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Gila, New Mexico-Land of Enchantment"""

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Property type cabin


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Gatehouse at Bearpaw Ranch is perfect for a small family or couple. It is a handmade log cabin with high ceilings and lots of light! There is a cute sleeping loft with a trundle bed and it has a fenced yard It is a short walk down to one of our 4 ponds, with the Gila River just beyond that.

Ideal for hiking, hunting and fishing, Bearpaw Ranch is also close to Bill Evans fishing lake and a short drive up to the Gila wilderness. Our property lies on the Gila River and so you will have complete access. If you want to raft or tube, you can put in here and we'll pick you up down at the bridge.

We have a large barn and fenced field if you are bringing your horses. Ideal for hunting in the fall and winter. The wilderness begins a few miles up the road. Perfect for hiking and climbing, and bird-watching. There is a wild-bird preserve just a few miles south of us. Of course the bosque here on the property affords great access to spotting numerous bird species.

Silver City is 30 miles to the south and has many art galleries and restaurants. Bearpaw Ranch is a great place to stay during the Blues Festival, the World Class bicycle races, or the Wild West Rodeo. The hotels in Silver City fill up, but you can take the short drive out to the Gila and rest in the quiet and peace, refueling for another fun time enjoying Silver City's great events.

In the mountains north of Silver City you can visit the old western town of Pinos Altos, and continue up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. A visit to the copper mines is also a must, with a stop at Lake Roberts on the way!

To the northwest of us is historic Mogollon with its art gallery, antique shop, and museum. Near Mogollon is the little village of Glenwood, with the state fish hatchery and the famous Catwalk. The Catwalk is a favorite hiking spot with a lovely picnic area.

The night sky offers a magnificent and unequaled view of millions of stars, planets and the Milky Way in all of it's glory. New Mexico values our dark night skies and a quick google map search will reveal that Gila is by far one of the darkest places in our country. If you have never known (or knew but its been a long time) what it is to be able to stroll in the starlight, you really must come visit.

There is plenty to do in the area, but many folks find that they are content to walk around the property, visit our horses, watch our ducks swim around in the pond, or just sit and listen to the quiet. This is a perfect retreat if you just want to get away...far away from the rat race. This is real out-west country living.

Keywords: Cabin, horseback, astronomy, stars, Gila, wilderness, birdwatching

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2018

About The Owner

Hi there! I am Rose and I have lived here for 34 years. This is a small ranch and we have horses, mules, and a few head of Longhorn cattle. We raise heritage breeds poultry including chickens, ducks, turkeys, and peafowl. We have a large garden and fields in which we grow vegetables and feed for the animals. We believe in healthy eating and grow all of our produce using organic methods. Our livestock all live cage-free and free-range. No coops or corrals for our critters! We gladly share farm fresh eggs with our guests, and you might find that they are the best eggs you ever ate!

As an antique nut, I have collected too many articles to fit in my old house. Bottles, mining tools, old dishes, stoves, tools, tins, crocks....etc So, I had a building built to look like an old west store and you are welcome to go in and look at my collection. I call it the 'old store'...but it is really just a place to house my dust collectors. It's fun!

I have raised my children in this small community, but now they are all grown, and I have room to share! The Cliff/Gila community is an eclectic mix of folks who love the Gila. There is one little gas station, a library, a Senior Citizen Center, a small farmers market/co-op, a school, and a few churches. The Community Center has tennis courts and a basketball court along with swings for the children. This is a wonderful community to live in, and I am happy to share it with my guests.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1982

Why The Owner chose Gila

I have lived on this property for 34 years. I'm a New Mexico native and grew up in Albuquerque. I moved here because I fell in love with the Gila River Valley. The Gatehouse cabin was not here when we purchased the property. It came later as a 'mother-in-law' house. She didn't take well to how isolated we were and did not stay, so I decided to rent it as a vacation rental just about 9 years ago. We had built a similar cabin down on the Big Pond and added it to the ranch rentals just 5 years ago.

Six years ago I purchased the property next door and that is how I acquired the Lanehouse and the Stewart House.

I have been so happy to be able to share this wonderful place with so many travelers. I have met great folks from all over the US, Canada and even some from Europe.

What makes this cabin unique

Our property straddles the Gila River with complete access to the river. We also have 4 small ponds and our guests are free to wander about the property and enjoy the river and ponds along with the bosque they create in a very private setting. Many dog-owners love staying here because it is a time when their city dogs can really feel what it is to be free and unleashed!

We are on the edge of the Turkey Creek entry into the Gila Wilderness and many hikers love staying here because of the access to many great hiking and birding spots. We are also right between Glenwood and Silver City. A handy central location if you are hiking AND enjoying the museums, galleries and eateries of Silver City.

I think the one important thing that my guests have told me they love the most is the peace and quiet. We live and work here and sometimes we are cultivating, cutting wood, making repairs, and in general just working...doing all the things that are demanded on a small farm and ranch. But, people still feel a sense of peace. We go about our business and our guests must just feel like they are part of the ranch. It is an easy feeling here that is unique and most everyone comments on it. There are no outside lights so at night it is really dark and you can see the moon and the stars in all their glory.

