Our “off season” was anything but slow with our summer remodeling projects well underway! Lucia’s Suite underwent a memorable upgrade, Cottage 3 got a makeover, and we expanded our historic Cantina. And along with our yearly touch-ups and maintenance, we’ve added new handmade hat racks in every room!
The Magic Continues!
New guest pleasing activities and amenities were a priority when planning our upcoming season. Twice weekly stretching sessions on our lush lawn, surrounded by scenic views and the tranquil ambiance of Circle Z, will be a routine offering. And for those of you who have yet to take the challenge, a weekly guided hike up Circle Z mountain to see the breathtaking views from above will be available. Back down the mountain, the fun doesn’t stop. Along with our heated pool, tennis court, and game room, we’ve added Corn-hole, Croquet, and an oversized Connect 4 set! Prefer some quiet? Relax by Lucia’s memorial or unwind in one of our new hammocks sprinkled throughout the ranch. Taking full advantage of our expanded Cantina, we are looking forward to visits from some of the local wineries throughout the season. Our happy hours may just be a little happier!
George, Miko, and the Circle Z Wranglers have been hard at work creating new riding adventures by forging new trails and ensuring the absolute best horseback riding for your stay. We’ve also expanded our program to include more lessons for every level of rider. There will be new and improved horse games, sure to delight our guests, and our horses! See you down at the corrals!
We are happy to welcome back many returning staff members! Our leading ladies, Diana and Jennie, will be there to guide every aspect of your stay. Down at the corrals, George and Miko will be joined once again by Alice, Maddie, Tavo, and Omar. Yesenia and Meg will keep the office running smoothly while Lupita will continue to keep your accommodations in tip top shape! Returning for her 5 th season at the ranch, Jenna will be leading the dining room staff to which Kiahna will be assisting once again. Thank you all. Let’s make this season our best yet!th
Introducing the new team members of Circle Z
In the kitchen, our whole new crew of Christopher, Lynden, Olivia, and Jesus will be cooking up savory perfection! Joining the serving team this season are Vasi and Kylee, and in housekeeping, Maria is here to maintain the cleanliness and perfection you’ve become accustomed to. James and Kayden are ready to care for you and the Circle Z horses down at the corrals while Arturo will be keeping the desert oasis at Circle Z in beautiful condition. Welcome to the new members of the team. May you also be touched by the traditions and magic of Circle Z Ranch!
New for our 93rd Season
We were busy this off-season making improvements to our ranch! The complete restoration of the historic Hill House went beautifully, and we are excited to show off this colorful cottage to our guests. Hill House will be a favorite for families or friends vacationing together. Featuring new bathrooms, a large porch and a coffee service area. This cottage sleeps 7 guests.
At los corrales we completed the addition of 4 new covered stalls for ill and injured horses. We also built a chute for brandings, vet checks and vaccinations.
Guests will notice our front lawn looking a little different. We created a covered pavilion with views of Red Mountain and relocated our campfire nearby.
We also spent some time building new staff housing and remodeling the adobe staff rooms.
Our 93rd season runs from October 28-May 5, 2019. We look forward to welcoming our friends from around the world back to the ranch for our 93rd year!
News from Los Corrales
This summer’s monsoons were a little spotty this summer, but the rains were enough for our horses to kick loose and get in some green grass! We can never underestimate the importance of any amount of rain for the health of our horses and for all the wildlife our property supports.
Our ranch-bred youngsters are continuing their training, and are closer to being introduced as guest horses. Bourbon, Louie and Comet spent the summer working with Tavo, and they are looking great. Martina, Corona, Aztec, Charles, Boomer and Lavina are well on their way, getting the miles they need to become willing partners for our guests. Our two year olds, Cocoa and Apollo, began their ground training last season and will be started under saddle this Winter. We welcomed 3 babies this Spring; Lexi, Flash, and Ginger now are out with their mamas. They will be joining our young colts Fargo and Pablo this coming Spring. It is great seeing these young ones come of age and we are so grateful to our staff for nurturing them along! Lots of work ahead!
We are fortunate to have many of our staff returning this season, as well as welcoming a few new faces. Our new cooks Denise, Cliff and Carlos have many years of combined experience cooking around the globe and we are confident our food will remain outstanding. Jenna is back in the dining room and joining her are Annette, Stacey and Lanna. Katherine and Crystal will be in housekeeping. Our groundsman is Scott, and all around float is Preston. Our returning wranglers are Maddie, Johnny, Alice, Omar, Omar Junior, and Tavo. Brianna will be a new wrangler. And of course, the Lortas will all be back to keep the ranch in order! We couldn’t be happier with our staff and appreciate their hard work.
Remembering and Honoring Mrs. Lucia Nash
Lucia Nash, owner of Circle Z Ranch for over 40 years, passed away at her home outside of Cleveland, OH this past December. A staunch conservationist, Lucia will be remembered for her work in preserving these special places around the globe. Thanks to a loving and dedicated spirit, the lands making up Circle Z Ranch will forever be wild. This summer we created a memorial pavilion in her honor, taking center stage on the front lawn, and overlooking her beloved Red Mountain.
We have 9 weeks of special offers this coming season, from a Pre-Holiday Special to a Christmas Get-away, plus our always popular Adult-only weeks. A new special added last year is our Rough Riders week, created for our old hands who are intermediate to advanced riders.
Christmas and New Years at the Ranch
This holiday season, give yourself and your family the gift of a no-fuss, fun-filled retreat. Whether you are looking for a getaway on Christmas or New Years, we would love to have you at the ranch. Cookouts, great riding, trimming the tree, a special visit from Santa in his horse drawn surrey, and live music on New Years Eve. Make this holiday special!