It is still winter in the South West mountains of New Mexico. We have received ample rain and snow this year, which bodes well for good growth of grasses and plants this Spring and Summer. This in turn will promote health and growth for livestock and wildlife alike.

 

Spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to plan that trip to find a wonderful ranch, be it for cattle ranching or hunting purposes. We have several ranches for sale, and are always available to find you that perfect piece of property should none of our ranches suit your purpose. Check out our website at www.nmranchproperties.com for more  information.

current ranches are:

Trotter Ranch, Quemado, NM

Gallo Mountain Ranch, Apache Creek, NM

Heavenly Acres Ranch, Luna, NM

Blue Hills Elk Ranch, Pie Town, NM

Sawmill Creek Ranch, Mule Creek, NM

Elk Camp Ranch, Pie Town, NM

Oak Creek Canyon, Magdalena, NM

and

Eagle Ridge Ranch, Spanish Fork, Utah

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RECENTLY LISTED ; EAGLE RIDGE RANCH – UTAH – @35,000,000.

Breathtaking Eagle Ridge Ranch

Eagle Ridge Ranch consists of 10,237 contiguous acres in beautiful Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah. This gorgeous ranch is bordered on the north by two and a half miles of the Spanish Fork River, has an eastern boundary of Thistle Creek, and a western boundary flanked by Loafer Mountain Wildlife Area. This ranch has very diverse topography as well as many creeks, springs and a private lake. Although Eagle Ridge Ranch is very secluded, it is within ten minutes of the city of Spanish Fork and the rapidly expanding Wasatch Front. Planning assessments have been prepared for the property covering several aspects of development.

A myriad of wildlife make itself at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch which is protected, for the most part, by the national forest and state wildlife management areas that surround it. The many facets of Eagle Ridge Ranch lend to future prospects that are unlimited in scope.
A strategic location in a growing economy, Eagle Ridge Ranch has quick and immediate access to the Wasatch Front. The north entrance to the ranch is located at the base of Spanish Fork Canyon, off of Highway 6, ten miles east and south of Spanish Fork and its access to Interstate 15. The north entrance to Eagle Ridge Ranch is approximately 20 miles from Provo and 55 miles from Salt Lake City.
Utah state officials are predicting a 67 percent growth along the Wasatch Front by 2040. The movement of large corporations such as Adobe Systems, doterra International, and Vivint Security assist in positioning the areas growth rate at 3 to 4 times that of the national average. With a job growth of 6.5%, compared to the national average of 2.0%, Utah rates fourth in the nation for job growth. This growth, combined with the favorable location of Eagle Ridge Ranch, provides strong marketing and developmental opportunities.

Planning assessments have been prepared for the property which cover several aspects of development including a residential development, a conservation easement and its tax benefits, and a private golf club and ski resort, to name a few of the potential uses.

The property is currently zoned as CE-2 allowing one home per 20 acres, but can be clustered into lots as small as 10,000 square feet. Preliminary slope studies indicate over 70 percent of the northern portion of the ranch is developable, having less than a 30 percent slope, and the southern portion of the ranch is comprised of even gentler terrain.

A plan for Eagle Ridge Ranch involving a partial conservation easement, while still developing sections of the ranch, suggests significant tax deductions. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, or government agency, that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values and can be taken as a charitable deduction.

Eagle Ridge Ranch is ideal for a high-end residential development nestled into a private golf course and ski resort. Starting near the top of Loafer Mountain at an elevation of 10,200 feet, the ranch has a continuous skiable vertical of 4,700 feet. The total lift served vertical from the highest upper terminal to the lowest loading terminal is 4,200 feet. The continuous verticals and lift served verticals of Eagle Ridge Ranch are comparable with numerous ski slopes including Aspen Snowmass in CO, and Sun Valley in ID.

Eagle Ridge Ranch was previously owned by the city of Spanish Fork, and the city developed the water resources on the ranch for its use. Springs and wells have been developed and extensive water distribution lines have been constructed throughout many areas of the ranch, and along its perimeter.

A private lake, ten acres plus in size, is visible from Highway 6 at the north entrance to Eagle Ridge Ranch. There are three active creeks on the ranch, Crab Creek flows year round, and Shurtz and Kyiek Creek surface intermittently. There are an estimated 100 springs on Eagle Ridge Ranch and they appear throughout the many draws and canyons of the ranch.

