New Mexico Cabin Rentals
Affordable vacation log cabins, cottage, and guesthouse rentals at the headquarters of what once was a 120 year old heritage New Mexico working ranch are waiting for you at New Mexico Cabin Rentals. It all started around 1900 when the family of Joe Hooker journeyed from the East Coast to the wild west territory of New Mexico and began building a family ranch. While the Great Depression was in full swing, Joe made slow but steady progress, eventually putting together a ranch large enough that he could make a living raising Hereford cattle.
The majestic, rugged landscape of this area adjoining New Mexico Cabin Rentals & Mother Nature's Gila Wilderness is still relatively untouched. Most of the original ranch buildings and corrals are still being used today. Slowly, each one has received a loving refresh and repair, from new paint, to new roofs, windows, and corrals, all while maintaining as much of the original ranch appearance as possible. New Mexico Cabin Rentals offer you the opportunity to take a look inside at what once was- New Mexico ranching life, that now, is a pristinely preserved piece of natural beauty, a place remembered & available for you to enjoy through the cabin rentals with all the necessary amenities of the new world.
Marcus & Hollie who stayed for a month in September 2020 to get away from the hustle & bustle of the chaotic lifestyle in Houston, TX. have recently taken over the reigns from Alan and Debbie, the original owners and creators of this little piece of heaven for over 20yrs. Marcus a native to the UK and Hollie a native to Louisiana, resided in Houston for the last 10 years and simply fell in love with the mountains, nature, lifestyle, and the beauty of this enchanting wonderful place that we now call Home.
We cordially invite you to spend your New Mexico Vacation in the Southwest corner of our world - New Mexico Cabin Rentals!!!
Welcome To Our Humble Abode!!!
At New Mexico Cabin Rentals, you’ll discover some of the most incredible vistas God ever created!
At 4800ft, this part of Southwestern New Mexico encompasses the beautifully high desert terrain-some of the roughest, most remote, pristine, beautiful wilderness untapped land in the U.S. The terrain ranges from rugged mountains & deep canyons to mesas and semi-desert. Our private 360 acres include nearly two miles of Bear Creek, which feeds into the Gila River. Here, you'll find an extraordinary, privately protected riparian sanctuary-home to black hawks, golden eagles, falcons, hundreds of migratory & indigenous birds, as well as spectacular views with all kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat. Hikers & bikers will find challenging trails & climbing that the private (open to our guests only) Double E Ranch Trail offers, with spectacular views toward the Mogollon Mountains, the Gila National Forest, & the Gila Wilderness. New Mexico Cabin Rentals has one of the few private access points flowing directly into more than 3 million acres of State of NM, BLM, Gila National Forest, & Gila Wilderness area. Calling all star gazers, sunrise/sunset enthusiasts, rock hounders, geo cachers, photographers, horseback riders & animal lovers (we allow all animals); Using our log cabins, cottage, or guesthouse at New Mexico Cabin Rentals as your home/work base (Wifi is excellent ). The perks of this land, on this land, from the unfiltered night sky, to the fresh air, to the mountains high come from being so remote & virtually untouched by man, giving you a one of a kind experience, you have immediate access to some of the most exciting, pristine, and enchanting country land in much of the Southwest!!!
Legendary figures have frequented the area surrounding New Mexico Cabin Rentals.
Create your own legend and become one of them!
For centuries, legendary figures of Southwestern New Mexico have frequented what is now New Mexico Cabin Rentals, starting with the Mimbrenos Indians ( Mimbres People); Known for their exquisite black-on-white pottery with complex geometrical shapes, the Mimbrenos called the lands surrounding New Mexico Cabin Rentals- Home. If you have a keen eye, you can still see evidence of their existence here including: old home sites, broken remnants of their handiwork, arrowheads, petroglyphs & more. To learn even more about the Mimbrenos, visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, It is well worth the drive and makes a great day trip, spend a little time in Pinos Altos, & visit the museum at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. WNMU has one of the most beautiful and comprehensive Mimbres collection in the world, unparalleled, for the historian, student, teacher, researcher, and/or archeologists in all of us- this is a must see!
Read on to learn more about the legendary figures who have frequented the area surrounding New Mexico Cabin Rentals.
