Rancho La Puerta is especially proud of its 8-decade commitment to the health of our natural world. We trace our green roots to the philosophy of our founder, Edmond Szekely, who, along with his wife Deborah, took inspiration from these surroundings. Throughout our history, The Ranch’s many eco-programs have played a pivotal role in our guests’ experience, as well as our efforts to initiate and explore forward-thinking activities in the community of Tecate, the trans-border region, and beyond. Today our president, Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood, continues to protect and guide The Ranch’s relationship with its natural world as we explore the many exciting challenges that lie ahead.
The people from Mexico, the place and the philosophy bring me back—and it really is Mount Kuchamaa. I’m not religious or spiritual but when I go up on the mountain, I am. It’s real powerful. I feel total relaxation and calmness.
– Chuck Ellinwood, 27 visits, Encinitas
Fundación La Puerta
Our non-profit community-action Foundation was created in 1977 by the Szekely family and former General Manager, José Manuel Jasso, in partnership with Rancho La Puerta. Fundación La Puerta has actively supported environmental, social and educational projects in the Tecate and border area, including the preservation of endangered native plant and wildlife habitat within this region.Learn More