It's a peaceful and remote escape nestled far off the highway in southeastern Arizona's Galiuro Mountains. On 49,120 acres of rugged semi-desert grasslands, Muleshoe Ranch straddles the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Streams that begin high in the ponderosa pine forest cross the Muleshoe Ranch and carve canyons into saguaro-studded hillsides, providing habitat for native fishes and other streamside species. Elevation at the preserve headquarters is 4,100 feet.
Ideal for individuals, families, or groups looking for a scenic retreat, the five charming, housekeeping units are original and renovated historic buildings dating from the late 1800s. Four of these units border a garden courtyard, while the fifth stands alone near the start of the nature trail. Each unit has a private bathroom and kitchen and is fully furnished with linens and kitchenware.
Nearby, natural hot springs fill tubs for exclusive use by overnight guests. Also on the courtyard, the McMurray Commons features a multi-use room, a sitting room with fireplace and a kitchen. Guests are welcome to enjoy this facility; please note that use of the kitchen is only available for rent by groups. Download a brochure for more information, including rates. You can also take a peek inside with this slideshow.
While headquarters offers the comforts of home, a visitor center and soaking in the hot springs, you will be surrounded by thousands of acres of scenic wild lands. At your doorstep the opportunities for exploration are endless, with more than 22 miles of hiking trails and loops, canyons teeming with wildlife (over 180 bird species have been recorded here!) and dark skies for star-gazing.
Muleshoe Ranch CMA is jointly owned and managed by the Conservancy, Coronado National Forest and Bureau of Land Management. In 1992 the Conservancy began an ecosystem restoration project in cooperation with the BLM. Conservancy scientists designed a program of grazing rest and prescribed burning with two goals in mind: Restore perennial grasses and reduce shrub cover, and protect the ranch's seven perennial streams that contain some of Arizona's best native fish and streamside habitats.
In only one year after a 4,000-acre treatment area burned, perennial grasses increased to 45 percent and shrub cover decreased to 9 percent. Successive photos of burn units reveal signs of grassland restoration - far fewer shrubs, increased native grasses including a flush of side oats gramma, one of the prized rangeland grasses that made southern Arizona such an attractive place to settlers 150 years ago.
The Muleshoe Ecosystem Project demonstrates how sound science and strong partnerships with public agencies can restore large landscapes for species such as pronghorn antelope, mountain lion, grassland birds, native fish and lowland leopard frog.
All rates are listed as double occupancy. For each additional guest three years and older there is an $35 per person per night charge. The Headquarters is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Guests may check in between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Prior arrangements can be made for late arrivals. Check-out time is 11 a.m..
Two-night minimum stay is required, September through May. A three-night minimum stay is required on holiday weekends. Use of the hot springs are for overnight lodging guests only.
The commons may be rented by groups for $100 per night and includes use of group kitchen and dining area. A damage deposit of $100 is required. Group deposit will not be transferred or refunded unless cancelled 45 days prior to reservation.
There is no camping allowed at headquarters and guest facilities.
Families with children are welcome to reserve the Stone Cabin. Lodging in the courtyard casitas is for adults only unless families with children rent the entire facility. Please call for current hours of operation and child policy.
A 50 percent deposit is required on all reservations and must be received no later than one week from the date the reservation is made. Cash, travelers checks, Discover, Mastercard, Visa and American Express accepted.
Pets are not permitted at the headquarters or in the casitas or cabins. However, horse corrals are available for casita guests wanting to bring their own horse(s) for a nominal fee.
Cancellations and Refunds: If you must cancel a reservation your deposit (less a $40 processing fee) will be refunded only if we are notified 30 days or more (45 days or more for groups) prior to arrival. If you cancel 14 days prior to arrival, we will transfer your deposit to another date one time only. Cancellations received less than 14 days prior to arrival are non-refundable and non-transferable. Guests are responsible for payment of all nights rented, regardless of actual arrival or departure date.
Prices subject to change without notice.
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