Cow Creek Ranch

Cow Creek Ranch, a historic fly fishing guest ranch in the mountains of Pecos, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe, offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, including fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, sporting clays, archery, spa treatments and much more.

An angler's paradise, this fly fishing lodge is a New Mexico treasure!
Cow Creek Ranch rainbow
Nestled deep in the wilderness of Santa Fe National Forest and the valleys of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Cow Creek Ranch has served as a relaxing escape for families since the early 1930’s. The ranch, just 40 miles southeast of Santa Fe, is located in the mountains above the small town of Pecos. Formerly known as Martin’s Cow Creek Ranch, Cow Creek Ranch was one of the oldest cattle ranches in the area. Originally the family home of Bob and Louise Martin and their four daughters, the ranch has had a tradition of being family owned and operated for over 70 years. The lodge lies in the center of a lush green valley, which is surrounded on three sides by National Forest and is the home of 4 1/2 miles of Cow Creek. Beautiful mountain lakes scattered throughout the valley provide wonderful fish and waterfowl habitat and reflect the splendor of the surrounding hillsides. It is in a place such as this that one can truly understand why New Mexico has been called “The Land of Enchantment.”

Cow Creek Ranch rainbow trout in spring



An angler’s paradise, this fly fishing lodge is one of New Mexico’s quiet giants. Fish 4 ½ miles of private stream and seven high mountain lakes teeming with trophy rainbows, browns and brookies. Never open to the public, this well-nurtured section of Cow Creek is a small stream, one of those tight shady marvels with riffles and deep pools, and a population of trout that average 16” – 20”in size and many larger. Cast close to willows or work a fly through pockets.  All fishing at Cow Creek Ranch is catch-and-release, with the exception of the occasional fish that can be kept and fried for breakfast. Anglers fish at private stations, which they choose daily. The more adventurous can also trek up the valley to try out the waters of the surrounding national forest. Experienced guides offer careful instruction to guests of all levels, from beginners to seasoned anglers.

Cow Creek Ranch is a full service guest ranch during the summer months. Call The Reel Life at 505-995-8114 for more information about the Ranch, or visit their web site You can also reach the ranch directly at (505) 757-2107.