Love this shot provided by Carol Grosvenor, showing her horses's mane flowing into the picturesque landscape at Gillespie Ranch. The ranch is located in the southern Sacramento Mountains just east of Cloudcroft.

Photo provided by Lin Sutherland

Address: Gillespie Ranch, P.O. Box 14, Mayhill, NM, 88339 (location: 562 Walker Canyon Road Mayhill, NM, 88339)

Contact: Kent & Susan Gillespie (575)687-3732

Directions:Head towards Mayhill, New Mexico from wherever you are – picking up Hwy 82. 1-1/2 miles east of Mayhill, off Hwy 82, look for road #607, aka Carr Gap Road. Turn north on Carr Gap Road (the only way you can go) for 3.5 miles to Walker Canyon Road. Go west on Walker Canyon Road for about 1.5 miles until you see the Gillespie Ranch sign and entrance. It is on the left, just before the second cattle guard. The ranch entrance has recently been widened and provides an easy access for big rigs. Follow the lane down to the right turn up to the campground. Give them a call when you turn onto Carr Gap Road – your cell phone may not work much further than that.

Camping: Equestrian camping is allowed!

Carol Grosvenor at Gillespie Ranch.

Facilities: 12 RV water and electric hookups (30, 50, and 110 amp.), individual sewer hookups, picnic tables, 12 covered 15 by 15 pipe stalls to include a 25 gallon water bucket for each stall, and a large hay barn.  There is also a cozy cabin which easily sleeps four available to rent. A round pen and roping arena is also available.

Cost: Check with Kent and Susan for their current rates.

Mileage: Miles of trails, the exact amount is unknown at this time.

Map: Be sure to ask Kent or Susan for a map of the trails.

Dogs: Dogs are allowed at the ranch but need to be kept on a leash.  No pets are allowed inside the cabin.

Hunting: Allowed

Terrain: The terrain is diverse; mostly dirt to few rocks in the low canyons and rocky to steep trails in the mountains.

Trail users: Trails are used by equestrians, hikers, bikers, and ATVs.

Cell Phone: The cell phone coverage at the ranch is poor.

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