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Blue Hills Elk Ranch
#NM262117
Catron, New Mexico
5,430.00 acres
Majestic mesas, a familiar landmark of southwestern New Mexico, covered in pinon, juniper, and cedar, along with open meadows of gramma grass and wildflowers make up the terrain and landscape of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Spectacular sunrises over the Sawtooth Mountains in the wee hours of the morning, distant views of the snowcapped, 11,300 foot, Mount Taylor in the winter months, along with the anticipation of seeing elk, antelope, mule deer, predators, small game, and a variety of feathered friends enhance the surroundings of Blue Hills Elk Ranch, making each day an adventure in itself. The Blue Hills Elk Ranch is located at a comfortable elevation of 7,200 feet, between Pie Town and Grants, in New Mexico’s largest county, Catron County. Situated in Game Management Unit 12 the ranch received 5 highly coveted rifle elk tags. Healthy gramma grass and numerous drinkers provide feed and water for 70 to 80 AUM year-round on approximately 5,430 acres of deeded lands and 640 acres of state leased lands. Unique to hunting in southwestern New Mexico, the Blue Hills Elk Ranch typically receives 5 rifle elk permits annually. Several trophy bulls scoring over 375 have been taken in Unit 12 over the past several years, and no doubt others will be taken in years to come. Other hunting in the area, and on the ranch, includes mountain lion, black bear, coyotes, and other small game species. Historically Blue Hills Elk Ranch runs a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, although this number can increase to 100 with good precipitation. The ranch is divided into 4 pastures with good water distribution throughout. The north portion of the ranch has one well and storage tank, and 2 dirt tanks. Natural lakes in the northeast corner provide additional water for livestock and wildlife. A very good, 480 foot well on the south portion of the ranch is solar powered with a 220 horse submersible pump. It supplies a 5,000 gallon water storage tank and pipeline to 3 large rubber tire tanks in 3 separate pastures. The south portion of the ranch has 2 dirt tanks. Heading north from The Blue Hills Elk Ranch to Grants and I-40 takes approximately 45 minutes and from I-40 east to Albuquerque takes approximately 1 hour. The famous little community of Pie Town is about 30 minutes south of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Blue Hills Elk Ranch experiences four splendid seasons. Rocky red bluffs covered in winter snow, the early warmth of spring, sudden summer thunderstorms, and fall pastures of green grass and wildflowers exemplify the beauty of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Located in a semi-arid climate, the ranch receives an annual precipitation of 11 inches. Average high temperatures are in the 70s and average low temperatures are in the 30s with the sun shining 275 to 300 days a year. Over 6,000 acres of magnificent country with scenic views in all directions, terrain that ranges from grassy meadows to rocky bluffs and rolling pinon juniper covered mountains, 5 rifle elk tags in an excellent hunting area, and the capacity to run a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, amounts to a fantastic ranch with a multitude of surrounding beauty and recreational
$4,300,000
Quinlan Ranch
#NM413953
Rio Arriba, New Mexico
17,072.00 acres
Chas. S. Middleton and Son (Sam Middleton) and Hall and Hall (Jeff Buerger) are pleased to announce that we have teamed together to exclusively offer for sale the Quinlan Ranch. The 17,072.12± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch is a superlative mountain hunting property located just three miles west of Chama, New Mexico. The Quinlan, as it is known, spans over 26 square miles in a single block of contiguous land with no private inholdings or public roads across it. In recent years, the nearby Overley Tract was purchased, making a great addition to the Quinlan. The Quinlan itself, comprises of 16,718 acres and the Overley, which is located approximately one-quarter mile south of the Quinlan, is an additional 353.6 acres. The Overley Tract contains a substantial amount of proven water rights, a major portion of which have now been transferred to the Quinlan, used to enhance the Quinlan’s large trout ponds. Offering an unequaled combination of size, privacy, accessibility, and scenery, the Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of the 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain and is comprised of ecologically diverse and rich mountain and valley floor terrain. This large holding features outstanding big game hunting, expansive vistas, fishing, limitless recreational activities, and numerous water resources that are complimented by excellent infrastructure and quality accommodations. Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Quinlan is home to significant populations of resident elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey. Distinguishing the Quinlan from other western hunting properties is the fact that an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 head of elk from the San Juan Elk Herd migrate through the Quinlan and the neighboring 20,000 acre elk preserve – the Edward Sargent Wildlife Area, each fall. Ownership, family, friends, and clients can easily hunt the Quinlan as it currently receives 63 rifle bull elk permits, 24 bull elk archery permits and 29 cow elk permits from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Numerous trophy elk and mule deer are taken here every year and the ranch has been featured on many outdoor pursuit television shows. Additional trophy and management elk hunting opportunities exist within the on-site Rim Rock Elk Park which is a licensed 2,000± acre high-fenced Class A Game Park. Currently, the Game Park includes approximately 90 adult bulls, 85 cows, 10 yearling females, 7 yearling males, 21 female calves and 23 male calves. Well suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan has year-round access off of US Highway 84. Improvements include the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge, two “glamping” bathhouses and covered cooking and eating areas, a 10,000± square foot barn with sleeping quarters, office, garage, and state-of-the-art elk handling facilities, as well as several paddock areas for privately owned elk. The ranch also boasts an exceptional internal road network with over 65 miles of private roads, buried water and electrical lines, as well as approximately 40 ponds – several of which are stocked with trout. The listing price includes 100 percent of the appurtenant mineral rights*, all privately owned elk, and an extensive inventory of essential ranch equipment and rolling stock (See Quinlan Ranch Inventory). *Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. LOCATION Situated in the mountainous country of the upper Chama Valley in northern Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, the Quinlan Ranch lies less than half a mile from the Colorado state line and just three miles west of the historic community of Chama. The western boundary of the majority of the ranch straddles the Continental Divide. The property is adjacent to the Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area and a short drive from the Carson and Rio Grande National Forests as well as the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation and Bill Humphries Wildlife Management Area. Driving time to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and the Stevens Field FBO is 45 minutes from the ranch headquarters. The Stevens Field Airport offers an 8,100 x 100 foot runway capable of landing larger private aircraft as well as new FBO facilities offering a full range of services and amenities. The Wolf Creek Ski Area is located just a few minutes outside of Pagosa Springs and is easily accessible from the ranch. Durango, Colorado and commercial air service at the Durango-La Plata County Airport is a two-hour drive from the ranch. Santa Fe and Taos, the arts and cultural meccas of the Southwest, are each less than two hours to the south and east, respectively. Albuquerque and the Albuquerque International Sunport/airport are a three-hour drive to the south. LOCALE The Chama Valley of northern New Mexico straddles the Rio Chama or Chama River and serves as a transition zone between the high peaks of the San Juan Mountain Range and the painted cliffs and bluffs of the lower elevation San Juan Basin. Located at an elevation of 7,800 feet, the valley floor is lined with lush meadows, willows, and ancient cottonwood stands. Elevations rise to the north and east with the 12,021 foot Chama Peak anchoring the northern head of the valley. The eastern backdrop of the valley is the San Juan Mountain Range with many peaks and mountain tops rising to elevations in excess of 10,000 feet. The valley opens to the San Juan Basin to the west. Relatively