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Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch: Over 100 Square Miles of Prime Eastern Texas Panhandle Ranch with Outstanding Improvements
#TX230169
Pampa
, 79065
Roberts County
64,809.00 acres
With the recent passing of Boone Pickens, the listing price of the Mesa Vista Ranch has been reduced from the original price of $250,000,000 to $220,000,000.

LOCATION: The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in Roberts County in the Eastern Texas Panhandle. The ranch is located about 30 miles north of Pampa, Texas, and approximately 85 miles northeast of Amarillo.

ACRES: 64,809 +/- Acres

HISTORY: In 1971, Boone purchased approximately 2,900 acres along the south side of the Canadian River in Roberts County, Texas.

Over the years, Boone began to assemble additional adjoining land positioned along the Canadian River corridor, and today the Mesa Vista Ranch comprises over 100 square miles of prime Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land.

As Boone's assemblage continued, he spent millions and millions of dollars to make Mesa Vista one of the best improved ranches in the United States. He used cutting edge conservation practices to enhance the wildlife on the property.

Today Boone proudly boasts that the Mesa Vista Ranch is, "the world's best quail hunting."

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: As Boone expanded his holdings, his focus always remained centered along the Canadian River. Today, the Mesa Vista Ranch stretches approximately 25 miles along the south side of the Canadian River. This lush river bottom land creates the centerpiece for the property, but the ranch features an unmatched variety of land types ranging from rolling sand hills to elevated ridges, mesa points and gently rolling, open prairie lands. The river bottom and numerous major drainages support abundant massive cottonwood trees, as well as willows, hackberry trees and others. Much of the river bottom is sub-irrigated and suitable for native hay production. Live spring water is found throughout several of the major drainages.

In an effort to enhance wildlife on the property, over the years, Boone has been a leader in conservation practices that are now followed by many other sportsmen in the country. As a testament to Boone's conservation efforts, in 2008 he was named the recipient of the prestigious Park Cities Quail Unlimited Lifetime Sportsman Award.

Boone maintains a small cow herd on the ranch, 400-500 cows Boone has placed over 1,000 quail feeders and numerous deer feeders on the ranch. He has created a number of food plot areas and added a network of buried waterlines with small water outlets to create wet areas for quail.

LODGE COMPOUND: The Lodge, along with multiple support structures is located in a manicured, tree covered "park-like" setting. It is common to view whitetail deer and turkey in the mornings and afternoons, with turkey roosting in the trees in the late evening. This Lodge Compound has been the major gathering area for Boone's family and guests over the years. It has served an important role as a place where corporate heads have met to discuss and craft multi-million-dollar business transactions, politicians and large donors have gathered for political events. Few if any facilities can match the beauty of the Lodge Compound.

Initial construction on the Lodge began in 1988, with numerous updates and additions added over the years. Presently, the Lodge itself comprises in excess of 25,000 square feet with an additional approximately 10,000 square feet of porches and patio areas.

Surrounding the Lodge is significant landscaping, in-ground sprinkler systems, and underground electrical service. Adding to the ambiance of the Lodge are numerous bronze sculptures tastefully positioned on the grounds. In addition to the Lodge and support structures, the compound features a lighted tennis court, a skeet/trap range, and a small golf course with two fairways and greens and nine tee boxes.

The Family House, which was completed in 2009, is located west of the Main Lodge. This house is a two-story with a third floor lounging and viewing room. The Family House contains over 6,000 square feet of living area and approximately 2,500 square feet of porches and patios.

The Pub is located north of the Family House and is a two-story structure containing approximately 2,250 square feet of air-conditioned area.

The Gun Room is a freestanding, single-story structure containing over 400 square feet. This building was constructed in 2005 and features a lounge area, bathroom, and kitchenette.

The Gate House, adjacent to the golf course, is a single family, two-story residence with partial basement. This house has approximately 2,300 square feet of living area, an attached two-car garage, and a deck area.

In 2007 Boone constructed a charming Chapel located on the north end of the Lodge Compound area. This chapel is situated along the banks of a flowing creek and lake area. Adjacent to the Chapel is the Memory Garden, which was constructed in 2014. There are pergolas and a beautiful stair-cased waterfall feature behind the structure.

In addition to the above, the Lodge Compound includes other support structures such as storage buildings and the Hilltop House, which is a children's play house. Overall, the Lodge Compound area is the most user-friendly facility on the ranch. It is designed to house large groups for entertaining or business functions.

LAKE HOUSE: Boone's Lake House has been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine and Cowboys and Indians Magazine. The Lake House contains approximately 11,500 square feet of living area and over 3,800 square feet of porches and patios. The front entry door was originally the front door to Bing Crosby's home.

The upper level of the home features a large living/great room with fireplace, dining area, master bedroom and bath, 1 1/2 bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, and elevator. A spiral staircase with stone imported from France leads to the lower level where there are two guest bedrooms, three bathrooms, wine cellar and tasting room, office, exercise room, utility room, cedar closet, mechanical room, and storm/safe room.

Outdoor balcony railings are bronze and all balconies and porch areas overlook astonishing water features, such as lakes, ponds, waterfalls, and aqueducts. The landscaping, topography features, and water enhancements make the Lake House truly "fit for a king."

AIRPORT AND HANGAR: The airport is located on the western portion of the ranch. The runway is approximately 6,000 feet long and 100 feet wide. The airport facility was designed and built with FAA approval and meets all of their requirements and regulations.

