn't take well to how isolated we were and did not stay, so I decided to rent it as a vacation rental just about 12 years ago. We had built a similar cabin down on the Big Pond and added it to the ranch rentals 8 years ago.

10 years ago I purchased the property next door and that is how I acquired the Lanehouse and the Stewart House.

I have been so happy to be able to share this wonderful place with so many travelers. I have met great folks from all over the US, Canada and even some from Europe.

What makes this cabin unique

Our property straddles the Gila River with complete access to the river. We also have 4 small ponds and our guests are free to wander about the property and enjoy the river and ponds along with the bosque they create in a very private setting. Many dog-owners love staying here because it is a time when their city dogs can really feel what it is to be free and unleashed!

We are on the edge of the Turkey Creek entry into the Gila Wilderness and many hikers love staying here because of the access to many great hiking and birding spots. We are also right between Glenwood and Silver City. A handy central location if you are hiking AND enjoying the museums, galleries and eateries of Silver City.

I think the one important thing that my guests have told me they love the most is the peace and quiet. We live and work here and sometimes we are cultivating, cutting wood, making repairs, and in general just working...doing all the things that are demanded on a small farm and ranch. But, people still feel a sense of peace. We go about our business and our guests must just feel like they are part of the ranch. It is an easy feeling here that is unique and most everyone comments on it. There are no outside lights so at night it is really dark and you can see the moon and the stars in all their glory.

There is abundant wildlife. You are likely to see fox, raccoons, javalina, coyotes, rabbits and lizards, and many species of birds. All of this wildlife and quiet, yet we are just 2 or 3 minutes off of the road. You can't see or hear the road from the cabin, but it is easy to get into and out of our little ranch and the paved highway leads right to the little village of Gila just 3 miles down the road.

It is a slower pace. It is less rules, more freedom. It is the desert southwest in the Land of Enchantment. I find that it is hard to explain. But, when you come...you will feel it.

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Gila

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has a shower/tub
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed downstairs in the bedroom. , Two Single Beds in the sleeping loft. The loft is accessible by ladder and is not appropriate for very young children, or the elderly, or those with special needs.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
Notes:
Large fenced yard and covered and lockable kennel for dogs, Barn and stables available for horses

Reviews

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Gila, New Mexico-Land of Enchantment
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

STARS...STARS...STARS!

  • 5 of 5

I am amateur astronomer and my husband and i travel frequently to dark sky locations where I can indulge in my hobby, and he can indulge in his photography hobby. The Bear Paw ranch is a very remote, serene working ranch, surrounded by mountains and valleys. We stayed in the Gatehouse, one of 4 cabins on the ranch. The Gatehouse is a rustic, cozy, extremely clean and well thought out log cabin. Lots of privacy, as the main house and other cabins are down the road a bit. We had everything we needed. The hosts were super friendly and helpful, yet unobtrusive. Guests have access to the whole ranch to walk and explore, and in my case, set up telescopes for nights under the amazing stars. The fenced yard surrounding the Gatehouse is large, and our dog was in heaven walking all around exploring off leash. We all had a wonderful, relaxing time and we will be back!

  • Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you and thanks for the wonderful review! It really is rewarding to hear when our guests are happy. Having guests like you make hosting the joy that it is. We can’t take credit for our amazing skies, but we’re super glad you loved them!! You’re welcome back any time. Hoping it’s soon!!!!
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5

Lovely people, beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Rose is a wonderful host and knows all there is to know about the area. We look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A place to relax, explore and experence SW New Mexico

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable cabin with everything you need to have a great stay in Gila, NM. Explore the ranch at your leisure. Walk to the river, check out the pastures and old adobe cabin along with all the old farm equipment. Silver City is a short drive away and worth a visit or two. The landscape of this geographic area of the Gila Forest and Wilderness is beautiful. Will definitely be going back. Rose, thank you for the enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful and beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful area. Cabin was good fit for three of us. Rose and Sherry were very kind and helpful. Good place to explore and rest!

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Extremely spacious, clean and well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the bear paw Ranch. The Lane house was very spacious, clean, and comfortable. It had everything we needed and then some. Rose is a very gracious host. The peace and quiet was awesome. Very relaxing. Would definitely stay there again

  • Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place for R&R

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful host, great property with plenty of elbow room. The cabin itself is a lovely piece of craftsmanship and was very comfortable for our group of 2 adults and 2 kids. Recommend to take the short uphill walk to view the scenery around the shnset/sunrise. The drive up past the end of the pavement also yields spectacular virwa. River swim/Wade also great on a hot day.

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Tucson or El Paso 3+hrs Albuq or Phoenix 6+hrs
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Last Chance Liquor has package
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Silver City
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Amtrac stops at Deming NM
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hwy 180W
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Tammy's Cafe in Cliff
Car: necessary

We are located just a few miles from the Gila Wilderness. Our property straddles the Gila River and the bosque is delightful for bird-watching. You will enjoy walking about the property and watching the wildlife on and around our 4 ponds. You will have complete access to the river and you can enjoy the hiking, rafting and bird-watching that the river and its habitat provide. In addition, ours is a premier location for star-gazing. New Mexico is the only state in the union with night light legislation and Gila is one of the darkest places in the country. The property has a large flat hill that is a premium spot for night sky observation and we have hosted several amateur astronomers over the years. Bearpaw Ranch also has barns and fenced fields for horses and is an excellent place to stay with your horses. Bearpaw Ranch is perfectly situated for exploring the area. A short drive up Turkey Creek Road and you are in unspoiled wilderness. 30 miles north is Glenwood and Mogollon, both great destinations for exploring small town and ghost towns of the desert southwest. 30 miles south and east is the popular Silver City with her museums, galleries, and excellent eateries. Beyond Silver City is the Gila Cliff Dwellings (a MUST SEE), along with the old mining town Pinos Altos and Lake Roberts. Most of the nearby day trips are an easy 30 minutes from Bearpaw Ranch. Then you come home to your cabin to peace and quiet where you can stroll around the property and unwind. Or just sit on the porch and listen to the country sounds.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Gila

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Independence Day
Jul 2 2018 - Jul 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2018 - Dec 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
New Year
Dec 28 2018 - Jan 2 2019
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
Easter
Apr 19 2019 - Apr 22 2019
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
Memorial Day
May 24 2019 - May 27 2019
3 night minimum stay
C$139
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
C$125
C$753
C$1,452
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$6.6 + Tax

There are no minimum nights but there is a $50 cleaning fee on all one night visits payable in cash at arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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