$3,315,768 • 1,381 acres
Panther Rock Ranch is part of the historic Woodward Ranch and is comprised of 1,381 acres located
on the banks of year-round Ash Creek on the east side of Highway 118 south of Alpine and has been
visited by Big Bend travelers and rock hounds from all over the world. The ranch fronts on the
east side of Highway 118 just 15 miles south of Alpine starting at the roadside picnic area and
runs south for over a mile. Panther Rock Ranch is the gateway into the Big Bend Country with its
over 1,000,000 acres of parks and public lands and is an hour’s drive north of Lajitas and
Terlingua and their outdoor adventures and amenities. Cathedral Mountain (6,860 feet), one of the
area's iconic peaks, towers over the ranch to the west and Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management
Area is just to the south waiting to be explored. With elevations between 4,736 and 5,021 feet,
at the ranch you are in one of the best year-round climates in the state and arguably the entire
1,381 acres in Brewster County.
Famous for its unique red plume agate as well as black plume, golden plume, opal, and over 50 other
kinds of agates and gemstones, the Woodward Ranch has a history of visitors who are rock
collectors, nature lovers, hunters, hikers, birders, or just folks wanting to get away from it all.
This eastern 1,381 acre part of the original ranch has a main gate fronting on Highway 118 and
beautiful Ash Creek cutting through the middle for over a mile creating lush meadows and two large
mountains. This is high Chihuahuan Desert grasslands and riparian woodlands studded with
interesting outcrops of rocks and large trees, creating a scenic wonderland. The ranch has an old
building site with amazing views toward Elephant Mountain and down Calamity Creek and over to
Cathedral Mountain towering over the landscape. There is a road network that circles the ranch
crossing the Arizona Ash lined creek with adjacent meadows meandering around prominent hills with
landscape views of area mountains. Panther Rock Ranch is surrounded by large ranches in
stable ownerships with no threat of development. The perfect ranch neighborhood!!
Panther Rock Ranch is dominated by mile-high grasslands of Cane Bluestem, Blue Gramma, and Sideoats
Gramma with rhyolite palisades mountains studded with Juniper, Emory and Grey Oaks. Excellent
grasses and Chihuahuan Desert plants provide habitat for the native animals, livestock and the
people who live there. Ash Creek has numerous stands of large Emory Oaks,
Cottonwoods, Arizona Ash, Desert Willow, and other riparian vegetation. This diversity of plants
especially near and around the springs and riparian areas are unequaled in the Trans Pecos Region.
This is historic ranching country and represents some of the best cow/calf range in West Texas.
Because of the diverse habitat with springs, creeks, boulders, trees, grasses, and mountains there
is an abundance of game and non-game animals and wildlife on Panther Rock Ranch. This is big mule
deer and whitetail deer country with lots of blue quail, mourning dove, and Rio Grande turkey,
making this a hunter’s paradise. There are also smaller animal and bird species found here like
javelina, fox, ringtail, mountain lion, hawks, hummingbirds, Montezuma quail, and a variety of
neotropical songbirds. Native trees, brush, and grasses provide excellent habitat for these
species and many native birds and other non-game animals. Wooded wet canyons and lush grasslands
provide excellent habitat for migratory songbirds.
The old home site just off Highway 118 is an excellent building area for the next owner. It has
electricity and an older water well which, if put back in service, would supply water to this
elevated lookout. There is a road system through the ranch and up into the hills and another water
well on the east side of the ranch that once supplied water to that end of the ranch. There is an
old shed and pens near the old home site.
Woodward Ranch has abundant groundwater and a rare live creek called Ash Creek running for over a
mile through the middle of the ranch as well as several year round springs. There are 3 working
solar wells on Panther Rock Ranch, two of which are new, ranging in depth from 100 feet to 330
feet. The ranch also has 12.5 ac feet of adjudicated water rights from the State of Texas from Ash