Approach lights are installed along the runway. The runway itself is constructed of one-foot thick concrete. This airport runway is designed to handle most any size private aircraft.

Adjacent to the runway is a 52,600-square foot concrete tarmac, which connects the airport to the hangar. The hangar facility contains approximately 25,000 square feet with epoxy coated concrete floor. It features a heated electric hangar door opening system, an attractive lounge and restroom area downstairs and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom pilot's apartment upstairs.

The entire airport complex is located within an 8-foot-high game fence constructed of 2 1/2 inch steel posts with heavy gauge net wire. In addition, the facility is equipped with a standby 350KW generator system for auxiliary power.

DOG KENNEL: The Dog Kennel is located east of the Lodge complex, between the Lodge and the highway. The Kennel contains approximately 11,000 square feet of usable kennel area, with approximately 3,600 feet being enclosed and air conditioned. There are 40 chain-link dog pens, 20 on each side of a concrete center alleyway.

The Kennel is equipped with full office facilities, a large meat processing-center. The facility includes a veterinary lab, upper level storage, overhead crane and bathroom.

WATER FEATURES: The Canadian River itself generally forms the north boundary of the ranch for a distance of approximately 25 miles. This river bottom is wide and fertile with a shallow water table. In some areas, standing pockets of water are common and portions of the river bottom are sub-irrigated. In the early 2000's Boone began a massive water enhancement project, likely never before conceived or duplicated by a private citizen. By dredging and building a chain of dams, waterfalls, lakes, and other water enhancements, Boone created possibly the largest individual water park ever envisioned. In addition to the countless lakes and ponds, he created a flowing, man-made creek called "Boone's Creek," which basically parallels the Canadian River. By dredging into the standing water table in the Canadian River bottom, this creek was formed. Boone, however, was not satisfied with standing water in the creek and wanted ever flowing running water throughout the creek bottom. With the use of well water injected into the creek, Boone's Creek flows several thousand gallons per minute throughout this stretch of roughly 12 miles of creeks, lakes, waterfalls and ponds, all of which are man-made. With a system of pumps and pipelines, much of this water can be recirculated and used over and over. Without question, Boone has created an unmatched oasis in the Texas Panhandle.

WILDLIFE: The Mesa Vista Ranch supports a variety of wildlife. Whitetail deer thrive in the productive creek bottom areas and mule deer are found throughout the sandhills, broken ridges, and mesa points on the southeast side of the ranch. Aoudad are also viewed from time to time in this rougher portion of the property. Antelope are found on the open plains country on the southwest side of the ranch. Besides quail, dove are also abundant and water fowl are seasonally present on many of the lakes. Hundreds and hundreds of turkeys are common throughout the tree-covered bottom lands. Most all of the lakes have been stocked with a variety of fish, and fishing is reported to be excellent.

The southern portion of the Mesa Vista Ranch is improved with pivot sprinkler systems and irrigation wells. Portions of this land are planted in a combination of wheat and millet, providing outstanding habitat for pheasant. All in all, with the water features, varying terrain, and conservation measures in place on the Mesa Vista Ranch, it would be hard to find a better recreational property in this area of Texas.

RANCH RESOURCES: Roberts County is known to have prolific saturated thickness of quality Ogallala ground water, along with substantial oil and gas resources.

The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in an area of prolific quality ground water, being in the Ogallala Water Formation. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of acres of water rights have been sold in Roberts County for municipal water purposes. Recent commercial water sales in the area indicate that water rights have a commercial value in the range of $400 - $500 per acre.

As previously discussed, Boone acquired the Mesa Vista Ranch in a series of purchases over the years. Boone obtained water rights in the earlier purchases, but in more recent years, as he acquired adjoining land, the commercial water rights were already sold, due to their commercial value. Overall, Boone owns approximately 42,000 acres of water rights, which will convey with the sale. This is considered to be an extremely valuable asset.

In addition to this water resource, minerals are also considered to be a valuable resource in Roberts County. Like the water, Boone obtained a portion of the minerals on the earlier land purchases, but as he expanded to the east and west in more recent years, he was unable to obtain minerals with these acquisitions.

There is scattered oil and gas activity on the Mesa Vista Ranch. All of Boone's owned mineral interests will convey. In 2015, Boone's oil and gas royalty income totaled approximately $2,560,000. In 2016, with oil and gas prices declining, the total royalty income dropped to approximately $771,000. For the first nine months of 2017 the royalty income is approximately $541,000. Again, all owned water rights, all owned mineral rights, and royalty will convey with the property.

There are a number of large, operating wind farms located in the Texas Panhandle. All wind generation royalty rights are also included.

PRICE AND REMARKS: The Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch is offered for sale at a price of $220,000,000. It seems impossible to comprehend all of the improvements made to this property, whether it is structural improvements, water enhancements, landscaping, wildlife conservation features, or others. As example, thousands of tons of landscaping rock, trees, shrubbery, plants, etc. were imported to the property over the years. Early on, Boone hired Tommy Ford, an architect from Dallas, Texas, to help in the planning, drafting, and construction of the many improvements placed on the ranch. Together, Boone and Tommy had the vision to take raw ranch land and transform this property into what now represents Mesa Vista Ranch.

In a recent conversation with Tommy Ford, he estimated that the total volume of building materials, landscaping rocks, trees, and other enhancements delivered to the ranch would exceed 120 trains, with each train load containing 110 cars of materials. Having overseen most all of the major structural construction on the property, Tommy estimated replacement cost of over $140,000,000, not counting the added cost of dredging and developing the lakes and creek water systems on the property.