undiscovered, the Chama Valley is controlled by large private holdings and expansive tracts of state and federal lands. The general aesthetic is more in line with the mountainous regions of southern Colorado. Here, views are dominated by the snow-capped peaks, aspen and pine forests, and giant ponderosas that rise dramatically above the river bottom. From its headwaters just a few miles to the north in Colorado, the trout-laden Rio Chama flows through the community of Chama and continues south for nearly 130 miles to its eventual confluence with the Rio Grande. The nearby community of Chama, New Mexico, sits near the head of the Chama Valley and just south of the Colorado state line. An historic 1880s railroad town, Chama has long enjoyed a strong ranching and agricultural-based culture. Thanks to its mountain location and limitless recreation opportunities, the community has quietly gained notoriety as a four-season mountain destination. In addition to exceptional angling and hunting, Chama also provides hiking, trail rides, snowmobiling, proximity to excellent skiing at the Wolf Creek Ski Area and Taos Ski Valley. Chama is the home to the Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec’s historic coal-fired steam engine provides scenic train rides through the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. In addition to the year-round activities, Chama and the greater Chama Valley have become a place where hunters arrive from around the world to pursue trophy elk and mule deer in what is arguably some of the best game habitat imaginable. HISTORY The Quinlan Ranch has been under only two ownerships since 1912 when the property was purchased and operated by Ed Sargent and later, his heirs, the Quinlan Family. A pioneering rancher in northern New Mexico, Mr. Sargent accumulated tens of thousands of acres of ideal mountain property in the region which he and his family members ranched for decades. The neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area which borders the Quinlan to the east for over eight miles and was also previously owned by Mr. Sargent, is named after him. The Peters family from Santa Fe acquired the 12,000± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch from the Quinlan family in 2005. In 2007, the Peters family added over 4,000 additional acres to this holding through the acquisitions of the adjacent Garcia Ranch. The addition of the Garcia Ranch increased the size of the Quinlan 16,718± deeded acres. More recently, the Peters family added the nearby Overley Tract containing 353.6 acres. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Traveling west on US Highway 84 just three miles from Chama, New Mexico, one’s first glimpse of the Quinlan Ranch is of its lower elevation southern boundary and the Willow Creek drainage. This open valley sits at an elevation of just over 7,700 feet and rises in elevation to the north and west into rolling hills, ridges, and draws interspersed with open parks and stands of ponderosa pine and mountain oak. Following Willow Creek to the north, one encounters a series of large trout ponds, and a 100-acre food plot. To the east of Willow Creek is the Rim Rock Elk Park breeding pens, elk handling and facilities buildings, and the southern fence line of Rim Rock Elk Park. To the west of Willow Creek is the “Garcia” portion of the ranch which includes the aforementioned food plot and a side valley that is home to the horse camp, complete with a bathhouse, large-group dining shelter, as well as “glamping” sites. Comprised of rolling hills, the Garcia is a blend of open parks and large stands of oak with intermittent ponderosa and juniper trees. Situated at the southern end of the Garcia is the aptly named Garcia Lodge. Built for the purpose of housing and entertaining guests, the lodge is conveniently accessed from the highway. Set on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley, Garcia Lodge sits in a location where it will not impact wildlife. Effectively separating the lower and southern portion of the ranch from the upper mountain country are a series of broad slopes and rimrock capped buttes that juts out dramatically above the landscape. Separated by a series of canyons and smaller drainages, these buttes top out at over 8,700 feet. From their respective summits, one can enjoy expansive views of the valley floor below. The easternmost buttes on the ranch are contained within the Rim Rock Elk Park. The game park runs along a portion of the eastern boundary of the ranch and is comprised largely of steeply timbered slopes that give way to benches and open meadows at the lower elevations. To the north and behind the buttes is the center of the ranch. Accessed by a number of internal roads, this portion of the ranch is defined by broad basins with large trout ponds and grass-laden meadows. The basins are intersected by a series of ridges and are ringed on all sides by mountain slopes covered with aspen groves, pine, and oak forests. Willow Creek winds down from its headwater at the north end of the ranch through one of the broad valleys here before dropping into a canyon and down to the southern end of the property. Water resources are numerous with a number of ponds scattered throughout the various drainages and small creeks feeding down from higher elevations. These open meadows and water sources are heavily utilized by the wildlife that bed among the surrounding ridges and mountain slopes. Elevations along the basin floors begin at around 8,100 feet and rise to the east to over 8,700 feet along the summit of the long ridge that serves as the eastern border of the property. From the top of this ridge one can survey the ranch’s undulating interior reaches back to the west and north and look down to the east upon the neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area. Elevations climb more gradually to the west and top out at over 8,600 feet along a series of knobs along the western boundary line which is the North American Continental Divide. From the center of the ranch, elevations ascend to the north, with the terrain becoming more mountainous in nature and forested with large stands of aspen, spruce, and fir. Anchoring the northwestern end of the ranch is 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain. The Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of this mountain which is heavily timbered and serves as a sanctuary for large numbers of elk. The High Camp is also located here and provides guests with a high-country destination from which they can relax and enjoy a meal or even a hot shower. Strategically located ponds and an eight-acre trout lake sit at the base of Chromo Mountain – all of which draw wildlife out of the timbered mountainside. A series of forested ridges separated by drainages with open valley floors define the northern end of the ranch. The origination point for Willow Creek is also located here and sits just within the property boundary. The Edward Sargent Wildlife Area is the neighbor to the north and east. Large, privately held ranches are the neighbors to the west and northwest. From the higher points of the upper or northern portion of the ranch, one can survey miles of the Quinlan Ranch to the south, or look north to Chama Peak and the San Juan Mountains. IMPROVEMENTS When the Peters family acquired the Quinlan Ranch it was a traditional livestock property with the only improvements being a tin-tack structure, a few horse pens, as well as a 1,500-acre game park that was lacking trophy genetics. There was some fencing in place, but no electricity, no water development or wells, no facilities for employees or guests, and no fishing. Internal roads were limited and those in the northern portion of the ranch were so impassable that all hunting was conducted on horseback. With quality habitat enhancement and thoughtful improvement and infrastructure development, the Peters family has molded the property into a destination sporting property – all while preserving the ranch’s native environment. GARCIA LODGE Conveniently located on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley is the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge. This two-story lodge features 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a commercial kitchen and large dining area, as well as the ranch’s gathering place, a grand room with a river rock fireplace. Well-suited as a commercial or corporate lodge or personal retreat, Garcia Lodge is comfortably furnished and easily accessed off of Highway 64. HORSE CAMP The horse camp is tucked into a private valley to the east of Willow Creek in the southern end of the ranch. Primarily utilized during the ranch’s large trail riding events, the camp includes “glamping” sites, a large kitchen shelter with a hot water sink and grills as well as a dining shelter. Complete with propane lighting and views of the ranch’s rimrock outcroppings, the dining shelter accommodates over 70 guests. The third primary structure