Cottage Bunkhouse at Double E Ranch in Sunny Gila New Mexico
Gila, New Mexico, United States 88038
Perfect for long or short term vacation, with excellent bird watching, hiking, and star gazing opportunities - or, bring your own horse and ride! Consider spending a weekend or a week in a true New Mexico ranch bunkhouse Cottage. Near the Gila National Forest, Wilderness Area and Gila River the "Rio Lobo" Cottage is a gently upgraded vintage 1940's cowboy bunkhouse making it easy for you to explore all that southwest New Mexico has to offer from the comfort of this fully furnished, original ranch bunkhouse. This historic cabin is situated at the headquarters of the Double E Ranch in a surprising hidden valley just a few miles from the Village of Gila NM. Adjacent to nearly 3 million acres of public lands, you are invited to take a peak at what early ranching life was like in the rural southwest, Grant County New Mexico. Comfortably furnished and complete with its own full sized washer/dryer, you'll have all the comforts of home.
The Rio Lobo Cottage is the original bunkhouse used by those cowboys who worked this 130 year old historic southwestern ranch. At nearly 5,000 feet elevation, this lovingly restored, cozy, 1-bedroom "Rio Lobo" Cottage offers milder weather in every season, 300 days of New Mexico sunshine and clear, dark New Mexico skies made for star gazing.
Centrally located at New Mexico Cabin Rentals, the Rio Lobo Cottage is a 950 square foot rental with plenty of 'old west' feel. Perfect for savoring your first cup of coffee in the morning, reading a book while enjoying the afternoon breeze, or relaxing with a refreshing beverage after a day of exploring.
If you listen carefully, you may still hear the "ca-chink, ca-chink" of well-used spurs and boots that once walked these same hardwood floors. The Rio Lobo Cottage offers lots of living space so it really lends itself to an extended vacation. The kitchen features full-sized appliances, including a dishwasher, and an adjacent dining area, so you can cook-in as much as you’d like, saving you the hassle and expense of dining out. The completely remodeled bathroom comes with large bathtub/shower, and a conveniently located private washer/dryer. Pack as light as you want – you won’t run out of clean clothes!
Decorated with vintage Western Cowboy art and framed Western romance paperbacks from 1920 through 1950s, including those of Louis L’Amour and Max Brand. Meticulously handcrafted 70 year old maple hutch, coffee and tables, the spacious living room is reminiscent of times gone-by. But don’t let the nostalgia fool you; when you aren’t exploring New Mexico Cabin Rentals’ 360 acres of unspoiled nature, or expanding your day trips to include Silver City or beyond, you will still find time to relax, decompress and feel the quiet.
The "Rio Lobo" Cottage bedroom is furnished with handcrafted, maple dresser and headboard. Whether you’ve spent the day hiking, birding, reading, or riding, you’ll find sleep comes easily as you are lulled by the quiet sounds of the high desert nights, snuggled beneath luxurious cotton sheets on your queen sized bed.
The "Rio Lobo" Cottage is ideal for all seasons, with air conditioning and gas heat fireplace. FYI, because of our remote location, you may not have cell service at your cabin. If your cell carrier is Verizon, and your phone wi-fi capable, you will be able to make cell phone calls using wi-fi.
The Rio Lobo is the original old bunkhouse and is located near the paddocks of the Double E Ranch so you’ll often find horses grazing and playing in your backyard. The cowboys who once made Rio Lobo their home didn't have far to walk to lasso their horses for the days' ride. If you venture out a little further, you’ll be amazed by the scenery and the wildlife. Jackrabbits, havelinas, roadrunners and hundreds of native and migratory birds are pretty common fare within the compound but once you cross Bear Creek, it wouldn’t be uncommon to spot Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, wild turkey, black hawks, golden eagles or even the occasional bear off in the distance.
At New Mexico Cabin Rentals, you can participate in a wide-variety of free-flowing activities , including hiking, birding, rock hounding, photography, stargazing, archaeology and maybe some mountain biking. Explore the hill sides along Bear Creek for the remnants of the Ancient Ones - the Mimbres Indians whose famous red/ black pottery shards can still be found, as well as arrow heads and or other hand made tools. The trail riding is spectacular. The horse is the original 4x4. And, if you’d like to consider bringing your own horse, we’ve got self-care pens and a 300’ x 250’ enclosed arena. Or you can arrange for an equine rental if you let us know in advance. Call for more information about the horseback riding experiences that are available and the associated pricing.
If you want to experience more of what the Land of Enchantment has to offer, you can hike the Double E Ranch Trail, our direct private access to nearly 3 million acres of public lands (New Mexico State Land, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service) where you can rock hound and explore Native ruins or just enjoy the spectacular vistas in every direction, for miles and miles - seeing all the way to the Arizona Border!!
Information on some of our best local attractions, art galleries, museums, restaurants, and annual events and activities such as Tour de Gila Bike Race, the Wild, Wild West Pro-Rodeo and Silver City Blues Festival are included in your cabin Information Booklet and can also be found on the ‘Area Attractions’ page of our website.
