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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Jul 25, 2016

Summer in New Mexico

Summer in New Mexico.

Summer is a wonderful time to search for a ranch in Southwest New Mexico. In addition to warm days, cooling monsoon showers in the afternoon, and cool, pleasant nights, there is so much to see and do.

There are mountains to hike or to explore on horse back; local restaurants serve delicious steaks or pies, just exploring the region can be an adventure.

If looking to buy a working cattle ranch, there are round ups, sorting and branding of livestock, moving cattle from pasture to pasture; most work done the old fashioned way on horseback. And if you haven’t had your fill of the old west, there are rodeos and team roping events almost every weekend, often followed by cookouts or dancing to a western band. And if you happen to be near Datil, be sure to visit the town of Gabriella, a replica village of the old west complete with a church, saloon, stable, and country stores.  From time to time, the local reenactment theater group will put on performances, which are a lot of fun to watch.

Later in the summer, after the cooling rains, grasses are high and flowers abound, It is an absolute beautiful place to see and will give you the opportunity to make wonderful photographs.

We have several ranches available for sale, and we are always ready to give you a tour of any one of them. Call or email us any time, we would love to hear from you and find you the type of property you are looking for. Many of the ranches here in the Southwest part of New Mexico are dual purpose – Cattle ranches most of the year – hunting properties during fall and early winter. Frequently these ranches will be eligible for landowner tags for elk or antelope.



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Southwest New Mexico is known for its varied and beautiful landscapes, from endless plains to majestic mountain ranges, and of course for its fantastic hunting opportunities.

In addition though there are many interesting places to visit. A fun weekend would start with the Bosque Del Apache, a wildlife refuge between Albuquerque and Socorro. There are many species of birds to be found.  Drive further south and you will get to Spaceport America. This is the home base to many commercial space flight and rocket launch programs. Visitors can take a 3.5 hr. tour in and around the port. To cool off, drive over to Elephant Butte State Park. There is camping, boating, fishing, swimming etc. Of course a visit to this part of New Mexico would not be complete without a stop in Hatch, home of the famous Hatch green chile. The chile pepper is New Mexico’s state vegetable, and is used in many dishes, from eggs to burgers to Pizza.

And after all this don’t forget to take a look around the ranches for sale, be they small or large. We are always ready to show you some great  properties.

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The big game draw results for the 2016 hunting season were published yesterday, and all over the States hunters are either very happy or very sad.

Although the deer and elk seasons do not start until September, for those that were successful, lots of preparation and anticipation will make the next few months pretty busy. There are maps to be studied, gear to prepare, and of course lots of practice with either the bow, muzzle loader or rifle.

But for everyone, successful or not, here is a reminder that there are many ranches for sale in South West New Mexico, and quite a few of them are eligible for landowner tags, be it for elk or antelope.

So do not hesitate to call us at 575-772-5997 and we will be more than happy to show you around.

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Tres Caballeros, The Inn of Three Cowboys, is comprised of a two-story A-frame house and a studio apartment also known as “the casita” or little house. These units are advertised on HomeAway.com and VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner). The casita rents for $120.00 per night and the upstairs of the A-frame rents for $95.00 per night. The casita is a one-room, studio style, unit of approximately 400 square feet. It has a full sized spacious kitchen with stylish tile countertops, and dining table with seating for 6. The main room contains a king sized bed, love seat, rocking chair, and entertainment center. This unit has a full sized bath with shower, adjacent laundry room, and covered porch with patio table and chairs, and barbecue grill. The upstairs unit of the A-frame is approximately 900 square feet. Outside stairs provide a private access to the upstairs rental with a small outdoor porch. A sitting area with dining room table, desk and chair, 2 easy chairs, and a breakfast nook with small refrigerator and microwave, provide a pleasant overnight stay. A bedroom with king sized bed, full bath with shower and tub, and walk in closet complete this unit.

The lower level of the A-frame has a full sized kitchen, private bedroom, small bath with shower, dining room, living room, wood stove, and a nice sunroom with views of Datil Canyon. The south-facing porch off of the kitchen is an ideal place to enjoy the quite summer evenings. The caretaker of the bed and breakfast currently occupies the lower level of the A-frame, but at sale it would immediately become available. This spacious unit would rent for $135 to $150 per night. All furnishing for the bed and breakfast are included in the sale. Long term monthly, or annual, rentals of the A-frame, and the casita, are also a viable option. The master home and all of the rental units are equipped with electricity, telephone, and propane heating systems.

The master home has a central heating system with two separate furnaces. One regulates the lower level of the home and one regulates the upper level. The master home is equipped with a on-demand hot water heater and a water softening system. The lawn is watered by an automatic, timed, sprinkler system. Three frost -free faucets provide easy watering for flowers, trees, and vegetables. A wall mounted propane furnace and thermostat provide heat for the casita. The Aframe has central heat on the lower level, which also keeps the upper level comfortable. Auxiliary electric heat is available for upstairs as needed. A 120 feet deep well provides water for the master home and bed and breakfast, along with a 3,200 gallon water storage tank, pressure pumps, and pressure tanks. The property is fenced.

Two separate driveways provide access immediately off of Highway 60. One driveway provides access to the master home, and a separate driveway provides access to the bed and breakfast rentals, with additional covered parking.

Sitting within the Cibola National Forest, with the Gila and Apache National Forests to the south and west, outdoor activities are limitless for the guests of Tres Caballeros and for its owners, including bicycling trails, hiking trails, horse-riding trails, world renowned hunting, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and much more. Tres Caballeros is approximately 2 ½ hours from Albuquerque and Sunport International Airport. To the west, within 1 ½ hours, you’ll find the communities of Springerville, and Eagar, which sit in the foothills of the White Mountains of east central Arizona, along the Little Colorado River. The White Mountain area has over 40 lakes, and Sunrise Ski Resort offers a variety of winter sports. An opportunity to live a country lifestyle, experiencing all of it’s wonders, it’s peace and tranquility, while generating an annual income from 3 bed and breakfast units is unique in, and of, itself. Tres Caballeros provides that opportunity and much more.