Your Hosts Marcus & Hollie
We want to invite you to come stay at our little piece of heaven, letting all the stresses of your day to day lives quickly slip away in this peaceful and serene environment. You can be as active as you want or just relax on the porch of your cabin, enjoy the sounds of nature only, and breathe in fresh air whilst recharging your body, mind, & soul.
WELCOME TO OUR HUMBLE ABODE!!!
Born in 1829 somewhere around the headwaters of the Gila River, Geronimo played an important part in America history. In 1853, the U.S. Government established the Gila Apache Indian Reservation, which included the land on which New Mexico Cabin Rentals now sits. But Geronimo, Mangas Coloradas, and Victorio formed a powerful union that resisted American expansion until Geronimo's surrender in late 1886. In 1878, the Apache Nation turned the grant back to the U.S. Government.
Local legend has it that Geronimo and his band stole some pretty good mares from surrounding ranches, killing the colts to keep them from following. A group of ranchers took chase, following the trail to the base of the mountains near Turkey Creek where they found a mare with her throat cut, still bleeding out. The ranchers decided right then the horses weren't worth THAT much after all! Everyone turned and headed back for home, and lived to see another day!
Henry McCarty (AKA Billy the Kid)
Believed to have been born in New York in 1859, Billy the Kid’s first arrest was in 1875 for stealing food. He quickly progress to stealing firearms, then murder, then cattle rustling, all before joining the Lincoln County war and becoming a “Regulator.” Although a vicious outlaw, his contemporaries described him as a "neat" dresser who favored an "unadorned Mexican sombrero." He was also reported to have been friendly and personable at times, and as lithe as a cat. His raids across Arizona and New Mexico brought him through the area that is now home to New Mexico Cabin Rentals and local lore believes one of his hideouts is here, hidden amongst the canyons. By the time he died, this Old West gunfighter was known to have killed eight men.
Henry McCarty 'aka" Billy the Kid was believed to move to Silver City around 13, the family lived in a modest cabin on Main Street. There are many historical reference to "The Kid" throughout the city and New Mexico. Follow in his hoof steps as you take The Billy The Kidd Scenic Byway.
Mildred Clark Cusey (AKA Madame Millie)
Orphaned at a young age, Millie moved to Southwest New Mexico to care for her infirmed sister. To support the two of them, Millie first worked as a “Harvey Girl” but soon learned that she could make more money turning tricks. The consummate entrepreneur, Millie traveled throughout the west opening restaurants, beauty parlors, bars and bordellos as she went. She is perhaps the first business woman to use a loyalty program, sending her “girls” out to stroll downtown streets with punch cards for “buy 10, get 1 free.” Eventually, she settled in Silver City, where she became an important part of the community, contributing heavily to local charities. Millie is buried at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Grant County and to this day, many of the local residents still tell her stories. If you visit Silver City during your stay at New Mexico Cabin Rentals, be sure to inquire about Madame Millie.
Ben Lilly (AKA Ol' Lilly)
Born in 1856, Ol’ Lilly was a mix between a transcendentalist spirit and an ardent Christian. He is often described as an unfathomable Southern wild character. He was a stern practitioner of simple living and outdoor freedom, roamed and hunted from Louisiana to Arizona and from Idaho to as far south as Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico, and was a subject of American folktales. He guided oiler W. H. McFadden and President Theodore Roosevelt in hunting expeditions, whom he intrigued and who wrote about him.
He was arguably the most prolific hunter of apex predators in the history of North American hunting and also the last active mountain man of the historical American Southwest. He was not a conservationist but made important contributions of fauna specimens and naturalistic observations to American institutions and museums. He was a contradictory character and his exploits have been consistently exaggerated to folktale proportions, and most records are oral, bona-fide, Americana transcripts. It was not unusual for Ol' Lilly to spend a few days at the Old Hooker Ranch, resting, story telling and resupplying.
Famous Ol’ Lilly Quotes:
- Anyone can kill a deer but it takes a man to kill a varmint. (By varmints he meant bears, mountain lions, and wolves.)
- Property is a handicap to man.
- I never saw a man with his face shaved clean until I was a big boy. When I saw him I thought he was a dead man.... walking about, and I was mighty scared.