History surrounds Hideout Ranch, and every ride covers the same ground Apache, US soldiers, bad guys, good guys, and thousands of unknown but brave, determined settlers put their feet upon decades and decades ago. There are myriad spots intricately woven into the historical fabric of the American West, fascinating areas well-known to and revered by legendary figures Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and McLaurys, Pancho Villa, Billy the Kid, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Places like Turkey Creek where Johnny Ringo was found shot between the eyes with no clue still today of who pulled the trigger, and Skeleton Canyon, just miles down the road, where Geronimo, who broke away from Cochise's band and continued the fight against the US Army for years, finally surrendered.
Some of our favorites include:
Fort Bowie: Built in 1862 after the Battle of Apache Pass which was the southern route from the East to California, the US Army launched and maintained campaigns against Cochise and Geronimo from the mountaintop fort. We ride along the old Butterfield Stage line, stop for a visit at the stagecoach station, pay your respects at the cemetery, and pass Apache Spring on up to the ruins of the fort. It's an easy trail, crowded with well-known historical figures and those beyond the pages of books. Bowie has long been a favorite ride of both Hideout guests and wranglers.
Chiricahua National Monument: One of nature's most belief-defying rock formations, the Chiricahua National Monument was known to Cochise and his band of Apaches as the "Land of Standing-Up Rocks." The Monument is an amazing ride with indescribable views, but somehow – you see something different every time you ride there.
Cochise Stronghold: The summer home of Cochise and his Chiricahua Apaches, the US Army never penetrated the boulders and Arizona Live Oak of the Stronghold to apprehend the legendary chief. Despite rumors of Cochise buried with his favorite horse and favorite dog there, the only man who knew took that secret with him when he died. Still today, the Apache hold the Stronghold as a holy place. Riding along the trail, you'll feel a permeating sacredness.
Horseshoe Canyon: Directly across from Hideout Ranch, Horseshoe Canyon winds back for miles into the Chiricahuas, then forks in opposite directions, each to more fascinating landscapes. There is no spot on Hideout Ranch from which you can't see Horseshoe Canyon, and a favorite pastime is watching the light play on the walls of the canyon. It is beyond imagination.
Camp Rucker: First known as Camp Supply, this outpost of Fort Bowie was renamed for Lt. John Rucker in 1878 after his accidental death nearby. It was from this camp, later a fort, that the US Army continued their efforts to capture Geronimo. The ruins of the fort are fun to poke about and imagine them thriving with soldiers and livestock. When you ride across the expansive parade grounds, you'll hear bugles calling the soldiers into formation and feel the exhilaration of an army on a mission.
Red Rocks: High above Camp Rucker, the Red Rocks are a magnificent destination, achieved after riding through still more astonishingly pristine country. Again, the views are spectacular.
Owl Canyon: To reach this delightful little canyon in New Mexico, you ride across Hideout Ranch to the upper corner, then wind through the mesquite and arroyos on up into the canyon. There is a vantage point from where you look across the valley into Horseshoe Canyon in Arizona as a staggering panorama opens in front of you.
Overnights: Do you want to truly experience the Apacheria Wilderness? Ride for hours, then bed down around the campfire after a delicious range dinner? Drift to sleep on the wuffling and shuffling sounds of the horses on the picket line? Wake up to the bracing aroma of fresh coffee brewing over a revitalized campfire as the sun gilds the pinion pines and begins to warm the day? Join us on an overnight pack trip into the Chiricahuas or Peloncillos, and get to know yourself better than you ever thought you could.