756 Acre High Desert Estate, Pool, HotTub, Games, Amenities, 5 Buildings
We live in Northern VA and fell in love with the peaceful isolation of the NM desert in an area they call the Boot Heel of NM. The picture is from our own family reunion at the Painted Pony Resort.
Glen purchased this Estate in 2009
Why Glen chose Animas
We purchased this property in 2009 to create memories with our children and as an investment. Over the years we've had incredible times. Our kids learned to hike, horseback ride, explore nature and grow up together.
What makes this Estate unique
The Pained Pony Resort is a great choice for the budget conscious who want the Southwest Desert experience. Weddings can be done economically using locals for food and other services. For family reunions, it is a great place for everyone to re-connect. We love PPR for its beautiful setting and the calm and peaceful spirit it promotes. This is a perfect place to get away from the rat race and recharge. Small to medium sized groups, artists, astronomers and university staff on sabbatical have come to hold their meetings at PPR. You will find that our facilities are economical and you and your guests will love the quite beauty.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Awesome place and a place we will come for years to come for our family reunion!
Loved it. Beautiful place and cant wait to go back
Comments like yours absolutely make our day. Look forward to your return.
Jewel in the Desert
Our family’s fourth year. As wonderful as ever and the place was sparkling!
Our goal is for you to have a great time and come back. Thank you and hope to see you next year!
We all loved the Painted Pony
Family reunion and a chance for all of us to say goodbye to Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma. We released wish-lanterns one night, and had a fantastic fireworks show another. Mom wanted her ashes spread in the desert, so we did a final farewell one night. Star gazing and planet hunting one night. Water balloon fights during the day. And of course, getting to visit brothers, nephews, and niece with all of their children was wonderful. We always leave with someone planning the next reunion. We all loved the Painted Pony, but don't know if we will ever make it back to southern New Mexico, I put in more than 5,650 miles driving, and the shortest distance anybody had to drive was 1,700 miles round-trip.
The resort itself was everything advertised, plenty of space, nice rooms, pool, the stars at night, scorpions, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. We all loved it.
We thank you so much for staying with us and for the great review. It means a lot to us that you had a great family reunion.
Our family’s third year at the Painted Pony. It’s a great place!
Beautiful, spacious property! Only minutes from hiking and bird watching in the Chiricahua’s. Swimming, basketball, and bike riding on site. Watched baby birds learning to fly on the patio. Saw a Sonoran Desert Toad catching crickets one evening. A wonderful experience overall. It will remain an annual event for our family.
Hi and thanks for the review and for your return visit. You love our Estate as much as we do and have captured the magic that makes Painted Pony "An Escape To Tranquil Beauty." Thanks again. Glen
We had a family reunion on this property, it was a fabulous visit with everyone. The property manager took excellent care of us. The place is very well stocked, the cookware was very large so you might bring some with you. There are plenty of dishes, flatware, coffee cups and glasses. The pool was great, there is a wonderful library throughout the main house. The pool table and ping pongs tables got used a lot. It was very comfortable and relaxing. We highly recommend this place and would use it again.
Thank you for the review and letting us know you had a fantastic time. Appreciate the comments regarding our property manager. Glen
Our family's second year in a row at the Painted Pony. Truly an oasis in the desert. We highly recommend it!
Thank you ! You are wonderful guests. Glen
Painted Pony Resort is situated in the heart of the San Simon Valley near Rodeo, NM. Rodeo, NM is nestled in between the Chiricahua and the Pelencillo mountains and has been a boom town more than once thanks to cattle, minerals, and the railroads. The San Simon Valley and Rodeo, NM offer the perfect Southwest desert vacation spot.
The weather has four gentle seasons and the area experiences over 300 sunny days per year. The region is rich in history from the early inhabitants around 1000AD called the Mimbre Indians to the travels of Coronado expeditions 500 years later on the way to the Colorado to the wild west cowboys of the late 1800's including the Earps, Curly Bill Brocious, Billy the kid, and the Clanton Gang.
The Chiricahua Mountains are considered a hikers and birders paradise and offers an amazingly diverse range of micro-climates from the desert at the valley floor to an alpine climate as you climb through the range. The lower elevation Peloncillo Mountains are home to a plethora of desert wildlife and foliage and have some spectacular areas to hike and explore.
In the town of Rodeo, NM you'll find a few nicely appointed B&B's, a general store, and the Rodeo Tavern where you can get a cowboy-size meal and a great steak.
Being primarily a ranching area the locals are hard working and family oriented. They welcome newcomers and are always happy to see a new face. Don't be surprised if you get invited to a roping or out to gather cattle if you express even the slightest interest.
The amateur astronomy community is strong with many astronomers residing in nearby Portal, AZ at the Arizona Sky Village. You'll find people in the area who are extremely eager to share their passion for astronomy with you.
The basin and range province of southern Arizona and New Mexico is characterized by a series of north south mountain ranges which rise in sharp relief to the broad flat valleys between them making the area an excellent place to hike. With the Chiricahua mountains to the west and the Peloncillo Mountains to the east hiking is popular past time for both local residents and visitors.
A family oriented activity, horseback ridding can add something special to a family reunion and we can put you in touch with local guides.
Backyard astronomy is a favorite with our guests because of the low atmospheric interference and our location remote from the light pollution around towns and cities. For this reason, the night sky is outstanding and we are the perfect location to view the sky. Join other amateur astronomers around the world to behold the beauty of the heavens.
Favorite observing targets are the Moon, Planets, open clusters, and multiple stars.
If you are an amateur astronomer it would be best to bring your own equipment. However, we do have a basic telescope you are welcome to use.
The Chiricahua Desert Museum in Rodeo, NM (5 miles from the resort) is owned and operated by Bob Ashley and is NM's premier rattlesnake educational outreach and exhibit. The Ashley conducts educational field trips for Family Reunion's and have a wonderful art gallery, animal display and gift shop.
The Boot Hill of New Mexico is famous for ancient Indian archeology. If you want to dig in the dirt, find things that are lost, put together pieces of the past, figure out stories from clues, and learn about the past, then we can point you in the right direction. You will find artifacts on our 300+ acres as well as other sites within driving distance to investigate. We can also put you in touch with locals who will be happy to show you around.
The Sky Islands of the basin and range region of the southwest are exceptional sites for bird watching or observing general wildlife. The north south orientation of these mountain ranges provide migratory corridors between Central and North America at elevations up to 10,000 ft. In addition to endemic species found year round, migrations of a number or sub tropical rare species move through the area at different times of the year. 375 avian species have been identified in and around the Chiricahua Mountains and many local naturalists maintain feeding stations to attract local birds. A number of commercial operations offer birding tours as well as local naturalists, or you can strike out on your own into the Coronado National Forest, with a stop by the American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station to update your species checklist of the Chiricahua Mountains or New Mexico.
There are many exciting and rewarding day trips you can plan while staying at PPR.
We are located about 75 minutes North of the historic mining towns of Bisbee and Tombstone, AZ. On your way down stop at the Geronimo Roadside Monument and drop by Douglas, AZ and have lunch at the famous Gadsden Hotel.
We are 90 minutes South of the beautiful Gila Wilderness & Cliff Dwellings. You should also visit the Spectacular Chiricahua National Monument.