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Surrounded by the beauty of the Cibola National Forest, yet easily accessed immediately off of Highway 60, 2 miles west of the mountain community of Datil, Tres Caballeros Bed and Breakfast consists of a 2,789 square foot master home built in 2010, a 30’ x 20’ metal shop, and 3 bed and breakfast rental units, all on 21.40 acres of majestic ponderosa pine with spectacular views of Datil Canyon. The master home is two stories with log accent and heavy log siding, metal roof, Anderson doors and windows, and an attached two-car garage. The master home overlooks Datil Canyon to the north, with fantastic views of the Datil Mountains. The lower level of the master home has a north-facing porch covering French doors that lead to an entryway foyer. The kitchen is large and open, 16’ x 15’, with a walk in pantry. The countertops are granite, and the Kitchen Aid appliances include electric double convection ovens, six burner gas cook top with hood, and double door refrigerator with freezer. The cabinets are a dark cherry with plentiful storage space, and a matching paneled dishwasher. The foyer and kitchen floors are nicely tiled.
Open to the kitchen area is a large dining room with picture windows and a sliding glass door leading to a back porch, providing a spacious feel and stunning views in both directions. A wood burning kiva style fireplace joins the dining room to the living room where bay windows and large picture windows supply additional views of the countryside. The living room is equipped with a surround sound system, and wood flooring runs throughout the remainder of the lower level. A third bedroom, which could also serve as an office, joins the kitchen and this bedroom has a separate entrance with a small covered porch. This bedroom was designed to be handicap accessible from the lower level, and a full handicap accessible bathroom serves the lower level of the master home.
The upstairs is comprised of a foyer at the top of the stairs with 2 extra large, 25’ x 16’, bedrooms. Each bedroom is furnished with ample space for a comfortable sitting area. Each bedroom has a private vanity and private lavatory, with a shared deep bathtub and adjoining shower. Each bedroom has a large 16’ x 6’ walk in closet, dormer style windows with a 9’ ceiling.
A two-car garage, with laundry room, is attached to the kitchen area making it easy to bring in groceries or supplies.

A 30’ x 20’ Mueller metal building, or shop, provides extra work and storage space. A 30’ x 10’ covered concrete slab on the east side of the building provides shelter for an additional vehicle. The shop has a full-length workbench and strong, supportive, expanded metal shelving. Included is an electric wench mounted on a custom installed ceiling I-beam. Water is directly outside of the shop at a frost-free, and the shop is stubbed for electricity, which is within 50
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The lush green meadows, rich in cool season and grama grasses, of Heavenly Acres Ranch are excellent summer pastures for roping and/or cutting horses. The additional 960acres of leased ground will adequately support a number of roping steers providing additional ground for rotating and circulation. Heavenly Acres Ranch currently runs 120 steers from May to November. The 960 acres of BLM land is permitted for 43 head, plus or minus, depending on grass conditions.
With an average gain of 200 to 225 pounds the cattle operation on the ranch generates a substantial income.
There are 4 good wells on the ranch. The house well runs on a submersible electric pump and 3 pasture wells run on windmills. There are several dirt tanks on the ranch and one concrete tank.

Heavenly Acres Ranch lies at the north end of the Apache National Forest which provides over 2 million acres of mountain country for hiking, camping, and outdoor activities of every nature, all of which is literally at your fingertips. Rivers and streams within the Apache National Forest for canoeing and fishing include the Blue, Little Colorado, Black, and San Francisco.
“As the crow flies” Heavenly cres Ranch is only 2 or 3 miles from the Arizona border and less than a 1hour drive from Round Valley, AZ. The communities of Springerville and Eager sit in the foothills of the White Mountains in east central AZ along the Little Colorado River. With numerous lakes, streams, year round hunting, and a ski resort, Round Valley is known as a “community for all seasons”.
The White Mountain area has over 40 lakes and many of those are a short distance from Springerville and Heavenly Acres Ranch. Lyman Lake, 1400 acres, is just 17 miles north of Springerville with catfish, crappie, large mouth bass, and walleye. Big Lake, 400 acres, is only 19 miles southwest of Springville with rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout. Sunrise Ski Resort offers a variety of winter sports, with 65 ski runs, a separate snowboarding area, a cross-country ski area, and a children’s “ski wee” area. Ice fishing is also available on several of the areas lakes. Sitting on the Mogollon Rim just west of Springerville, is Show Low. AZ. A community of quaint boutiques, first class restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping, Show Low is surrounded by ponderosa pine creating a picturesque mountain community located only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Heavenly Acres Ranch.

The closest international airport is located in Albuquerque, which is approximately 4 hours from Heavenly Acres Ranch, and the Phoenix International Airport is approximately 5 hours from Heavenly Acres Ranch. The Springerville Municipal Airport can accommodate large planes, has two runways, 24 hour fuel, and courtesy cars. It is within 1 hour of the ranch.
Sitting within the heart of the Apache National Forest, Heavenly Acres Ranch is a picturesque mountain horse, or cattle, ranch with recreational opportunities of every nature at its doorsteps. An ideal property for a dude ranch, outfitting big game hunts or pack trips, with a ranch house and bunkhouse that can accommodate a number of guests, the uses of Heavenly Acres Ranch are diverse and plentiful. A beautiful mountain ranch, with all of its wonders, located within a short distance of the amenities provided by Round Valley and the White Mountains of Arizona, life at Heavenly Acres Ranch bestows the best of both worlds.

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