Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ridin' the Range.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa's trail tours show 'dudes' the Santa Ana Pueblo

Mike Reeves is a "dude's" cowboy -- guiding horseback-riding "city slickers" on a trail ride through Santa Ana Pueblo back country while spinning yarns and tall tales.

"Get on back there, boys," Reeves said recently to a two-horse team of Percheron draft horses hitched to a hay wagon.

Reeves deftly worked the reins on the massive horses, backing up the hay wagon to a deck as easily as if he was backing up a pickup truck.

Guests of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa climbed onto the wagon for a short ride to the Tamaya Stables where they would mount specially selected horses for a two-hour trail ride that would take them across a landscape of desert, mesas and river bosque through Santa Ana Pueblo back country.

After working up a pretty good appetite on the two-hour ride, guests returned to the stables, where they lunched on vittles served from an 1880s Bain Chuck Wagon restored by cook Ed Parsons.

The slight, wiry Reeves was as amiable as Roy Rogers with a garrulous gift of gab. He was dressed in blue jeans and leather chaps, a red neckerchief, blue jacket and felt cowboy hat. His deep-set blue eyes were framed with laugh lines, and his easygoing manner put guests at ease.

From the seat of the hay wagon, Reeves clucked his tongue and the draft horses strained to pull the loaded wagon on a dirt road that cuts through a sea of yellow buffalo grass and purple sagebrush appointed with tiny purple blossoms. Overhead, wind currents pushed fluffy clouds that appeared as flotsam in an ocean blue sky.

"It sure is a beautiful day, ain't it?" Reeves said. Nearby to the east, budding tree tops glazed the bosque an embryonic shade of green. …

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