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Activities at Casa del Gavilan
Most of what Casa del Gavilan has to offer is peace and quiet in abundant quantities. The Casa is located over a mile from a quiet highway so, aside from other guests, or an occasional airplane overhead, you will hear little of the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Casa del Gavilan has a small library for the enjoyment of guests. We also have numerous board games and other items to pass the time during brief summer rain storms.
For those looking for more strenuous activities, several
trails wind through the
hills around the Casa. The shortest, and flatest, trail starts
in the driveway circle in front of the Casa and runs about 100 yards to
the northeast to a small meadow. This meadow offers a terrific view of
the surrounding plains and mountains. A bit more strenuous trail begins
behind the Casa and heads due west to the water tank building on the
hill behind the Casa. Before reaching the tank house stop by the
overview area on the right for a terrific view of the Casa and the
plains to the east. This trail is about 1/4 mile long and climbs
about 100 feet.
Our longest trail is two miles and will take an hour or two to
complete. Beginning behind the Casa this trail circles the property to
the south, climbing about 300 feet above the Casa at its highest
point. The trail is flagged and occasionally mowed but some areas
may require a bit of imagination to follow. The southeast portion of
the trail still shows signs of the Ash Wednesday fire of 2006. The
trail passes through a gate into the horse pasture a short distance up
the hill behind the Casa. Please leave the gate in the same
position, either opened or closed, in which you find it. Please
stay inside all other fences further along the trail. The other
side of the fence line is Philmont Scout Ranch for which hiking by our
guests is not permitted. Take along water and, if you like, something
for lunch. There are many beautiful areas for a picnic along the
trail but don't forget to pack out your trash. If you are an
early riser, and a fast walker, the best time to hike this trail in the
summer months is before breakfast while the air is cool.
Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer months so if early
morning isn't your favorite time for a hike the next best options are
after breakfast, or in the evening. Remember the Casa is at 7,000 so
the air may be a bit thinner than your home. The first portion of the
trail is a bit of a climb so take it slow and stop often to enjoy the
view (and catch your breath). After the initial climb the trail levels
out, then turns downhill on the south end of the property.
the trails is perfectly fine but keep an eye on your bearings and
please stay on the Casa property. It's easy
to get turned around in the hills and scrub oak. Should you become
disoriented just head downhill. Elk and deer are occasionally seen
along the trail, along with the rare sighting of a Bobcat. Bears are
very rarely seen at the Casa and have never been encountered on the
trail, although their tracks and other indications of their presence
are occasionally found. If you encounter a bear you are welcome
to take it home but you will have to feed it, take it for walks, etc.
etc. You will, however, have to keep it in your car as pets are not
permitted at the Casa. Mountain lions are also in the area but have
never been sighted around the Casa or on the trail.
Keep an eye open for antlers dropped by deer and elk which can
occasionally be found on the Casa grounds. You are welcome to keep any
antlers you find outside the Casa, or you can choose to leave the
antler at the Casa for the enjoyment of our other guests.
During the evenings the most popular entertainment is sitting on the porch or in the courtyard with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and watching the deer graze in the yard or the thunderstorms play over the plains far to the east. A small telescope at the Casa may be used by guests for viewing the moon and stars during evening hours, as well as wildlife during the day.
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