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Wilderness Luxury With Breathtaking Views

Karen Smith

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Wilderness Luxury With Breathtaking Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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1 Bedroom, Whirlpool Bath, Queen Sofa Bed, Fireplace, Heated Floors & More

If a relaxing getaway among quiet, natural beauty is what you crave, Two Ponyz Ranch has the 'food for your soul'.

Our luxurious Guest Casita is located on 40 sprawling acres, dotted with pinion and juniper. Just 75 minutes southeast of Albuquerque, Two Ponyz Ranch offers easy access to the impressive Salinas Mission Ruins, the Cibola National Forest, and the quaint town of Mountainair. The brilliant blue skies, fragrant air, and stunning 360 degree views clearly showcase the best of New Mexico.

Whether you seek a peaceful retreat, a horseback riding adventure, a stopping point during your travels, or a tranquil place to hang your hat while your new home is being constructed, Two Ponyz Ranch can accommodate you.

Guesthouse Details: This non-smoking one bedroom unit can accommodate up to four guests. The casita is decorated in an eclectic southwestern style and has such luxurious touches as a jetted tub, kiva fireplace, heated travertine floors, hand carved wood vigas and doors that add New Mexican flavor. A full kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances make the idea of staying a weekend even a month a tempting option.

Guest Book Comments: 'No place better to experience nature and escape the hectic pace of the modern world. Forethought is its secret.' Mr. & Mrs. Schwartz Chicago, Illinois

'Tip top Hop Scotch ! ! ! The horseback riding was awesome. True Mountain majesty.'

B. Edwards Reno, Nevada

'Great surroundings, beautiful accommodations, impeccable have it all.'

M. Mahan Scottsdale, Arizona

'Wow! What can we say that will convey the magnificent, truly special time we've enjoyed here at Two Ponyz.'

V. Cameron Burlington, Wisconsin

'You made us feel so welcome. You made our Honeymoon very special. We won't ever forget it.'

Mr. & Mrs. Morris Rio Rancho, New Mexico

'The peace & quiet, magnificent vistas, horses, birds, dog...all a treat!

Debbie and KT Albuquerque, New Mexico

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Karen Smith

Worked for many years as a personal manager to several musicians in Los Angeles, Chicago, and England. Former Program Director for the Hubbard Street Mural Project in Chicago. Equestrian, artist, and grant writer.

Karen Smith purchased this house in 2006

Why Karen Smith chose Albuquerque

Stunning mountain and mesa views that to this day never cease to amaze me. Quiet, natural setting that adjacent to the Cibola National Forest which protects Two Ponyz Ranch from over development.

What makes this house unique

Was able to build from the ground-up building that reduced the carbon footprint through on-demand heating, radiant-heated floors, and grid-tie solar electric.

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Wilderness Luxury With Breathtaking Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

A Piece of Heaven Found

  • 5 of 5

French author Jules Renard once said "On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.". We found one of those pieces at Two Ponyz Ranch!

My wife and I spent three nights there while house hunting in the area. So it was more of a business trip vs. pleasure, but oh what a pleasurable experience. The design and comfort of the casita is second to none and the amenities... outstanding!

And our host Karen...warm, charming, full of life, down to Earth, and helpful are but a few phrases which come to mind. Her heart and soul are in Two Ponyz and it shows in every detail.

I highly recommend spending a few nights at the ranch as it will give you a whole new perspective of things. Well done Karen! We look forward to seeing you again.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow…what can I say…thank you so much for your commentary on Two Ponyz Ranch. It's rewarding to have guests that enjoy and appreciate all of the positive energy I've put into the guesthouse. As I do take it personally, because I've done my very best to create a comfortable, earth-friendly accommodation, set in this naturally beautiful region of central New Mexico. So it is with gratitude for you both and the many guests that have stayed here at Two Ponyz Ranch that I am inspired to share this special place.

