D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives

News Update: July 8, 2021

We’re very happy to announce that the D. H. Lawrence Ranch has re-opened for visits. 

Visiting hours (excepting holidays): 

Thursday 10am-2pm  

Friday 10am-2pm   

Saturday 10am-4pm

We recommend checking the UNM Facilities Management website for up-to-date weather and environmental conditions. You can find that at this link: https://fm.unm.edu/quick-links/dh-lawrence-ranch.html 

 We hope you enjoy your visit and welcome your stories and photos. If you would like to share your experience, please email us at dhlawrenceranch@unm.edu 


News Update: November 19, 2020

In response to Governor Lujan-Grisham's most recent public health notice, the DH Lawrence Ranch will be closed to the public until further notice.


News Update: June 17, 2020

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is returning to normal operating hours:

Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Holidays may alter these hours.

If you have any questions, please email Susan at samcallister@unm.edu.


News Update: March 16, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the D.H. Lawrence Ranch will be closed to the public through April 8thThe planned re-opening is during normal visiting hours (10am-2pm) on Thursday, April 9th.

This situation may change based on University decisions, so please check back for further information. We will keep this site updated as new information comes to us.


New Blog Post!

Visit our Blog to see the most recent blog post by Professor Ros Wade who recently traveled from London to visit the D.H. Lawrence Ranch. 


News Update: February 15, 2019

Save the date -- April 2, 2019 – for the 3rd Annual D.H. Lawrence Lecture

Dr. Marianna Torgovnick, Professor of English at Duke University and Director of Duke in New York Arts and Media presents her lecture, Friends and Lovers: Owning D.H. Lawrence. Dr. Torgovnick writes, “D.H. Lawrence was scarcely in his grave before friends and lovers began fighting over his reputation and many critics, including me, work on D.H.L. for years. The lecture takes a playful look at Lawrence’s life and thought, with possessiveness as its theme and includes some short readings from Torgovnick’s novel (written under another name), about D.H. and Frieda Lawrence.”

The lecture will take place at the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium at 6pm.

For more information, please contact Susan at dhlawrenceranch@unm.edu.

News Update: February 4, 2019

Dr. Virginia Hyde passed away on January 2, 2019. Hyde, along with Tina Ferris, was able to get the D. H. Lawrence Ranch added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) making the property eligible for National Landmark Status in 2004. As many in the D. H. Lawrence literary community mourn her passing, Sharon Warner writes a blog post recognizing Hyde's important contribution to the history of the property. Read Warner's post here

News Update: July 13, 2018

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch has been reopened to the public effective Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

News Update: June 26, 2018

In concert with the Carson National Forest (CNF) closure, scheduled for tomorrow, the DH Lawrence Ranch will also be closed to the public until further notice. 


You can view the 2018 D.H. Lawrence Lecture with Dr. Andrew Harrison by clicking on this link
Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, UK
Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m., UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Watch Dr. Harrison offer a few words about his experience of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch during his Lawrence Lecture week, April 5-9, 2018

The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is open for visitors to visit the cultural properties on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

If you have any questions regarding your visit to the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, please call The D.H. Lawrence Ranch office at (575) 776-2245. For programmatic questions, please contact the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives at dhlawrenceranch@unm.edu or call (505) 277-6347 (English Department front desk).

Cabins are not available to rent at this time.

The purpose of the Ranch Initiatives is to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence. Widely considered one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, the British novelist owned only one piece of property in his lifetime, a 160-acre ranch located some fifteen miles outside of Taos, New Mexico which was bequeathed to the University of New Mexico by Frieda Lawrence.  Fundamental to the mission of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is preservation of the property and historic buildings.

The Ranch Initiatives program will seek to place the operation of the property on a firm financial basis and to restore and develop the site so that it can support educational, cultural, and research activities for students, faculty, and the greater New Mexico community. This mission honors the directives of Frieda Lawrence’s will, which stipulated that the property “be used for educational, cultural, charitable, and recreational purposes.”​

You can view a brochure with a fundraising plan here.

D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives fund takes you to the University of New Mexico Foundation giving page, or send a check to:

D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives Fund
Department of English
1 University of New Mexico
MSC03 2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001