To our knowledge, no other ranch can replicate Boone's Mesa Vista Ranch. He has spent nearly 50 years transforming this Texas Panhandle Ranch into a wildlife paradise with spectacular water features and improvements fit for a king. The sale of the Mesa Vista Ranch is basically "turn key," including all rolling stock, equipment, pick-up trucks, hunting vehicles, farming equipment, furnishings, bird dogs, etc. The only exclusions are Boone's personal effects, livestock, and his vast art collection. The livestock are available to be purchased separately, as is the majority of the art collection.

"You do everything to make the land perfect, hoping the next owner has the same passion." - T. Boone Pickens

Qualified buyers can schedule a showing of the property by contacting the Brokers.

Offered Jointly and Exclusively By Chas. S. Middleton and Son and Hall and Hall
$220,000,000

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Dawson Elk Valley Ranch
#NM959747
Cimarron
, 87714
Colfax County
50,685.00 acres
The scenic and historic 50,685 acre Dawson Elk Valley Ranch is located near Cimarron, New Mexico, within an hours drive of Raton and I-25 (east) and the ski areas of Angel Fire and Red River (west). The beautifully diverse landscape that ranges from approximately 6,160 to nearly 8,000 in elevation, boasts abundant wildlife from antelope at lower elevations to trophy elk and deer that seasonally range from the lower river valleys to the high elevation forests. Basic ranching developments are in place including river diversions and irrigation improvements. The combination of natural scenic beauty and basic improvements provide for not only a scenic second home estate but the re-establishment of a functioning cattle operation, as desired. In the regional coal mining boom of the early 1900s, within this historic property was the thriving company town of Dawson, NM with a population of 6,000. Today, there exist fascinating remnants of the abandoned town, including a cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Water rights come with the property, and 50% of the mineral interests, including executory rights, are included with this offering.

Contact Jeff Hubbard.
$96,000,000

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WR Nash Ranch
#TX783418
West Columbia
, 77846
Brazoria County
11,792.00 acres
WR Nash Ranch: Own a piece of Texas history. The WR Nash Ranch has been under the same ownership for over 100 years and has never been available for purchase until now! The raw natural beauty of the WR Nash Ranch is in its rolling prairie of lush grass and the hardwood bottoms of the Brazos River. This property offers unlimited opportunities to create the ranch of your dreams while serving as an attractive investment.

Location: Located about sixteen miles southwest of Houston, the ranch is a short 30-minute drive to the sweet silence of this Brazoria County treasure.

History: Over the years portions of the ranch have been farmed while other areas have been grazed. The ranch has mostly remained the same as it was back when Santa Anna and the Mexican army crossed the Brazos River back in 1836. The ranch has a rich history which included colorful characters such as Graves Peeler who is known as the Savior of the Texas Longhorn Peeler worked as the ranchs manager from 1930 to 1944 during which time the ranch ran nearly 3,000 head. Peeler went on to operate his own South Texas ranch and the modern day Texas longhorn cattle are descendants of one of seven herds and one of which was the Graves peeler ranch. The WR Nash Ranch continues today to be operated as a working cattle ranch. The ranch includes thousands of acres of hardwood timber bottomland which is spectacular habitat for a variety of wild game including whitetail deer.

Kittie Nash Groce: One of the more fascinating aspects of the ranch was its owner Kittle Nash Groce. Kittie spent the early part of her life living in the famed Nash House on Westmoreland Street in Houston, Texas. Her life story would make a sensational movie that would appear as a Hollywood creation except it is a real story. She lived a life of high society in Houston, Florida, New York, and Paris, but after the death of her father (William Rufus Nash) she moved to the ranch where she took on the management and control of this vast land and cattle enterprise. She lived through tough times that included living off of turtle soup and wearing her fathers tattered ranching clothes, but she made the ranch into a prosperous South Texas icon. She was known as a kind and yet strong lady that was both generous with her time and her money. The WR Ranch is a symbol of Texas toughness, fortitude, determination, ingenuity, and persistence.

Features: WR Nash Ranch has over 5 miles of Brazos River frontage and is crossed by several paved county roads and one state highway which provide tremendous access to the ranch. The terrain is gently rolling to generally level and despite its river frontage the ranch has functioned well during periods of inclement weather. The ranch is crossed by several drainage tributaries including Cow Creek and Turkey Creek.

The WR Ranch is current agricultural exempt for ad valorem taxation purposes and much of the ranch is income generating with existing farming and livestock grazing leases. The diversity of ranch also offers the potential for income from recreational hunting, as well as alternative energy projects.

Wildlife: The wildlife on the ranch is plentiful and includes a well-established whitetail deer herd while the migratory bird hunting has been fabulous in the past. In the past portions of the ranch had been farmed in rice and if that habitat were restored the ranch would be an annual destination for huge flocks of ducks and other migratory bird species. Both Ducks Unlimited and the local NRCS office are excellent resources to assist with habitat design and development.

Investment: The close proximity of the WR Nash ranch to the Houston area makes the ranch an exceptional investment and development property. There are very few, if any, large acreage properties available within a 1 hour drive of Houston. The ever increasing population of the Houston MSA yields an unrelenting demand for large acreage tract for future development with residential and master planned communities. According to the Greater Houston Partnership the metro Houston area has a population of over 7.1 million people and could surge to in excess of 9 million people by 2030. The WR Nash Ranch is well poised for development to meet this demand. The ranch is less than 6 miles south of the proposed right of way of Segment C of the Grand Parkway. Plus, the ranch is bisected by State Highway 36 which is currently being updated to a four lane divided highway to provide enhanced travel from the Southwest Freeway to Freeport and its industrial development.

