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 to being. At times the weather can be trying and unpleasant. We start early, 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.

This drive is for adventurous adults with plenty of stick-to-itiveness! The stuff memories, stories and bucket lists are made of.

(Please remember that the cattle work and cattle driving that we do here at the ranch on a ‘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 7-13, 2018 –* THIS DRIVE IS 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.


2nd Fall Cattle Drive

Nov. 4-10, 2018

We will be bringing about 100 head of cattle home for a leased ranch, temps will be cooler for this drive, average highs/lows: around 70/40.   Again, we will camp out on the trail at night, fill our bellies with delicious dutch oven meals,  and drive the cattle home to Burnt Well.  We will provide you with a cowboy bedroll, cot, cowboy teepee, horse and tack.

Tentative Itinerary

Sunday-arrive afternoon (after 3:00), get acquainted, supper, pack in the provided 56 qt tub

Monday-ride to camp at the leased ranch, campfire and Dutch oven supper

Tuesday-round up cattle to be driven back to Burnt Well

Wednesday-drive cattle 1st leg of the trip

Thursday-drive cattle 2nd leg of the trip

Friday-drive cattle final leg to Burnt Well, showers and indoor meal!!

Saturday-breakfast and farewells

Rates & Booking Information


Package Details
  • Six-day event, afternoon arrival
  • Cost per person $2,200 plus tax
  • Prices include meals, horse & tack, bedroll, etc.
  • Space is limited to 12 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

You must be physically fit and able to participate on this cattle drive. Unless you fall off of your horse, you will be expected to complete the cattle drive as a member of the crew. If 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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