at the horse camp is a large bathhouse with a large storage area, four toilets, six showers and four sinks with hot water provided by two on-demand water heaters. HIGH CAMP Utilized as a destination for trail rides and rest and relief area for anglers and hunters in the northern reaches of the ranch, the high camp features a large shelter structure, water catchment system with storage tanks, as well as a bathhouse with a tub, showers and sinks with hot water, as well as toilets. FACILITIES BARN Sited in the southeastern corner of the property is the 10,000± square foot barn that serves as the base of ranch operations for the Quinlan. In addition to containing offices, the barn has living quarters with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchen capable of housing a 12-member guide team. Included in the shop is a large garage or repair shop with a gantry, truck lift, and a walk-in cooler for game. The elk handling facility for the private elk herd is also housed within the barn. A series of handling pens, alleys, and a hydraulic chute with an overhead gangway ensures safe and easy handling of private elk for both herd health maintenance and artificial insemination purposes. A fenced alleyway links the barn to numerous paddock areas which are utilized by trophy breeder bull elk and cow elk. The barnyard has two large grain bins for the storage of alfalfa pellets as well as an additional elevated bin for Antler Max supplemental feed. Two double-walled 5,000 gallon tanks in the barnyard are used to provide fuel to hunting vehicles and heavy equipment. INFRASTRUCTURE In addition to constructing the improvements needed to sustain their operations, the Peters family has continually improved the Quinlan Ranch’s infrastructure. One of the first projects the family undertook was to open access up to the ranch by rebuilding the internal road system. Investing in a road grader and bulldozer, the family turned nearly impassible two-track jeep roads into nearly 65 miles of quality ranch roads. Road base materials have been placed on the most heavily traveled roads and two semi loads worth of culverts were put in place to divert runoff drainage. Along with the private road system, seven miles of buried power lines, as well as 15 miles of water lines, were installed. A well was also put in place as was a water collection system along Willow Creek that pumps water into two 10,000-gallon storage tanks with a radio controlled float system. This water system feeds over 50 water spigots that supply water to the barn, horse pens, elk pens, bathhouse, horse camp kitchen and potential future cabin sites. A solar powered radio system was also installed to ensure guides and staff can communicate from every corner of the property. In 2008 the Peters family initiated a multi-year water catchment and water feature improvement project. Signature lakes including the Honeymoon and Willow Creek Lakes as well as a number of stock ponds were first reconstructed. New stock ponds were constructed, and in each of the last ten years, additional fishing lakes were built or deepened in order to improve trout habitat. The ranch retained the services of Joe Urbani and Urbani Fisheries, LLC, a leading provider of aquatic habitat enhancement and stream, river, and lake reconstruction out of Bozeman, Montana to oversee and improve its trout habitat and development work. With Mr. Urbani’s oversight, the ranch added aquatic benches and agri drains to existing trout ponds. Aquatic bug and plant life quality were enhanced and the ranch now provides excellent still water trout fishing on a number of bodies of private water. These significant hydrological projects greatly benefitted wildlife, opened the door to an angling clientele base, and reshaped the ranch’s aesthetic look and feel. An eight-foot-high game fence contains the 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is located in the very rugged and mountainous terrain in the southeastern portion of the ranch. The park has been improved through a series of projects including removal of underbrush, logging of key areas identified by a forester, extensive reseeding of grasses, and additional roads through and around the park perimeter. Wildlife habitat improvement practices continue to be implemented on the ranch. Along with a noxious weed control program, the ranch utilizes forestry management practices with logging conducted in key wildlife crossing corridors and other areas identified by a forestry consultant, as well as remediation of logging sites left from the prior owners. In addition to the forestry work, the ranch has tilled and seeded areas of the ranch that were previously overgrazed by cattle. These food plots, including a 100-acre food plot located on the west bank of lower Willow Creek, are now well-utilized by wildlife. CLIMATE Located at an elevation of 7,800± feet and receiving an average of 300 days of sunshine, Chama enjoys a favorable year-round climate. Summertime temperatures reach into the high 70’s and the mid 80’s, while average daytime winter temperatures typically range between the 30’s to mid 40’s. Boasting a remarkable year-round climate, the average snowfall is nearly 100 inches, with annual precipitation over 20 inches. HUNTING OPERATIONS The Quinlan Ranch stands alone as a property with a large-scale commercial hunting operation that provides high rates of success for trophy elk – year in and year out. The ranch also offers excellent hunts for trophy mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, as well as spring turkey. As a result of its location, land stewardship practices, professional staff, facilities, and quality game management, the Quinlan has become a top destination for hunters across the globe as well as a popular filming destination for a number of outdoor pursuit television shows. Indicative of the ranch’s rise to prominence in the upper echelons of the hunting world are the facts that the ranch can command a premium price for its hunts and that the hunts are booked well in advance of the hunting seasons. The ranch sells and conducts over 80 guided wild bull elk hunts each year. The following page has current pricing for various hunting and fishing packages. Contributing greatly to the success of the Quinlan’s hunting program is a professional and knowledgeable hospitality and guide staff. Both the hospitality and guide staff have been working on the ranch for years and their collective and individual knowledge of the operations, terrain, and wildlife is unmatched. Additional preserve elk hunts are also available within the ranch’s 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is a Class A Game Park. This park or hunting preserve provides hunters with the ability to choose their own hunting dates and harvest trophy elk scoring up to and in excess of 450” SCI. Though the park is a destination hunt for some, it also provides hunters who have filled their wild elk tags with the opportunity to purchase and take a second elk during their stay. Hunters also have the opportunity to harvest bison while on the Quinlan. Ownership has invested significant resources into developing the genetics and health of their private elk herd to the point that Rim Rock Elk Park now possesses arguably the finest trophy quality of any game park in New Mexico. In addition to implementing an artificial insemination (AI) program, the ranch utilizes trophy bull elk as back-up breeders to ensure high conception rates. Further bolstering of genetics and trophy quality came through acquisitions of elk from certified elk breeders. Elk originating from a herd in Oregon as well as three loads of cow elk and trophy bulls with an average SCI score of 450” from Canada were brought to the ranch. The largest bull killed in the park scored 497 inches. The ranch typically conducts between 15 to 20 trophy elk hunts a year in the park in addition to a number of management bull elk and cow hunts as needed. Bison are a relatively new addition to the hunting options and a growing number of these hunts are being sold. ANGLING OPERATIONS The Quinlan and the Chama area in general are quietly emerging as a fly fishing destination for those looking to distance themselves from the crowds found to the immediate north in Colorado. As the ranch continued to acquire additional water rights and build and improve upon its stillwater fisheries, it realized another revenue stream in the form of a growing base of angling clients. These individuals and groups from Orvis-endorsed fly fishing shops from Huston to Phoenix are now making annual trips to the ranch. Anglers can book multiple-night or day fishing trips directly through the ranch. The Quinlan has partnered with Land of Enchantment Guides, a top fly fishing guide service in northern New Mexico, to provide a high-quality guided fishing experience for its angling guests. Most fishing is done from a fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats scattered among the larger lakes of the ranch. In