The water rights transferring with Eagle Ridge Ranch are sufficient for 350 homes, and additional water rights are available for purchase.

A diverse and abundant wildlife population makes itself at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch, including elk, mule deer, moose, wild turkey, black bear, mountain lion, small game species, and a myriad of feathered friends.

Eagle Ridge Ranch has participated in Utah’s CWMU program, managing its big game species for conservation and hunting. As a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit the ranch will be allocated a number of private land hunting permits.

Eagle Ridge Ranch has previously received 9 private, rifle, mule deer buck permits through the Utah Department of Natural Resources. In exchange for these 9 permits, 1 public permit is issued on the ranch. Season dates run from mid September through mid November. The mule deer population on the ranch includes trophy bucks scoring up to 180 inches in size.

Eagle Ridge Ranch typically received 4 private rifle bull elk tags, and 1 public permit is issued on the ranch. Season dates run from the first of September through the end of October. Trophy bulls scoring as high as 350 to 380 inches have been harvested on the ranch.

A healthy population of turkey make themselves at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch. While the ranch has not historically participated in CWMU hunt for turkey applications could be submitted. Utah DNR offers both spring and fall turkey hunts.

Thistle Creek has an abundant population of brown trout and fly-fishing the private shores of the ranch is fun and exciting. The Utah DWR occasionally stocks Thistle Creek with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Spanish Fork River also holds brown trout and Diamond Fork, a tributary of Spanish Fork River is home to browns, rainbows, and cutthroat.

Eagle Ridge Ranch has previously ran 300 cow/calf from spring to fall. The ranch is plentiful in grass and water and could easily support higher numbers.

Improvements on the ranch include a large barn on the north end of the property. The interior of the barn has a large loft area, and a small apartment has been roughed in with two bedrooms, kitchen, and dining/living area.

The twenty square miles of Eagle Ridge Ranch are comprised of high mountain alpine and subalpine forests, large areas of oak woodlands, flat un-forested steppes and meadows, riparian areas along the creeks and river, and lower sagebrush country.
Elevations that extend from 5,000 feet to 9,000 feet contribute to a diverse array of trees and vegetation ranging from, but not limited to, aspen, spruce, fur, and pine in the high country; oaks, maples, pinons, and junipers at mid elevation; and cottonwoods, gamble oaks and sage at lower elevations.

The northern, and parts of the southern, portion of Eagle Ridge Ranch join with the Uinta National Forest, while the full western boundary of the ranch is adjacent to the Loafer Mountain State Wildlife Management Area, providing access to tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, big game hunting, fly fishing, ATV’s, and more. Loafer Mountain Trail runs for 11.4 miles on its way to Santaquin Peak, the highest peak on Loafer Mountain at 10,700.

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There are many ranch properties for sale in New Mexico. The terrain is so diverse…. There are grassy plains where cattle ranches stretch as far as the eye can see and large herds of antelope abound. At any time, you are likely to see cowboys and their trusty cattle dogs moving cows from pasture to pasture.

Then there are the rolling hills covered with Juniper and Pinion Pine, which frequently transition into the high country with majestic Ponderosas. Here cattle ranches will be used as hunting properties from September thru December. The size of the ranch properties for sale ranges from as small as a section to several thousand acres. Generally, ranches in southwest New Mexico will receive a number of landowner tags each year for elk, as well as for antelope for those ranches located in the plains. New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, and anyone who has visited this beautiful ranchland will surely agree!

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New Listing : $5,000,000.00

Seasonal creek beds lined in black walnut, oak, and ponderosa pine, set against outcroppings of boulders make up portions of Sawmill Creek Ranch, while rolling grassy fingers, canyons and ravines, and ridges covered in pinon juniper enrich other segments of this spectacular property.

Approximately 1,514 deeded acres, with additional forest service leased ground, located centrally between Silver City, New Mexico, and Safford, Arizona, this hunting, cattle, and recreational ranch is a southwestern treasure.

Sawmill Creek Ranch is diverse in big game, small game, and bird hunting. Mule deer and coues deer frequent the ranch, and elk have moved into the property in growing numbers over the last several years.

