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Trotter Ranch: Quemado: New Mexico Ranch for Sale

Offered at $2,100,000
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Quemado, New Mexico 87829
Status: Available
Acreage: 3,200 Total Acres
County: Catron | Water: Yes | Elevation: 6,900

Listing Broker: Susan Johnson
Cell Phone:
505-469-4303 Office 575-772-5997
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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 and 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.

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.

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 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.

All of this is within one 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 45 minutes from the Trotter Ranch.

The village of Quemado, 15 minutes from the ranch, offers residence 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 is the Apache National Forest, over 2 million aces 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.

Unique opportunities to hunt trophy elk with a rifle during the rut, stunning views of the Sawtooth Mountains, water and electricity 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.

Total Acreage: 
3,200 Total Acres
Total Leased Acreage: 
560 Leased Acres
Water/Water Rights: 
Mesa, Meadows, Pinon Juniper
Borders Public Land: 
In the NW Corner
Year Round Access:
Elk, Mule Deer, Bear, Lion, Turkey, and more.
Lots of Fishing on Nearby Lakes
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Trees on Property:
Pinon, Cedar, Juniper
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Susan Johnson
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Cell 505-469-4303

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