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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In just a few days, the archery antelope hunt will start in most areas of New Mexico. The first hunt is on private land, followed a week later by public land. Many of the ranches in Southwest New Mexico encompass both grasslands with antelope herds  and forested areas, where the elk hunting  takes place. A portion of the ranches for sale will be eligible to receive both landowner antelope tags as well as elk tags.  Antelope hunting is a great way to stretch your hunting season. In addition, the bear season starts around this time and bear tags may be purchased over-the-counter.   To view these ranches that are for sale right now, all you have to do is contact us and we will be happy to show you around.

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It is high summer and the Southwest mountains of New Mexico have been transformed into a beautiful playground. Hiking, camping, picnics, all are wonderful activities which allow families to do fun adventures together while admiring the views and vistas.

The Spring was cool with rain from time to time, the Summer monsoons started early and have provided much needed moisture. The cattle and hunting ranches are green, full of flowers while the grama grass is growing, promising to give copious and rich feed to cattle and wildlife alike. This time of the year is a wonderful time to come out and visit the ranches and tracks of land for sale. As always, we are here to show you around!

The Gila National Forest is the 6th largest National Forest in the Continental USA. It encompasses approximately 2,710,000 acres of public land. Located in South West New Mexico, the terrain ranges from tall mountain peaks to semi-desert, with elevations from 4,200 to 10,000 feet. Many parts are rugged, and the area is mostly unspoiled.

There is ample opportunity for hunting – elk, mule deer,  antelope, bear, mountain lion and wild turkey are popular game animals, other activities include fishing, hiking, camping, horse back riding, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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The Gila National Forest is a wonderful playground for hunting, hiking, horse back riding, camping, etc.    In addition, there are some unique places to explore.


The Gila Cliff Dwellings, located in the extreme southern part of Catron County, contain the ruins of interlinked cave dwellings built by the Mogollon people around 1300 AD. There are 46 rooms within 5 caves, believed to be occupied by 10 to 15 families.

There are a number of hot springs in the Gila Wilderness area. The wilderness area is only accessible on foot or on horse back. This beautiful place  has areas forested with tall ponderosa pines as well as open meadows.

Portions of the Gila National Forest can be explored from two scenic byways; The Geronimo National Scenic Byway, and the Trail of the Mountain Spirit Byway, You can explore old mining towns, perhaps find old arrow heads and shards of ancient th1

The results for the New Mexico big game hunting draw will be announced in just a few days. All over the States hunters are anxiously awaiting this day. Some will be very happy, many will be very disappointed. But then of course there are those that do not have to worry, because they own a ranch in New Mexico with Landowner tags! There are a number of great hunting ranches for sale. They can and will be used for cattle ranches the rest of the year.

Why don’t you contact us and see if we can find you a ranch for sale that meets your needs. We are always here to help you!


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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.

Living in Catron County is a wonderful experience as well as an adventure. There are cattle ranches and hunting properties for sale right now, contact us and we will help you find one.

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New Mexico is called “The Land of enchantment” and the reason is clear………..From endless plains dotted with large cattle ranches to majestic mountains covered with Ponderosa Pine where wildlife abounds and hunting and fishing is a way of life……the beauty of the Southwest is without compare.

Just imagine sitting on the front porch of your hunting cabin or ranch house, on your own cattle ranch or hunting property and enjoying these incredible sunsets. There are many ranches for sale in New Mexico  and we are here ready to help you find your own slice of heaven.



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