Brokers Comments: For those looking to live a dream on a large historical ranch with unlimited possibilities for an exceptional life built around natural beauty, wildlife, and agriculture, the WR Nash Ranch is the place for you.

This is a surface only offering with no minerals to be transferred with a sale. Surface protections can be negotiated.

Contact: Steven J. Bilicek, ALC
Office: 281-497-2774
Mobile: 281-615-8117
Email: txagrealty@gmail.com
steve@texasagrealty.com
Web: www.texasagrealty.com
$53,500,000

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Double Nickel on the Niobrara
#NE939878
 , Cherry County
, 69212
Cherry County
34,617.00 acres
Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Double Nickel on the Niobrara is one of the finest ranches in the Midwest. An extremely diverse landscape of Sandhills grasslands, pine covered hills and draws, irrigated production farmland and wooded river bottoms provide an amazing combination of beauty, production and recreation seldom seen in a single offering.
This unique property is nestled in the beautiful Sandhills region of Northwestern Nebraska, tucked against the Niobrara National Scenic River. This diverse terrain totals approximately 34,617+/- deeded acres with the opportunity for approximately 22,607+/- leased acres. Traveling through the ranch, one will find open plains, rugged terrain and scenic trails through many wooded areas following the 7 miles of river. Excellent wildlife habitat with river bottom and Ponderosa pine covered hills, dramatic caprock views. This income producing ranch offers something for everyone including the cow/calf rancher, seasoned investor, or outdoors enthusiast. Ideal for operating cattle and crop production, this beautiful property could also make an amazing country gentlemans ranch and getaway. Double Nickel on the Niobrara is that special place, perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Cattle Operation:
Featuring a capacity for carrying up to 4200 mother cows, the cash flow and the potential of this investment is unparalleled. The current owners operate the ranch with production on the pivots in various types of forage for cattle. Alfalfa, Sudan grass, sorghum and native grass are produced to continue the carrying capacity throughout the year. Across the ranch there are well designed and maintained cattle working facilities that include a 500 head feedlot, large calving shed and livestock barn, and multiple outbuildings.
Water:
The ranch offers an abundance of quality water. Water is pumped from multiple wells as well as pump stations along the river for livestock and irrigating crops. An extensive system consisting of windmills, solar wells, pipeline, and tanks provide water throughout the ranch. All irrigation pumps and pivots operate with electricity on both ranches. Currently, 13 Center Irrigation Pivots combine for over 2200 acres of irrigated crop land. There are also multiple lakes and ponds located on the ranch, 7 miles of the Niobrara River as well as several miles of Medicine Creek and Steer Creek. (Average rainfall in the area is 19-22 annually.)
Recreation:
Double Nickel on the Niobrara is a hunters paradise. High quality habitat and readily available water make the ranch a diverse haven to all kinds of wildlife. Starting with the largest inhabitants, the ranch is home to over 200 elk with bulls averaging 310- 360 Boone and Crockett. Large herds of Mule deer and Whitetail deer can be found both along the river as well as out in the Sandhills offering the opportunity for high quality trophy bucks. Huge flocks of Merriams Turkey can be found moving along the fields and tree lined banks of the river. Other wildlife that call the ranch home include Pheasants, prairie chicken, several kinds of ducks as well as Canada geese. Coyotes, bobcat, and the occasional Mountain Lion have all traveled the expanse of the property. There are fishing opportunities in the river and the many ponds on the ranch that include trout and a mix of warm water species. The river provides plenty of opportunity for float trips on tubes, canoe or as the locals like to travel.in a stock tank.
Under current operations, the ranch is leased out for hunting. There are cabins on the ranch to accommodate guests, hunters, or fisherman. Other Agri-tourism revenue streams are possible to accompany the hunting operations.
The Ranch Details:
The ranch consists of 2 units, the East & the West. The West Unit being a mix of sandhills pastures and excellent sub-irrigated and irrigated bottoms. It also has multiple ponds, two lakes and Medicine Creek that flows through its entirety. The West unit also has two residences and multiple outbuildings for the cattle and farming operation.
The East Unit sits along the banks of the Niobrara River and lays adjacent to largest portion of the lease on the Sam McKelvie National Forest. Good feed production with sub-irrigated meadows and pivot irrigated fields. The East Unit has several nice homes, cabins, multiple steel Morton buildings, grain storage.
Double Nickel on the Niobrara East:
15,300+/- Deeded Acres
16,500+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)
2,107+/- Leased Acres (State and/or Private Leases)
4 Houses & 4 Cabins
Additional Outbuildings: Shop, Machinery Shed, Calving Sheds, Fire Truck Garage
240,000-Bushel Storage Facility
9 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground & surface water rights (1,484+/- acres)
7 miles of Niobrara River Frontage
Double Nickel on the Niobrara West:
19,317+/- Deeded Acres
4,000+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)
4 Houses
500+/- Head Feedlot
4 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground water rights (764+/- irrigated acres)
Location:
< 1-hour drive from Valentine, NE
3.5-hour drive from Rapid City, SD
6-hour drive from Omaha, NE
6.5-hour drive from Denver, CO
Nearest Airports:
Miller Field- Valentine Nebraska (VTN)
Runway 3701x60 asphalt
Fuel available- 100LL, Jet A
Hangers and tiedowns available
Distance to ranch-26 miles
Ainsworth Regional Airport-Ainsworth, Nebraska (ANW)
Runway- 6824 x 110 asphalt
Fuel available- 100LL, Jet A.
Distance to ranch-71 miles
Thomas County Airport- Thedford, Nebraska (TIF)
Runway- 4400 x 60 asphalt
Fuel available- 100LL, self-service credit card.
Hangers and tiedowns available
Distance to ranch-91 miles
North Platte Regional Airport- North Platte Nebraska (LBF) Commercial service available
Runway- 8001x150 concrete/grooved
Runway-4436x100 concrete
Fuel-100LL, Jet A
Hangers and tiedowns available
Distance to ranch-157 miles
Other Area Attractions:
Smith Falls State Park, Forth Niobrara and Valentine National Wildlife Refuges as well as Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area which is some of the best Walleye fishing in northern Nebraska. Fredrick Peak Golf Course is a fantastic 10-hole course designed by the Lehman Design Group know for the Dunes course at the Prairie Club.
Livestock and machinery: Not included in listing price.
$42,500,000

