Horseback rides, tours available for Robert Mutz Ranch


The approximately 4,000-acre Robert Mutz Ranch, located in and around the former mining boomtown of Elizabethtown in the Moreno Valley, is for sale. For now, Red River Stables and Red River Mountain Adventures are offering a rare glimpse into this historic property - on horseback or via motorized transportation.

According to Kathy Neal, who owns Red River Stables with her husband, Dirk, the horseback rides tour ranch property east of State Road 38. The four-wheel drive tours visit the side beneath Baldy Mountain. Held by the Mutz family since 1949, the entire ranch borders the Bobcat Ranch on the north and Philmont Scout Ranch. Neal says tours will continue this year as long as the weather holds.

On a cloudy day in July, a few of us enjoyed the four-wheel drive tour up to The Red Bandana Mine, a former gold and silver (with some copper and lead) mine discovered in 1875 on the western flank of Baldy Mountain at 9,199 feet above the valley floor. Three of us rode with a driver while a family of four drove one of Red River Mountain Adventures' off-highway vehicles. All of us enjoyed having the opportunity to see remains of a mining boom that made Elizabethtown New Mexico's first incorporated town and the first seat of the newly formed Colfax County [].

To book a four-wheel drive tour, call Red River Mountain Adventures, (575) 754-6363. To tour the other side of the ranch by horseback, call Red River Stables, (575) 754-1700.