The Southwest mountain region of New Mexico is known for its many beautiful vistas and its abundant wildlife, but in addition, there is a very interesting site to visit.
It is called the VLA (Very Large Array), and it is one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consisting of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin.
The VLA is located between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, about 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. U.S. Route 60 passes east-west through the complex. The VLA site is open to visitors year round during daylight hours. On every first Saturday of the month, special guided and behind-the-scenes tours are offered. A visitor center houses a small museum, theater, and a gift shop. A self-guided walking tour is available, as the visitor center is not staffed continuously.
Each of the massive telescopes is mounted on double parallel railroad tracks, so the radius and density of the array can be transformed to focus on particular bands of wavelength. Astronomers using the VLA have made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way’s center.
. In 1989 the VLA was used to receive radio communications from the Voyager 2 spacecraft as it flew by Neptune. It is not, despite depictions in popular culture, used to assist in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
The VLA has been featured in several movies, one of the more notable was “Contact” with Jodie Foster.
A visit to the VLA is well worth the effort, and will get you in the mood to visit one of the many ranches or properties for sale in the area.220px-USA.NM.VeryLargeArray.02 220px-Very_Large_Array,_2012

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As the New Year is almost here, it is time to reminisce about 2015. Thinking back over the good and the bad, it was really all good. We are blessed to live in a beautiful part of this great country. Clean air, few people, a varied landscape with 11,000 ft. mountains, large plains, forests, and abundant wildlife. During the past year we have met and worked with lots of wonderful people. There have been adventures traveling the back roads, some no more than trails. We have seen herds of elk, an occasional bear, lots of antelope. Also fields of flowers, incredible vistas, green meadows. We hope that in 2016 we will be able to work with more folks, and help them fulfil their dreams. A list of properties available follows, however, we will be happy to assist in finding other pieces of land, be it small or large. Give us a call at 575-772-5997. We wish everyone a very happy New Year.

1. Blue Hills Elk Ranch – $4,300,000. – 6,070 acres – 5430 deeded
2. Farewell Canyon Ranch – $4,000,000. – 21,959 acres with custom home – 7760 deeded
3. Gallo Mountain Ranch – $3,250,000. – 39,473 acres – 840 deeded
4. Trotter Ranch – $2,600,000. – 3,200 acres – 2640 deeded
5. Elk Camp Ranch – $750,000. – 596 acres – all deeded
6. Elk Meadow Ranch – $210,000. – 140 acres – all deeded

Water, Electricity, and Telephone
The Trotter Ranch has 3 wells. The first is located at the north end of the ranch where remnants of an old homestead remain. The second is in the center of the ranch, and it supplies water to a large metal drinker at that well. From there it feeds a pipeline that runs a short distance to a 10,000 gallon water storage tank, and that pipeline continues on to a small water tank at the south end of the ranch. The third well is on the east end of the ranch.
Electricity runs from the northeast corner of the ranch to the second well in the center of the ranch. Several open meadows, along with readily available water, electricity, and telephone, provide opportunities for beautiful home site selections.
HUNTING, FISHING, SKIING, AND MORE
The Trotter Ranch is 1 hour 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. 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 Springerville 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. All of this, and more, within an hour of the Trotter Ranch!
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 30 minutes from the Trotter Ranch.
The village of Quemado, 15 minutes from the ranch, offers residents of the area a grocery store, hardware store, motels, restaurants, and a fairly new gas station and convenience store. Just 30 minutes south of Quemado is Quemado Lake, an easy drive for a relaxing afternoon of trout or muskie fishing.
Only 15 miles south of the Trotter Ranch lies the Apache National Forest, over 2 million acres of mountain country at your fingertips for hiking, camping, and outdoor activities of every nature. Rivers and streams within the Apache National Forest for canoeing and fishing include the Blue, Little Colorado, Black, and San Francisco.
The closest international airport is located in Albuquerque, which is approximately 3 ½ hours from Quemado, and the Phoenix International Airport is approximately 5 hours from Quemado. The Springerville Municipal Airport can accommodate large planes, has two runways, 24 hour fuel, courtesy cars, and it is within 1 hour of the ranch.
Opportunities to hunt trophy elk with a rifle during the rut, stunning views of the Sawtooth Mountains, water, electricity, and telephone readily available, and a location that provides easy access to the Apache National Forest and its many recreational attributes, along with the lakes, streams, hunting, fishing, and skiing in the Springerville area, and the fantastic amenities offered by the mountain community of Show Low combine to enhance the many characteristics of the Trotter Ranch.

