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Ladder Ranch

In Sierra county near Truth or Consequences , NM

Explore 156,000 acres of stunning scenery, rich biodiversity and ancient cultural heritage.


156,439 Acres4 bedrooms
Sleeps 84 bathrooms

Unique Features

Private chef
Bison Expedition
Vast collection of animal life
Mix of ecosystems

A Hosted Experience

Guests are greeted by landowner or landowner representative, cooked for, guided and are attended to throughout stay.
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Your Host

David Barfield

Activities Manager

David Barfield is in his sixth year with the Turner Organization. David is immersed in the conservation efforts, sustainability and stewardship of the land that are the hallmark of Ted Turner’s vision on the Ladder and Armendaris. One of his favorite spots on Ladder is the Animas watershed, where the wildlife, history and diverse terrain converge!

About the Ranch

The Experience

From trekking through an abandoned mining town to scouting for diverse wildlife, Ladder has an activity for everyone. Create your own journey and discover the depths of Ladder’s natural environment. Wandering creek canyons and endless mountain ranges await or take an unparalleled walk through history. Inhabited by humans dating back to prehistoric times, Ladder features ancient cultural heritage sites. Visit abandoned adobe ruins, pit houses, charcoal kilns and other encampments surrounded by beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife. Or if you're an active adventurer, explore the ranch hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, or on a bison roundup.

The Accommodations

Make your stay truly sublime. Recently renovated, four bright spacious new bathrooms with walk in showers and slipper tubs have truly transformed Ted's Ladder home. Staying true to Turner’s character, the four-bedroom ranch house exudes comfort and an unassuming ambiance. All meals and activities are included with your stay at Ladder. For those looking for an intimate and unique experience, this is second to none. Other features include a front porch, stone fireplace, and flat screen TV.

The Mission

Ted Turner’s appreciation for nature runs deep, compelling him to work tirelessly through his private company and his various foundations in support of land and species conservation. Through his foundations and individually, Turner has given millions to programs for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect our climate, safeguarding environmental health and protecting wildlife and habitats to maintain biodiversity.

Turner wishes to share his love of nature and discovery in the hope that those visiting his properties will develop a deeper appreciation for and awareness of what our Earth has to offer and, just as importantly, a shared responsibility for the well-being of our environment.

“When we connect with nature, we heal ourselves. When we protect nature, we heal the planet.” – Ted Turner


From Our

The Land

A natural oasis situated by four Rio Grande tributaries, Ladder is home to rich biodiversity. The ranch offers a dynamic habitat for dozens of mammals and hundreds of bird species including mule deer, bison, mountain lions, elk, antelope, black hawks, golden eagles, elf owls, curve-billed thrashers and more.

From The

From The
Ranch Owner

"Our mission is connecting people with nature, and we aim to make that happen with your visit to Ladder. This natural oasis is situated by four Rio Grande Tributaries, and offers a wonderful balance of adventure paired with relaxation."
-Ted Turner Reserves

The Lodging

The Ranch House combines rustic elegance with Southwestern accents. The historical four-bedroom house offers a spacious four-tiered stack stone living room, wood burning fireplace, and personal chef.
Ladder Ranch House
4,329 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
sleeps 8
The Ranch House combines rustic elegance with Southwestern accents. The historical four-bedroom house offers a spacious four-tiered stack stone living room, wood burning fireplace, and personal chef.
Ladder Ranch House
4,329 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
sleeps 8


Billiards Room
Coffee maker
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor Grill
No pets allowed
Bird watching
Trail running
Wildlife Viewing

Available Activities

Let us know what you're interested in when you request to book.

Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa

Sierra Grande offers a unique combination of rejuvenating activities and exciting adventure. Spend the day exploring New Mexico’s diverse landscapes, then slip into a mineral-enriched geothermal hot spring bath. Prices based on services.

Day tour to Armendaris

The Armendaris day tour brings you to the majestic Fra Cristobal mountain range and the Chihuahuan grasslands. During June through August, stay for the evening bat flight. Experience a true wonder of nature—witness over 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats take flight in a spectacular evening exodus from the Jornada lava flow. Included in stay.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Get carried away. Ascend to the skies on board a hot air balloon and witness the majesty of Armendaris’ pristine semi-desert grasslands or Ladder’s glistening Rio Grande tributaries. Inquire for pricing.

Eco Tours

Set forth on a transformative eco-based adventure and discover the intricacies of nature. Guided by dedicated natural resource specialists, you will learn about conservation efforts on the properties and the numerous endangered species that have been positively impacted by them, including the Bolson tortoise and the Chiricahua leopard frog. Included in stay.

Wildlife Tours

Offering a dynamic habitat for dozens of mammals and hundreds of bird species, our collection of properties is one of the best places to spot wildlife in the U.S. Each property hosts an entire spectrum of animal species, such as mule deer, bison, mountain lions and wild horses. Led by knowledgeable guides, you will explore the property and see its featured residents—the exceptional wildlife. Included in stay.


Home to hundreds of bird species, Ladder hosts one of the finest birdwatching sanctuaries in North America. Walk through pristine semi-desert landscape and spot common black hawks, golden eagles, elf owls, curve-billed thrashers and more. Our expert birding guides will tailor the tour to your birdwatching experience. Included in stay.

Bison Expedition

A customized tour available any time of the year focused on seeing bison and learning from the expert guides Ted's vision and efforts on regenerating the bison population. Included in stay.

Pedal Boat Tours/Stand Up Paddle/Kayaking

Spend a leisurely day exploring Elephant Butte lake. Inquire for pricing.

Fishing on Elephant Butte Lake

Go on a chartered fishing excursion on Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico’s largest lake. A seasoned fishing expert will take you along miles of scenic coastline, help you hone your fishing techniques and reveal the secret spot for bass, stripers, and other large catch. $350/half day for 2 people. $50 each additional person.

Request to stay at Ladder Ranch

In Sierra County near Truth or Consequences

In order for us to ensure you have the best experience, we take your requested date and party size and confirm with the ranch owner before you finish and pay for your booking. You will not be charged to request to book.



Per Night
Max number of people: 8
Your stay includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, customized itineraries, menus, private chef, all activities with private guide and activity transportation while on the Ranch.




Cancellation Policy

50% refund less processing fee if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 100% refund less processing fee if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

Ranch Rules

No smoking
No pets
Don't litter and please pick up any trash you see on the ground
Be respectful of all wildlife and your surroundings
Please don't disturb plants or pick up Native American artifacts


2 hour drive from El Paso
2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque