Over 125 years ago the family of Joe Hooker journeyed from the East Coast to New Mexico and began building a family ranch. The Depression was fully felt by most people in the country. Joe's progress was slow, but steady. He eventually put together a large enough spread that he and his family could make a living raising cattle. It was a extraordinary difficult life in every way. Southwestern New Mexico encompases some of the more rugged, remote although pristine land in the U.S.
The terrain ranges from rugged mountains and deep canyons to mesas and semi-desert. Due to the extreme and varied terrain, the country is difficult to traverse and largely unspoiled.
In 1905 the U.S. Government created the Gila National Forest, comprised of approximately 2,710,659 acres of public land, making it the sixth largest (and least
utilized) National Forest in the continental United States.
In 1996 Alan and Debbie Eggleston purchased the Hooker legacy ranch from Donald Hooker, son of Joe. For 18 years, they operated it as a working cattle guest ranch hosting an average of 400 guests annually, from all around the globe. Now retired, Debbie and Alan have set their sights in a new direction, but still plan to continue offeing folks a unique opportunity to experience the amazing beauty in and around Grant County New Mexico.
Most of the original buildings and corrals are still being used today. Slowly, each one is receiving a loving, much needed freshening and repair, from new paint, to new roofs, windows, and corrals. Our goal is to maintain as much of the original ranch appearance as possible, providing you with a taste of New Mexico ranching life.
You will discover some of the most incredible vistas God ever created!
Our private 360 acres include over a mile of Bear Creek which feeds into the Gila River. You'll find an extraordinary, privately protected riparian sanctuary, home to black hawks, falcons, hundreds of migratory and indiginous birds as well as spectacular views. Hikers will marvel at the climb up "Turtle Rock" aka Apache Corral. You can see all the way to the Arizona border! We adjoin 6500 acres of New Mexico State land which flows directly into the 3 million acre Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness area. Amazing country!! Using our cabin as a home base, you have convenient access to all of this and more.
There is plenty to do in the area, year round. Check out our "Exploring the Area" page where you'll find some of the more entertaining events already scheduled for 2015-2016. The Silver City Chamber of Commerce and Gila National Forest Offices are able to provide specific information, brochures, and hours of operation. Historic Downtown Silver City is filled with antique stores and art galleries, as well.