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Family Reunions, Weddings, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing, Get Away From All

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Space 7,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

756 Acre High Desert Estate, Pool, HotTub, Games, Amenities, 3 homes

Pricing based on the size of your group. Base rate of $850 per night includes up to 10 people and only the Main House. Add $25 per person for additional guests until you've reach $1,500 per night. At $1,500 per night you can bring the maximum on-site capacity of the 40 people.

Once you reach 16 people ($1,000 per night) you have rented the whole estate. So if you are a group smaller than 16 people but desire to have private bedrooms for your guests just enter 16 people as the number of guests in your party and you're rented all three buildings and 10 bedrooms.

We rent to only one group at a time so you never share the Estate with others.

Our Estate, The Painted Pony Resort , is a plush, comfortable desert retreat economically priced for Family Reunions, Weddings, Business Retreats, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing and Astronomy, Private Events, Artist Getaway or any group looking for a comfortable get away.

Our most popular events are Family Reunions and Weddings.

Doing a wedding with us would at your option include the beautiful, new and fully equipped Chiricahua Desert Museum Event Center for the reception and or wedding. We can coordinate bands, catering, flowers, and do other services for you or you can do them yourself. Save some money and have a destination wedding at PPR.

Rental rate includes lodging only. Most family reunions do their own shopping and cooking so lodging is all you pay. If you are on a tight budget, this is the way to go.

If you want to splurge a little, then our Professional Local Property Management Company with full staff can provide custom services at your request. These service include Airport Shuttles, Catered Food, Tours of the Area, Movie Viewing, Museum Tours, Chefs, or just about anything else you may need.

We can help you with many activities such as horseback riding, museum tours, nature hikes and tours of the Chiricahua Desert or Apache museums located 1.5 miles from the Painted Pony Resort. Property Manager has a fully licensed commercial kitchen and do catering for all sizes of events and can do low budget BBQ's to gourmet 6 course meals, depending on your needs.

We are commonly asked to set up groups for after hours dinners or gatherings with private tours of the museum facilities. The Event Center a large 20 Foot movie screen with seating for 200 and excellent sound system available. Also, there is the capability to offer live music for special events at the Geronimo Event Center. The Center is a great place for indoor wedding or reception.

Just let us know your budget and what your group would like to do and we can put together game plan for you.

Quotes for lodgeing go through VRBO so you are protected and book with your credit card.

If you desire a total price to include rental and special services we will do a custom quotation for you that is separate from lodging.

We are on 756 acres in the high desert situated in the San Simon Valley of SW New Mexico with breath taking panoramic views of two mountain ranges: Chiricahua and Peloncillo Mountains boarding the property.

We have 10 bedrooms and 18 beds and 6.5 baths. Wheelchair accessible with grab bars for the 3 full bathrooms in the Main House.

* Spacious 5 bedroom main house

* 2 guest houses with 5 additional bedrooms

* Large Events Building (converted airplane hanger)

* 5 Full Service RV pads

* Cabana and courtyard

* Outdoor pool, outdoor fireplace and hot tub.

We've accommodated a wedding that included 100 people at the reception and wedding ceremony on the property. The Wedding party stayed at PPR - 30 people - and we arranged lodging for there other overnight guests in the area. We hosted a family reunion with 51 people including 20 children with overflow guests in the lodge just up the road. Maximum occupancy at PPR is 40 people. We coordinate with near by local properties to accommodate larger groups.

A well know band recently used Painted Pony as a one week retreat to write new songs. We've had art groups, a yoga retreat, corporate off-site, woman's retreat, and several astronomy groups.

If you have a large group we can help you with overflow rooms with local vendors or you can camp on the property.

We are an Ideal location for Family Reunion, Weddings, Corporate Conference & Retreat, Other Groups like: Astronomy and Stargazing Clubs, Painting Workshops, Biking & Hiking Groups, University Research Teams, Spiritual Retreat, & Leadership Conferences.

When you book you agree to our Terms and Conditions and occupancy rules.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Glen

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.