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PC Bar 10 Ranch
#UT721135
5155 S Highway 66 , Morgan
, 84050
Morgan County
7,195.00 acres
Paved year round access, with three main access points. European style lodge home, built 2005, approx. 12,900 sq.ft. (including garage), barn, 2 trout ponds. Starting on the river at 5,400 ft elevation, the ranch runs up to 8,200 ft in a private mountain drainage. 5.5 miles of private live water fishing, including 1.5 miles of the private tailwater section of East Canyon Creek, and 4.0 miles of Sheep Creek. Borders the 68o-acre East Canyon Reservoir and State Park, a local favorite for fishing and boating. Water Rights include prescriptive stock watering, and 7 acre-feet of Weber Basin contracts for wells. This diverse ranch offers trophy big game hunting for Moose, Elk, and Mule Deer. Additional wildlife and hunting include Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkeys, and Waterfowl. Zoning for development is a mix of Mu-160 (Mixed Use) and F-1 (Forestry Zone)
Located 10 miles northwest of Park City, and 15 miles northeast of Salt Lake City
$42,000,000

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Cape Froward
#406167
Cape Froward , Cape Froward
235,500.00 acres
Cape Froward is an astounding 235,500 acres of beauty in Patagonia, Chile. Cape Froward views encompass the entire southern part of the Strait and the Darwin Mountains, the Magdelena Channel and all the islands to the south in the Drake Sea. The property has about 27 miles of coastline.

The abundance of flora and fauna make Cape Froward an incredible opportunity to develop a nature preserve for conservation and ecotourism. There are also very good tax incentives as well as opportunities to tap the carbon bond markets.

Location

Cape Froward is located just 62 miles south of Punta Arenas which is the capital of Patagonia.

Nature
Over 50 species of birds are found on the property along with numerous species of mammals such as puma, fox, and deer (Huemel) as well as sea mammals such as humpback whales and sea otters.


Co-listed with Fitzroy Tourism and Real Estate
$35,000,000

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Venado Grande Ranch
#TX966162
Benjamin
, 79505
King County
22,730.00 acres
Property Description
The Venado Grande is the kind of ranch that a true sportsman or cattleman will equally love to own. Contiguously pieced together 22,730 acres derived from the historic Fant, Spikebox, and Moorehouse Ranches, situated in the heart of Big Ranch Country. This amazing property has been owned and operated by an oilman with an open checkbook, no expense spared anywhere. Millions of dollars worth of heavy equipment has been utilized to mechanically remove invasive brush, improve road networks, install wildlife foodplots and enhance grazing pastures for cattle. The ranch water system appears to be in excellent condition and the structural improvements are first class.

All of the exterior fencing is either new or in very good condition. Numerous new cross fences have been installed to aid in the ease of the cattle operation from a rotation standpoint.

Location
The Venado Grande is located just west of the farming and ranching community of Benjamin in the Texas Rolling Plains. The ranch straddles the King and Knox County line and access is provided by approximately 4.5 miles of paved Highway 82 frontage. Easy access from Dallas (200 Miles), Ft. Worth (175 Miles), Abilene (90 Miles), Lubbock (115 Miles), and Wichita Falls (94 Miles).

History
The ranch was assembled through several purchases with the goal of turning rugged ranchland into a true showplace. Livestock production and wildlife management have been the main focus, along with four season recreation.

There are old copper mines in the rugged hills on the ranch, as well as stories about fur trappers and the history of several long-time area ranch families that called the ranch home in the early days.

Water Features
As previously mentioned, the ranch has been assembled and operated with an emphasis on improving the productivity of the land and expanding the availability of reliable water sources for wildlife and cattle. Recreation has been a major focus as well and four lakes on the ranch have been constructed in the past few years. These lakes are now full and have been stocked and managed for trophy fishing. Water is clear and inviting on a warm summer day.

To further enhance the ranch with additional reliable water sources miles and miles of heavy-duty poly waterline was distributed across the property, connected to a massive 30,000-gallon storage system fed by the King-Cottle rural waterline. This system guarantees treated water that is distributed across the property. This ingenious system utilizes mass storage and topography to efficiently move water across the ranch, maintaining enough pressure to fill over 65 large rubber tire drinkers and wildlife water stations.

Approximately ten miles of the South Wichita River winds through the northern portions of the ranch. This river normally serves as a year-round live water source. The river bottom is very scenic and brush canopy along the riverbanks offers exceptional wildlife habitat.

