Casa Grande Grand Opening

By Glen Rosales

VERMEJO PARK RANCH — With towering, snow-draped mountains scratching the sky at nearly 13,000 feet framing one end of a valley and rolling green meadows serving as a backdrop at the other, Casa Grande was unveiled Wednesday and opened for business following a four-year, multi-million-dollar renovation project.

The centerpiece of Ted Turner’s 590,000-acre ranch, Casa Grande — created as a mansion in the early 1900s — will serve as upscale guest quarters for those who wish to commune with nature on a grand scale.

The costs are on something of a grand scale, as well, as room rates for two at Casa Grande start at $850 (including all meals) per night, although there are other, less expensive rooms available at the Vermejo.

The opening of the 25,000-square-foot Casa Grande coincides with last year’s creation of Ted Turner Expeditions as the media mogul has thrown open his three New Mexico ranches, covering about one million acres — not to mention his other properties across the country — to sportsmen, adventurers and ecotourists.

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