There is abundant wildlife. You are likely to see fox, raccoons, javalina, coyotes, rabbits and lizards, and many species of birds. All of this wildlife and quiet, yet we are just 2 or 3 minutes off of the road. You can't see or hear the road from the cabin, but it is easy to get into and out of our little ranch and the paved highway leads right to the little village of Gila just 3 miles down the road.

It is a slower pace. It is less rules, more freedom. It is the desert southwest in the Land of Enchantment. I find that it is hard to explain. But, when you will feel it.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Gila

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) The sleeping loft has a trundle bed with 2 single mattresses.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
Large fenced yard and covered and lockable kennel for dogs, Barn and stables available for horses


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Gila, New Mexico-Land of Enchantment
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Exceeds Expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay-experience with VRBO and we were not sure what to expect. HOWEVER, we will def utilize VRBO and stay with the Shoemakers again when we pass through Gila again! The cabin is bigger than the photos portray and they even have a kennel area in the back! It is so quiet and remote, which is exactly why we wanted the cabin. The cabin was clean, furnished for whatever we needed and what we didn't need! They had board games, plenty of towels, comfy beds, WIFI, cable, and a GREAT cabin! We had absolutely zero issues and were so happy for the hospitality we received, without even meeting them in person! The front yard swing is comfy and the grill does a great job. The fire pit is easy to start and the wood will burn forever! This is such a great cabin getaway and will make you want to buy a cabin!

  • Review Submitted: 15/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you! Thanks for your wonderful review. We really love it when our guests have everything they need and even things they don’t!!! Please come back soon!
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It was the perfect cabin for our family to spend a week of spring break in New Mexico. We plan to re

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect home base for us as we explored different parts of the Gila Wilderness each day.

  • Review Submitted: 18/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, quiet, everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day stay. The cabin has everything you need, even a washer and dryer!! Which we definitely needed after a three day drive in the same clothes 😀! Hiked the property, said hi to the animals, at Sherri's suggestion took Turkey Foot Rd to the end where the hot springs are, what an amazing and breathtaking drive!!! Scenery was unbelievable!

This place is truly a little slice of heaven, with awesome sheets and herb de provance cleaning supplies!! 😀😀 Wonderful!

If we don't move here we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 17/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, beautiful little ranch house

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here with our two dogs. We hiked the canyons, biked the gravel roads and found some nice hot springs. The fenced yard was great for the dogs, the house comfortable and the entire property beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you want to get away from it all -this is the place . Clean, comfortable, and close to the sights

  • 5 of 5

If you want to visit the Gila- stay here! Great accommodations and friendly owner - I will go back. Everyone should visit the Gila in there life time! And the gatehouse is a awesome starting point!

  • Review Submitted: 01/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A slice of Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to relax! The ranch is absolutely gorgeous, so much to see. We spent two days wandering around the ranch with our young dog Cooper. A nice place for lunch is Tammy's Cafe in Cliff. It seemed to be a popular place for the local residents as everyone that came in or left went to each table hugging and shaking hands. Fun to watch small town friendliness...Hope to go back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 05/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, it is my great pleasure to share my little slice of heaven with fine folks like you! I’m delighted that you found the peace, quiet and serenity you were seeking. I couldn’t help but share what you said with Tammy. She’s working hard to keep our little hometown cafe going, and the whole community loves it!!! She appreciated your kind words! I hope you will come back soon! And super happy that Cooper enjoyed his leash-free weekend!
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Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Tucson or El Paso 3+hrs Albuq or Phoenix 6+hrs
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Last Chance Liquor has package
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Silver City
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Amtrac stops at Deming NM
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hwy 180W
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Tammy's Cafe in Cliff
Car: necessary

We are located just a few miles from the Gila Wilderness. Our property straddles the Gila River and the bosque is delightful for bird-watching. You will enjoy walking about the property and watching the wildlife on and around our 4 ponds. You will have complete access to the river and you can enjoy the hiking, rafting and bird-watching that the river and its habitat provide. In addition, ours is a premier location for star-gazing. New Mexico is the only state in the union with night light legislation and Gila is one of the darkest places in the country. The property has a large flat hill that is a premium spot for night sky observation and we have hosted several amateur astronomers over the years. Bearpaw Ranch also has barns and fenced fields for horses and is an excellent place to stay with your horses. We also (subject to availability) offer horseback riding and mule-driven buggy rides.

Bearpaw Ranch is perfectly situated for exploring the area. A short drive up Turkey Creek Road and you are in unspoiled wilderness. 30 miles north is Glenwood and Mogollon, both great destinations for exploring small town and ghost towns of the desert southwest. 30 miles south and east is the popular Silver City with her museums, galleries, and excellent eateries. Beyond Silver City is the Gila Cliff Dwellings (a MUST SEE), along with the old mining town Pinos Altos and Lake Roberts. Most of the nearby day trips are an easy 30 minutes from Bearpaw Ranch. Then you come home to your cabin to peace and quiet where you can stroll around the property and unwind. Or just sit on the porch and listen to the country sounds.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Gila

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$6.37 + Tax
cleaning fee on 1 night AU$63.71 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.56%

Deposits are due at the time of making the reservation. It is 50% with 50% due at arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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