Awe Inspiring Scenery, Wildlife and Ancient Ruins
Hidden in an unexpectedly lush valley along Bear Creek tucked at the southwest edge of the legendary Gila National Forest hiking, horseback riding or nature enthusiasts will find the headquarters for the Double E Ranch and New Mexico Cabin Rentals, the gateway to 3 million acres. To preserve this mostly untouched, pristine and natural paradise, in 2014 the Double E Ranch sold 5800 acres to the New Mexico Game and Fish. Now, the NMGF is in the process of finalizing the Double E Ranch Management Plan to include public access to this stunning property through its GAIN (Gaining Access Into Nature) Program continuing to make it possible for everyone to experience this stunning area of southwest New Mexico.
Bear Creek flows through Double E Ranch from its headwaters in Pinos Altos providing a diverse riparian eco-system offering sanctuary to some 225 native and migratory birds and 159 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The 5800 acres of Double E Ranch is truly unique.
Mild Weather in Every Season, Plenty of Sunshine!
Double E Ranch is home to some of the most spectacularly beautiful and geologically diverse lands in New Mexico. Exceptionally mild weather in every season, compared to most parts of the country, with nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, the opportunities for exciting hiking adventures, exceptionally dark, clear skies to enjoy star gazing, bird watching, wildlife viewing (sometimes up close!) or simply surrounding yourself with Nature's renewing energy are unlimited.
In addition, the prehistoric Mimbreño People built settlements along Bear Creek Canyon at Double E Ranch and the surrounding canyons. Their culture is said to span a period of nearly 6,000 years. What happened to them is unclear. As with other southwest populations, prolonged drought or assimilation could have contributed to their disappearance. Settlements and sacred sites belonging to the Apaches and early Homestead sites can also be found. Eight of these sites are considered culturally significant.