About This Listing
Come and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the lights and noise of town. Maybe grill some of our grass-fed steaks or burgers on the grill, while watching the sun set. Take a walk up the canyon and up the Caprock for some spectacular views.
Welcome to JX Ranch Bunkhouse - a short 20 - 30 minute drive (20 miles plus 2.5 miles unimproved road) from Interstate 40 and old Route 66 at Tucumcari, New Mexico. Travelers with horses are welcome!
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Located on this 7,000-acre cattle ranch, two miles off the pavement, you are assured privacy, peace and quiet away from the noise and lights of town. Here you can enjoy nature from the shade of the JX Ranch Bunkhouse, built by early settlers and was the original Homestead. While we have done some remodeling, we have strived to leave it as authentic as possible; it is not fancy, but very rustic and cozy! Bring slippers; the old wood-floors are cold in the winter-time, hard year-round.
The Bunkhouse consists of two separate rooms, each with its own kitchen, bath and private entrance. The Cow Camp has two twin beds, an antique wagon-wheel sofa and TV, kitchen and a bathroom. It accommodates 2 people (3 if using the sofa), and rents for $74/night (no housekeeping).
Each room can be rented separately from the other, with its own entrance kitchen and bath. If you search for listings in "Tucumcari, NM" or go to our Profile, all three will show up (Longhorn Room, Cow Camp and Whole Bunkhouse).
In the evening, you can watch the wild turkey as they prepare to roost in the hackberry trees down- canyon below the Bunkhouse. You may see a doe with her fawn on their way to water, or a busy roadrunner scooting by with the day's catch in his mouth. The sight of our colorful Longhorn cattle (if they are nearby) will take you back to the time of the trail drives, one of which - the famous Goodnight-Loving Trail - went through the ranch and right past where the Bunkhouse is located. The old trail is perfect for an evening or early-morning hike. At dusk, coyotes call to each other across the canyons and ridges. On a cloudless night, the star-filled sky will take your breath away!
We offer a continental breakfast – your kitchen is stocked with bagels or rolls, pancake mix and syrup, pop-tarts, eggs and/or jogurt, juice, coffee, tea, (and cocoa in the winter) sugar and creamer. In addition, we provide flour, salt & pepper, cooking spray and vegetable oil. You are welcome to bring food staples and prepare your own meals - the kitchen is equipped with a two-burner electric cook-top, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, small refrigerator and a mini-grill. You will find basic cooking utensils - pots and pans, dishes, plates etc. Chairs and table are outside the Bunkhouse where you can sit and eat while watching the sun rise over the Caprock.
We provide a charcoal grill and a sitting area outside the Bunkhouse for your enjoyment. We raise and sell all-natural grass-fed beef (no hormones or antibiotics) and usually have steaks or hamburger meat available for purchase. Let us know ahead of time if you want some for your dinner so we can have them thawed out for your arrival. If you want to purchase our beef to take with you, make sure to bring a cooler.
Pets are welcome but are to be kept on a leash when outside, and kept off the furniture when inside as a courtesy to other guests. We appreciate you cleaning up after them around the Bunkhouse. We provide a cat litter box with sand and food bowls and a dog-waste disposal can.
Tucumcari, in its wildest days, was named “Six Shooter Siding”; you will find many restaurants and famous Route 66 Icons and murals. Lowes is the one grocery store - go north on Exit 332 to light, turn left and Lowes is two blocks down on your right. Come back same way and stay on 209.
The small town offers two museums - the Historical Museum and the Dinosaur Museum. Two lakes are within an hour's drive of the ranch; Ute Lake (45 minutes) and Conchas Lake (1 hour) offer boating and fishing. The Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner is an hour's drive, and Palo Duro Canyon with the wonderfully entertaining Texas Play in the summer, is two hours away.
Tucumcari is located on I-40, approximately 180 miles east of Albuquerque, NM and 110 miles west of Amarillo, TX. We are 20 miles south of Tucumcari on State Highway 209, and 2 miles off the pavement. See directions.
It is usually very dry in this part of the State, but if we do get rain, the 2.5 miles of unimproved dirt-road may be passable only with a 4x4 vehicle. If it looks like it has rained or may rain (not very often!), please call me before heading this way.
Guests have access to walk/hike on the ranch. Please observe rules such as no smoking, and be aware of possibility of seeing rattlesnakes while out walking in the summer months - stay away from thick brush.
Interaction with Guests
Minimal interaction with guests. We greet and visit a little, and may run into each other the next morning. Guests have complete privacy and peace and quiet!
This is ranching country. The neighborhood is the ranch, pastures, and cattle!