all, the ranch features quality trout angling on eight private lakes and ponds. GENERAL RECREATION In addition to offering first-rate hunting and angling, the Quinlan provides guided ranch tours, horseback riding, nature and birding hikes, mountain biking, target shooting, as well as cooking classes. Large trail riding groups in excess of 70 people have also begun to gather on the ranch each summer. Utilizing the horse camp facilities and riding the endless trails within the property for days at a time, these guests trailer pedigreed horses to the Quinlan from across the southwest. The trail riding group includes a large contingent of riders from Aspen, Colorado who return to the ranch for multiple rides each year. AGRICULTURAL OPERATION The Quinlan Ranch has long served as quality summer pasture for cattle. Well grassed, the ranch has water resources throughout and is perfectly suited for cattle grazing. Though current management practices are focused on managing for wildlife, the ranch has easily supported in excess of 2,000 head of cattle during the summer grazing season. Current ownership has run up to 1,000 head, but currently limits grazing to 150 cow/calf pairs on the southern end of the ranch. WATER RESOURCES Willow Creek and its numerous tributaries are the primary sources of water for the property. During their tenure, the Peters family has extensively engineered, constructed, and improved the ranch’s water resources. The acquisition and transfer of additional valuable water rights to the ranch has greatly benefited all manner of animal life. These water rights have also allowed the ranch to irrigate food plots and build and fill a total of eight stocked trout ponds ranging in size from just over one acre to over eight acres in size. There are several springs located throughout the property as well as over 30 earthen ponds that hold water for wildlife and cattle. Domestic water is provided by three wells that have been developed to provide water for this purpose. New ownership will realize the benefits of the valuable water rights and development for decades to come. WILDLIFE RESOURCES New Mexico’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 4 is highly regarded as a trophy elk and mule deer unit. In addition to large populations of resident elk and mule deer, the entirety of GMU 4 serves as a massive migration corridor and wintering range for elk migrating south from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The unit is comprised nearly entirely of private land and borders the famed Jicarilla Apache Nation – which is arguably the top trophy mule deer destination in North America. With the exception of some areas of BLM lands, the vast majority of public lands found within GMU 4 are comprised of the Sargent, Humphries, and Rio Chama Wildlife Management Areas. Public land hunting licenses and access within GMU 4 are restricted to these Wildlife Management Areas. These licenses are very limited in number and only available to the public through the regular license application process. The Quinlan is located within GMU 4 and shares its eastern boundary with the Sargent Wildlife Management area for nearly eight miles. The “Sargent”, as it is known, is a non-motorized use area that is widely regarded for excellent elk hunting. Managed as its own game unit within the greater Unit 4, the Sargent is one of the few hunting units in New Mexico to receive a “Quality” designation from the Game and Fish Department. As such, hunting licenses for this neighboring property are highly sought after and difficult to obtain. The Quinlan’s location in the north central portion of GMU 4 places it in a literal sweet spot between high country summer habitat to the north and lower elevation wintering grounds to the south. Not only does the ranch lay in the path of thousands of migrating elk each fall, its favorable elevation and habitat ensure it is home to a large population of resident elk throughout the year. Because of quality land management, sound hunting practices, and the development of its food plots, the Quinlan is now retaining a higher number of the migratory elk throughout the hunting seasons that would have otherwise passed through the ranch. In addition to the elk, serious mule deer hunters will recognize that the ranch’s location in Rio Arriba County places it in one of the top trophy mule deer locales in North America. Mule deer drop their fawns on the property each spring and numerous bands of bucks and does reside on it until the snows in late November push them to their wintering range just a few miles to the south. Strong populations of Merriam’s turkey as well as healthy numbers of black bear and some mountain lions reside in and are hunted on the Quinlan. In addition to the big game, the ranch provides vital habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Mule deer populations are strong and the Quinlan Ranch has a demonstrated track record of producing trophy mule deer. With the exception of the occasional management deer, the smaller bucks harvested score between 170” and 185”. Deer scoring between 185” and 195” are taken each year and bucks up to 220” have been taken in recent years. Success rates on deer hunts are nearly 100 percent. FISHERY RESOURCES A total of seven impoundments on the ranch have been stocked with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Professionally designed habitat within these fisheries promotes healthy aquatic plant life and trout populations that produce trout in the two to five-plus pound range. Fly fishing and spin fishing are excellent in these catch and release only waters and as a result, the ranch now has a loyal following of sportsmen and women who visit the Quinlan for the sole purpose of angling. Having the trout impoundments located throughout the ranch provides anglers with a diverse set of angling locations and opportunity. Fishing from the banks as well as the ranch’s fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats is enjoyed by anglers of all skill levels. The ranch’s fly fishing guides also have access to additional private water on the nearby Chama River as well as other private fisheries. MINERALS The Peters family recognized the importance of mineral rights ownership and has acquired mineral rights that had been previously severed from the land. A new owner will realize the benefits of these efforts both in terms of the potential future monetary value of those rights, as well as for the purpose of controlling future decisions related to land stewardship. The Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION To further preserve and protect wildlife habitat, the Quinlan Ranch granted a conservation easement on a small portion of the ranch to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 1998. This easement is limited to 900 acres of mountainous land located in the extreme north end of the ranch. Under the terms of the easement, the ranch retains the right to hunt these 900 acres, but agrees to preserve and protect them for the natural habitat and continued ecological benefit of New Mexico wildlife. Upon request, a copy of this conservation easement will be furnished. The balance of the ranch is not encumbered by any conservation easements. BROKER’S COMMENTS Property taxes on the Quinlan Ranch are extremely reasonable, being approximately $8,899 per year, or approximately 52¢ per acre. The Quinlan Ranch is a place where the timbered mountain slopes of the Southern Rockies meet the mesas, buttes, and dramatic cloudscapes of the American Southwest. Imbued with beauty, the Quinlan’s productive lands have become a gathering place where lifelong friendships are created, experiences are shared, and lasting memories are made. Well-suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan represents an opportunity to acquire 17,072.12± acres of gorgeous mountain property with unmatched privacy and big game hunting. The ranch has excellent access and is minutes from the historic mountain community of Chama and just south of the amenities, skiing, and FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Recognizing the potential these lands held, the Peters family purchased the property and began transforming it into a top of the list ranch and recreational destination. This transformation included years of professional wildlife, habitat and water resource enhancement, the procurement of neighboring lands, as well as the securing of valuable water and mineral rights. Combined with quality improvement and infrastructure development, the Quinlan Ranch now offers something for everyone and can be easily acquired and enjoyed by new ownership for years to come. The Quinlan Ranch, with all of its amenities, is priced on essentially a turn-key basis at $39,950,000, or $2,340 per acre. This package includes all permanent improvements, all minerals, license to use the Quinlan Ranch name, all elk located within the Rim Rock Game Park, along with an extensive inventory of equipment/rolling stock.
