Shadowlands Ranch: mustangs on The Santa Fe Trail


Watrous & Las Vegas, NM
Fee: $375 + $29 NM Tax

2019 Dates

August 10-11
September 7-8

Shadowlands Ranch is a private mustang sanctuary. It comprises 1100 acres of open prairie grassland, as well a pocket of forest where ponderosa and pinon pine trees create plenty of shade and shelter for the horses. It is surrounded with beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the surrounding rolling grasslands of Watrous. When mother nature is good to New Mexico, there are rain-fed ponds where the mustangs come to drink and swim.

The goals of this sanctuary include providing “a wild land reserve for displaced, un-adoptable and rejected wild horses whose only other alternatives would be a lifetime of confinement or perhaps even slaughter.”  A good number of the horses have been adopted from both BLM and USFS wild horse holding pens. Because the BLM gelds wild stallions when they are rounded up, there are no stallions or foals. At this time there are about 30 horses at the Shadowland Ranch location. The ranch and surrounding areas also provide habitat to herds of elk, pronghorn, coyotes and mountain lions.

This is a great workshop for photographers of all levels. If you are new to photographing horses, you will appreciate the slower pace of this workshop. Experienced photographers will love this location for the stunning beauty of the horses and landscape and the opportunity for close-ups and behavioral shots. You will also meet some mustangs who want to befriend you!

Copyright by Lynne Pomeranz

Fee: $375 + $29 NM Tax
(Based on a minimum of three participants and limited to 8 participants)
Includes afternoon photo session on Saturday, morning photo session on Sunday, presentation about wild horses and how to photograph horses, photo instruction as needed in the field, image review and editing session on Sunday, lunch on Sunday, drinks and snacks throughout the workshop.

All fees are nonrefundable. Travel insurance is recommended should you need to cancel, or in the rare event of very bad weather. Instructions for transferring fees to another workshop are included in the Registration Packet. Transportation and lodging are not included. Carpooling to the sanctuary will be encouraged.

Copyright by Jackie Fleming

Home Base
Best Western Hotel in Las Vegas, NM (about 1 1/4 hrs. from Santa Fe)
The sanctuary is about 30 minutes from the hotel. There are also other hotels in the immediate area to choose from.
Other attractions you might enjoy while in the area are historic downtown Las Vegas and Fort Union National Monument.

Copyright by Lynne Pomeranz

What To Bring
An 80mm-200mm zoom or longer lens is ideal for photographing horses at this location, however, there are many beautiful landscape shots to be had with a normal lens in this setting, as well.  If you have longer lenses, definitely bring them along. Please plan to bring a laptop for the image review and editing session.

To receive your Registration Packet, please CLICK HERE