Vermejo Park Ranch
About vermejo outfitting
Vermejo Park Ranch is a deluxe guest ranch nestled away on 590,823 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Vermejo Park Ranch provides abundant mature animals, low hunter density, and expansive habitat.
The ranch, once part of the 1.7 million-acre Beaubien-Miranda (Maxwell) Land Grant, has been owned and managed by Turner Enterprises, Inc. since 1996. Vermejo Park Ranch’s elevation ranges from 5,900 to nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, comprising of several biomes from short-grass prairie to alpine tundra. Vermejo is home to approximately 8,000 elk, thousands of deer, pronghorn, Merriam’s turkeys, hundreds of bear, cougar and other native wildlife. The ranch also maintains a large privately-owned herd of bison of the unique “Castle Rock” genetic strain.
Hunting has been a part of the ranch since ancestors of the Jicarilla Apache, Kiowa and other Native American tribes roamed the area looking for bison, elk and deer. Rocky Mountain elk, once extirpated from most of the West, were repatriated to the Ranch in the early 1900s by Vermejo Park founder William Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett, an avid hunter, angler and amateur naturalist, brought a small number of elk from Yellowstone to Vermejo where he released them. Through the following century the herd grew and soon Vermejo became known as one of the premier elk hunting venues in North America. Generations of guests have come here to hunt, observe and otherwise enjoy the wildlife resources of the ranch.
Hunting will always be a part of Vermejo and is consistent with the Turner Enterprises’ mission statement, which is “To Manage Turner Properties in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species and habitats.” Managing a landscape as large as Vermejo requires maintaining a balance between animals and habitat. The sport harvest of game by guests provides an economic benefit to the ranch as well as helping to maintain balanced and sustainable populations of elk, deer, pronghorn and other wildlife within a sustainable habitat.
For more information or to book a hunt, please contact our Hunt Coordinator:
Lief Ahlm: (575) 445-2059 ext. 219 – firstname.lastname@example.org