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Sweeping views of the Sawtooth Mountains to the east and Mariano Mesa to the west, along with a blend of rolling hills and mesas covered in pinon pine and alligator juniper, flowing into meadows of gramma grass and wildflowers, capture the essence of the 3,200 acre Trotter Ranch, consisting of 2,640 deeded acres and 560 BLM leased acres.
A unique hunting property, the Trotter Ranch is located in an area known for quality elk and mule deer. Located in Game Management Unit 12 the ranch typically receives 5 elk permits. Although primarily a hunting ranch, wells and storage tanks along with a variety of native grasses will support 40 to 50 cow/ calf year round.
The Trotter Ranch is just minutes from the village of Quemado at a gentle elevation of 6,900 feet. The Apache National Forest, located just 15 miles south of the Trotter Ranch, offers a variety of recreational activities including hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, 4 wheeling, exploring, and more.
The Trotter Ranch is located in New Mexico’s Game Management Unit 12 which offers the only early season rifle elk hunt in the southwestern portion of the state. This high demand/quality elk hunt starts October 1 when the bulls are in the rut. While many of the GMU’s in the southwest are restricted to bows and muzzleloaders, this unique hunt provides an opportunity to hunt with a rifle during the rut.
The Trotter Ranch typically receives 2 rifle elk permits for this early season hunt. The ranch also receives 1 archery elk permit that can be used September 1 through September 24, and 2 cow elk permits. These permits are designated
Ranch Only. Over the years the early rifle elk hunts in Unit 12 have produced several 375 plus bulls, and this tremendous opportunity will more than likely continue for years to come.
Mule deer hunts on the ranch include a 5 day rifle season at the end of October, a 5 day muzzleloader season at the end of September, and an archery season from September 1 through September 24, which could be combined with the archery elk permit issued to the ranch.
Although the area is well known for trophy elk and mule deer, antelope, mountain lion, bear, coyotes, and a variety of small game species add to the hunting opportunities on the ranch.

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A land of many uses, opportunities abound on the 140 acre Elk Meadow Ranch located just north of Pie Town, New Mexico.

This wonderful piece of land consists of large meadows surrounded by gentle hills dotted with piñon pine and juniper, ensuring that virtually the whole property is usable land.

Elk Meadow Ranch is located in Unit 12. The current owner has received one mature bull rifle elk permit and one either sex archery elk permit, designated as Ranch Only, for the last two years. New owners will need to make their own arrangements with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish regarding the allocation of elk permits.

Elk Meadow Ranch is situated at the corner of Units 12, 13, and 15, making travel, and access, to all three of these units relatively easy. A maintained easement road runs through part of the property. The current owner has constructed a graveled driveway off of the easement road to a level graveled pad with a beautiful view of the meadows.

A 1,100 gallon water storage tank, with frost free faucet, has been installed, as well as a new septic system. Electricity is nearby.

Elk Meadow Ranch is conveniently located just 1/4 mile off of US Highway 60, on County Road 603, providing excellent year round access to its owners. The small village of Pie Town, renowned for its pie cafes is just a stone’s throw away. Fuel, restaurants, and small grocery stores are available in Datil, and Quemado, and each are approximately 20 miles from Pie Town.

Elk Meadow Ranch is an ideal recreational property for hunting, hiking, horseback riding, exploring, and more. Whether you are looking for a permanent home site in a convenient location, a base camp for hunting, or just a place to get away for a long walk or ride, Elk Meadow Ranch provides it all.

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Listed at $4,300,000.00

A Land of Enchantment
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 snow capped, 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.
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, Blue Hills Elk Ranch typically receives 5 rifle elk permits annually. These tags are good for any 5 days from the opening of the season, which in Unit 12 is normally October 1  through December 31 within the ranch boundaries. Elsewhere, in the southwestern part of the state, rifle elk season typically starts in mid October. An early start date of October 1 puts the rifle hunt on Blue Hills Elk Ranch in the peak of the rut, something not often found in New Mexico hunting. 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. In addition, Blue Hills Elk Ranch typically receives 3 cow elk permits annually. Archery elk hunts take place in September, and licenses can be drawn through the state lottery system. Future habitat improvements to the ranch, and a working relationship with the game and fish, could very well lead to an increased number of elk permits issued by the department. In addition to fantastic elk hunting, Blue Hills Elk Ranch has quality mule deer hunting. A 5 day rifle hunt runs from the end of October to the beginning of November. Archery season runs for approximately 3 weeks in September, and a 5 day muzzleloader hunt starts at the end of September to the first of October.
These licenses are unlimited in number or “over the counter” within the boundaries of the ranch. Other hunting on the ranch, and in the area, 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, and up to 100 cows on a year 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 Blue Hills Elk Ranch to Grants and I-40 takes approximately 45 minutes, and from I-40 east to Albuquerque takes approximately 1 hour. Along the way you’ll pass El Malpais National Monument with Bandera Volcano and the Ice Caves to the west. The drive is spectacular with rolling black lava on the west side of Highway 117. The steep sandstone bluffs of La Ventana arch, and the high mesas of the Pueblo of Acoma, are a stark contrast on the east side of the highway.
The “badlands”, or Malpais, are filled with lava tubes for exploring. Bandera Volcano is situated on the Continental Divide and the trails take you through twisted juniper, fir, and ponderosa pine along the lava flow to the Ice Caves. The Ice Caves never rise above 31 degrees and the contrast of the blue green ice of the caves with the ancient lava flow above is staggering. The El Malpais National Conservation Area and the Cibola Wilderness Area provide thousands of acres for recreation and exploration, all within minutes of Blue Hills Elk Ranch.
The famous little community of Pie Town is about 30 minutes south of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. From there Highway 60 takes you west, an additional hour, to Springerville, and Eagar, for supplies and amenities.
In contrast to heading north towards Grants, the communities of Springerville, Eagar and Show Low provide opportunities for fishing on the many lakes of the area, and winter sports at Sunrise Apache ski resort.

