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Rancho del Chaparral


Rancho del Chaparral: a Traditional Summer Camp

Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Rancho del Chaparral celebrated its 50thAnniverary in July 2019! Rancho is located outside of Cuba, NM in the Jemez Mountains in a forested area covered in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer on more than 1,100 acres. 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. Troops and families can also experience the adventure by attending one of our weekend camps or by renting camp for an adventure of their own.


What makes Rancho a “traditional” camp?

The activities that we offer!

Rancho focuses on outdoor skills (campfire cooking, propane stoves, orienteering, shelter building, tent camping, hiking, backpacking, etc), horseback riding, archery, team building, crafts, and learning about the environment. 

Rancho is also more rustic than Camp Elliott Barker. While we have hot showers, all bathrooms are latrine style and outdoor wash stations are cold water only.

Map of Rancho del Chaparral
RDC Trail Map 2018

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