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$8,495,000  •  18,807 acres
Record Class Bull Elk, Bass, Bucks, Bluegills, Pronghorns, Black Angus & Blue Cats! When one pulls just a quarter-mile off the Highway into Catron County's +/-18,800acre Rito Springs Ranch, a transformation take's place. Catron County, Southwest New Mexico, is ground zero for producing some of the biggest Rocky Mountain Bull Elk in the country and is home to New Mexico's Big Game Unit 12, the unit that holds the current state record bull elk, a 420+ monster. In the very heart of Catron County and BGU Unit 12 is the incomparable Catron County's Rito Springs Ranch, totaling +/-9579 deeded acres, including senior water rights irrigating +/-200 acres! Toss in for good measure an additional +/-9,221 acres of State and BLM grazing lease, and your total ranch is +/-18,800 acres! Priced at an incredible value of $887 per deeded acre!The ranch is easily accessible from US Highway 60, about half way between the incredible Pie Shop of Pietown and the home-cooking cafe in Quemado, New Mexico. With approximately 7-miles of highway frontage, the holding is remarkably private. From the highway, one never realizes the beautiful oasis that exists just inside the fence provided by the canyons, springs, lake and creek. Phoenix is 4 hours & 30 minutes, Albuquerque International airport is 2 hours & 30 minutes, the closest jet-capable airport is Springerville, Arizona at 55-minutes and Socorro, NM is 90 minutes.Holdings such as Catron County's Rito Springs Ranch have been in the same family for close 100 years. It's time to pass the baton to the next "keeper of the land"! While the ranch has been a historic cattle producer for close to a century, the full recreational aspect of such a property is yet to be tapped. While producing world-class bull elk, book-class antelope and some exceptional mule deer, the ranch is one of the nations best candidates with very little actual adjustment from a cattle centric property to game centric, that would result as one of the nation's premier hunting & recreational ranches in existence today. Ranch & Improvements+/-9579 deeded acres +/-1,180 acres BLM Grazing Lease (can be sublet)+/-8041 acres State Grazing Lease (can be sublet)-------+ - 18,800 acres (Note: +/-2800 acres of deeded rangeland is enrolled in a conservation Easement, allowing for ranching, hunting, & recreation, but prohibiting commercial or subdivision.)WaterIt's been said that water is the gold these days and if so, then Catron County's Rito Springs Ranch is Ft Knox! The +/-15-acre spring fed Rito Springs Reservoir, at the head of one of the many canyons that cross the ranch, is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch and beautiful blue cats. The breathtaking water fall feeds into the irrigation system that floods over 200-acres of river bottom. When the wheat is in, one has to push an elk out to get an antelope or mule deer in! This ranch has consistently produced a grazing & hunting income in the $200,000 a year, not including gravel or water sales. In addition to the springs, there are 10 excellent producing wells on the ranch, feeding water lines and drinkers. Water quality is considered good. Houses and Other BuildingsResidential improvements are modest with no improvement value in the pricing. At headquarters, there is a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home that the owner stays in when at the ranch working and some hunters have leased. Also at headquarters is a large steel shop/feed barn and a metal two-car garage. At the Palmer Place, there is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that the hired caretaker lives in and a shop building constructed of metal and shipping containers. On your showing, please ask your broker to show you a couple of the ideal locations for your dream home, with water and power nearby. There is a private cemetery located near headquarters. The owner is the only one with right to access the cemetery, and does not intend to keep a right to access the cemetery if the ranch is sold. Income (Note: income has been historical and not representing how new owner would run the ranch) Cattle +/- $175,000 annualHunting +/- $50,000 annualWater sales +/- $25,000 annualGravel - no contracts in place currently but averaged $50,000 per year. There's a considerable tax depreciation schedule for the Catron CountyC's Rito Springs Ranch. Hunting Game Management Unit 12In 2020, the ranch received 10 rifle bull tags, 4 cow tags and 2 either-sex archery tags. Mule deer and a very nice antelope herd reside on the ranch. Waterfowl is excellent on the reservoir and ponds, with September dove hunting and plenty of predator calling. PasturesThe ranch is divided into four larger pastures, and nine smaller pastures. Each of the large pastures has a smaller trap or pasture that can be used when gathering and working cattle during branding, weaning, etc. Rodriguez is a smaller pasture that is used for calving heifers. The other smaller pastures are generally situated along the creek where the irrigated and sub-irrigated land is located. Fencing is considered good and the entire ranch has 30-miles of accessible trails and roads. CorralsThere are working corrals scattered throughout the ranch. There is a large set of steel corrals with scales and squeeze chute at the headquarters for working and shipping cattle, steel working corrals at the Log House and at the Palmer Place, and steel panel working corrals at Cat Well. At Rodriguez Well, there are working corrals constructed of lumber and mesh wire. With todays sportsman closed off from travel to Africa, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand and Scotland, demand for free range domestic trophy hunting experiences has never been higher, and waiting lists for private land tags could go into the decades. For the investor that is looking for alternatives to shaky high-priced markets to secure their lifetime of work, legacy land holdings are flying off the shelves. Large land holdings such as Catron County's Rito Springs Ranch that are well valued, that don't have over priced improvements that require paying for someone else's dream, with the coveted big game tags that are so precious and almost impossible to find, with easy access to major metropolitan areas, with incomparable water and with abundant big game tags, and with income, not sure what one compares Rito Springs Ranch at $887 per deeded acre.Call or email today for more information and to schedule a qualified showing. Co brokers welcome from all states.
