Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations

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Entry Gate to the Main House.
PPR Complex. Main House, Guest House, Bungalow & Hanger.
Taken from Main House parking area.
Trees behind the pool area.
Bedroom 7 in Guest House.

Overview of Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations


Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations

5.0 out of 5 Exceptional
5.0/5 Exceptional
10 bedrooms6+ bathroomsSleeps 30

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Pet friendly
Rodeo, NM

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationChiricahua Desert Museum15 min drive
  • Popular LocationChiricahua Gallery18 min drive
  • Popular LocationGeronimo Surrender Monument32 min drive

Rooms & beds

10 bedrooms (sleeps 30)

Bedroom 1

1 King Bed

Bedroom 2

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 3

2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 4

2 Queen Beds

Bedroom 5

2 Queen Beds

Bedroom 6

1 King Bed

Bedroom 7

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 8

2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 9

1 King Bed

Bedroom 10

4 Twin Beds

6 bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

Bathroom 1

Bathtub · Toilet · Shower only

Bathroom 2

Bathtub or shower · Toilet

Bathroom 3


Bathroom 3

Bathtub or shower · Toilet

Bathroom 4

Bathtub or shower · Toilet

Bathroom 5

Bathtub or shower · Toilet

Bathroom 6

Bathtub · Toilet · Shower only


Deck or patio
Porch or lanai
Outdoor play area
Dining Area

About this property

Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations

The Painted Pony Resort is a 750-acre high desert estate in Hidalgo County in southwest New Mexico, just up the road from Rodeo, NM. This unique, isolated part of the country is known as the boot heel of New Mexico. We are remote but with the amenities you expect and desire including reliable high speed 300 Mbps internet access throughout our property. The Painted Pony Resort is a perfect luxurious high desert retreat.

The Painted Pony resort has the luxurious accommodations that you would expect from an Estate built by the former High Tech Entrepreneur, John MacAfee, as his personal get-away from Tucson, AZ. This is a chance for you and 20 of your close friends to live the life of luxury.

We rent our entire Estate (that includes all three buildings) to one party at a time. Our guests include family reunions, vacations, weddings and other groups, such as birders, astronomers, college sabbaticals, yoga retreats, bicycle clubs, and artist workshops. You do not share the estate with other renters. Come stay with us and have the entire estate as your exclusive private getaway.

Our base rate is for 16 guests including children. Additional guests up to 24 can be added for an extra charge of $25 per person per night. After 24 guests you can bring up to 6 children under 12 years old at no additional charge making 30 guests total for a large family reunion. To get the correct pricing do not enter more than 24 guests. After 24 guests there is no charge for the additional guests up to 30.

The Compound is situated in the San Simon Valley of SW New Mexico with breath taking panoramic views of two mountain ranges that border the property, the Chiricahuas and Peloncillo Mountains. State land borders the north and west sides of the property. The mountains both east and west are federal government land. We are protected on all sides with no neighbors creating open spaces and quiet solitude.

Fly into either El Paso, TX or Tucson, AZ. From these airports we are about a two and a half hour drive. Guests from LA, San Diego, AZ, CO, NM, Texas, and OK usually drive over.

Our Guests are impressed with the quiet, peaceful setting and the natural beauty of our night sky. Our skies are clear and dark allowing you to explore the many fascinating jewels of the night without a telescope. We provide two basic telescopes. You will explore the night sky in an area astronomers have chosen to live and work.

The compound consists of Main House, Two Guests Houses, an Airplane Hanger (used for group events), Heated 20'x40' Swimming Pool. The pool is walled with access gates that restrict access by children. We have Six RV Pads. All entrances have walls and gates. All facilities are clustered in one large compound. Our venue provides you and your guests with privacy and areas for mingling, dinners or other gatherings.