Sawmill Creek Ranch is located in Unit 23, which contains the Burro Mountains, a desired area for coues and mule deer hunting. Mule deer hunts on Sawmill Creek Ranch take place during the first two weeks of November with muzzleloader deer hunts in October, and archery deer hunts in September and January. A high demand coues/whitetail deer hunt takes place in early December.

The recent movement of elk onto the ranch, from the Gila National Forest of western New Mexico and the Apache National Forest of eastern Arizona, has given rise to a high demand elk hunt within Unit 23 along with additional muzzleloader and archery elk hunts.

Wild turkey can be seen throughout the ranch along with quail, dove, javelina, black bear, mountain lion, and an array of small game species.

Oak trees, oak brush, and other shrubs provide the nutritious browse needed to draw in deer, while yucca, Apache plume, century plants, and pear cactus produce berries drawing additional wildlife to the biologically diverse Sawmill Creek Ranch.

The rolling hillsides, carpeted in grama grasses, of the Mule Creek area, and Sawmill Creek Ranch, are known to support a minimum of 13 to 15 head per section and the
ranches Dripping Springs Forest Service Allotment has a carrying capacity of 24 head, 6 months of the year, for a total ranch carrying capacity of approximately 40 to 45 head.

Two wells located in Sawmill Canyon supply water to the western portion of the ranch, and Sawmill Creek runs seasonally through the canyon.

Sawmill Creek Ranch butts up against the Gila National Forest the full length of its western and southern boundaries providing access to thousands of acres for hiking, camping, hunting, exploring, and more.

Widespread recreational activities, and places of interest, such as the old ghost town of Mogollon, the Gila cliff dwellings and hot springs, the Catwalk, and the quaint little town of Glenwood with the Gila River rambling by, are all within a short distance of Sawmill Creek Ranch.

Sawmill Creek Ranch sits at an elevation of 5200 feet, with panoramic mountain views in all directions. Average temperatures are 78 in the summer and 49 in the winter. Average annual precipitation is 20 inches.

The quaint little town of Mule Creek, two miles north of Sawmill Creek Ranch, sits exquisitely amidst rolling grassy hills with the mountains of the Gila National Forest as a backdrop. Views of the Mogollon Mountains, the Gila Wilderness, and the Apache National Forest of Arizona present themselves throughout the ranch.

Sawmill Creek Ranch is 55 miles, or one hour, from the historic community of Silver City where you’ll find a mix of the old west and eclectic, and 60 miles, or one hour, from the farming community of Safford, Arizona.

The Silver City Airport offers two flights a day to Albuquerque International Airport. The approximate drive times from Sawmill Creek Ranch to Tucson is 3 hours, El Paso 3.5 hours, Phoenix 4.0 hours, and Albuquerque 4.5 hours.

Diverse in hunting opportunities, running approximately 40 to 45 cows, bordering the Apache National Forest, in an area renowned for places of interest, and within one hour of Silver City and/or Safford, AZ, Sawmill Creek Ranch is truly a southwestern treasure

 

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Oct 25, 2016

Heavenly Acres Bull

Bull hunting at it’s best!

The archery hunting season in New Mexico is over. For 25 days in September, hunters had a wonderful time searching the lands for big bulls or cows. They had to deal with all kinds of weather conditions, from warm days to thunder and lightning, rain (sometimes torrential) and even mornings with fog.

This is the time that many of our cattle ranches become temporary hunting properties. However, hunting these ranches is not an easy task. Most are large – several 1000’s acres – the terrain can be steep, rocky or heavily treed.

This bull was taken on one of our ranches for sale – Heavenly Acres in Luna. This same hunter missed a 350 bull and passed on another 330 bull –There certainly are some very nice bulls on this ranch: Heavenly Acres – listed at $3,800,000.

 

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Oak Creek Canyon Ranch, just listed at $900,000.