Hunting, Wildlife and Recreation
As the name of the ranch implies, this is big deer country. An abundance of large ranch ownerships in this region has allowed whitetail and mule deer populations to thrive and mature bucks to reach trophy size. Supplemental feed as well as large foodplots on the Venado Grande provide ample nutrition to grow impressive whitetail bucks. Also benefiting from this feed program are native turkey, quail and wild boar.

In recent years aoudad sheep have become common in this area and there are some impressive rams viewed frequently on the Venado Grande.
(4) 10x10 and (4) 6x8 insulated tower blinds are located on the ranch, typically overlooking a pipe fenced high capacity corn and protein feeder station.

Improvements
The ranch is exceptionally well improved in a first-class manner. The ranch manager lives at the ranch headquarters in a very nice 3-bedroom, 2 bath home with a rock and stucco exterior and metal roof. This house is connected to a large garage by a wrap around, ranch style porch.

Complementing the headquarters ranch house is a 300 x 140 show barn with fifteen six rail, six foot high pipe stalls with automatic frost proof waterings. Two alleys and a nearly new set of pipe pens, tub and alley with hydraulic chute make livestock work a breeze. The large show barn also houses a large, unfinished apartment/office/tack room. This 50'x60' two-story facility was framed, wired for electric, plumbed and ready for spray foam insulation, however, the owner lost interest in the project and it was never completed. The current framed facility was to house two bedrooms, an office, large living area with full kitchen and a large saddle/tack room.

This large covered pen would work well for a cutting pen and is complete with indoor and outdoor lighting. This structure was key in making livestock handling/work a pleasure. The HQ work shops footprint is 90 x 100 (40x100 lean-to, 40 carport, and 50x60 being the unfinished enclosed apartment/office/tack room). A pipe roping arena and several outdoor pens, including a set of scales, is all located close by.

A large heated/cooled shop is also located nearby, used primarily for feed storage and vehicle maintenance/storage.

The owner's home is set on a picturesque hillside overlooking lush grass fields that were recently aerated and seeded to grass for cattle. This expansive and modern home was designed and built to last with no expense was spared in the construction. The home contains approximately 7,000 square feet and 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Said home includes a 700 square foot heated and cooled garage and a 4,500 square foot wrap around ranch style porch. Only the best construction material was used, which includes exterior wall insulation that is approx. 11 inches thick that includes 6 inches of foam insulation, scratch coat of stucco, and 4-5 inches of stone. The roof is a virtually indestructible Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof. Facia and soffit are stucco. All the aforementioned created as close to a no maintenance exterior as you can get. Another notable feature includes a state-of-the-art kitchen and monolithically poured, 8 thick solid concrete theater room that doubles as a safe room/storm shelter. Near this magnificent nearly new home is a large 60x100 foam insulated shop, heated and cooled, with a 25 lean-to and carport. This structure serves as storage for hunting vehicles, RVs, etc. Also nearby is a a new equipment carport, which is 50 x 200 in size. This structure houses trailers, dirt equipment, tractors, etc. Around the owners home complex is a cement filled cinderblock snake proof wall and gate.

Resources
This region is rich not only in productive land but minerals on and below the surface as well. The seller owns approximately 481 net mineral acres under the heart of the ranch (12,000 acres). Likely there are minerals owned under the other tracts that were assembled over the years as well, but this has never been researched.

Price and Remarks
The Venado Grande is a fantastic offering, suitable for enjoyable use throughout all four seasons of the year. The improvements and the ranch are top notch, are in great condition and easy-to-maintain. There is no doubt that this ranch will continue to flourish, and wildlife numbers improve due to the exorbitant amount of money that has been spent under the current ownership.

The ranch is offered for sale at $1,195 per acre, including one-half of the owned minerals and all the wind energy and solar energy royalty rights intact.

Broker Comments
If you are looking to step into one of the highest improved, turnkey hunting /fishing/recreation/cattle ranches in Texas then the Venado Grande deserves your immediate attention.

The Venado Grande is a recreation and cattle raisers paradise. Reliable ranch management is in place and management would like to continue operating the ranch serving a new owner.
$27,162,841

Premier Listing

Pecan Plantation
#TX381016
7900 Monticello Drive, Granbury, Texas 76049 , Granbury
, 76049
Hood County
1,500.00 acres
Pecan Plantation | 1,500 acres | Granbury, Texas

KEY INFO

Sitting in the center of north central Texas is a unique land mass resembling a peninsula, almost completely surrounded by the Brazos River. The river was first called Brazos de Dios by Spanish explorers, meaning Arms of God.

1,500 acres of operating pecan orchard within the unincorporated community of Pecan Plantation, Hood County, Texas.

Property owned, developed, & operated by one family for 70 years.

Highest & best use is the continuing development of the pecan orchard as residential home sites.

Pecan Plantation is a secure gated community of over 6,000 residents, with over 3,000 homes, & listed by CNBC as the 6th best suburb for retirement in the U.S.

Residents are part of a community consisting of these key advantages:

- Surrounded by 17 miles of the scenic Brazos River.

- Governed by a homeowners association.

- Very reasonable dues & fees, as well as reasonable taxes.

- A full-service country club.

- Two 18-hole golf courses.

- Two private airports.

- A marina on Lake Granbury.

- Gated 24-hour security.

- Community center, Equestrian center, walking & riding trails, parks & picnic areas.

- Commercial center featuring a bank, grocery store, medical center, pharmacy, plus other businesses & services.

