This exceptional ranch is located in the heart of northern New Mexico, just west of Chama, in beautiful Rio Arriba County. The property is positioned along a major migration route for elk and mule deer heading out of the Colorado high-country toward wintering grounds in Northern New Mexico. The northern boundary of the ranch is less than one-half mile from the Colorado State Line.

Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 7,800 feet to over 9,800 feet near the northwest side of the property. The property offers scenic panoramic views of the productive meadows, timbered forest lands, snow-capped mountain peaks in nearby Colorado, and the beautiful Chama Valley.

Topography is diverse, with the southern portion of the ranch offering open, grassy, rolling and hilly country with scattered canopies of Ponderosa Pine and Mountain Oak. As elevations increase, the south-central and eastern boundaries of the ranch become much more mountainous, with several pronounced canyons draining to the lower country. These rugged and timbered mountain slopes and ridges have sand stone rock outcroppings throughout, with timber cover increasing with elevation. Oak, Pine, Spruce, Fir, and Quaking Aspen can be found throughout the ranch.

The central portion of the property is a wide, lush, creek bottom meadow that elevates to higher mountain country on the east portion of the ranch and also along the Continental Divide to the west.

The ranch is very well watered by Willow Creek, numerous tributaries, many mountain springs, and over 25 earthen ponds. The larger ponds are stocked with trout.

Willow Creek provides the major drainage through the ranch. The creek’s headwaters begin in the northern portion of the property and drain in a south to southeasterly direction throughout the entirety of the ranch.

Additional sources of water include five permitted water wells. One of the wells reportedly produces approximately 80 gallons per minute.

Access to the ranch is by paved highway frontage.

Hunting throughout this region of New Mexico is spectacular. Native elk and mule deer grow to Boone and Crockett size. The number of elk permits issued by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is governed by a Special Management Plan. Currently, the ranch receives 63 bull elk rifle permits and 24 bull elk bow permits. Northern New Mexico offers some of the greatest fishing opportunities in the country and trout fishing in the major ponds on the ranch is an added benefit.

An 8 foot high game fence area containing approximately 2,000 acres is constructed in a very rugged mountainous portion of the eastern side of the property. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department granted the ranch a Class A Game Park Permit, which allows the ranch to raise their own private elk herd within the high fenced park. Domestic elk were shipped in from Colorado and currently there are approximately 519 privately owned elk located within the park. The advantage of a Class A Game Park is that the owner may decide his own hunting seasons and harvesting rates within the confines of the park.

A large, partial two story, hunting lodge is located in the southern portion of the ranch. The lodge features 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, along with a commercial kitchen and large great room.

Additionally, a 10,000 square foot barn houses the elk handling facility which is used for artificial insemination of the private elk herd. This first class set of handling pens is equipped with a hydraulic chute, sorting pens, alleys, and a maze of overhead cat walks for ease in handling the elk. The barn also contains a walk-in cooler, large shop, office, kitchen, five upstairs bedrooms (used by hunting guides), a downstairs apartment and four bathrooms.

A more complete list of improvements and equipment is available.

The numerous improvements on the property are all well kept and remain in first class condition. The structural improvements, high game fencing, buried waterlines and electric lines, wells, extensive road network, and numerous other improvements offer an attractive depreciation schedule to the purchaser. This exceptional ranch is ready to operate and enjoy. This price includes all privately owned elk and an inventory of essential ranch equipment and rolling stock.

One-half of the minerals and 100% of the executive leasing rights will be included at the $41,791,300 price. Should a purchaser want 100% of the mineral rights, the seller will convey all minerals at a total consideration of $45,000,000.

In today’s real estate market, with minerals often times being so valuable, it is extremely seldom a ranch is ever offered for sale with 100% of the minerals available. At this price, the seller will include the Essential Ranch Equipment and also the Heavy Equipment Inventory (List Available).

16,716.52 Pristine Acres

$2,500 per acre or $41,791,300

Quinlan Ranch Brochure

Quinlan Ranch



640 +/- Acres For Sale in Motley County

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The SO Mountain Ranch is located southwest of Socorro in the Magdalena Mountains.

The ranch consists of a desirable blend of Forrest Permit, New Mexico State Lease, BLM Land and Deeded Land.
4,531.04 +/- deeded acres
6,400 +/- NM State Lease acres
8,273 +/- BLM acres
25,600 +/- USFS acres

The ranch is located in New Mexico’s Unit 17, famous worldwide for outstanding trophy Rocky Mountain Elk production.

Free range bulls harvested in this unit have exceeded the magical 400 Boone and Crockett point mark making this unit a very highly sought after destination for elk hunters worldwide. Other game calling the SO Mountain Ranch home are bear, lion, bobcat, fox, coyote, and numerous small game species and birds.

