Specialty Weeks at Burnt Well Ranch

Authentic Old West Style Cattle Drives

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.  )

“A man earns his place here, it ain’t made for him—often he earns the name by which he’s called. I reckon it’s the same all over—only this is rawer.” James B. Hendryx, The Texan: A Story of the Cattle Country

Upcoming Cattle Drives

Fall Cattle Drive
October 6-11, 2019 – 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

Oct. 17-Nov. 1, 2019 – SOLD OUT


Rates & Booking Information

Package Details
  • Five-day event, afternoon arrival
  • Cost per person $2,100 plus tax
  • Prices include meals, horse & tack, bedroll, etc.
  • Space is limited to 10 guests per event, 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
Physical Requirements

We take all levels of riders on out cattle drives, however, you must be physically fit, able to trot for potential extended periods.  Hanging out at camp is not an option unless you fall off of your horse and are literally unable to ride.  You are expected to complete the cattle drive as a member of the crew.  We are riding out in the open, with no mounting blocks available, therefore you must be able to mount a 15 hand horse from the ground without assistance.  Unless you ride regularly for multiple hours at a time, you WILL hurt and be sore, guaranteed!

If you are not willing to bear pain and push through (cowboy up in western terms) and  you have doubts about being able to complete the requirements of the Old West Style cattle drives, 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 our Old West Style cattle drives. 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.

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