"Inn at the LC".. Stay at the Historic Lyons & Campbell Ranch Headquarters in the well appointed "Gate House", in secluded Gila, NM. Not a "dude" or working ranch, but an Historic glimpse into the legendary million acre cattle empire. Tour the Main House where Cattle Baron Tom Lyons and wife Ida Campbell lived their lavish lives, then relax in the pool, the Historic old saloon, or enjoy the art and music filled Gallery. As a friend describes "It's like a ride on a very nice old train". The "Gate House" is a newly renovated, well appointed accommodation perfect for a couple, or couple "plus one" if they are willing to sleep on the couch. King Size four-post bed, Air conditioned, full kitchen, Satellite TV, private bathroom with Jacuzzi. (Two more apartments will be ready next year.) Once you're settled in, time to check out the Ranch. A New Mexico Historic Site, and on the National Registry of Historic Places, The National Park Service, in their publication "The Cattleman's Empire" described the million acre L & C as "Overshadowing all other ranching operations in the Southwest", and “The L.C. remains as one of the last surviving Great Ranch Houses of the Old West”. The Lyons and Campbell Ranch Headquarters is a 60 room, 8 acre, Adobe compound that today includes a 27 room Main House, Saloon, Jail, Wedding Chapel, Theatre, Gallery, Bunkhouse, Bath house with large communal Hot Tub, Swimming Pool and Lanai with wood burning brick pizza oven and BBQ. The cattle, cowboys and million acres are long gone. Cattle Baron Tom Lyons was murdered in El Paso in 1917. An Englishman, Tom Lyons' feudal empire collapsed shortly after his demise. His 27 room adobe mansion, lavishly refurnished, remains along with all the outbuildings of the L C Ranch Headquarters. A 501(c)3, your stay will help fund ongoing restoration projects. Donations are tax-deductible.
Modern Comforts in an Historic "Old West" setting
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 14, 2019
About Alex Ocheltree
University of Wyoming B.A. History 1976 Artist, Musician, Master carpenter/cabinet maker, welder, machinist, electrician. "Jack of all Trades, Master of one, still better than a master of none". Married to my beautiful Robin for 30 years, she is also a UW graduate, B.S. Speech pathology and Audiology, 1980
Alex Ocheltree purchased this Apartment in 1961
Why Alex Ocheltree chose Gila
My father was a retired Grand Opera Singer in search of "The Place". My mother was an artist and historian, looking for a Spanish Colonial Hacienda in the Southwest. Finding the L.C. back in 1961 was a treasure. In near ruins, it not only included an 18th century Spanish Colonial Hacienda, but also a Victorian adobe mansion as a Ranch house with all of the outbuildings of the headquarters of an historic Cattle Empire.
What makes this Apartment unique
The L.C. is like no other place on Earth. It defies description, because it can't be compared to anything else. It is huge, over 60 rooms, and includes a Saloon, Jail, Theatre, Chapel, bunkhouse, and 27 room adobe mansion, which has been lavishly refurnished in period art and antiques. The L.C. was built to entertain as well as to function as the headquarters for a cattle empire. The cattle and cowboys are long gone, but the L.C. remains as a multi-faceted venue for all kinds of events and gatherings, or just quiet and peaceful reflections.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
This is an excerpt from "The Cattleman's Empire" a publication of the National Park Service.
"The L.C. completely overshadowed all other ranching operations in Southwest New Mexico. It was one of the truly great ranches of the West—at its height in the 1890's controlling a million-acre range carrying 60,000 head. Tom Lyons, baron of the upper Gila, carved a kingdom out of mountain, plain and desert, and left for posterity a ranch house and headquarters complex that overshadows all other surviving historic ranch establishments in the Southwest."
Additional information about rental rates
Some simple rules: No glass in the pool enclosure, Beach towels stay at the pool, Room towels stay in the room. No curfews at the pool, Bathhouse, Gallery or Saloon, but if you are up late partying, please keep it down. If anyone complains you get one warning before we shut you down for the night. We want you to have fun and enjoy your stay at the L C Ranch, but please be considerate of other guests, and remember that the Ranch is very old, dating from 1792, and most of it is quite fragile. The L C has been our family home for over 50 years. It is an Historic property of significance, not a commercial resort. So please join us in revering and respecting the ranch, it is truly a unique and rewarding experience. There is nothing like it anywhere. Getting Around You'll need a car, unless you fly into Silver City via Albuquerque, then we can pick you up for a small fee ~$25. You'll most likely be driving, so give us a call when you leave Silver City. Your cell phone won't work once you leave Silver City. U.S. 180 is an excellent 60 mph highway (and is a direct connection between Carlsbad Caverns and The Grand Canyon). Drive 25 miles NW from Silver City on U.S. 180, then turn onto NM Hwy 211, a delightfully twisty little road, just 5 miles to Gila. We'll meet you at the gate and show you to your accommodations. You can park right in front of your apt. and easily unload your baggage and groceries. Settle in, then we'll show you around. Be careful leaving Silver City that you are on U.S. 180. WARNING!! Many people get confused and end up going north on NM Hwy 15 to Pinos Altos and the Gila Cliff dwellings..WRONG WAY!! You want to go North West on U.S. 180 to Cliff and Gila...could it get any more confusing? A simple way to remember, turn at Sonic Drive-In and pass Pizza Hut on your way out of town. If you turn at McDonald's you are going the wrong way!