Staff at the 550,000-acre Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve that crosses from northern New Mexico into southern Colorado, began welcoming group business this year. The property is ideal for team building, strategizing, incentive trips, and celebrations. While there, groups can enjoy safaris, a via feratta climbing park (a climbing route on a mountain face that uses ladders, fixed anchors, and steel cables to assist with rough terrain), sports shooting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and more. For an environmentally conscious experience, teams are invited to build and name their own riparian habitat that they can watch flourish in the years to come.
In March, Ted Turner and the Turner Foundation were recognized by the New Mexico legislature for philanthropy and contribution to large land conservation. Senate Memorial 62 recognized Turner as the largest private landowner in New Mexico, for his efforts toward converting historic properties to nature preserves, and for the foundation’s donation of $1.2 million in grants for youth, conservation, and education organizations statewide. Turner owns more than 1 million acres of land in the state including Vermejo, the 156,000-acre Ladder reserve at the base of the Black Range in the Southern Basin and Range region, and the 360,000-acre Armendaris reserve in the Chihuahuan Desert.