Does Yellowstone exist in New Mexico? You bet it does… It's called Yonderosa Ranch, your forever ranch! It encompasses 2,296 deeded acres of Aspen-framed beauty, located in Rio Arriba County, NM, 12 miles south of the Colorado border. Land Nestled and hidden 24 miles back in the 1.5 million-acre Carson National Forest, up on the continental divide, if blindfolded, one could only guess they were in Rocky Mountain National Park or Yellowstone. In a couple of spots, it might require 4-wheel drive and snowmobiles or tracked vehicles in the heart of winter. Water supply is exceptional, with an incredible well that is only 50 feet deep, producing clear mountain water. Additionally, numerous springs originate on the ranch, further contributing to the water sources. Notably, there are two spring-fed wallows located less than a half-mile from the lodge. Improvements With a family-built approximately 3,300 square foot (90% complete), 3-bedroom, 2-bath house that includes a kitchen, living room, and lodge, all surrounded by a 360-degree deck, offering breathtaking views of the continental divide. There are two additional bedrooms and two bathrooms framed and plumbed upstairs, which the new owner can finish according to their own preferences and at their leisure. Additionally, there is an original 100-year-old wrangler’s cabin on the property that still bears the names of the cowboys who participated in roundups during the 1930s. This cabin could be easily remodeled and updated into an incredible guest cabin or utilized as a VRBO experience, should the owner desire. The ranch operates off the grid and features a solar system and backup generator. In 2023, Elon Musk’s Starlink internet service was added to the ranch, providing cell service, one of the fastest internet connections in the world, and even movie streaming capabilities. This service is fully transferable to the new owner. Recreation Yonderosa Ranch, traditionally is enrolled in agricultural status with limited cattle grazing, carries a tax bill of approximately $125. The property is renowned for its seclusion and privacy, surrounded by hundreds of Rocky Mountain Elk. In 2023, the ranch was allocated around 8 bull rifle tags, 4 archery tags, and 5 cow elk tags. Unit 4 mule deer tags have traditionally been unlimited (please refer to the regulations/ applications in mid-March). Additionally, Yonderosa Ranch has been allotted 4 pronghorn antelope tags for 2023. While being one of the most stunning properties you’ll ever set foot on, Yonderosa Ranch also boasts one of the highest elk tag ratios, with approximately one elk tag available for every 135 acres. Furthermore, the area is abundant with black bear, Merriam turkey, and blue grouse, with over-the-counter tags available. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the two spring-fed trout streams originating on the ranch, featuring +-10 pools where owners can enjoy casting an elk hair caddis to their heart’s content. Almost every cast will land a brookie. History With the passage of the Outdoor Act, the National Forest no longer requires an appropriation from Congress to “Buy Back” extraordinary properties like Yonderosa Ranch. They are actively pursuing the acquisition of such properties. Yonderosa Ranch is priced for a quick sale, and the new buyer will have the opportunity to hunt on the ranch in 2023. The competitive pricing of Yonderosa is at or below recent prices in the county/unit, and it is anticipated that it will not remain on the market for long. To obtain more information and schedule a qualified showing, please call or email today. Co-brokers are also welcome.