|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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 hospitality...you 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
I thoroughly enjoyed my three-night mini retreat at Two Ponyz Ranch. The casita was more than comfortable -- it was luxurious -- and exactly as pictured and described. The setting is beautiful. I particularly enjoyed early morning sun on the mountains, with the two ponies grazing in the foreground. The silence and nighttime darkness were also wonderful. I liked touring the ruins at Qurai and Abo on the day I left. I think Karen gets it just right in balancing her availability and hospitable welcome, with giving guests the space to do what they came there to do. I also really appreciate her dog-friendly policy.
The ranch and casita are several (6?) miles down a dirt road. In dry October, I did it in a minivan in about 30 minutes. I did my grocery shopping and loaded up the cooler in Santa Fe before driving down the Turquoise Trail and another section of byway to get there, so didn't venture out in the car again until departure day. I'm more of a walker than hiker, and there were nice opportunities to walk short distances and still see amazing new views.
Two things I would mention to others so as not to be surprised: One is that in the space and silence, the sound of trains traveling on tracks paralleling Route 60 carries. I found it far enough away to be charming rather than bothersome. The only thing that was bothersome for my North Carolina tender-footed dog was thorns, which were dry and plentiful here and throughout the region this time of year. I had picked up a pair of rubber-soled shoes for her in Santa Fe, but didn't teach her to wear them until we were at the casita. I could have managed that better had I planned better.
But it was manageable, and we both had a positive experience -- 5 stars.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Gratuity 5%||$20 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$55 + Tax|
|Notes||5% Cleaning Gratuity|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.