Delightful Abo Casita

  • 5 of 5

Remote but convenient from Albuquerque, my wife and I travel to New Mexico and stay at 2ponyz several times a year. The property is exquisitely located in the historic Abo Canyon at the south end of the Manzano Mountains and is incredibly peaceful. The view from the property of the Chupadera Mesa to the south and the Manzano Mtns to the north are beautiful. And the casita is amazing, welcoming and comfortable in all manner. We generally bring all the food we need for our stay and prepare it in the best appointed kitchen of any lodging place we've stayed. The kitchen, dining and very comfortable living space have a sublime view of the Manzano Mountains and the kiva fireplace is a delightful amenity. We always sleep very comfortably in the well presented bedroom. The casita is always clean and well maintained. 2Ponyz is close to both natural and historic sites. We enjoy the nearby Salinas Pueblos National Monument (there are actually 3 units separated by 10-20 miles, but you can walk to the Abo unit from 2Ponyz). We often hike in the Manzano's and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and visit the Bernardo Waterfowl Management area near Sevilleta. A bit further drive is the Bosque del Apache NWR, home of the popular Festival of Cranes and the Very Large Array radio telescope - suffice it to say, I could go on describing areas of interest. Although there's plenty to do nearby, spending a quiet, relaxing day at the ranch is one of life's pleasures and we look forward to our next visit! I enthusiastically recommend 2Ponyz to anyone traveling in the region.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Karen was a wonderful host and facilitated an amazing getaway for us and our dog, Winston. The ranch is beautiful and perfectly situated to provide gorgeous scenery and myriad hiking trails. We loved taking long hikes during the day to see the ruins and look out over the land. Karen was very helpful in giving us a thorough review of things to see and do in the open-space and in Mountainair. She was always present and kind when we called with questions, but gave us the privacy we sought for our weekend away! What set our stay further apart was the casita itself, which was well-equipped and beautifully decorated. We spent any time not outside cooking in the kitchen (I only wish my kitchen were so nice with such a view!). A truly great place with a gracious host. The perfect getaway for us, and one we knew immediately we would return to again. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Two Ponyz Ranch. The casita is very well-equipped and beautifully designed and decorated. We loved the private setting, the ability to hike right from the casita, watching the horses, and playing with the dogs. We spent the first afternoon exploring some of the two-track roads/trails in the adjoining Cibola National Forest. The next day we walked to the interesting ruins at Abo, part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. (This is a six-mile round trip with no shade, so might be less enjoyable in the summer.) We visited the other two ruins (Quarai and Gran Quivera) by car on the way to/from Two Ponyz and also recommend them. Karen was very helpful in providing information on things we might like to do in the area.

We had fun poking around the old-fashioned hardware store on the main street in Mountainair, as well as the Cibola Art Gallery. We also enjoyed our lunch at the Alpine Alley on the north edge of town. We were glad we picked up groceries before arriving, because once we got to Two Ponyz we didn’t move the car again until we left due to how much we enjoyed just relaxing at the casita and exploring the area on foot. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals, including basic condiments. We are used to driving on gravel roads and had no problems getting to the casita based on the detailed directions Karen sent us. She was an attentive host and available if needed, but also respected our privacy. We are very happy to have found the Two Ponyz and hope to come back someday.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to read that you both had such an enjoyable stay. I've noticed that more guests are taking advantage of the easy access to hike to the mission ruins in Abo and the adjacent Cibola National Forest. And although Mountainair is a small town, it does offer some interesting places to visit. The Cibola Art Gallery is chuck-full of reasonably priced art created by local artisans. Meds and More, our local pharmacy has a soda fountain, something that is a rare find indeed. And the three restaurants in town each have their own features; the Shaffer restaurant is located in a historic building, the Alpine Cafe has an open-kitchen setting and an espresso machine, and Ancient Cities Cafe is a local favorite where ranchers can be seen having breakfast any day of the week. I can understand why once arriving at Two Ponyz Ranch you "didn't move the car" however because we are centrally located, guests staying longer have a wonderful variety of options for day trips. Looking forward to your return visit. Thank you!
Albuquerque, NM

Peaceful Bliss and Respect to the Earth

  • 5 of 5

Spent Thanksgiving at the Casita, and it was pure bliss. To the point we might make it a yearly ritual... To the point we didn't leave at all for 2 days and stayed in our Pajamas. The snow helped that excuse out, way more snow than normal for this time of year. The owners had the road plowed for us, good thing or we really would not have gotten in. We are locals so were shocked at the amount of snow. The Casita itself is luxury in the middle of wilderness, it was so perfect we could have easily stayed and just moved in. Large, roomy, open, lofty. The heated floors are heaven, the fireplace even more so. Perfect fully kitchen, and a dishwasher, great for a quiet Thanksgiving. The Horses are fun to have right out your door, as are the numerous bluebirds, and the very gracious pups. Oops almost forgot the great hosts, instant friends!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Douglas, MI

So happy to return!

