Explore New Mexico With A Stay At Ladder Ranch
By Lindsay Lambert
The midday sun hangs high in a cloud-flecked sky, dust whirling around in its brilliant light. Just as we’ve crested a grassy hilltop and cut the engine of our open-air ATV, the subject of our search fills the frame where the windshield ought to be.
A shaggy beast stands motionless, save for the slow, rhythmic stamping of a spindly front leg into the auburn dirt. Whether the gesture is in welcome or warning isn’t yet clear, but with unyielding eye contact and staccato snorts, he makes it known that we’re intruding on his turf—his and all the other members of his herd that are scattered around.
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