We have 10 bedrooms, 18 beds and 6.5 baths in three buildings. Here is a summary of our Amenities:

* Spacious 5-bedroom Main House - Sleeps 12 in beds.
* Guest House with 3 additional bedrooms. Sleeps 6 in beds.
* Two fully equipped Kitchens. In Main House and Guest House.
* Bungalow with California King and 4 bunk beds. Sleeps 6 in beds.
* Optional Airplane Hanger used for group meetings, receptions, etc.
* 6 Full-Service RV pads.
* High Speed Internet Access.
* Large Courtyard with Cabana with Outdoor Fireplace.
* Heated, large 40x20 Swimming Pool.
* Outdoor Fire Pit.
* Fireplaces in Main House and Guest House.
* Two basic telescopes for viewing the beautiful night sky.
* Main House Hot Tub - 7 seats, 450 gallons.
* Second Large Hot Tub at Bungalow. Seats 5.
* Game Room with Billiards, Ping Pong and Foosball.
* Basketball Hoop on concrete apron.
* Commercial Ice Machine in Main House Garage.
* Overflow Refrigerator and Freezer in Main House Garage.
* Two BBQ grills. One regular size traditional grill and one restaurant quality 8 burner grill.
* Laundry Room with full sized Washer and Dryer in Guest House building.
* One level buildings - wheelchair accessible throughout.
* Grab bars in the 3 full bathrooms in the Main House.

We have upgraded to the latest Dish High Definition, satellite service. There are four TV set ups: One in Main House Great Room, 65 inch; One in Main House Master Bedroom, 55 inch; One in Guest House Living Room, 50 inch; and one in the Bungalow, 50 inch. TV's are 4K, High Definition, with Sound Bars, and 3 HDMI inputs. We provide a HDMI cable on Input 3 so you can connect your own streaming device. We have also procured 4K Sony Blue Ray Players.

Our pool is heated year-round. The pool is always open and available. The winter months of December, January and February have short days and low over-night temperatures. Our guests have been using the pool in the winter, however, we may have a cold snap in winter and pool temperature may drop below our set temperature of 85 degrees. In other months we consistently reach 85 degrees.

Many extra services can be provided by our local partners. Our Guests have used local partners to provide Airport Shuttles, Catered Food, Grocery Shopping, Tours of the Area, Movie Viewing at the Conference Center, Museum Tours, in house Chefs, Housekeeping, and Auxiliary Overflow Housing. Contact us and we can direct you to local partners to provide many additional services.

Sky Island Restaurant and Grocery Store is just 5 miles from our location. They do most of our guest food service and catering. They are very flexible providing a diverse menu as well as preparing special meals at the request of our guests. They provide vegetarian meals or can procure steaks and other food. Their pizza is outstanding. Sky Island can pre-prepared food and deliver to the estate for you to cook. Steaks with baked potatoes is popular item for pre-prepared food that is delivered and cooked by our guests.. Additionally, they provide in-house chefs. The options are endless.

Our favorite places to visit are Sky Island, Cave Creek Canyon, Portal Cafe, Bisbee, AZ, Chiricahua National Monument, Tombstone, AZ, and The Chiricahua Desert Museum. Do a web search to find detailed information on these great places to visit.

There is excellent hiking and bird watching just 20 minutes from the resort. If you are interested in hiking take a 20 minute drive to the Cave Creek Canyon National Park Visitor Information Center. The rangers there will tell you about the trails and their difficulty levels. If you want more information, then do a web search on “Hiking in Portal Arizona.” If you are interested in birding, then do a web search on Birding in Portal, AZ.

Base rental price is for up to 16 people and includes Main House, Guest House and Bungalow. Additional guests above 16 are $25 per night. The Airplane hanger is available for $150 per night. RV spaces are available for $50 per night.

Overnight maximum can be pushed up to 30 guests if you have lots of children for a family reunion. Extra guests over the base 16 count are $25 per night per guest up to 24. After 24 paying guests up to 6 children under 12 can be added at no additional charge. If you have an overnight group larger than 24 adults, then you can use use our RV pads. RV pads are $50 per night. There is additional lodging just up the road if you need room for more than 30 people. Pet fee is $100. Very large dogs are not permitted.

We offer the following discounts: 30% for one week, 40% for two weeks, 50% for three weeks, 60% for monthly. Also, 15% for last minute booking 27 days prior to stay and 20% for last minute 15 days prior to stay. Enter your dates in the reservation calculator to see the weekly and monthly discounts.

Check us out on the web site "STAY ON A PRIVATE RANCH IN THE NEW MEXICO DESERT. YOU SHOULD GO HERE" Just type this into your web search.