The closest international airport is located in Albuquerque, which is approximately an hour and forty-five minutes from Blue Hills Elk Ranch. The
southwestern atmosphere of Albuquerque and the various cultures from cowboy, to Spanish, and Native American make it a city of delight with unlimited entertainment and activity.
The Springerville Municipal Airport can accommodate large planes, has two runways, one runway over 8,400 feet in length, 24 hour fuel, and courtesy cars. The Grants-Milan Municipal Airport is located 3 miles outside of Grants with similar amenities.
Sitting at a comfortable elevation of 7,200 feet, Blue Hills Elk Ranch experiences four splendid seasons, as does most of New Mexico. 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, Blue Hills Elk Ranch receives annual precipitation of 11 inches. Average high temperatures are in the 70’s, and average low temperatures are in the 30’s. As with most of New Mexico the sun shines 275 to 300 days a year on Blue Hills Elk Ranch
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 and juniper covered mountains, 5 rifle elk tags in an excellent hunting area, the capacity to run a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, all amount to a fantastic ranch located at a mild elevation with four wonderful seasons, and a multitude of surrounding beauty and recreational opportunity, Blue Hills Elk Ranch.

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Straddling the Continental Divide, at an elevation ranging from 7,800 to 8,200 feet, in the heart of Unit 15 in Catron County, New Mexico, Elk Camp Ranch is a hunter’s paradise. Offered at $750,000.

The 596 deeded acres of Elk Camp Ranch are a wonderful mixture of open grassy meadows, pinon pine, juniper, and majestic ponderosa pine. Panoramic views of the Apache National Forest in the distance, the Mangas Mountains, and solitary Allegres Mountain can be seen from various high points on the ranch. The close proximity to the Cibola, Apache, and Gila National Forests provides excellent, and abundant, opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and more.
Unit 15 is one of New Mexico’s quality/high demand hunting units and one of its most popular units for trophy elk hunting. Elk hunts on the ranch, and in the unit, are designated as primitive weapons only. Archery elk hunts take place throughout the month of September and 2 five-day muzzleloader elk hunts take place in the month of October. No rifle elk hunts take place in Unit 15, which ensures the quality of the hunt
on Elk Camp Ranch, and in the surrounding area. In addition to the superior elk hunting on Elk Camp Ranch, mule deer, turkey, and bear are often seen, and licenses are available for those hunts through the NM Department of Game and Fish. Portions of Elk Camp Ranch border the Buchanan Ranch, which is known for quality elk hunting. In free ranging country elk roam as they please.Over the years meadows on the ranch have been planted in winter wheat and continued habitat improvement could lead to an increased number of elk permits issued to the ranch. Currently the owners receive 1 muzzleloader elk permit, 2 archery elk permits, and 2 cow elk permits, issued on a total of 1,200 acres. A proportionate share of those permits should transfer to the 616 acre Elk Camp Ranch upon sale, and application with the Game and Fish Department.
A solar powered well, at a depth of 460 feet, and two good dirt tanks provide water for elk, mule deer, turkey, and other big and small game species on currently the well supplies a tire drinker. The installation of a storage tank, and pipe lines to additional drinkers, would be valuable habitat improvement and could lead to additional elk permits issued to the ranch. A seasonal creek runs through the center of the property feeding the dirt tank on the east side of the ranch and further development could increase water supply.

Elk Camp Ranch is remote and very private, yet easily accessible via good gravel roads maintained by Catron County. The nearby community of Pie Town is approximately 15 miles from Elk Camp Ranch. Pie Town is located on U.S. Highway 60 and renowned for its history of homemade pies. It boasts three pie cafes as well as a small convenience store, named Top of The World for its location on the Continental Divide. From Pie Town travel to Albuquerque takes approximately 3 hours. The small towns of Datil and Quemado, which are located a short distance to the east and west of Pie Town, have small grocery stores, fuel, restaurants, and motels. The food is always good and the folks are always friendly.

Located in New Mexico’s largest county, Elk Camp Ranch is surrounded by country rich in ranching history dating back to the 1800’s. Remnants of old line cabins, settlements, ghost towns, and ruins from Native American travel, can be found throughout the area and on the ranch.
Elk Camp Ranch is a dream hunting and recreational property. It’s a secluded retreat with elk and other wildlife grazing in its meadows and drinking from its ponds. It has a good well already in place, electricity is close by, and it has several pristine building sites to choose from with breathtaking views and western sunsets to remember.

 

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