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Rancho del Chaparral


Rancho del Chaparral: Your Destination for Horseback Riding and Traditional Summer Camp

Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Located in the Santa Fe National Forest through the Jemez Mountain range between Jemez Pueblo and Cuba, NM Rancho is a traditional, rustic camp with a four (4) sleeping units ranging from platform tents to Adirondacks and Hogans. With more than 1,100 acres, there are several outposts for overnight camping and horseback riding trips, a stream for “river” stomping and science exploration, multiple fields for outdoor games, and is in close proximity to Fenton Lake and Valles Caldera for day trips. . Campers will experience the beauty and wildlife like deer, elk, and a variety of native wildlife that can be spotted near camp.

Rancho is home to the Wengard Art Center (aka “Crafty’s Closet” after a former staff member), four outpost campsites, a section of the Rio de las Vacas, and our resident burros – Maisy, Gladys, and Betty. Housing units include platform tents, Adirondacks, and hogans with cots or bunk beds with mattresses. Each unit has a pavilion or shelter for group activities, a campfire circle, and a wash area with sinks and latrines. Meals are served family-style at Casa Grande Dining Hall.

Campers will explore Rancho’s creek and the Mystery Tree, visit the archery range, riding arena, and tails, do arts & crafts, go on trail hikes, learn about natural sciences, cook over the campfire, and go overnight camping under the stars. 

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