The ranch that would come to be named for D.H. Lawrence was gifted to Lawrence's wife, Frieda, by Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1924. Though Luhan refused payment, Frieda Lawrence recompensed her with the manuscript of Sons and Lovers.
Frieda and D.H. stayed at the ranch periodically between Frieda's coming into possession of it and D.H.'s death in 1930, after which Frieda remained on the ranch until her own death in 1956, one year after having deeded the ranch to the University of New Mexico. Between D.H.'s death and her own Frieda welcomed a wide variety of visitors to the ranch, including Aldous Huxley, W.H. Auden, Tennessee Williams and Georgia O'Keefe, among others.
Though D.H. Lawrence only spent about a year and a half total in Taos and at the ranch before his death, the New Mexico landscape affected him profoundly, leading him to write: "I think New Mexico was the greatest experience I ever had from the outside world. It certainly changed me forever."