$39,950,000
Quinlan Ranch
#NM450862
, New Mexico
17,072.00 acres
The 17,072.12± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch is a superlative mountain hunting property located just three miles west of Chama, New Mexico. The Quinlan, as it is known, spans over 26 square miles in a single block of contiguous land with no private inholdings or public roads across it. In recent years, the nearby Overley Tract was purchased, making a great addition to the Quinlan. The Quinlan itself, comprises of 16,718 acres and the Overley, which is located approximately one-quarter mile south of the Quinlan, is an additional 353.6 acres. The Overley Tract contains a substantial amount of proven water rights, a major portion of which have now been transferred to the Quinlan, used to enhance the Quinlan’s large trout ponds. Offering an unequaled combination of size, privacy, accessibility, and scenery, the Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of the 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain and is comprised of ecologically diverse and rich mountain and valley floor terrain. This large holding features outstanding big game hunting, expansive vistas, fishing, limitless recreational activities, and numerous water resources that are complimented by excellent infrastructure and quality accommodations. Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Quinlan is home to significant populations of resident elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey. Distinguishing the Quinlan from other western hunting properties is the fact that an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 head of elk from the San Juan Elk Herd migrate through the Quinlan and the neighboring 20,000 acre elk preserve – the Edward Sargent Wildlife Area, each fall. Ownership, family, friends, and clients can easily hunt the Quinlan as it currently receives 63 rifle bull elk permits, 24 bull elk archery permits and 29 cow elk permits from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Numerous trophy elk and mule deer are taken here every year and the ranch has been featured on many outdoor pursuit television shows. Additional trophy and management elk hunting opportunities exist within the on-site Rim Rock Elk Park which is a licensed 2,000± acre high-fenced Class A Game Park. Currently, the Game Park includes approximately 90 adult bulls, 85 cows, 10 yearling females, 7 yearling males, 21 female calves and 23 male calves. Well suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan has year-round access off of US Highway 84. Improvements include the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge, two “glamping” bathhouses and covered cooking and eating areas, a 10,000± square foot barn with sleeping quarters, office, garage, and state-of-the-art elk handling facilities, as well as several paddock areas for privately owned elk. The ranch also boasts an exceptional internal road network with over 65 miles of private roads, buried water and electrical lines, as well as approximately 40 ponds – several of which are stocked with trout. The listing price includes 100 percent of the appurtenant mineral rights*, all privately owned elk, and an extensive inventory of essential ranch equipment and rolling stock (See Quinlan Ranch Inventory). *Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership.
$39,950,000
Broken Butt Ranch
#NM194090
Rio Arriba, New Mexico
16,309.00 acres
- 16,309 deeded acres - 112 landowner elk tags - Numerous creeks, ponds, & springs - One of the nations finest all-around hunting ranches - Located between Chama, NM & Pagosa Springs, CO Never before offered on the market, the Broken Butt Ranch in northern New Mexico easily qualifies as one of the largest remaining elk-rich mountain ranches in the state. The ranchs 16,309 deeded acres lie squarely in the path of a major elk migration route between the high San Juan Mountains and the wintering grounds of New Mexico, and guarantees a healthy population of animals during hunting season. With impressive size, superb habitat and excellent year-round access, Broken Butt Ranch has an unexaggerated potential as a big game hunting property of national significance. Named for a rifle with a broken stock found on the ranch in the early 1900s, Broken Butt Ranch has a long history of careful management as a joint cattle and hunting property. Sole family ownership has provided excellent stewardship of this special property for over 100 years. Ideally suited for summer cattle grazing, the ranch has supported up to 1500 yearling cattle, which historically has nicely complemented its big game opportunities. Broken Butt Ranch is unencumbered by any easements (but could be a candidate for a conservation easement) and includes 100% of its mineral rights.
$25,000,000
Lobo Ranch
#NM450870
, New Mexico
46,485.00 acres
About an hour’s drive west of Albuquerque, N.M., the Lobo Ranch spreads across 46,485± deeded acres of stunningly beautiful landscape marked by large mesas, rock formations, sandstone bluffs, expansive grasslands and open valleys. This working cattle ranch has outstanding recreational and historical attributes, including abundant wildlife and plentiful habitat, and hundreds of archeological sites and ancient petroglyphs. With elevations that range from approximately 6,100 feet to more than 8,200 feet above sea level, the ranch encompasses several distinct ecosystems that are home to a variety of wildlife from Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer and Barbary sheep to black bears, mountain lions, quail, turkey and upland birds. Seasonal pastures with excellent winter range along the southern and eastern valley slopes favor both cattle and elk. The current owner grazes approximately 300 animal units in an operation that is biased toward wildlife and range preservation. Improvements include a 3,700-square-foot guest lodge with a large porch and patio with outdoor fireplace, a bunkhouse, manager’s residence, barns, equipment shop and a helicopter hanger. The ranch is accessible year-round via Cibola County Road 1, a county-maintained gravel road, north of Interstate 40 at the Laguna Interchange.
$22,080,683
Southern Cross Ranch
#NM256525
Catron, New Mexico
29,142.00 acres
Now available in three configurations priced from $5,870,000 – $14,950,000 • 29,142 total acres (18,535 deeded acres) • Trophy elk hunting, antelope, & mule deer • 29 landowner bull elk tags & 11 cow tags annually • Dozens of wells, dirt tanks, & springs • 6,000 sq. ft. log lodge, manager’s house, & cattle facilities • $14,950,000 Southern Cross Ranch New Mexico: “World-class” is no exaggeration when describing the exceptional trophy elk hunting on the renowned Southern Cross Ranch in west-central New Mexico. On the Southern Cross Ranch, geography, genetics and habitat have combined to create an entire ecosystem that produces some of the largest bull elk on the planet. The Southern Cross is indeed a “land of giants” well-known for amazing numbers of 350- to 400-class bulls that have free access to its 29,142 acres (18,535 deeded). Simply put, the Southern Cross controls over 45 square miles of the finest trophy elk habitat anywhere. The Southern Cross has been superbly managed for years to maintain its status as one of America’s premier hunting destinations. A spectacular 6,000 square-foot log lodge is the centerpiece of the ranch. With six bedrooms, five and one half baths, and wraparound deck, the lodge treats guests luxuriously. A caretaker’s house, corrals, barn and meat cooler completes the outstanding facilities on the ranch, all “ready-to-roll” for the next hunting season. Southern Cross Ranch has been allotted 29 bull elk tags annually in past years. Straddling both sides of the Continental Divide, the Southern Cross Ranch ranges in elevation from 7300 to 8200 feet, which makes it ideally situated for supporting many square miles of pinion pine and alligator juniper forest, interspersed with grassy meadows. Much of the ranch’s terrain is rolling, and a good network of ranch roads provides vehicular access throughout. With wildlife and livestock management in mind, dozens of water sources have been developed throughout the ranch, utilizing both wind and solar power. The Southern Cross is best known for its elk hunting, but its superb mule deer and antelope hunting should not be overlooked, either. As a combination cattle/hunting ranch or a hunting resort alone, the potential for this spectacular piece of western New Mexico may be unmatched anywhere in the United States. With excellent year-round access, the “land of giants” is located only 2.5 hours from Albuquerque and 3.5 hours from Santa Fe.