While Magdalena, New Mexico, is known as the Trails End, Oak Creek Canyon Ranch is, in itself, a trails end of its own.  Private and secluded at the furthest southern point of Hop Canyon, the 204 acres of Oak Creek Canyon Ranch are tucked away amidst a variety of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers flanked by spectacular mountain sides, with the sound of Hop Canyon Creek flowing through the property several months of the year.                                                                                     pond

Oak Creek Canyon Ranch is surrounded by the Cibola National Forest, placing over sixty miles of trails, and several hundred thousand acres of forestland, for hiking, backpacking, and exploring at its doorstep.  Trails circling around the property lead to North Baldy Peak, and from there on to South Baldy Peak which reaches an elevation of 10,783 feet and is home to Langmuir Laboratories conducting studies of cloud processes, lightning, hail, and rain.   Oak Creek Canyon itself sits at an elevation of 7,500 to 8,500 feet.  Conveniently located only fifteen minutes from Magdalena, and forty-five minutes from Socorro, many of the residents of Hop Canyon commute to work while enjoying the luxury of quiet mountain living.  A small bus is available for easy and affordable travel to and from Magdalena and Socorro .

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A charming ranch house, thoughtfully built, sits in peace and tranquility in the canyon bottom surrounded by a three sided, wrap around, redwood deck furnishing ample room for outside entertaining or the simple pleasures of a restful mountain evening.  The ranch house is a two-story home of 1,900 square feet, built in 1999.  Downstairs consists of living room, dining room, a kitchen with modern appliances, master bedroom, a full bathroom, and utility closet.   Upstairs consists of one guest bedroom, family room and study/office, three quarter bath, and large closet storage areas.

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The well at Oak Creek Canyon is 150 feet deep and supplies a 2500 gallon water storage tank.  A 20 x 12 shop building houses the complete water system including the storage tank, pressure tank, pressure pump, and water filtration system.  Underground electricity conceals obtrusive power lines while supplying the home with all its comforts including thermal electric wall heaters, which are an exceptional heat source.  A complete oversized septic system serves plumbing needs.  An additional 20 x 12 shop building with a wood stove serves as a quiet little study or workroom.  A tree house overlooks the creek bottom, and RV hookups are in place for additional guests.

Elk, mule deer, bear, and wild turkey frequent the canyon bottom drinking from the pond and springs along the creek bottom.  Oak Creek Canyon is located in New Mexicos GMU 17, widely known for the quality elk hunts taking place within the unit.  Oak Creek Canyon could be placed in the Small Contributing Ranch pool and obtain a random elk permit.

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Hop Canyon road is maintained to within one mile of Oak Creek Canyon and paved to within two miles.  A volunteer fire department, that is reciprocal with the Village of Magdalena, serves the residents of the canyon.   Oak Creek Canyon has the surface and mineral rights to 10 mines located on its 204 acres.

Encompassed in ponderosa, aspen, oaks, Douglas fir, alligator juniper, cedar, mountain pine, and a variety of wildflowers, Oak Creek Canyon sits in a forest of wonders.   The Village of Magdalena, home of Oak Creek Canyon, is rich in the history of the west.  The trails end, ranches from all over the southwest portion of New Mexico gathered cattle and sheep and drove them to Magdalena, the end of the trail, where they met the railroad for shipping.  The ghost town of Kelly, and the mountainsides surrounding Oak Creek Canyon, are filled with mining history dating back to the 1800s.  Abundant in recreational activities, natural beauty, and local history, Oak Creek Canyon is a remarkable property, truly one of a kind.

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Aug 8, 2016

Hunting properties

The countdown has begun! Only a couple of weeks until the start of the big game hunting season in New Mexico. Bear and antelope starts towards the end of August, elk and deer September 1st. Preparations are well under way. Many excited folks who drew tags for this Fall season are already scouting, some camps are being prepared, and the “locals” are gearing up for the influx of hunters.

 

Although it is too late for this year, now is the time to look around and find that perfect hunting property. Many of the larger ranches receive landowner tags each year, and even the smaller hunting properties can receive elk tags through the draw system.

 

We have a number of larger ranches listed for sale, and can help you find a great hunting property if one of these does not suit your needs. Call us and we will be happy to answer all your questions and show you around.

Bring the whole family: in addition to ranches for sale there are fun things to do in the Southwest part of New Mexico: The county fair in Reserve will take place at the end of August, it always has a great rodeo, and the Pie festival in Pie Town will be held the second Saturday of September.

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