A car is necessary to access the ranch. If we were to receive rain which we so rarely do, you may want to check with us before driving in the 2 miles of dirt road. Call us before leaving Tucumcari.
Please read our "Welcome to the JX Ranch Cabin" when you arrive. It contains suggestions and "house rules" to make your stay enjoyable.
When conditions are dry, due to the extreme fire danger, smoking is not allowed anywhere, inside or outside, except inside your vehicle and using your ash tray. No open fire or grilling outside when conditions are dry/windy. Check with us first. Water is scarce and we ask that you keep this in mind when using water in the cabin.
When using the Charcoal grill (only if it's not too windy...), please keep it on the table outside and do not leave it unattended. Empty ashes into the provided ash bucket, and brush/clean the grill for the next guests (tools are provided).
Pets are allowed, but must be kept on a leash while on the premises, and we appreciate you keeping them off the furniture as a courtesy to later guests who may be allergic to pet hair. Please pick up any waste from your pets around the Bunkhouse; a "Pet Waste" basket is provided as well as baggies for the cat litter box.
We were not able to stay at the ranch this time around, but Tom and Mimi are very quick communicators and very easy to work with. I would definitely recommend the hosts just for this, even though we didn't get to see the place. Hopefully we'll be able to stop in next time we're in the area.
My sister Michelle and I stayed at the bunkhouse for one night during our cross country road trip... It was such a perfect place to rest our heads! Mimi was very kind, accommodating, and left us with a delicious breakfast. The bunkhouse itself was cute, cozy, and peaceful.
Mimi was wonderful, even with our last minute planning, and traffic troubles. She was there to greet us with 2 AMAZING steaks that you must try if you stay. The bunkhouse was perfect for just the 2 of us to stay in, with everything that we needed for breakfast while enjoying the most beautiful view of the sunrise in the morning. We were also able to make great new friends with the people staying on the other side of the bunkhouse. So glad we were able to make this stop on our trip!
Mimi was very welcoming and friendly. The place was amazing. I've never seen such a beautiful scenery in my life before. This is definetely the best place to stay in Tucumcari (maybe the entire country).
Tom and Mimi's place is gorgeous. Their bunkhouse is on their huge parcel of land 25 minutes south of Tucumcari (a small town on Route 66). Their long dirt road to the bunkhouse is possibly the only complaint. It's suitable for a car driving slow when dry. But, if it's been wet out, your vehicle will be sure to have some mud caked on upon departure.
The stay was extremely pleasant, filled with wonderful views, wild turkey and deer sightings, and a comfortable place to stay.
I only interacted with Mimi, but had amazing conversation and felt taken care of from the moment I booked my reservation until I left.
This was my first experience with airbnb. After staying in Cow Camp, I am now questioning the appeal of chain hotels. Mimi greeted us warmly and answered all our questions. The description of the property was totally accurate, and I had no trouble finding my way there. My daughter and I shared the place. We were on a 2800 mile road trip from our home in Ohio to San Francisco. After a long day's drive I could really relax at Mimi & Tom's ranch. The mesas visible from the ranch are spectacular and the setting is much different from the narrow wooded valleys of our home area.
We called ahead earlier in the day to order a steak, so that Mimi could have it thawed and ready to cook. Despite my inept grilling skills it was excellent. Beware that cell phone reception is spotty along highway 54 from Wichita. We complimented our meal with some food we had with us and some rice we bought at a mexican restaurant in Tucumcari. After dinner it was dark and the stars were spectacular owing to the lack of city lights at the ranch.
When Mimi greeted us, her dog Blue came along. After proper introductions, Blue eagerly played fetch with a stick and accepted belly rubs. Blue stayed with us until we turned in for the night and politely lay on the ground to guard the steak grilling only a few feet away.
In the morning I went for a run down the 2.25 mile drive and then hiked a little. We had a delicious breakfast of eggs, juice, and rolls which were waiting for us in the refrigerator.
If I am ever in this part of the country again, I will definitely be staying at the JX ranch.
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About the Host, Tom And Mimi
I was born in Sweden and moved here by myself in 1988 to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a cowboy! In 1996 Tom and I got hitched and we've been ranching ever since, both here in New Mexico and in Nebraska. Using holistic range management principles we take good care of our land, cattle, water and wildlife on which we depend for our livelihood. We used to take in guests coming for a 'working cattle ranch vacation", and are now renting the bunkhouse out to travelers on Route 66. We raise and sell all-natural grass-fed beef on our ranch and Tom is also a real estate agent and sells farms and ranches and other rural properties in New Mexico.