Thank You

Property manager

Premier Host
Premier Host



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
This information is provided by our partners.


Hot Tub
Pet friendly

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House Rules

Check in after 4:00 PM
Minimum age to rent: 21
Check out before 10:00 AM


Children allowed: ages 0-17


Events allowed: family gatherings, birthday parties, weddings


Pets allowed: dogs and cats less than 50 lbs per pet (limit 2 pets total)
Pet in garage only.


Smoking is not permitted
Outside area can be used for smoking.
By booking you agree to our Terms and Conditions

Damage and incidentals

You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events (including family gatherings, birthday parties and weddings) are allowed on site; maximum attendees: 75
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

About this area


Located in Animas, this vacation home is in a rural area and in the mountains. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Coronado National Forest and Granite Peak, while Chiricahua Desert Museum and Chiricahua Gallery are cultural highlights. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Chiricahua Desert Museum - 15 min drive
  • Chiricahua Gallery - 18 min drive
  • Geronimo Surrender Monument - 32 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Does Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool. Pool types include heated pools.

Is Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations pet-friendly?

Yes, this property allows cats and dogs (limit 2 total) with a maximum weight of up to 50 lbs per pet.

What time is check-in at Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations?

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations?

Check-out is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Private Estate for Family Reunion, Weddings, Business Retreat, and Vacations located?

This family-friendly Animas vacation home is located in the mountains, 6 mi (9.7 km) from Chiricahua Desert Museum, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua Gallery. Granite Peak and Geronimo Surrender Monument are also within 25 mi (40 km).




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5/5 Excellent

Nicola R., New haven, Ct

Liked: Cleanliness
Spectacular family vacation
Three generations of our large family enjoyed this stunning property. We loved having enough room to spread out and enough gathering spaces for spending quality time together. The pool was the perfect way to manage the heat of the day. We enjoyed seeing so much wildlife right from the patio. We feasted on a fantastic meal from the Portal Cafe and loved the local gallery and museum as well as an excursion to Bisbee and the beautiful Gadsden hotel in Douglas. The owner and team quickly responded to a couple issues, allowing us to relax into our holiday. Thank you! We can’t wait to come back.
Stayed 7 nights in Jul 2023

5/5 Excellent

Chris C.

Liked: Cleanliness
Our seventh visit
We went to the Painted Pony six years in a row from 2010-15, so we were excited about doing a reunion tour with some of the old crew, plus some newbies. The place was more or less as we remembered it, and everyone had a fantastic time doing day trips to the Chiricahuas and Peloncillos, or just hanging out at the compound. Definitely one of the most interesting and relaxing places to visit in the SW U.S.!
Stayed 7 nights in May 2023

5/5 Excellent

Jeffrey L.

Liked: Cleanliness
Another Great Stay at the Painted Pony
Just returned from our second stay at the Painted Pony. We come to Rodeo for the dark skies and the Painted Pony is the perfect place from which to base our astronomy-oriented trip. The property is clean, well-cared for and comfortable. Highly recommended!
Stayed 3 nights in May 2023

5/5 Excellent

D B.

Liked: Cleanliness
Your Private Retreat
The gated driveway escorts you to your main house passing the guest house and bungalow to be next. Entering the gated foyer of the courtyard your met with a beautifully carved Spanish front double doors to the home. Once you enter the home you eyes follow the wall of windows to the wood laid ceiling. The living room is filled with the comforts which to rest, leather, fireplace and a view that extends beyond the back courtyard and swimming pool. Kitchen well supplied with all of the cooking needs we’d ever need. Open floor plan and dining area to share a feast. E passive, expansive is the words that continued to repeat as I walk from the main home to the bungalow. Entering this building is when I began to feel the layers fall off my shoulders. Quite the essence of quiet, private and luxury. Entering the guest house was a surprise to learn how well this building serves even more with its own kitchen too. I can’t recommend this property enough for large groups who share time in a large main house space and then retreat to personal time in the guest house and the bungalow. Two car garage is you choose but a great athletic room for the ages that have the energy. Thank you for our stay, from Colorado, a welcome stay on our trip.
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2023