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Camp TJ in Rodeo New Mexico

Camp TJ in Rodeo, New Mexico

October 27th-30th, 2017 Friday—Monday

$599 Per Person (Based Upon Double Occupancy)

Camp TJ just got a whole lot swankier!  We’re on way to Rodeo, New Mexico and the Painted Pony Resort—the former estate of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur—and our luxurious headquarters for the next three nights.   We’ll have the whole place to ourselves, 750 acres of Hidalgo County in Southern New Mexico, an isolated area that they call the Boot Heel.  Rodeo is nestled between the Chiricahua and Pelencillo mountains—a former boom town, offering mostly mild weather year round.  Rich with history, Rodeo’s earliest inhabitants were the Mimbre Indians around 1000 AD.  Centuries later Coronado lead expeditions through this region and by the late 1800’s Rodeo’s booming economy drew the likes of the Earp brothers, the Clanton Gang, Billy the Kid, and Curly Bill Brocius.

Day One:  We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to Tombstone—the Town Too Tough To Die—where we’ll enjoy lunch on self at the restaurant of your choice. We’ll take a minute after lunch to explore the streets of this notorious western town, before jumping back on the bus headed for beautiful Bisbee, Arizona.  This vibrant living ghost town is home to a rich art and music scene, along with an incredibly preserved history, surrounded by natural beauty.  We’ll take a little time to explore the charming downtown streets, home to galleries, antique shops, book stores and coffee houses.  Later in the afternoon we’ll hightail it for Rodeo, New Mexico and the Painted Pony Resort.  We’ll take a little time to refresh before gathering on the courtyard for Happy Hour, followed by dinner, and it’s all included.  The evening is yours to enjoy as you like, with festivities continuing on the courtyard, and an opportunity to explore the many amenities of this fantastic estate—including a heated pool and hot tub, along with a cozy great room and a big screen TV. 

Day Two:  Wake up and smell the coffee on the courtyard, where breakfast will be served, and it’s all included.  After breakfast we’ll set out to explore Cave Creek Canyon, nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona.  This is a land of such magnificent cliffs, flowing streams and wildlife, that it is often called “Arizona’s Yosemite.”   The Chiricahua Mountains makeup Arizona’s largest sky island, an area of rich biodiversity, home to animals and plants found nowhere else in the United States.  Many exotic birds from south of the border are spotted in the Chiricahuas.  Later we’ll head into Douglas, Arizona to enjoy lunch on self at The Casa Segovia at the Gadsden Hotel.  This great favorite with the locals offers a super affordable menu of burgers and sandwiches and traditional Mexican fare.  We’ll take some time to explore the 110 year old Gadsden Hotel, a true National Treasure, famous for providing gracious hospitality at a time when Wyatt Earp, Geronimo and Pancho Villa rode rough shod over the west.  A Tiffany stained glass mural runs a full 42 feet on one mezzanine wall of the lobby, one of the few western scenes created by Tiffany & Co. A gorgeous stained glass skylight looms overhead, with everything centering around the grand staircase and massive columns made of white Italian marble. Late afternoon we’ll return to the resort for Happy Hour, dinner and festivities, and it’s all included.

Day Three:  Rise and shine, because breakfast is included on the courtyard.  Later we’ll head into Silver City, New Mexico—a true Travel Club favorite destination!  We’ll enjoy lunch on self in the historic downtown area before hopping back on the bus to explore The Trail of the Mountain Spirits—an All American Scenic Byway that takes us through the Gila National Forest.  We’ll follow a trail blazed by Indians, miners, Spanish explorers, homesteaders, mountain men and cowboys—crossing the Continental Divide on our way to the Gila River.  Late afternoon we’ll head back to the resort for Happy Hour, dinner and the evening’s festivities, included.  

Day Four:  Once again, breakfast is included on the courtyard, and then it’s bags out and we’re headed for home.  We’ll enjoy some spectacular sightseeing on our way back to the Valley, with a stop for lunch on self. 

Camp TJ’s always fill quickly, and space is limited.  Don’t wait to call in your reservations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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