  • 5 of 5

A return visit to a favorite get-away! So many things to love here: Exceptional accommodation, caring hosts, wonderful views, and lovely peace and quiet. We stayed for a week this time and it was just what we needed. There are so many great places to hike: The Salinas Monument ruins, the Cibola National Forest and Manzano Mountain, plus, this is a really great area for mountain biking. We also had an excellent day at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge where we saw thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, as well as many other species of birds - amazing! At the end of each day, we came back to this cozy, luxurious casita and enjoyed the kiva fireplace, and the peace of the grazing horses right outside. We ate at Alpine Alley and cannot recommend this café enough for consistently great food and friendly atmosphere. Breakfast there every morning was such a treat - best coffee ever! We also enjoyed some great burgers at the unusual Shaffer Hotel. There is a lot of wonderful art in Mountainair, and I'm becoming a believer about the "good energy" here. I swear you can feel it. Karen and Adam were, once again, the perfect hosts, there to help when needed, but never intrusive. We truly felt we were away from it all, in a place where we could reconnect with nature, and history. Two Ponyz will always be a special place to us, and we hope to "disappear" here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your endearing compliments and observations. It fills my heart with joy when guests are able to truly relax, reconnect with the natural beauty of this special place, and experience the wondrous enchantment New Mexico has to offer.


Cibola Arts
"The Cibola Art Gallery is filled with a diverse collection of beautiful, interesting, and re..."
Mountainair Meds & More
"Mountainair Meds and More is the local pharmacy which back in time use to also house the loc..."
Gustin Hardware
"Gustin Hardware has many wooden plaques that display wood-burned cattle brands from the loca..."
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Sunport International Airport, Albuquerque
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
Willard Cantina
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Belen Rail Runner Train
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 60 & 47
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Highway 60 and Highway 55 in Mountainair
Car: necessary

Two Ponyz Ranch is walking distance from the Salinas Pueblo National Monument at Abo' and is within a short drive of the Quarai and Gran Quivira Pueblo Mission Ruins. The Ranch is also adjacent to the Cibola National Forest which is filled with endless hiking and riding trails. Mountainair is just ten miles east of Two Ponyz where you will find antiques, cafes, art galleries, a grocery store, post office, soda fountain, drugstore and the National Monument Visitors Center.

Other Activities: Star Gazing, Nature Photography, Writing, Meditation, Star Gazing,

Hiking, Horseback Riding, Birdwatching, and Several Ancient Ruins. Beautiful Sunrises, Sunsets and Monsoon Rainbows.

Railrunner Train from Belen to Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Ski: Cross-Country Skiing in the Cibola National Forest and along the Salt Mission Scenic Byway within minutes of Two Ponyz Ranch


Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Albuquerque House Rental Rates

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Jan 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75.00 + Tax
Cleaning Gratuity 5% $20.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.69%
Notes 5% Cleaning Gratuity

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Albuquerque House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Bathroom has heated stone floors, jetted tub and separate vanity sink, complete with luxury bath and hair care products
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Other - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , in Living Room
  • Bedroom has private patio with furniture. Second sleeping accommodation is a queen size sofa bed located in the living room. Living Room also has a patio with gas grill, grilling tools and outdoor dinnerware.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
We have a new four stall horse barn with 12X12 stalls that each have 50' runs and shade awnings. The barn also has an insulated ceiling with skylights. Daily stall cleaning and customized care. Choice hay is also available. Trail Riding with an experienced guide available with advance reservations. Well-behaved, house-trained dogs welcome with advance notice and pet fee.

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