Black Willow Ranch
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BLACK WILLOW RANCH
7,371 acres | Watrous + Valmora, New Mexico
16 miles from Las Vegas, NM
1 hour from Santa Fe
1.5 hours from Taos
As the name implies Black Willow Trees line the Mora River as it meanders through the ranch. Imagine kayaking through the rock outcroppings and then drifting under the shade of the willows.
This ranch is both rugged and refined. Its wild yet tame. Its what makes it a One of One.
The history here is a tangible experience for guests. They are offered a glimpse into the past with the historically renovated homestead which includes the adobe barn, circa 1862. You can see and touch the history, hear the wildlife, feel the mountain wind, taste the seeds of the pinyon pine trees and smell nature as it should be all natural.
This is where flocks of wild turkeys roam and seasonal herds of elk move through the rugged northern country. You will even find an occasional bear roaming the hillsides.
As a legacy family ranch this property offers a place for everyone, animals included. The multiple housing options provide the space needed to entertain along with offering privacy for family members to have their own space. No expense was spared with the recent infrastructure that was added. Quality roads and bridges were built to last a lifetime. This ranch has been preserved and conserved and is ready to be handed to the next steward.
1862 New Mexico Legacy Ranch. Black Willow is a Water, Wildlife, Livestock, Equestrian & Recreational Oasis.
4.5 miles of the mora river - live water & wildlife riparian corridor
& huge cottonwood Vegas
historic senior water diversion rights (1000-acre feet) and
historic - highly productive improved headquarters, cattle &
horse infrastructure, and owners residences
highly productive & improved grasslands, juniper ponderosa,
pion forest uplands and scenic canyons
moderate year-round climate, elevation 6500- 7,500-foot elevation
proximity - easy access to town: Las Vegas, Santa Fe & Taos
excellent cattle & wildlife well water distribution fences &
natural Beauty - scenic views of Sangre de Christo Rocky
Mountains and Turkey Mountain ranges
7,371 acre of prime fertile ranchland encompasses operational headquarters, 5 residences and 4 miles of river frontage. Black Willow is nestled between area neighbors of 40,000-, 50,000- and 90,000-acre spreads. BWR is the jewel in the middle. Recreational aspects include premier hunting, kayaking on the river, fishing, hiking, trail riding as well as proximity to incredible alpine sports destinations and more.
Located 16 miles from Las Vegas, minutes to Watrous and just an hour from Santa Fe, the ranch is an easy drive to area ski resorts of Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Ski Sipapu, Angel Fire and Red River.
Infrastructure improvements include private entry gates, excellent roads, bridges and fences, barns, a cantina and office, a roping arena, guest quarters and management homes, owners residence and much more.
The owner said, When I got here, I just kind of felt at peace. This was exactly what I was looking for! A place where I could run horses, raise, and train horses, run some cattle and retreat with my family away from the big city pressures and business. Its cowboy country out here and it has everything- history, topography, and water - lots of water, along with incredible wildlife and spectacular nature. Our ranching family and business interests have expanded out of state, which makes it difficult to utilize this place that we have loved so much.
The owner and his management team have poured millions of hours and millions of dollars into expanding the versatile holdings, enhancing, and stewarding this ranch since 2009. They have optimized water, wildlife and livestock carrying capacity. In addition to running cattle, each year valuable polo ponies are boarded to take seasonal time off from the rigors of international competition to graze, recuperate and refuel on the irrigated pastures. This provides additional revenue streams to the exquisite property along with cattle, hay, and recreational income.
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New Mexico Real Estate Agents
Meredith Neely - License #: 20642
Wayne Cockrell - License #: 54157