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Mule Deer Bucks on the Quinlan Ranch



NM Unit 4 – Known as “Elk Central” – This fantastic offering is situated next to the Edward Sargent WMA

This is a true Four-Seasons Ranch with year-round recreational opportunities

New Mexico Deeded Mountain Hunting Trout Fishing Ranch Sale Trophy Bull Elk Hunting Big Mule Deer Buck Hunts Trout Fishing Quinlan Ranch Hunting Lodge Trophy Ranch


Sam’s company, Chas. S. Middleton and Son, was established by Sam’s grandfather, Charles Middleton, in 1920.  Charles was born in Louisiana and came to Lubbock on horseback in approximately 1895.  As a young man he started leasing area ranches and was active in the cattle and sheep business.  As the small community of Lubbock was being organized, he was appointed first Chief of Police.  He was very active as a cattle commission broker, buying and selling cattle on a commission basis for customers throughout Texas and north through the Corn Belt States.  He also bought thousands of calves out of Old Mexico every fall and shipped them to the United States.  This successful cattle business brought him in contact with ranchers throughout the country.  In selling cattle, he was also exposed to ranchers who were interested in both buying and selling ranch property.  The cattle business complemented ranch sales, and he became very active in the sale of ranches over a large scope of country.

His son, L.F. “Sam” Middleton joined Charles in the business, and they worked side by side until Charles retired in about 1950.  L.F. was very successful and expanded the company by adding a farm and ranch loan business.  Lenders often told L.F. that his loan brokerage business had the largest volume in the Southwest United States, and he regularly maintained over 600 farm and ranch loans on the books.  Lending money on farms and ranches was also a good “leader” for ranch sales, as this helped introduce L.F. to a large number of potential buyers and sellers.

L.F.’s son, Sam, joined his father in the business in 1971.  Sam and L.F. worked together for approximately 20 years until Sam’s father retired from the business.  Sam has always said he was very fortunate to inherit many good contacts from his father, and Sam learned much about the business by traveling with his father for 20 years.  Sam became interested in the appraisal business, and ranch appraisals have proven to be a great addition to the company business.   Ranch appraisals often times lead to sales, and the appraisal business also keeps Sam well informed regarding land values over a large area.  Sam has testified many times in court regarding land values and has also served as a court appointed receiver in selling ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.  Sam is a ranch broker in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas, and also holds State Appraisal Certifications in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, which mean Sam is qualified to appraise federally related transactions.  Sam also holds the ARA (Accredited Rural Appraiser) designation through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  Sam and his wife, Patricia, have two grown sons, Charlie and Jed.  Charlie has worked in the company for approximately 15 years and is a licensed broker in Texas and New Mexico.  He is very interested in the recreational aspect of ranching and is an avid hunter.  Charlie is married and has two young sons.  Jed runs Sam’s ranch at Dickens, Texas and partners with Sam on three leased ranches, which Jed also manages.  Jed also is a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).  He is a professional team roper and also enjoys buying, selling and training roping horses.

Chas. S. Middleton and Son is an established, successful farm and ranch real estate and appraisal company.  Sam generally handles the sale of the larger ranch transactions and Charlie enjoys working on the recreational/hunting ranches.  Charlie also is very accomplished in producing our brochures and ranch maps, which we print in house.   Sam is fortunate to have two other salesmen/appraisers on staff in the office.  Since Sam focuses more on ranch sales, Chad Dugger handles most of our ranch appraisal work, which is substantial, and Rusty Lawson handles all of the farm appraisals and farm sales.  Everyone in the company focuses on their own specialty, so together, we make a great team.

Over the years, Sam has learned that repeat business is the best compliment you can have.  We are fortunate to have many customers, ranchers, trust departments, accounting firms, tax attorneys, and others who we have worked with time and time again over the years.  Many of the ranches we sell today, were first sold by Sam’s father or grandfather.  These repeat sales and the solid customer base are the cornerstone of this nearly 100 year old real estate/appraisal company.



Mitchell Quay County, NM Ranch

25,402 +/- Deeded Acres   +   3,099.49 +/- Acres NM State Lease


Mitchell Ranch

Colfax County, New Mexico Ranch For Sale with Live Water Canadian River and Rio del Plano Creek

The Mitchell Ranch has historically been utilized for grazing yearling cattle, but also offers exceptional hunting/recreation with antelope, elk and whitetail deer. Live water is furnished by miles of the flowing Canadian River and Rio del Plano Creek. The ranch headquarters consists of a ranch home, hunters/labor quarters, barns, sheds and shipping pens with scales.

IMG_1395Lynn County Ranch For Sale with Private Fishing Lake, Live Springs, House, Barns and Excellent Fences

This well improved ranch has an ideal location, close to Lubbock and the Midland/Odessa Permian Basin.

Private 8-10 +/- acre private lake, electric water wells, several live springs, dirt tanks and large barns

Ranch Photos (Click to Enlarge)

Ranch Improvements (Click to Enlarge)


Bateman Wichita River Ranch

Over 4.5 miles of live water, with a live spring, earthen ponds and city water


S.O. Mountain Ranch in Socorro County, New Mexico Unit 17 Elk Hunting and Cattle Grazing For Sale

in the Magdalena Mountains south of Magdalena, New Mexico $5,650,000



General S.O. Mountain Ranch Pictures

4,531.04 +/- Deeded Acres

6,400 +/- NM State Lease Acres

8,273 +/- BLM Acres

25,600 +/- Forest Service Acres

The S.O. Mountain Ranch Headquarters Improvements

including hunting lodge, working pens, barns, manager’s home, cabins, chutes and scales

The S.O. Mountain Ranch New Owner’s Home


S.O. Mountain Ranch Springs, Creeks and Wildlife Pictures

(Continually Updated)


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