El Palomar Guest Ranch

89… Life in the country, life in the old world…

Approaching Rancho Palomar, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson.

One's world changes depending on where they are in Alamos at that moment.

Flora, fauna, sounds and smells vary as one travels through the barrios, hills, arroyos and surrounding mountains. This is a gentle land that has moments where the forces of nature can change the landscape in an instant. All roads lead somewhere if nothing more than to an end. The road to El Palomar Guest Ranch introduces one to hosts Felipe and Cherisse Acosta, their family and staff. Felipe- sportsman, cattle rancher, wildlife enthusiast, naturalist- shares his enjoyment and skills for bird hunting, fly fishing and horseback riding. Cherisse is a wonderful chef, certified yoga instructor and mountain biker and all-around cowgirl. Both are fluent in English and Spanish. At the end of the road, Rancho El Palomar offers stress-free sanctuary and Sonoran serenity with lodging for 12. Each room has its own fireplace and bathroom. Wakeup to fresh brewed coffee.

A ranch out in the Campo, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson.

Rancho El Palomar Guest Ranch is three miles west of Alamos.

Rancho El Palomar, three miles – 15 minutes west of Alamos, sits on 1200 acres that were originally a land grant to the Acosta family in the 1700’s. In the 1960’s the main ranch house with bricks formed and fired on the ranch. Mexico Norte, a well-known Mexican film was shot in 1976 on the ranch. Here are 360 degree views of Sierra Madre mountain range to the east, all-surrounding foothills, Cacharamba to the west and Sierra de Alamos to the south. Here is a place to watch a moonrise and connect with all things natural. The hunting season runs from the first week in November to the first week of March.

Dove in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson

ooAHH cooo coo coo is a serene song sung by the mourning dove

The grounds surrounding Rancho El Palomar include citrus orchards, a large patio, pool, echo cactus, tropical flower gardens and mesquite trees. There are miles of horseback riding, horses are available, hiking and biking trails to explore on the 1200 acre ranch with mountains, canyons, and grassy fields. There are guides available to take one off the beaten path.

Rancho El Palomar has a well earned reputation as one of the best dove hunting areas. Felipe has hunting grounds throughout the region, so there’s lots of variety. The Sonoran hunting season begins in the first week of November and runs to the first week of March. Speaking of birds, Alamos in the foothills of the mountains between the deserts to the north and the tropical areas to the south is a fantastic bird watching area. At the rend of the road there are opportunities for activities, enjoyment and relaxation. Away from town, life in the gentle valleys and rugged canyons is a step further back in time. It is a place where time is measured by sunrises and sunsets. “ooAHH cooo coo coo”… “ooAHH cooo coo coo”… “ooAHH cooo coo coo”…

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