Additional Location Information
Away From It All
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Deck / Patio / Balcony
Dishes & Utensils
Extra Pillows and Blankets
First Aid Kit
Has Other Pet
Iron & Board
Long-Term Renters Welcome
Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Private Living Room
Sports & Activities
Step-free access to Bathroom
Step-free access to Bedroom
Step-free access to Common Areas
Step-free Access to Home
Bicycles for Rent in Silver City NM
Borders 25 Sq Miles of Public Lands
Bring Your Own Horses!
Cabin for Rent with Kitchen
City of Rocks
Covered Cabin Deck
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Hot Springs
Gila National Forest
Health Food Co-op
Near Silver City
Near Silver City NM
Private Riparian Area
Riparian Area along Bear Creek
Rocking Chairs on Deck
Silver City Blues Festival
Southwest New Mexico
The Catwalk in Glenwood NM
Tour of the Gila Bicycle Race
Tour the Gila Bicycle Race
Washer/Dryer On Site
Western New Mexico University
Winery Tours in Area
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|Standard Rate||$85 / night||$85 / night||$500 / week||$1050 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Seasonal RateJan 16 2019 - Jan 31 2019||$79 / night||$79 / night||$450 / week||$1070 / month||3 nights||N/A|
|2019-2020 Winter RatesOct 31 2019 - Apr 01 2020||$90 / night||$90 / night||$560 / week||$1200 / month||N/A||N/A|
If you stay once, you'll want to go again or stay longer!
We appreciate you choosing to stay in the Rio Lobo Cottage. It was our pleasure sharing our corner of the world with you and Patrick!
Thanks for a wonderful stay!
The Rio Lobo Bunkhouse is a charming and comfortable place that has great amenities. The screened in porch is the perfect place or enjoying morning coffee or evening tea while listening to the cicadas, frogs and birds. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!
Thank you for being so thoughtful! We sincerely appreciate your visit! Hope we see you again, one day soon! -- Debbie
Authentic Feel, Great Surroundings!
The cabin had everything we needed. It was quaint, in a great location and so quiet. We were visiting Silver City, which was about 30 miles away. Next time we come out we’ll visit the cliff dwellings. We are already planning to come back next year.
Thank you Brian. We sincerely appreciate your positive feedback. We're looking forward to your next visit!
Debbie, we had a wonderful time! It was the perfect quiet and quaint little get a way. We plan on returning in the future. Thank you!
Peaceful, rested and relaxed. A perfect vacation get-a-way from the stress of a high pressure job. Loved the natural setting. Cottage very cozy.
Thank you so much for a delightful visit! I love the place (!) and hope to return. Have a wonderful Spring!
Guy - We sincerely appreciate your visit. Gracious, considerate and two of the sweetest dogs! Thanks, too, for leaving the cabin so clean and tidy. We truly hope to see you again, one day.
We loved this bunkhouse Cottage! The bed was extremely comfortable, all the rooms are large and open. Having our own washer/dryer was so convenient. We had everything we needed to feel completely at home and enjoy exploring the Gila area. Having the screened porch was a real bonus with comfy rockers.
We sincerely appreciated your visit and completely enjoyed hosting you. Perfect guests! Hope you plan another winter away from snow again, next year!
Thanks for your great hospitality! It was fantastic to be able to get away to warmer weather, bring my own horses, use your horse facilities, and explore such beautiful country. The weather was unbelievably perfect - winter...60-70F...sunshine! Your staff was always willing to assist, offer suggestions and made sure I was completely taken care of. Traveling single, I felt welcome, completely comfortable in my Cottage.
Enjoyed our Stay in the Bunk House!
We enjoyed our stay in the Bunk House! It was especially n ice to be able to see the horses right out the kitchen window and to be able to go out and love them! The young one is such a nuzzler! Thanks for making accommodations for us!
Really Enjoyed Our Stay
“My Husband and I really enjoyed our stay. We live in AZ and were pleasantly surprised by the area. The cabin and property were better than expected. The cabin was clean and comfortable. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone who wants to get away from the city.”
Space, Comfort and a Southwestern Feel
Tim and I spent a Memorial Day in 2016 in the Hideout Cabin at New Mexico Cabin Rental. This time, we were lucky enough to be the first guests booked into the Rio Lobo Bunkhouse. The weather perfect (78F), the night were clear and star filled. There is so much authentic atmosphere inside the cabin, comfort, space to spread out and really relax. The bed was sooooo comfortable! Having the washer/dryer inside the cabin was a real plus. Extra large refrigerator/freezer would make it easy to plan an extended stay. Debbie and Alan have made every effort to fill the cabin with anything and everything you need to spend a relaxing weekend or a month or more! We grilled in the evening - they provided the grill, charcoal and fluid. Being so close to the horses (and young foal and mare) was a real joy to watch. We loved it and plan to return this time next year!
Thanks Tim and Luz. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to be so flexible and glad to hear you enjoyed the Rio Lobo Guesthouse. We look forward to your visit next year! Debbie