Catron County has a rich and interesting history; and there are many ghost towns, each with it’s own story. Some of the ghost towns are Adams Diggins, Bursum, Collins Park, Cooney, Frisco, Fullerton, Graham, Greens Gap, Horse Springs, Jewett, Patterson, Mangas, Red Hill, Spur Lake, Tres Lagunas, Whitfield.

One of the more interesting stories is about Adams Diggins. Legend has it that Adams, together with a group of miners entered Western New Mexico (what is now Catron County) from the White Mountains and found a valley rich in gold. Even though warned not to stay too long, they lingered and mined until they ran out of supplies. All of the miners, except for Adams, were killed by an Indian war party. Adams was wandering around delirious and was found by an army scout party. He settled in California, but returned years later after the Apache wars ended to try to find his gold – he never did –

A number of present day cattle ranches as well as hunting properties carry the names of these ghost towns. Some of these ranches may be for sale -Imagine owning such a historic piece of land!

Call or email us and we can help you find a cattle ranch with lots of history!

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Catron County is the largest county in New Mexico, in area. It compasses almost 7000 square miles, yet it only has a population of around 3500 folks. It is actually larger that nine States!

Catron County was settled as early as 10999 BC (start of the Clovis period). The Mogollon people lived throughout the county from 1000 AD – 1130 AD and were well known for the Mimbres culture which produced art renowned for its beauty.

In 1880, silver and gold was found in the mountains by Sgt. James Cooney. Sgt. Cooney was killed by the Chiricahua Apaches (let by Victorio) in the “Alma” Massacre. During this time, another famous leader of the Apaches – Geronimo – had several hide outs in Catron County. Later in 1880 buffalo soldiers defeated Chiricahua warriors let be Victorio in the battle of Tularosa. I 1884, Sheriff Elfego Baca became famous in the Frisco shootout in San Francisco Plaza. In the mid 1880’s, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang holed up in a ranch near Alma.

The Catron County lands were part of Socorro County until 1921. Then Catron county became it’s own and was named after Thomas B. Catron.

With a history this rich, owning a part of Catron County is a dream of many. We can help you by finding you a cattle ranch  or hunting property OldNRanchCabin_2677 Old Corral_2598 New Mexico Cowboy New Mexico Mountain Ranchin Catron County or elsewhere in New Mexico




Aug 12, 2014

Catron County Fair

In just a couple of weeks the annual Catron County Fair will be held in Reserve, NM. This is an eagerly anticipated event, as most of the population of Catron and surrounding counties will attend at least some of the activities.

There will be many livestock contests, exhibitions by the 4H and the FFA, as well as by local artisans. Each morning starts with a pancake breakfast; and of course there will be food stands and BBQ available.

The young folks will be able to show off their talents in the junior rodeo and horse showmanship competitions, while the older crowd will amuse the spectators with the Ranch rodeo and team roping events. The Fair runs from Thursday through Sunday – A good time will be had by all! Make sure you come and enjoy the fair, and contact us to show you hunting properties and cattle ranches for sale in New Mexico! cfiles36197 reserve-newmexico1 bareback

Decorated with several hundred year-old cabins that captivate your imagination, the CR Ranch, south of Pie Town along the Continental Divide, is a small New Mexico cattle ranch rich in the history of the “dust bowlers” who settled the area back in the 1920’s. The Continental Divide is an invisible demarcation line where the waters start to run in different directions towards the different oceans.

The 550 acres covered in evergreens and oaks, with Alegres Mountain as its backdrop and the charm of the historical old cabins, creates a frontier atmosphere that’s both magical and soothing. Once, these old cabins were occupied by refugees from Oklahoma and West Texas, when those areas turned to dust during a prolonged drought.

An ideal hunting property where elk are frequent visitors,  or a  modest  cattle ranch, the CR Ranch is improved with a small home, well, corrals, barns, and electricity. It is conveniently located near  Datil and Pie Town, while travelling to the bigger towns of Socorro, Quemado and Springerville is just a straight shot along highway 60. Listing Price $535,000.00 — SOLD

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Jul 22, 2014

Luna Rodeo

On July 26th, the annual Luna Rodeo will take place at the Luna Fairgrounds. This rodeo, which has taken place for the last 60 years, is a favorite with many of the Catron County residents. Skills that are used on the many cattle ranches in New Mexico, such as roping, bronc riding and barrel racing, are on display by participants young and old. The nickname for this rodeo is “best little rodeo in the West”, and it is! And there are always plenty of spectators who will take this opportunity to take a look at some of the hunting properties for sale in New Mexico

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Jul 15, 2014

It’s monsoon season!

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Monsoon season is here and we have already had lots of rain on the ranch properties for sale in New Mexico. The land has come to life, wildflowers are popping up everywhere and the grasses are growing. This time of the year transforms our ranchlands – Our Land of Enchantment is more beautiful than ever. This is a great time to contact us, and have us show you some of the hunting properties and cattle ranches for sale in New Mexico

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One of our ranch properties for sale in New Mexico, the Alegres Ranch, recently sold and what a fantastic property it is.

Alegres Mountain, which reaches to over 10,000 feet in elevation, sits in the middle of the 9,958 deeded acres of the Alegres Ranch and is one of the few, if not the only, privately owned mountain of that elevation in southwestern New Mexico.

Once on top of “the mountain” the panoramic is spectacular with views of Reserve to the south, Arizona to the west, the Rio Grande Valley to the east, and the Sawtooth Mountains to the north. Alegres Mountain is covered in vegetation that is rare to southwestern New Mexico including aspen, spruce, and fir, and it is a wintering ground for many of the elk in the surrounding area.

The bottom country of this spectacular ranch property has been cleared and planted and provides perfect habitat for the wildlife that live in the area. The bottom country and meadows of the ranch leave tremendous opportunities, and potential, for future improvements.

The Alegres Ranch was one of the great centers for timber and logging back in the day and numerous cabins, and remnants of nesters and homesteaders, throughout the ranch take you back in time as you travel the roads of this magnificent ranch property.



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I’t’s branding time in the Southwest. This is an exiting time for all. Cows and calves are being gathered, calves are sorted and separated, horses are pushed to do their best. Families and friends from all around get together to help, and afterwards  have a large BBQ, and many stories are told. There are a number of ranch properties for sale in New Mexico suitable for working a herd. Call us and we will help you find one.

Jun 12, 2014

Rodeo Season

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Summer is here and the rodeo season is in full swing in New Mexico and other areas in the Southwest.

If you could visit the ranch properties-some of which are for sale- in New Mexico, you would find young people practicing barrel racing, pole bending, roping and all the other rodeo events.

This is a lively time in this region of the country;  many horse stories are told, bragging rights are exercised, and all around fun is had by all!!

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