30 SKP Ranch Road
Lakewood, NM 88254

E-mail at : skpranch@pvtn.net 

SKP Co-op Retreat of New Mexico, Inc.

The Ranch is a
 SKP Co-op Park of the Escapees RV Club located on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in Southeastern New Mexico  between Artesia and Carlsbad.

 “SKP” or “Skip” is a commonly used nickname for Escapees. 

Just say S-K-P fast and it sounds like Escapees.

But there is more to SKP than just the sound of the letters. SKP means: 

Service, Knowledge and Parking, and also Special Kind of People.
The Orginal  Ranch members, Joe and Kay Peterson  have formed a community concept that gives us all a special purpose and a willingness to share. We love to learn, to share our skills and talents, to explore, to laugh and enjoy ourselves.
Escapees and Xscapers a new generation of RVers,  come from all walks of life to form a family of RVers with common interests (travel), common living situation (living in RVs) common expansion  (raising families) and a common place to call our home base and see our Ranch family.

Members have taken the idea of caring and sharing to heart from the very beginning in 1982 with the initial lot drawing taking place in May 1983. We say the park is run by volunteers and it's true! In the process, members have formed a community concept that gives us all a special purpose and a willingness to share our knowledge, skills and talents which we each are born with. The Ranch quickly earned a reputation for being the friendliest park in the Escapees system.
It is the only one of the parks in the Escapees system that still rings the welcome bell for each new arrival.
RVing the
Escapee way or even the Xscapers way gives you a support network that will enrich your travels through companionship with those who understand your values and treasure your friendship.

All members are encouraged to participate in both committee activities of their choice and social events. There is something here for everyone to do and to enjoy!  

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Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Click on the photo to the left , here's a look at an awe- inspiring power of our military.
Come join us at 2:00pm. 

Throw- On Bar-B -Que 2:00pm

Tradition here at The Original Ranch which has just celebrated Our 35th year,  share in fellowship and remember those who has served in
Our Armed Forces.

(ie: Hamburger, Hotdogs, Brats, Steaks... etc.)
If you would like to bring extras to share, Great!
If it needs a bun, bring it.
Please bring a side dish or desert to share.
Condiments and drinks will be provided by The Ranch.

All is Welcomed to join us.

History of Armed Forces Day

It was with the idea for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country that President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish this single holiday. The one-day celebration then stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.  It was on August 31, 1949, that Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force Days.

Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held to celebrate the first  Armed  Forces  Day held on May 20, 1950.

1962 – President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday.

Each year, Armed Forces Day has a new theme. The very first theme was "Teamed for Defense."

Over the years, other themes have included Appreciation of a Nation; Arsenal of Freedom and Democracy; Dedication and Devotion; Deter if Possible, Fight if Necessary; Freedom; Freedom Through Unity; Guardians of Peace; Lasting Peace; Liberty; and Patriotism.

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The Original Ranch (jpg)