Animas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • By booking you agree to our Terms and Conditions
  • We do a guest count during your stay and will charge $50 per person for guests in excess of 40 guests.
  • If you have more guests on site than agreed to then we will adjust your rental to $1,400 per night.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En Suite Bath for MB in Guest House with walk-in closet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Bath off the Great Room Area
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath shared between Bedrooms 7 & 8
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath in Painted Pony Cabin
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , Bungalow Super sized bath serves bunks and calf. king bed
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , En Suite Main Master Br. Grab Bars in tub, shower, Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared between BR 2 & 3. Grab bars for toilet, & tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared between Bedroom 4 & 5. Grab bar for toilet.
  • 6.5 bathrooms. The En Suite Master bathrooms for the main house and guest house have large walk in closets. The En Suite Master bathroom for the Wedding Bungalow is super sized with large double shower, large tub facing mountains, and unbelievable walk in closet (with 4 bunks) that is perfect for weddings or extra space for roll away bed sleeping area.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main House - Shared bath with bedroom 3
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Main House - Shared bath with Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , Main House - Shared bath with Bedroom 5
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , Main House - Shared bath with Bedroom 4
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Guest House Master with En Suite Bath
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , Guest Hose - Shared bath with Bedroom 7
    Bedroom 9 - 1 king , Bungalow - 8 foot sq oversize King with XL En Suite Bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Guest House - Shared bath with Bedroom 8
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master En Suite Bath. Grab bars in shower, tub, & toilet
    Bedroom 10 - 4 twin/ single , 2 Bunk Beds in Bungalow Walk-In Closet
  • 10 bedrooms total with: 8 twin beds, 5 queen, 3 king and 2 double.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
PPR Features: * Furnished with quality beds and mattresses. * Bedrooms are spacious and can accommodate extra people with roll-out beds. * Lots of space on our 750+ acres and in our four residential building plus the Events Building. * Basketball area on a concrete pad by the Events Building. * Ping pong table in three car garage at the main house. * Pool table in the same three car garage with the ping pong table. * Two fully equipped kitchens. * In the main house garage is a commercial ice maker, large freezer, and a commercial refrigerator. * Events Building for your uses: Wedding Receptions, On-site Conferences, Parties, Workshop Staging Area, and other group events.


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Family Reunions, Weddings, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing, Get Away From All
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Glendora CA

Our family’s third year at the Painted Pony. It’s a great place!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and letting us know you had a fantastic time. Appreciate the comments regarding our property manager. Glen
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Glendora CA

Family Meeting

  • 5 of 5

Our family's second year in a row at the Painted Pony. Truly an oasis in the desert. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ! You are wonderful guests. Glen
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Stunning Views, Gracious Hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

We have just arrived home in San Francisco after our three-weeks of travel in New Mexico. A great highlight of our trip was our stay in your Painted Pony Resort. Michelle was a gracious, knowledgeable, and exemplary host, taking care of all our needs—from an immaculate guesthouse, to firewood, directions, advice, knowledge about the local area, and overall care. Her hospitality made us feel wonderfully at home! My partner and I walked in the desert in the evening under star-filled skies and basked in the glow of the Chiricahua and Peloncillo mountains in the daytime, enjoying the extensive grounds of the Painted Pony estate, situated beautifully with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and plains.

We wanted to let you know how pleased and well taken care of we were during our visit! We have been so enthralled by our stay at your property both last year and this that we would like to spend a full week next time. Thank you so much for your generous hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, this is great. Thank you so much and we are looking forward to your visit next year! You are a wonderful guest in all respects.
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Beautiful Property,Serene with breathtaking scenery!

  • 5 of 5

Bruce was very welcoming, very helpful! Air conditioning went out, had it fixed in record time! Linens and towels were very clean! Kitchen not as clean as I like, but Im pretty picky! Bugs were a problem but expected since it's a desert area. ALL IN ALL wonderful experience with plenty of room for the entire family!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and so happy you had such a great time! Not sure what was not right with the kitchen since we went over a check list at check-in and the guests were asked to bring to our attention anything during their stay which they did not do.
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This place ROCKED!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property!!! Bruce did a fantastic job making us feel comfortable. The place was clean and had everything we needed. The ice maker rocked, along with Bruce and everything else!!!! Great place for a family reunion, even with little kids!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the great review!! We loved having you as guests and appreciate such friendly and responsible vacationers!
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
El Paso or Tucson
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Rodeo Tavern
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
US 80
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Rodeo Tavern
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350 + Tax

Maximum occupancy 40 people. Rates discounted to equal $35 per person once you reach $1,000 per night. Rate for 40 people would come out to $1,400 per night. By booking you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.