Front gate The Ranch
Escapees RV Club


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

Established in 1982 by Escapee founders Joe and Kay Peterson, The  Original Ranch’s mission is based on the concept of community, sharing  and service. 

As is fitting, the park is run by volunteers, encouraging members to  form a community that shares our knowledge, skills and talents. The  Ranch is also renowned for being the friendliest park in the Escapees  system, as evidenced by the welcome bell that draws members to the office to welcome each new arrival with hugs and smiles.

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

The Ranch office

The Original Ranch Facts

The Ranch Ranchhouse
  • Also in Artesia is the Artesia High School state champion Bulldogs football team which plays in a wonderful professional state-of-the-art stadium for fun nights out
  • We are very proud of our Reverse Osmosis Water System and the quality of water it produces.
  • We have spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets!
  • If you are into Birding, one of your Life birds may be in the area
  • Genealogy  Research Centers are available in Carlsbad, Artesia, and Roswell
  • If you are a Rockhound, check out The Rockhounds Guide to New Mexico
  • We are The Friendliest SKP CoOp Park in the Escapees RV System!
The Ranch  SystemReverse Osmosis
Typical Casita lot at The Ranch. (Not all lots have casitas.)
  • If you are a Full Timer looking for a base, we are your Park! A place you can call Home.
  • We are an Escapees CoOp with 118 sites
  • We have lots available. Some have casitas, some don’t.
  • Our lot prices are very reasonable.
  • New Mexico does not tax Social Security for most residents
  • Tuition free college is available to residents who meet eligibility guidelines

Birdseye View of The Ranch