Come relax and play at a beautiful recreational retreat on 186 gorgeous acres in northern New Mexico. The spacious villa sits on a mountain ridge, surrounded by pine and juniper forest, that overlooks a valley of pastures and a natural lake. Enjoy spectacular sunrises on the huge wrap around porch while getting your day started with a warm cup of coffee or tea and watching the horses graze. The villa, apartment, and all 186 acres are exclusive for you to enjoy with your reservation.
There are five splendid bedrooms in the main villa with comfortable beds, plenty of space, and artwork abounds. There is also an apartment, which has its own kitchen, next to the meeting hall and the entire property is available for your booking. The ranch is ideal for large groups and we frequently accommodate twenty or more people.
Leaping Deer Ranch has a wonderful 1600 square foot event hall. It comes equipped with tables and chairs that can accommodate up to sixty people. The event hall has been used for wedding receptions and ceremonies, corporate retreats, and yoga retreats. The hall has its own kitchen and restroom. Use of the hall is not included in reservation through Airbnb. It is a great space for so many events.
The kitchen is amazing and fully equipped. It an abundance of granite countertop space and a large island. You’ll be able to fit all the cooks in your party in the kitchen to make huge meals and entertain everyone. There are two dishwashers, a wine and beer fridge, a paella pan, vita mix, six burner stove, stocked coffee and tea bar, and a breakfast nook in the kitchen.
The Great room is fantastic, it has a beautiful tiled wood fireplace, oriental rugs, soaring ceilings, lots of seating, and wonderful arched windows to let in the moonlight or watch the stars. Adjoining the Great room is a large dining room that can be configured to seat large groups to dine. The dining room has its own gas custom tiled fireplace.
There is a large barbeque grill on the garden patio. The front garden has a magnificent iron horse statue, Paco by Siri Hollander. Paco stands watch over the valley amidst an aspen grove, wild rose bushes, stalks of mullen, and our new orchard of fruit trees. In the front garden, there is a bonfire pit area that is surrounded by stone benches. When weather conditions are favorable the staff can be available to assist in preparation and starting of a bonfire. There are very low levels of light pollution at Leaping Deer Ranch, so be sure to plan to do some star gazing during your stay. The night skies here are one of our very favorite features of the Ranch.
The vegetable garden is also host to our flock of chickens, who are responsible for patrolling the area for insects. Our guests are invited to select their own fresh eggs (starting in July 2018) from the chicken coop.
We rescued Athena, Ginger, Cheyenne, and Misty (our four quarter horses) from a destiny at the slaughterhouse in 2009. They have been out to pasture at Leaping Deer Ranch ever since. They are super spoiled and have a great life. They love to meet guests to ranch. Ginger is a bit shy. The horses like to spend most of the day near the lake. Feel free to go for a walk through the fields to meet the horses and bring them some treats. Note: the horses don’t like dogs, don’t bring your dogs to meet the horses.
Dogs are welcome at Leaping Deer Ranch. There are so welcome that we build an awesome dog park for them. In fact, Doggingham Palace looks more like a fort than just your average run of the mill dog park. Bring your canines and they can play with the ranch dogs in the Doggingham Palace, running amok in the sagebrush and pine trees.
We have an extensive art collection at the ranch. There are 27 fiber art pieces on display throughout the villa. The pieces are extraordinarily intricate and constitute one of the largest private collections of fiber art in the country.
The property has previously been used for modeling shoots, television series sets, and even for a custom vehicle calendar photo shoot. It is truly beautiful at Leaping Deer Ranch so be sure to bring your best cameras because you’ll get some magnificent images. From the expansive wrap around porch, you can look across the valley and see the wagon wheel rut trails from when the Santa Fe trail route passed through the area 170 years ago.
Guests are welcome to hike and explore the property, visit with the horses, and enjoy the natural beauty and energy that our land has blessed us with. There are many species of birds, wildflowers, hummingbirds, butterflies, insects, mushrooms, deer, elk, foxes, coyotes, and even an occasional sighting of a bobcat on the property. Be careful bouldering up the ridge as many of the rocks are loose. There is a small cave on the north side of the ridge, go explore and see if you can locate it. A lot of people like to climb up on the rocks and find a spot to meditate.