$14,950,000
El Capitan Trophy Elk, Land & Cattle Ranch
#NM419839
Lincoln, New Mexico
24,000.00 acres
El Capitan Trophy Elk, Land & Cattle RanchLarge contiguous land holdings comparable to the +/-24,070 acres (+/-11,070 deeded and +/-13,000 National Forest grazing 200 AUM allotment) representing the El Capitan Trophy Elk, Land & Cattle Ranch, are getting harder and harder to find, especially with the incredible artesian springs and untapped water that El Capitan Ranch carries. El Capitan Ranch is most noted as the property where Smokey Bear was found in the spring of 1950, and a documented hideout of Billy the Kid.  The ranch offers world-class hunting (both high fence and free range), working cattle operations, substantial improvements and 10+miles of paved highway frontage with major investment potential.  Drive time from Capitan to Ruidoso’s casinos, horse racing and snow skiing is 17 miles, the Texas State line is a close 2 hours 15 minutes and just 2 hours 35 minutes to Albuquerque International Airport. The ranch borders thousands of acres of the Lincoln National Forest and the 35,000 acre Capitan Wilderness and is but 14 miles from the quaint historic town of Capitan, New Mexico with excellent dining, incredible western history of Lincoln County and  historic museums. Hunting In 2019 the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game allocated this area as Management Level 2, with unlimited landowner bull elk tags, unlimited landowner mule deer tags, unlimited landowner antelope tags, and the ranch carries a large number of both Merriam and Rio Grande Turkeys as well as hybrids.  In recent years, wild hogs have encroached into this area of New Mexico and allows for unlimited hunting, with black bear, bobcat, an occasional mountain lion and coyotes rounding out the predator hunting.  The largest free range bull elk was a 396 taken a couple years ago with 350+ bulls documented every year on the ranch.  In 2019, a 198 in mule deer was the largest taken in the area.  One of the many outstanding features of El Capitan is the +/-1700 acre licensed high fence game park (oldest in the state) currently carrying a +/-40 animal elk herd being managed to harvest +/-6 bulls a year at $9500 per hunt.  There’s also +/- a dozen mule deer in the park as well.  An additional adjacent 1500 acres could also be added to the park as high fence, if desired. The ranch is perimeter fenced and divided into a total of 13 pastures, including the two in the high fence. The ranch ranges from a very mild elevation of 6400 ft. to 8200 ft.   Improvements Headquarters consists of  a 4-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house lodge, a 2-bedroom, 1-bath managers house, and an additional 3-bedroom, 1-bath ranch house that needs remodeling. There's a large 60’ x 80’ metal shop, full elk handling facilities, corrals, and traps for breeding. All are included.  There’s an additional cabin, outbuildings & barns on the property.  Two stocked ponds compliment the headquarters (trout, bass, bluegills) with water available for additional water improvements throughout. Caretaker/manager One of the greatest additions to the ranch is the current  manager, a very experienced ranch/game manager and licensed biologist who lives but 3 miles away.  His knowledge and experience in the area and on the ranch is incomparable, would be a great asset to the new owners, and has shown a desire to stay on with the right ownership.InvestmentWith one of the closest rocky mountain ranges to the great state of Texas, and complete end-to-end paved highway frontage, El Capitan also offers investment potential for the ideal candidate with the ranch being subdivided into 5 separate ranches.  You can’t get hurt with dirt! Not really sure what one compares the incredible holding of El Capitan Trophy Elk, Land & Cattle to, but the options are endless while the opportunity is not! Call or email today for additional information and your qualified showing.  Co Brokers welcome.
$14,245,000
PATRICK AND LISA SWAYZE RANCHO DE DIAS ALEGRES
#NM438596
San Miguel, New Mexico
7,261.00 acres
Patrick and Lisa Swayze’s Rancho de Dias Alegres "Ranch of Happy Days" 7,261.4+/- Deeded Acres San Miguel County, New Mexico A New Mexico Premier Private Ranch Estate In 1997, Charles S. Middleton and Son represented the former owners in the sale of the Rancho de Dias Alegres Ranch to Patrick and Lisa Swayze. Now, 23 years later, Lisa Swayze has made the difficult decision to sell this pristine property so that it can now be used and enjoyed by the new ownership. Lisa and Patrick spent many wonderful days enjoying their life together on this fabulous mountain ranch, but the time has come to say goodbye to this major part of Lisa’s life, leaving her with great memories of the past. We are excited to represent Lisa in the sale of Rancho de Dias Alegres, a 7,261.4+/- deeded acre property located in the beautiful Gallinas River Drainage of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains west of Las Vegas, New Mexico. With the rugged, shear rock face of Hermit's Peak towering over the ranch, spectacular views of the high mountains and the Peak are prominent. Sunrises and sunsets are unsurpassed. This extraordinarily scenic and nicely improved property features over a mile of both sides of the Gallinas River frontage, including historic water rights from the river. Other features include a lake reflecting surrounding cottonwood trees, rolling forested land with intermingled green meadows, along with southern foothills covered in piñon, juniper, gamble oak, fir and ponderosa pine dominating the landscape. Wildlife is abundant and includes elk, deer, bear, lion, turkey, eagles, and many smaller mammals and birds. A flock of geese can be spotted on the pond until called south for the winter. The owner's home is unique in that the architecture of the home and site layout exemplifies Northern New Mexico's historical nature of the early 1900’s. Built as a dude ranch over 100 years ago, the property took advantage of the gorgeous scenery to host “city-folks” that wanted to come relax, play, and breathe in the crisp, clean mountain air. The house still contains some of the original furnishings, saddles, and brochures that were used to advertise the dude ranch long ago. The headquarters area is composed of a primary residence, guest house or manager’s home, and support structures. This home is constructed of solid rock walls and siding. This home will survive many lifetimes. Infrastructure on this ranch is in good condition with fences, watering systems, and pasture care evident throughout the property. Besides the beautiful setting and improvements, its location near so many amenities, yet enjoying privacy and solitude, make this a truly unique property. Only minutes from downtown Las Vegas and only a little over an hour away from Santa Fe and Taos, the property is accessible by car, public airports in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, or by private aircraft at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport with its 8,200-foot, paved runway. LOCATION AND CLIMATE: The ranch is located in the mountain setting northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and just over an hour from Santa Fe. With over 1.5 miles of frontage on State Road 65 (the Gallinas Highway), the ranch is easily accessed year-round from downtown Las Vegas. The ranch also enjoys access off almost a mile of paved State Road 263 on its south boundary. Owner entry to the headquarters is through a private electric gate just off of the