Sunset on the Refuge

Beulah Refuge

Beulah Refuge is a collaboratively owned and managed wilderness facility dedicated to sustainable stewardship with minimal human impact on its Land, which term includes the soil, water, plants, animals, atmosphere and their interrelatedness.

The Land itself, protected from development and abuse, is the charter member of this community with a voice through representative stewards.  Respect for the condition and natural needs of the Land underlie and guide designs for responsible human presence and natural learning opportunities for people of all ages and conditions.

Homestead era trails that connect to the wilderness trail system and beyond offer great walks in the woods and are available to conduct a Census of Living Beings or inventory of species, soils, waters, atmospheres, visuals, etc., on the property with attention to their condition, vulnerabilities and strengths.


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Apple Orchard on the Refuge

Our Mission:


Beulah Refuge exists to promote on and off site programs and products for wilderness education, scientific research, art and contemplation in relation to the wild. Respect for the condition and natural needs of the Land underlie and guide designs for responsible human presence and natural learning opportunities for people of all ages and conditions. The Land itself, protected from development and abuse, is the charter member of this community with a voice through representative stewards.


Beulah Refuge is the outreach aspect of Beulah Ranch, existing to:

  • promote programs of wilderness education, scientific research, art and contemplation in relation to the wild;
  • develop products and funding to maintain Ranch and Refuge.

Beulah Refuge Census of Living Beings

While high school and college students explore the out of doors, they may participate in data collecting programs which feed into scientific research efforts helping humans better understand and cooperate with nature.

Adventure Science is an example of a way for people to be of service to the scientific community.

It is envisioned that everyone who comes to Beulah Refuge will participate to some degree in the Census of Living Beings on the property.

Aspen Trees

Beulah Ranch

The Land, approximately 360 acres enclosed on three sides by US Forest Service property in San Miguel County, northeastern New Mexico, acts as a wildlife corridor spanning the Sapello Canyon with its river and small wetland.

Pastures and orchard in the canyon bottom are served by three acequias established by homestead families in the 1800s. The large, southern portion of the ranch, regarded as wildlife refuge since the early 1900s, contains healthy mixed conifer forest covering the shoulders of Lone Pine Ridge. Trails dating back to the homestead era traverse Beulah Ranch connecting Rociada to the north with the Sapello and, by means of Lone Pine Ridge Trail, leading out onto the promontory of Hermits Peak to the east, the Hollinger and Gallinas canyons to the south, and Beaver Creek to the west, thence to the interstate wilderness trail system.