- Seven miles from historic Granbury, one hour to downtown Fort Worth, 1.5 hours to DFW International Airport.

THE OFFERING

Offering consists of the opportunity to:


- Develop up to 1,165 additional residential lots within Pecan Plantation, located in a high growth area of Texas.

Substantial portion of infrastructure in place, such as, main water distribution & sewer collection lines, as well as major access & interior roads.

Concept plan pre-approved by Hood County.

Electricity, telephone & internet readily available.

- Continue the operation of a historic major pecan orchard, with:

Management & staff in place.

Completely irrigated with modern drip system, with adequate water contracts with Brazos River Authority.

Fully equipped with machinery & equipment for operations.

Barns, sheds & cleaning plant to support the pecan operations.


OPPORTUNITY

Key advantages to prospective owner:

- Located in a proven & vibrant community.

- Extensive infrastructure would save years & substantial capital expenditure in start-up preparations for a developer/homebuilder.

- Relatively easy permitting & approval processes.

- Opportunities to acquire related businesses that would assist in offsetting holding costs over time.

- Marketing advantages of developing a property with the beauty of mature pecan trees pre-landscaping most of the property.

- The undeveloped land (pecan orchard), is income producing, therefore offsetting much of the interim holding costs.
$27,000,000

Premier Listing

Elk Mountain Cattle Ranch
#CO464817
23138 County Road 59 , Hartsel
, 80449
Park County
120,000.00 acres
The Elk Mountain Cattle Ranch consists of approximately 120,000 total acres of which approximately 30,000 are deeded and approximately 90,000 are leased. The ranch falls entirely within Colorado's three largest intermontane grassland basins. "South Park" consists of nearly 1,000 square miles and has a history rich with ranching. So much so that Congress designated it a National Heritage area in 2009- one of only fifty five in the United States of America.

Ranch headquarters is at 8,800 feet above sea level in the Town of Hartsel in Park County. Within two hours of the ranch are Colorado's two most populous cities- Denver and Colorado Springs. Each feature international commercial and private airports.

The ranch is cradled by 72 million year old 14,000 foot peaks and is located at the headwaters of the South Platte River. Within the borders of the ranch are over 30 miles of named rivers and creeks and over 6,000 surface acres of stored South Platte River water for front range Colorado supply in both Spinney Mountain and Elevenmile Canyon Reservoirs.

The current cow calf operation consists of approximately 1,200 mother cows plus bulls and 500 pair of bison plus bulls. The ranch is run by the four generation family that began assembling it 40 years ago. They live on the ranch in it's five ranch homes each between three and five bedrooms. Unique to the operation is a water right for 81 acre feet of water out of Spinney Mountain Reservoir.

The hunting and angling on the ranch is spectacular featuring Boone and Crockett pronghorn, trophy mule deer and elk hunting. Some of the six ponds on the ranch have been stocked and the Middle Fork of the South Platte River presents an opportunity to improve aquatic habitat for over 3 miles of private fly fishing.

Elk Mountain Cattle Ranch has never before been offered for sale to the market and represents a significant and incredibly diverse investment offered in whole or parts. Please contact Michael Ledger at 303.596.8898 with questions and please visit the Confluence Land website for complete details on this offering including a complete brochure and ranch videos.
$26,500,000

Premier Listing

Monarch Ranch
#TX301315
Comstock
, 78837
Val Verde County
40,138.00 acres
NEW LOWER PRICE! A rare jewel in the desert, the Monarch Ranch is located on over 5 miles of the pristine Devils River 30 miles upstream from Lake Amistad. Stunning views of the Devils River Basin and deep canyons greet visitors to the ranch as you climb over 300 from the river. Fantastic hunting and fishing, miles of paved roads and a 6,000 lighted and paved airport runway make the ranch extremely accessible in this dramatic country. The purported largest volume cave in Texas and remains of Fort Hudson are just a few of the amazing sites to visit on the ranch.


Location: The ranch is located on Highway 163 near Bakers Crossing, 25 miles north of Lake Amistad and also has frontage on FM 1024 from Comstock.



Habitat: The Monarch Ranch is found where multiple eco-systems meet, including elements of the Chihuahuan Desert, Edwards Plateau and Tamaulipan Thornscrub along with deep river basin soils containing towering pecan trees and majestic live oaks along the riverbank. The property contains important portions of the Devils River watershed including its recharge zone, tributaries, springs, riparian gallery woodlands, caves and karst aquifer systems.



Along the lower lands of the river and canyons, live oaks, pecans and sycamores dominate the landscape. Much of the area along the river is a true riparian eco-system with reeds, tall bunch grasses and cane breaks dominating the zone.



As you move away from the river, the ranches steep topography is dominated by ashe juniper, some oaks, and cacti. This is a very rugged country with breathtaking views and caves for exploring.



The upper highlands have extensive native grasses, diverse brush species and some ashe juniper dominating the landscape.





Wildlife: The multitude of differing environments on this ranch creates country that has an amazing biodiversity. White-tailed deer are found throughout the ranch, and the occasional mule deer can be found in the highlands. Turkey are plentiful in the bottoms along with a strong population of bob-white quail. Aoudad Sheep are found along the steep cliffs and canyons coming up from the river bottom. Blue quail are common in the highlands, along with strong populations of mourning dove. Bobcats, coyotes, badgers, and mountain lions are also very common in the area.



The Devils River brings in a host of wildlife that might not be commonly found this far west, including plenty of ducks, amazing migrations of monarch butterflies and raptors such as Bald Eagles and Ospreys that hunt the fish in the river.