highway. With nearly 300 days of sunshine, low humidity, and an actual four-season climate, the weather can be enjoyed during each distinct season. The summers are pleasant and cool, and there is no air conditioning needed at the owner’s home. Just open the windows and enjoy the cool summer air. Average annual precipitation exceeds 18-inches with an average snowfall of 2 to 2 ½ feet. Nearby Las Vegas offers two institutions of higher education: New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College, plus it is home to the Armand Hammer United World College, a prestigious, international preparatory school. Las Vegas is a historical "old west" town, and the old-town district provides shops, antiques, book stores, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Storrie Lake is a recreational destination with modern camping facilities and utility hookups for glamping or roughing it. The lake is at 6,600 feet elevation and has a surface area of approximately 1,100 acres. Storrie Lake offers not only great fishing but is ideal for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing, capped every January 1st with the annual "Polar Bear Plunge". There are five ski resorts within a two-hour drive of the ranch, with the closest only 70 miles away. Santa Fe, a short drive down I-25, is a world-renowned destination offering unique historical perspectives and a diverse cultural heritage. As New Mexico's capital, the "City Different" offers many attractions, including its unique architecture, the downtown Plaza, fine dining, museums, art galleries, cultural events, shopping, historical preservations, and the world-class Santa Fe Opera. STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS: As mentioned above, the ranch headquarters are located along the northern boundary area directly off State Road 65. The owner's home contains approximately 5,908 square feet. It is rectangular, with a 1,440 SF rectangular, open-air courtyard in the center. It was built in 1920 with solid rock walls, slab foundation, and flat roof. The home has been renovated and is in beautiful condition for the age of the structure. The north side of the house is two story. The bottom floor contains a media room, office, gun room, and a utility room with bathroom. The upper level contains six bedrooms, five baths, powder room, kitchen and living area. The interior finish is a combination of carpet, tile, wood floors, sheetrock and adobe walls. There are two large rock fireplaces. The manager's house contains approximately 1,200 square feet and is located north of the highway, across from the headquarters compound. The house is constructed of adobe stucco, slab foundation, and flat roof. The horse shed is a three-sided structure that contains 336 SF. It is constructed of a steel frame and concrete tilt walls with stucco and rock exterior and metal roof. The tack and feed barn contains approximately 960 SF. It is constructed of a wood frame with wood, sheet metal, and corrugated siding and a metal roof. Onsite improvements include main internal access roads bisecting the ranch and four domestic/livestock wells. Water quality is excellent, and the source is more than ample to serve all facilities. There are numerous earthen ponds throughout the ranch. The pond at the headquarters is fed by the Gallinas River and could be easily stocked with trout. With the help of a fishery consultant, trout fishing in the Gallinas could be enhanced and enjoyed by the new owner. The perimeter boundary is fenced and crossed fenced with steel T-posts and cedar staves, with 5 strand barb wire throughout. The ranch elevation at the lower open country is roughly 7,160 feet and the ranch elevates to over 7,700 feet. WATER RIGHTS: Rancho de Dias Alegres includes adjudicated water rights with a priority date of 1872 in the amount of 22.8 acres with a total delivery capability of 45.6 acre-feet per annum at the head-gate. These water rights may be used for a variety of agricultural and wildlife production. WILDLIFE, PAST AND PRESENT: There are numerous species of wildlife that frequent Rancho de Dias Alegres. Mule deer and elk are common and often viewed. A meandering bear, an occasional mountain lion, bobcat or fox are a bit more elusive, but no doubt have a regular presence. Many smaller species of wildlife call the ranch home. Waterfowl will land on the ponds regularly. Turkey, Bald Eagle, and several species of the hawk are common, as are bluebirds, dove, and many other species. MOUNTAIN FLORA AND GRAMA GRASS PLAINS: The ranch contains many species of plant life and trees in its different elevations. Ponderosa pine, piñon pine, fir, and juniper, along with oak brush and mountain mahogany, make up much of the tree cover on the mountainside slopes portion of the ranch. Cottonwood and willow grow along the draws and Gallinas Riverbed. Blue and black gramma make up the primary grasses on the southern end of the property. Upper elevation mountain meadow grasses consist of several species, including Arizona fescue and mountain muhly. A stunning display of wildflowers appears each spring and summer across the ranch. UTILITIES: Rancho de Dias Alegres is serviced by the San Miguel Electrical Coop with landline phone services, propane gas, and has individual septic and leach fields. Utilities are underground from the old headquarters to the owner's compound. TAXES: The taxes on the subject are approximately $3,500 annually. SUMMARY: “Patrick and I searched for our ‘dream ranch’ for many years throughout the USA until we found this one. We loved its rugged beauty and the opportunity to ride our wonderful horses, camp, entertain special friends, run cattle, and be good stewards of the land. And it was large enough that we could explore and never run out of new discoveries. It was also a great place to read film scripts, and we even set up an editing bay in the dining room on occasion for projects rather than go back to LA. It’s a beautiful, magical property with something very special about it. Patrick loved being on the ranch so much, it almost took a crow bar to pry him loose when we had to leave! Both he and I would have been perfectly happy being there always. When we first visited the ranch, one of the previous owners told us, ‘This ranch is called Rancho de Dias Alegres which means ‘Ranch of the Happy Days.” Then, she leaned in close to add, ‘And it is.’ And she was right. We’ve always been very happy there.” The Swayze Ranch is a unique recreational, extremely scenic mountain property, but it also serves as a working cattle ranch with the added benefits of a great location, stunning beauty, diverse eco-system, and ultimate privacy. Anyone would be proud to be the owner of this property, especially knowing that Patrick and Lisa Swayze were the former owners of the property. Very seldom does one find a property with so many attributes: both mountain and prairie eco-systems, well improved and maintained assets supporting all types of ranch lifestyles, easy year round access, proximity to Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Taos (only 65 miles) – the list is endless. This one-of-a-kind property, surrounded by the natural beauty of some of New Mexico's most scenic high country, must be seen to be fully appreciated. Based on our years of experience and in-depth market research, we believe Rancho de Dias Alegres to be value-priced at $1,795/acre or $13,034,213. If you are looking for a well improved, well located, mountain ranch, the Rancho de Dias Alegres is the ideal property for you and your family to enjoy for generations.