$4,999,000  •  6,854 acres
Located about 30-minutes north of Quemado, NM, the 6,854-acre (+/-) A Lazy A Ranch is comprised of 4,264 deeded acres, 1,950-acres of New Mexico State lease and 640-acres of BLM lease lands with the Continental Divide extending through the northeast corner. The ranch straddles the Catron and Cibola County lines and is contained within Game Management Unit 12, a known trophy unit having produced several Elk over 400 inches {even generating a state record bull of 440+ some years back}. Mule Deer are common on the property and Deer tags in Unit 12 can be purchased over-the-counter. In 2020, state landowner Elk tags for the ranch were assigned to an outfitter and generated $20,000 in hunting revenue to the owners. Historically, the property has received (3) bull and (4) cow tags, with similar size ranches in unit 12 issued (3) bull, (2) cow and (1) bow landowner tags in 2020. Potential buyers are advised to verify landowner tag availability with New Mexico Game and Fish for the upcoming season.With (3) wells, drinkers, numerous dirt tanks, several miles of pipeline, and the year-round Hogeye Spring, this ranch provides excellent water access for livestock and wildlife with the owner's possessing State rights to 9.41-acre feet of subsurface water annually. The newest well produces at a rate of 5,000 gallons per day and supplements (3) above ground tanks combining for 20,000 gallons of storage.The overall elevation of the ranch ranges from 6,800' to just over 7,600' near Cerro Blanco Peak. The topography of the northern end of the ranch features pinon and cedar covered mesas, draws, and canyons that provide optimal cover. South of that, the terrain is comprised of rolling tree covered hills and scattered open meadows. Nearing the southern boundary, the terrain transitions to more open and generally level pastures. The internal road system provides access to the majority of the property. If your desire is to run cattle, the ranch has an average annual carrying capacity of (+/-) 82 AU's (excluding bulls and horses) with the current practice utilizing an end of December to July grazing season (per grazing lease agreement). The July removal of the cattle serves to both rest the pastures and allow the big game to migrate onto the property without competition for ranch resources. The property is completely fenced and cross-fenced, and there is a set of working pens near the center, making it easily accessible from all pastures. Current owners have successfully planted food plots as well. Headquarter improvements consist of a modest ranch house and adjoining bunkhouse that combine for a total (3) bedrooms, (1) full bathroom and separate shower contained in the bunkhouse. The recent installation of a sizable solar array makes the property self-sufficient and virtually eliminates electric bills. The 40' x 50' metal shop, with drive-thru accessibility, provides ample room for large equipment and supplies. A sizable portion of the ranch is visible from the headquarters along with spectacular surrounding views in all directions.The town of Quemado is a short drive for basic supplies. Grants is approximately 1.5 hours away and provides increased amenities such as a Walmart and hospital. Albuquerque is within a 3 hour drive, and Springerville, AZ is about 1.5 hours. The 114,000-acre El Malpais National Monument is positioned between the ranch and the town of Grants and offers a visitors' center, hiking trails and other attractions.The A Lazy A offers a turnkey opportunity to own a hunting ranch, cattle ranch, or both given the water resources, expansive pastures, and natural big game habitat. Larger holdings like the A Lazy A with complimentary and contiguous lease lands are becoming increasingly rare. Please call for more information or to set up a pre-qualified showing.
$1,950,000  •  3,560 acres
Built by American artist, R. Brownell McGrew, this 3560 (1,360 deeded/2,200 leased) acre ranch boasts a 6045 s.f. ranch house/guest house/studio/chapel along with an indoor arena.
$24,000  •  38.73 acres
This ideal property is your chance to own a nice piece of land and build your getaway! How about a Unit 12 hunting base camp? Approximately 40 acres of vacant land in Cibola County with State Highway 36 access. Electricity at highway. Currently must drill a well. Easy hour drive south of Gallup, NM, just 4 miles north of Fence Lake. Quemado is only 40 minutes away! Approximately 150 miles from Albuquerque, enjoy hiking at nearby El Malpais National Monument, fishing at Quemado Lake, and all of Unit 12 hunting at your doorstep.