In August 2017 we began having what we called a ‘Regulator’ ride and campout week. It has become an annual event! It is a 5 day event, arriving Sunday afternoon, and departing Friday. Some of the country we will be riding in could have steep and rugged terrain with some challenging moments. This is not a trail ride, we will be “exploring” horseback through historic ranch country of Lincoln County. Probably not a good fit for beginner riders or riders who expect a completely controlled environment.
We will have a beautiful camp spot near Lincoln, in Billy the Kid country. We will spend our time exploring this area horseback, as well as visiting Lincoln (the preserved ghost town where Billy the Kid escaped from jail and the hub of the Lincoln County War) and its various museums, we also plan to find the murder site of John Tunstall.
Some of the wildlife you may be privileged to see could be deer, elk, coyotes, rabbits, etc. This ride lends itself to more flexibility than a cattle drive. It’s ‘adventure component’ is more in the terrain we will be riding through and the nature of exploring new country where you might not always know what’s around the bend.
We will provide you with a horse, tack, ‘cowboy’ bedroll (a 3” mattress made up with sheets, blankets and wrapped in a canvas tarp), ‘cowboy’ teepee, cot (if you want to sleep under the stars but are a little squeamish about being right on the ground), all the scrumptious campfire/dutch oven cooking you can hold, and as much creature comforts as we can pack into our rig! You just need to worry about bringing your clothes, riding gear and a spirit of adventure!
(flexibility is the word here, sometimes things change, but we will always have a good time!)
Sunday, Aug. 16 – ‘afternoon’ arrival, stop by the ranch to pack your things in the 58 qt plastic tub (what you can pack in the tub is what you can take on the ride). Travel to the campsite (1 ½ hour car trip), arrive in time for your first Dutch oven supper. Campfire and get acquainted under the stars.
Monday, Aug. 17 – ride to petroglyphs and waterfall
Tuesday, Aug. 18 – ride to and explore Ft. Stanton
Wednesday, Aug. 19 – ride to and explore Lincoln
Thursday, Aug. 20 – break camp, ride to hwy 380, travel to and search for the John Tunstall murder site. Head back to Burnt Well Guest Ranch for showers, relaxing, our first indoor meal of the week and lots of stories!
Friday, Aug. 21 – breakfast and farewells
Authentic Old West Style Cattle Drives
Fall Cattle Drive – October 4-9, 2020 – SOLD OUT
We will camp out on the trail at night, fill our bellies with delicious dutch oven meals and drive the cattle to their destination. We will provide you with a cowboy bedroll, cot, cowboy teepee, horse and tack.
Fall Cattle Drive – October 25-30, 2020
Our authentic “old west” style cattle drives are for adults who are in pretty good shape, as we are out on the range land for the duration of the drive. We will be actually driving cattle for miles and living out under the stars just as the cowboys did before trains and trucks came in to being. At times the weather can be trying and unpleasant. We start early, sometimes driving cattle by sun up and will try to be at camp by early afternoon. This drive can be between ten and fifteen miles a day depending on the location and you can expect to be in the saddle from 5-11 hours a day.
This drive is for adventurous adults with plenty of stick-to-itiveness! The stuff memories, stories and bucket lists are made of.
(If in doubt that these types of weeks are for you, please remember that the cattle work and cattle driving that we do here at the ranch on many of our ‘regular all/inclusive’ ranch stay is as much, if not much MORE, than most DUDE ranches boast of doing as their cattle drives. We will have you in the saddle as much as you want and are confident that we can expose and involve you in authentic ranch life. It’s just that these weeks do not include camping out. )
“We took part in last years Regulators Camp, I want to say how amazing it was I want to recommend it you anyone who wants to experience a unique outdoor week in the experienced hands of Kim and Patricia. It is a once in a life time experience!”
– Alison Bucknell, UK
Rates & Booking Information
Five-day event, afternoon arrival
Authentic Old West Style Cattle Drives cost per person $2,750 plus tax
Regulator Ride Camp Out cost per person $2,500 plus tax
Prices include meals, horse & tack, bedroll, etc.
Space is limited to 8 guests, based on deposit received
Free airport transfer from the Roswell Airport
Booking & Cancellation Policy
All prices are subject to 6.5208% New Mexico gross receipts tax
20% deposit required upon booking; balance due 14 days prior to arrival
Deposit is non-refundable but may be applied to a future visit within one year if cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to arrival date
Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to your arrival time will forfeit the future use or your deposit due to inability to refill your spot, and cancellations made less than 7 days of your arrival date forfeit all fees that have been paid to Burnt Well
Gratuities are appreciated
You must be physically fit and have some riding experience in order to participate due to the terrain. If you have doubts about your riding ability, please know that you are always welcome at Burnt Well for a regular ranch stay. There, we can tailor your stay to your needs and wishes. As stated above, regular ranch stays can include as much riding as you wish in a more controlled environment. There’s always the need to drive cattle but on a regular ranch stay, we are much more laid back and able to be more flexible.