The Monarch Ranch is managed under an MLD III plan (currently referred to as a MLD Conservation Plan), allowing for extended seasons for deer hunting and professional management of the wildlife.



The fishing in the Devils River on the Monarch is truly lights out. Perhaps the best small mouth bass fishery in the State of Texas exists in the cool clear waters of the river here with many fish exceeding six pounds. Largemouth bass are also abundant along with bream and catfish.





Water:

The Devils River is considered the purest water in the State of Texas and is used by the State as the index for clean water. The rivers headwater springs are on the neighboring ranch up river from the Monarch. The ranch has over 5 miles of frontage on the river, including over a mile and a half of both sides of the river.



There are multiple springs on the ranch, including a large spring (Phillips Spring) that feeds pristine water into the river. Further, many seeps can be found in the canyons, particularly during wet periods.



Groundwater is available in this region that is of excellent quality. There are 25 water wells on the property (electric pump, solar and windmills) as well as miles of water pipelines distributing the water throughout the property.





Improvements: Housing on the Monarch is modest and not too extensive. On the west side of the river there is a mobile home used for the ranch foreman and a pilots cabin near the airport that is relatively new and very comfortable. On the east side there are several modular homes and the main lodge that sits along the river bottom.



The airport on the west side of the ranch has a newly paved 6,000 runway with stripes and lights and includes a large hangar and fuel tanks.



There are over 13 miles of paved roads on the ranch that are in excellent condition and make getting around the extensive ranch very easy. The ranch also has the only private bridge over the Devils River in existence.



Electricity: There are multiple access points to electricity throughout much of the ranch.



Minerals: Approximately 13,000 net mineral acres are owned by Seller on the Monarch, and there are significant State Classified Minerals on the ranch as well.



Conservation Easement: The owner of the Monarch Ranch donated a conservation easement on this fabulous property to help conserve this unique part of Texas. The ecological values along the Devils River warrant stewarding and protection for future owners and heirs to enjoy the quiet solitude it offers. Thousands of acres along the Devils River have Conservation Easements which ensure that much of the area will remain in its natural state and be an oasis of nature. This working example of cooperative conservation has brought private land-owners, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy together with a common goal to keep the wild Devils River wild and running clear for the future. As owner of the property you would be part of one of the largest conservation neighborhoods in Texas.

Highlights of the easement include:



The Monarch East Ranch and Monarch West Ranch may each be subdivided into two separate ranches.
There are currently six existing home sites on the Monarch East Ranch which can be maintained and remodeled by the owner. On the Monarch West Ranch there are currently two existing homes which can also be maintained and remodeled.
A total of six new Residence Compounds may be built on the Monarch Ranch. Each of these compounds may be up to ten acres and multiple buildings may be built in each new compound. These compounds may not be built within any of the No Development Zones with the exception that two new compounds may be built near the river on the Monarch West (there is currently an existing building compound on the Monarch East river frontage).
New roads may be built to access the new Residence Compounds and all existing roads may be maintained and improved.
Livestock grazing, crops, orchards and vineyards may be grown on the property outside of the No Development Zones.
No restrictions on hunting and fishing, blind placements, etc.
Established caliche pits are recognized on the ranch and may be used to maintain existing roads and build new roads to residence compounds.




History: The Monarch Ranch is located in a historically rich section of Val Verde County. Following Texas independence from Mexico in 1836, John Coffee Hays is the first American recorded to visit Val Verde County in an effort to establish a road from San Antonio to El Paso in 1848. During his time tracking the road, he renames the San Pedro River the Devils River, to fit with the difficult terrain.



Fort Hudson also known as Camp Hudson was located on the San Pedro Creek, a tributary of the Devils River. Established in June of 1857, the gravel and lime constructed fort has a state marker on the highway and gravestones of fallen soldiers on the property. Fort Hudson was one of several camps built between San Antonio and El Paso to protect and aid travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road, known as the Chihuahua Trail. A local post office was built at the camp along an elevated but isolated section of the creek, seeing only a few travelers in the early years. The post office closed in 1866 and by 1871 the camp was reorganized with two companies of cavalry to be used as a summer camp to protect new settlers. Fort Hudson troops fought with Indians, sometimes driving them down into Mexico. By 1877 the threat of Indian attacks no longer existed in the capacity to keep the fort open. A centennial marker was placed on the site by the Texas Historical Commission in 1936.



Fern Cave is located on the western portion of Monarch Ranch and is considered the largest cave, in terms of volume, in Texas. Fern Cave is estimated at around 300,000 cubic meters. There are at least 3,000 caves and sinkholes known in Texas and are important economic, scientific and recreational resources. Fern Cave, also known as Bat Cave, houses thousands of bats in the summer. The total length of the cave is between 500 and 1,000 and the total depth is around 75. A survey of the cave was completed in 1963.



Bakers Crossing is located on State Highway 163, crossing the river on a bridge slightly to the west of the original crossing and site of the earlier highway bridge. Bakers Crossing was named for a pioneer who settled on the site being the Second Crossing of the Devils River by the San Antonio-El Paso Road. Bakers Crossing lies at an elevation of 1,516.





Sources:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbc16

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/camp-hudson-texas/

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rqc03

https://www.texasspeleologicalsurvey.org/PDF/TSS_Volume1/TSS%201(7)%20compressed.pdf

https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Bakers%20Crossing,%20Texas
$26,089,700