$13,034,213
Hutch Septima Ranch
#NM230632
Rio Arriba, New Mexico
5,463.00 acres
Property Description Location: The ranch is approximately 16 miles east of Tierra Amarilla on Highway 64. Acres: The Hutch Septima Ranch is comprised of 5,463 +/- Deeded Acres. Terrain: The Hutch Septima is comprised of two physically separated parcels making up the 5,464 acres. The Hutch portion is located immediately off Highway 64 at the highest elevations of the Brazos Ridge. The Septima portion is located SE of the Hutch. It is accessed via private easement and is estimated to encompass 1,600 pristine acres at the end of the road. This parcel adjoins the Carson National Forest on its south and west boundaries. The lowest elevations run 9,750 +/- feet and the highest elevations run 10, 650 +/- feet. Terrain varies from beautiful rolling open parks and meadows to moderately steep dense conifer forests to rolling solitary and mixed aspen stands. Primary grass forage is mountain brome, some timothy, native bluestem, and strawberry clover. In early summer, there are seas of wildflowers including wild blue iris, mountain columbine, daisies, yellow rose bushes, and sunflowers. Fall colors on the Hutch Septima are stunning. Tree canopies throughout the property consist of quaking Aspen, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and many more. The Hutch Septima Ranch includes stands of merchantable timber within its borders that have 12 inch diameters at breast height. While there is no recent timber cruise available, there is sufficient reason to believe that there is inherent timber value on the ranch. The historical operation of Hutch Septima Ranch has been cattle grazing and big game hunting. Over time, grazing yearlings or mother cows with calves has been the primary livestock tenure. The condition, quality, and quantity of the grass production is superb. The owners believe that balanced grazing of mountain acclimated cows and calves or yearlings is reasonable given the wildlife feed requirements on the ranch. Water: The water sources on Hutch Septima include innumerable natural springs, Rio de Tierra Amarilla Creek, which originates on this property, and another stream that is near the main cabin. Springs on the ranch provide ample water in earth tanks for livestock which also attract wildlife. Small wetland areas are scattered throughout property. The two main streams flow year round - high in early summer and lower in late summer. These headwaters ultimately drain into the Chama River. There are a couple of larger ponds on the ranch that we believe, with a modern aeration system, could support trout for fun filled fishing. Rio de Tierra Creek is a native cutthroat fishery at its upper reaches. Because these streams are small, one must have stealth and good presentation techniques to get one of these fish to take your fly. Access: Access is provided by paved highway frontage. Improvements: The Septima portion is improved with a large cabin at one site and a smaller cabin approximately 1/4 mile away. Both are set up to allow for an efficient elk hunting operation. Hunting/Recreation: Besides fishing in the creeks and streams, the ranch offers exceptional hunting opportunities. Big game hunting on the ranch consists of bull elk, buck mule deer, bear, and cougar. Merriam turkey and grouse are present throughout the ranch as well. The ranch is currently enrolled in New Mexico's E- Plus landowner elk system. This year the ranch will receive 16 bull elk, 7 either sex archery elk, and 10 antlerless (cow) elk authorizations. An owner can run his or her own hunting operation or lease the hunting rights to a reputable outfitter on a cash lease basis. Additional recreational amenities nearby include Abiquiu, El Vado, Heron and Hopewell Lakes. Approximately 30 miles north of The Hutch Septima lies the community of Chama and the famous Chama to Antonito narrow gauge railroad train ride. Winter time brings a different beauty and opportunity for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Approximately fifty miles east, via highway 64, sits Taos, the world famous art colony, Indian pueblo, and renowned Taos Ski Valley. Going north and west a bit more is Pagosa Springs Colorado and Wolf Creek Pass. Santa Fe is an easy 2 hour drive south. Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest metro, is 150 miles south of and offers all the services needed, including an international airport. Remarks: The Hutch Septima is a must have for anyone needing a mountain sanctuary. This ranch offers beauty, an excellent location, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and unbelievable beauty under the stars at night, and physical views are breathtaking. The photos do not do it justice. Price: The Hutch Septima Ranch is a one of a kind property. Ownership of ranch property at this type of elevation is rare. The Hutch Septima provides privacy, beauty, recreation, live water, and a bit of cash flow via hunting and grazing. This rare offering is priced to sell on today's rising market at a reduced price of $1,700 per acre. If you have been searching for a beautiful northern New Mexico ranch this offering deserves your utmost consideration. The ranch lies within a special zone of protection under a comprehensive set of stringent land use regulations due to the live springs and streams, which render mineral development impracticable. Real Estate taxes on the Hutch Septima Ranch were $2,580 in 2016.
$9,287,100
Thompson Land, Oryx, Elk and Cattle Ranch
#NM261163
Socorro, New Mexico
17,529.00 acres
Thompson Ranch Land, Oryx, Elk & Cattle, Socorro County, Mountainair, NM 17,529 total acres (10,590 Deeded Acres, 4,808 Acres New Mexico State Lease, 1,651 BLM Acres, 480 Uncontrolled Acres)  Game ManagementWhile best known for producing excellent quality Angus Bulls, the Thompson Ranch Land & Cattle unique location, situated in the foothills of the Los Pinos Mountains and bordering the 230,000 acre Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (that does not allow hunting), provides the Thompson Ranch as the ideal game sanctuary.  One flight over the Sevilleta this past year documented over 35 bull elk in one herd.  Rocky Mountain Elk, Oryx and antelope have not been hunted in 25+ years on the ranch, with only an occasional mule deer harvested by a family member. The owner has managed this incredible holding for excellent cattle and game management, growing the elk, antelope, Oryx herds and mule deer to its current proportions.  Socorro County has been a known B&C bull elk producer and the Thompson Ranch holds some incredible animals documented in the 375+ range, with typical mule deer to 190+ and the occasional 220+ non-typical. The pronghorn abound and the free range Oryx (Gemsbok) roam on and off the ranch from the bordering White Sands Missile Range to the South. Every waterhole and drinker holds quail and doves.  Lion, coyotes and bear are available for the predator enthusiast.  New Mexico’s 3rd largest black bear came from the Thompson Ranch.  Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are ranch visitors from time to time.  10 landowner elk tags annually, (more possible), OTC Landowner mule deer tags, Off Range Oryx Tags (Year Round) and unlimited landowner antelope tags.Cattle Production  For the tax minded investor, the depreciation schedule is available for qualified customers.Known internationally for producing Black Angus Cattle & World Class Bulls, the ranch has traditionally carried 328 AUYL or 700+ yearlings for average moisture years. The ranch facilities include 8 wells (total 6 windmills, 4 submersibles, 1 solar) 19 drinkers, 11 dirt tanks and +/- 11 miles of 1 ¼ ” PVC Pipeline.Fencing and Corrals+/- 57 miles of 4-strand barbwire fencing and divided into 14 pastures.  In addition to the pipe shipping pens, the working corrals, the cattle/calf shuts and the scales at the headquarters, the ranch features 9 working corrals, 6 with calf tables, throughout the ranch. Blue Gramma, Black Gramma, and Sand Drop are the predominant grasses.  Also included are Vine Mesquite, Bottlebrush, Squirreltail, Indian Rice Grass and Sacaton.  Browse includes Chamisa, Winter Fat and Cholla.   Elevations will vary from 6100’ – 7300’ with prominent mesas, canyons, rolling hills and primary pinion and juniper cover. Average rainfall is 12” to 14”.Headquarter Improvements+/- 2800 sq. ft. custom built 2-3 bedrooms/2 bath main house, including an incredible commercial kitchen. +/- 1000 sq. ft. guest house/caretaker quarters with 2 bedrooms/1 bath+/- 3200 sq. ft. barn with tack room and storage+/- 2,200 sq. ft. Quonset hut/workshop60’ x 30’ Metal hay barn60’ x 30’metal commodity barnOverhead cake storagePower, telephone, high speed internet and fiber optic throughout the ranchHoldings like the Thompson Ranch Land & Cattle are very rare indeed.  +/- 17,500 acres bordering the +/- 230,000 acres of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is incomparable.  Numerous old stone homesteads and native American remnants compliment the rolling hills with views from the Magdalenas to the Manzanos.Call/email today for additional information and get your qualified showing appointment set, as a comp to this ranch does not exist. Co brokers Welcome. Note: In order to confirm a showing, financial verification is required. Thank you. 
$9,995,000