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Family Reunions, Weddings, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Animas Estate Rental Photos and Description

756 Acre High Desert Estate Complex, 30+ guests, Events Building, Pool, Hot Tub

The Painted Pony Resort is a plush, comfortable desert retreat economically priced for Family Reunions, Business Retreats, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing and Astronomy, Private Events and a Wedding Destination.

756 acre high desert ranch situated in the San Simon Valley of SW New Mexico with breath taking panoramic views of two mountain ranges: Chiricahua and Peloncillo Mountains.

11 bedrooms and 16 beds and lots of room. 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

* Air runway

* 5 RV pads

* Cabana and courtyard

* Outdoor pool, fireplace and hot tub.

We've accommodated a wedding that included 80 guests at the reception and wedding ceremony. And a family reunion with 51 people including 20 children.

Get unplugged and off the grid at Pained Pony Resort and Ranch, 'An Escape to Tranquility.'

* 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.

* Pricing based on the size of your group and or how many buildings allocated for your group.

* Flat rate pricing of $1,000 per night for most large groups plus cleaning fee and state and local taxes.

* Special Inclusive 4 day/3 night package for Private Corporate Conference & Retreat.

* Make sure to visit the Owner’s web site. The link to this web site is under Owner’s Info. Or google Painted Pony Resort.

* When you rent either from the Owner Directly or through VRBO Site you agree to our Terms and Conditions as published on this web site and on the Owner's Web Site.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2016
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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 bootheel of NM. The picture is from our own family reunion at the Painted Pony Resort.

Glen purchased this estate in 2009

Why Glen chose New Mexico

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.


based on 24 traveler reviews

Family Reunions, Weddings, Workshops, Conferences, Stargazing
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

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: Jun 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: Jun 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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Glendora CA

Painted Pony Resort

  • 5 of 5

My family of eight (ages 6 to 68) spent a week at the secluded resort, and it exceeded our expectations in every way. After a day of hiking, sightseeing, shopping, and visiting the local Desert Museum, it was like coming home. We prepared all of our meals in the large and well equipped kitchen, and ate together at the large dining table. We watched movies and played games in the family living room. My wife brought her sewing machine, set it up in the office, and worked on a quilt while the rest of us were hiking. We used the swimming pool every day, and played ping pong and billiards in the large attached garaged, which also has an extra refrigerator, freezer, and ice machine. The layout of the main house, with five bedrooms and three and a half baths, allowed for a perfect balance of togetherness and privacy. For large groups, there is also a guest house, a bungalow, and even a rustic cabin. We were all sad when it was time to leave. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks Glen and Bruce for a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! It really does make us very happy when folks have a great time and fully take advantage of what we have to offer! We look forward to your return. Glen
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Washington, DC

Luxurious Amenities in a Rustic Natural Setting

  • 5 of 5

We brought a small group of friends to the PPR for a reunion/hiking trip/hangout -- and it could not have been better. First of all, the accommodations are superb. We only had 10, but could have comfortably hosted twice as many. There's room for everyone to spread out and have some privacy, as well as come together for shared meals etc. Secondly, the location is perfectly sited between the Peloncillo mountains (sunrise side, to the east) and the Chiricahuas (sunset side, to the west). The views, light, and shifting perspectives enchanted us all -- and the starry skies at night were unlike anything we've ever seen. We were close to hiking and biking at all skill levels, as well as day trips to Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone, Silver City, and other locations. The added bonus of having an estate manager on the property, with his extensive knowledge of the natural landscape, made our stay even more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alyssa's graduation party/family reunion

  • 5 of 5

The Painted Pony Resort met all of our expectations and more. There was plenty of room for our huge family of 40 along with something for everyone to do. Besides swimming, playing ping pong, playing basketball, or shooting pool, our family could also just kick back in the amazing courtyard to just read or enjoy each other's company. We really did find a gem in the desert with this rental. Thank you Bruce and Glen for making this occasion priceless.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! We loved having you as our guests and are very pleased that everyone had a fun time. Come back soon!
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Fort Smith AR

Worth every penny!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 20 that was attending a large airsoft military simulation game in Playas NM. This was within an hour drive and had the room we needed for this large group. Super clean and spacious!!! The grounds keeper was extremely friendly and helpful. All i can say is.... give it a try and you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Excellent! We are thrilled that you had such a great time and look forward to your staying with us again in Feb. of next year. Have a great Summer! Glen
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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.


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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.94%

Rent Rustic Cabin Stand-Alone for $240 per night. Sleeps up to 6 people.

Rate of $1,000 per night for large groups of up to 30 for whole estate - plus cleaning fee and taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Animas Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • 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 50
  • 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 13 - 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 ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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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