$4,430,000 • 13,627.28 acres
Western Skies Ranch is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Crane, Texas and 20 mile south of Penwell, Texas. The ranch gate front FM 1601. The major highways that lead to these roads are IH-20 15 miles west of Odessa and highway 385 from Crane. The county is considered part of the huge Permian Basin, which is one of the largest hydrocarbon producing fields in the nation. It is located at western edge of the Edwards Plateau in southwest Texas, which is bounded on the north by Ector County (Odessa), and more sparsely populated counties of Upton, Ward, and Pecos.
The ranch can be accessed from both FM 1601 which runs 5 miles along the west side of the ranch and is the location of the main entrance to the ranch.
This ranch has been well-known for being a quality cattle ranch and for many years and currently runs a Brangus cross. The average high temperature is 79 and low temperature is 56 degrees. Average rainfall is 13 inches. The topography of this ranch is relatively flat ranging from 2,660 to 2,745; however, there are some distant views from several spots on the ranch mostly from the crown of the sand hills. The dunes are part of a vast set of dunes the lie east of the Pecos River between Fort Stockton and the New Mexico border. The Crane County sand formations are part of the ensemble that includes the Monahans sand hills and the Kermit dunes. There is not any sand mining taking place on the property.
The primary soils found on the ranch consists of Penwell Dune Land Association, rolling the Penwell-Pyote Association, undulating and Dune Land. The Penwell soils consists of deep, sandy soils on the uplands. The soils form on eolian sand. Slopes range from 1-16%. These soils have light brown, non-calcareous, fine sand surface layer about 12" thick. The underlying layer is reddish-yellow, non-calcareous, fine sand about 68" thick. The Dune Lane consists of mostly barren, active sand dunes of light colored, eolian sands that show little evidence of soil development.
The ranch consists totally of native pastureland and is currently leased for both grazing and hunting, the rancher operating the ranch for the last several years reports that cattle stocking rates depend primarily on rainfall. At this time the area has received above average rainfall year to date, so the native grasses and cover are in excellent condition. Shinnery Oak is prevalent over the entire ranch which provides excellent browse for the deer. Other vegetation consists of mesquite, cat claw, windmill grass, black grama grass, sand bluestem, and filaree.
The ranch has an array of wildlife which includes predominantly mule deer with some scattered whitetail. Historically, there has been an abundance of mourning doves. The ranch is well-known for hunts around the various water holes. Other wildlife includes blue quail, javelina, wild hogs, coyotes, and other varmints indigenous to the area.
The ranch is fenced entirely with a five-strand barb-wire fence on wooden posts, mostly in average condition. Cross fencing is considered minimal. The ranch headquarters is an older and modest arrangement of 1,440 sq. ft., it is located in the northeast quadrant of the ranch. It consists of a main, house, bunk house (900 sq. ft.), equipment barn (2,250 sq. ft. on slab), covered stalls (1,350 sq. ft.) and shipping pens. The house is a 3 br. 1 ba., central air and heat, and is used by the deer hunters, the barn could accommodate RV and ATV storage. There is a set of welded pipe working pens located in the southwest quadrant of the ranch.
The ranch is adequately watered by virtue of a water line owned and operated by Conoco Phillips, originating from wells on the adjoining ranch. There are 4 submersible wells also that supply troughs in various spots on the ranch.
This could be an excellent opportunity for those looking for a value suited for longer holds and bigger upsides, relatively close proximity to the Midland Odessa metroplex and presence of large deposits and sand suitable for fracking when that market returns. Also, an excellent prospect for a cattle raiser seeking additional pasture or hunters seeking a large ranch at a very realistic price.
Please call listing Drew Colvin or Bob Clifton at 830-613-5215 for appointment to show you the ranch. Please also call with ANY questions that you may have.