Ted Turner has demonstrated that he is the quintessential American renaissance man over the last several decades. In addition to a litany of professional accomplishments, his appreciation for nature and wildlife runs deep. With the launch of Ted Turner Expeditions, he hopes to cultivate appreciation for the well-being of the planet by sharing access to one million acres of wild, pristine land in New Mexico.
Ted Turner Expeditions
Toll Free: (877) 288-7637
40 Miles West Hwy. 555
Raton, NM 87740
Located in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, Vermejo offers infinite opportunity for wilderness travel exploration. The landscape ranges from short-grass prairie to alpine tundra mountains at 13,000 feet. It is home to abundant wildlife populations, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bison, black bears, mountain lions, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. There are over 180 species of birds, including Merriam’s turkey, bald and golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks. Vermejo is also rich in history, containing coal and gold mining settlements, adobe ruins, petroglyphs, artifacts and abandoned charcoal ovens.
Casa Grande & Costilla Lodge
Casa Grande is ideal for guests looking to for an unparalleled combination of luxury and historic charm. And at 25,000 square feet, the home boasts seven bedrooms, including two well-appointed Master bedrooms, a stunning, remodeled kitchen, billiard room, greenhouse, and more. Joseph Lyman Silsbee, mentor to legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, constructed Casa Grande as a private residence during 1907-1909. Ted Turner initiated a 4-year renovation in 2012.
Costilla Lodge is a palatial, LEED-certified cabin, located on the flanks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Located at 10,200 feet and 25 miles from the property’s main lodge, Costilla comfortably sleeps sixteenguests and includes a dedicated staff of five, including a private chef.
501 McAdoo St
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
The hotel at Sierra Grande in Truth or Consequences provides a relaxing, Southwestern vacation destination with elegant accommodations. The Spa offers visitors holistic spa treatments designed to melt away stress and tension, while the private indoor and outdoor hot springs honor the legendary healing traditions established by the region’s Native Americans.
Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa serves as a launching point for Ted Turner Expeditions’ day tours, offering exclusive adventures on Ted Turner’s sprawling Ladder and Armendaris Ranches, comprising approximately 600,000 acres of land combined.
HC 31, Box 95
Caballo, NM 87931
Purchased by Turner in 1992, the Ladder Ranch covers 245 square miles in southern New Mexico. The property encompasses four tributaries of the Rio Grande River – the Animas, Seco, Palomas and Cuchillo streams. These streams support abundant flora, including sycamores and cottonwoods.
Ladder’s most distinguishing characteristics are its incredibly diverse wildlife population and the breathtaking mix of ecosystems, ranging from desert grasslands to pine forests. Ladder provides endless opportunity to explore and photograph its exquisite wildlife, as well as hike its unbelievably vast terrain while experiencing the Ladder’s unique and fascinating history. For example, the property contains ancient artifacts, including petroglyphs of the ancient Mimbres culture and even its own ghost town, known as Hermosa, which was founded in the late 1800’s and still remains relatively intact.
The Armendaris Ranch is 362,885 acres of Chihuahuan and semi-desert grasslands with cottonwood, willow and salt cedar riparian along the river. Big game species on the ranch include bison, pronghorn, desert mule deer, mountain lion, javelina and oryx. The lava tubes of Jornada lava field is the summer home for one of the largest bat populations in North America.