Not so many decades ago, the Double Circle Ranch was one of the largest ranches in the entire country. It once covered almost a half million acres, and its cowboys trailed as many as 30,000 head of cattle a year to railheads in New Mexico and Arizona. A string of 350 horses and over 20 full-time cowboys helped keep the ranch running, along with various other hired hands.
People far and wide knew of the Double Circle Ranch on Eagle Creek. The ranch was famous for its wild cattle, wide open country, and rough and tumble cowboys. Geronimo killed ranchers on this land. Bank robbers signed on here as cowboys while they were laying low. And with the acreage and the number of animals involved, cattle gathers could literally take years. Celebrated extensively in song and old newsreels, the Double Circle Ranch is one of the landmarks of the American West…an icon of days gone by.
Today, the ranch is smaller but still as Western as it gets. (And by “smaller” we mean it’s just under 40,000 acres these days…we’re no hobby farm, here!) We offer a range of educational programs and Western vacations, environmental practices, and environmental classes.
These days the Double Circle Ranch represents the best of the old and the new: We maintain the old west lifestyle and values while demonstrating sustainable and environmentally sound conservation practices. Longhorn steers are herded on horseback, the nearest town is a three hour trip away, electricity is 30 miles from here, eagles still soar and wolves still howl. Stars shine brilliantly far from light pollution and coyotes serenade at dusk. Some good things never change.