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The New York Times Featuring Ted Turner Expeditions

Vacationing like Ted Turner

Starting this month, Ted Turner Expeditions will offer travelers access to more than 1.1 million acres of private wild lands owned by the media titan.

The new venture knits together two of Mr. Turner’s existing lodges in New Mexico, Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa in southern Truth or Consequences, and Vermejo Park Ranch in northern Raton near the Colorado border.

Custom trips may encompass visits to his Armendaris Ranch in south-central New Mexico on the Rio Grande, home to desert bighorn sheep, bison and pronghorn, and to Ladder Ranch in the foothills of the Gila Mountains. Later this summer, the company promises overnight access in Mr. Turner’s private home at Ladder Ranch, a 156,000-acre site featuring three streams with restored ecosystems.

The new tours emphasize environmental practices at the properties, including habitat restoration, threatened species conservation and biodiversity enhancements.

Trips are custom designed, and priced accordingly, but rates at Sierra Grande start at $145 per night. Vermejo Park Ranch summer rates start at $450 per person, all inclusive.