Catron County encompasses almost 7000 sq. miles – larger than several states – yet its’ population is only 3725 folks according to the 2010 census. Little has changed from the first census in 1930 when the population was listed at 3282. Of course, the 12,000 elk in the county make up for the lack of people!
The county seat is in Reserve. The name was derived from the establishment of three National Forests: Gila National Forest, Apache National Forest and Cibola National Forest, in the past called “Forest Reserves” There are no stoplights in the entire county. When someone is scheduled to take a driving test, a temporary stoplight is set up in Reserve. There are many cattle ranches in the county, several well over 100,000 acres. For the most part, cattle are still worked on horseback, part of the Western tradition continued by the current generation of ranching families and cowboys, while still providing some of the finest beef to the citizens of the U.S.
They say location is everything and located just two miles off of the paved highway at Datil, New Mexico, this one of a kind ranch is everything you would want. It's a great hunting ranch
, a working cattle ranch
, and a beautiful place to get away and relax. Homestead Ranch definitely has the potential to increase in value because of its location. Homestead ranch consists of 3,560 deeded acres along with a state lease of approximately 2,880 acres. Homestead Ranch is located in Game Management Unit 16E and received archery, muzzleloader, and rifle elk tags, in addition to antelope tags.