22nd May, 2015

Texas, New Mexico and Colorado Ranches For Sale: Cattle, Livestock and Recreational Hunting Land

Texas, New Mexico and Colorado Ranches For Sale: Cattle, Livestock and Recreational Hunting Land

There’s been so much press about the Waggoner Ranch lately that it seems the whole country, even possibly the whole world, may know that one of the nations largest ranches is currently for sale. At an asking price of $725 Million Dollars and containing over half of a million acres this is truly a giant among giants, even in my beloved Lone Star State. It seems that every major newspaper in the country has featured an article about the sale of this Texas Legend. There have been multiple reports in print and online from New York City to Los Angeles and Houston to Seattle. Sam Middleton and his partner Bernard Uechtritz have been featured in several televised interviews, news articles in small town newspapers, large metro newspapers and had exposure on the likes of Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg and many, many others. The storied history of the ranch, along with the sheer size and vastness of the property, coupled with the fact that a ranch of this immense magnitude may never be offered for sale again in many years has created quite the buzz online. Land, Rivers, Lakes, Cattle, Horses and Oil. The Waggoner seems to offer everything that a discriminating buyer could ever want. The price? Lets just say that compared to buying a major professional sports team, or a huge skyscraper in Chicago or Lower Manhattan, or a small private island, the purchase of the W.T. Waggoner Estate may seem relatively inexpensive.

With all of that said, what about the average guy, looking for a ranch to call his own to run some cattle, maybe do a little big game hunting and just get out to enjoy nature? Well, we may have that area covered as well. Here is a short list of ranch properties we currently have for sale that are available currently that may not break the bank.

Beautiful Quinlan Ranch

Quinlan Ranch

The Quinlan Ranch containing 16,716.52 scenic deeded acres

With an asking price of just under $42 Million Dollars, 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. 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. 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. Hunting throughout this region of New Mexico is spectacular. Native elk and mule deer grow to Boone and Crockett size. 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.

 East Division of Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch

East Division of Boone Pickens’ Mesa Vista Ranch

East Division of Boone Pickens’ Mesa Vista Ranch containing 16,013 private acres

With an asking price of just over $20 Million Dollars the East Division of Boone’s massive and very impressive estate may be the deal of the century. The ranch is located along the Canadian River, north of Pampa, Texas and has the best of everything this region of Texas has to offer. The ranch fronts the Canadian River, or has river bottom country along the river for a distance of approximately 10 miles. In some places the bottomland is a mile or more wide. This fertile sandy bottomland grows an abundance of productive native grasses and massive cottonwood trees are common throughout the river bottom, along with willows, hackberry, chinaberry, and others. Indian Creek drains through a portion of the ranch for several miles. Indian Creek drains into the Canadian on the property. This creek is supplemented by live springs and several large, deep natural fishing holes. Cottonwoods are common along Indian Creek and its tributaries. Several years ago, Mr. Pickens dredged a man-made creek, known as Boone’s Creek, which basically parallels the Canadian River. Surging water overflows from a large circular concrete water holding reservoir located along Boone’s Creek. This creek flows a distance of 2.5 – 3 miles through the East Division of the property and is located in the Canadian River bottom. Boone’s Creek first flows into two shallow man-made duck/goose ponds, one containing approximately 15 surface acres and the other approximately 20 surface acres. These ponds have perfect tall grass vegetation for water fowl habitat. The creek then continues on, ultimately flowing into a large man-made fishing lake, which contains approximately 20 surface acres. Both the creek and the lake have been stocked with bass. These exceptional water features are only duplicated on Boone’s Headquarters Division of the Mesa Vista Ranch, and to the knowledge of the broker, do not exist on any other ranch in the Texas Panhandle.

Riddel Ranch

Riddel Ranch

The Riddel Ranch containing 11,261.97 acres

The Riddel Ranch offers the cowman and the recreational buyer everything they’d want at a price of just over $9 Million Dollars. This ranch has been under the same long-term family ownership for decades and this is the first time the property has ever been offered for sale. The ranch has a very diverse topography ranging from very scenic breaks with cedar cover to productive mesquite flats. The ranch has not been grazed throughout the current year and the native grasses and forbs overall are in excellent condition. The southern portion of the ranch is fairly open with a moderate canopy of mesquite. As you transition towards the northern and eastern end of the ranch cedar becomes more prevalent and there is more topography. There are several cultivated fields scattered throughout the ranch totaling over 420 acres. Many of the larger fields are divided into several pastures offering rotational grazing. The ranch is considered to be well watered overall with numerous water sources, including the flowing Brazos River, several creeks and small tributaries, springs, dirt tanks, electric water wells with pipelines and windmills. There are numerous good dirt tanks scattered throughout the ranch. Many of these have been cleaned out in recent years. Several of the dirt tanks are exceptional in size. Additional livestock and wildlife water is provided by several live creeks which flow through the ranch. Rock Creek flows through the property for several miles and actually heads on the Riddel Ranch. Additionally, there are several small tributaries to Rock Creek which appear to have spring water.

Trinchera Creek Ranch

Trinchera Creek Ranch

Trinchera Creek Ranch containing 21,955.5 deeded acres

With an asking price of just over $7.5 Million Dollars the Trinchera Creek is truly a hidden gem. This ranch has been under the same family ownership for over 100 years and this is the first time the property has been offered for sale. The ranch is located adjacent to the small community of Trinchera in the Heart of Southeast Colorado. The terrain is diverse, ranging from scenic live water creek bottoms and gently rolling prairie lands to elevated timbered mesa sideslopes. The ranch has an abundance of live water along Trinchera Creek and several tributary creeks. Other water sources include wells, pipeline waterings and earthen ponds. Good populations of antelope are found in the plains country, with mule deer, turkey and elk common in the more protected areas of the ranch. Bear and lion are also sighted on occasion.

S.O. Mountain Ranch

S.O. Mountain Ranch

S.O. Mountain Ranch containing over 44,800 beautiful and productive deeded, state and federal acres

With a modest asking price of just $5.65 Million Dollars, the S.O. Mountain Ranch is in a class all its own. The S.O. Ranch dates back over 100 years and was once a mighty holding in New Mexico containing over 400 square miles of diverse mountainous and rolling plains country. The ranch is extremely diversified, offering mountain peaks, rugged and rocky hillsides, exceptional grama grass plains and outstanding views. Elevations range from approximately 5,500′ to over 10,000′. 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. The rancher will appreciate that the property supports a great turf of palatable native grasses. Currently, the ranch supports approximately 500 animal units of cattle on deeded, state lease, BLM and forest permit. The ranch is considered to be very well improved, and improvements are in good functional condition. The main headquarters compound serves all of the needs of the ranch on a day to day basis as well as meeting the needs of guests and hunters in the fall. The headquarters consists of a historic lodge, ranch manager’s home, hunters quarters, metal insulated shop, storage and tack room and livestock sheds, and corrals with scales. The historic and well maintained S.O. Ranch Lodge contains 5 bedrooms, a nice open living area and full kitchen. Throughout the years the owners have preserved the unique historical aspects of the lodge and it is well suited for guests. A new owners home was recently completed, and this modern 1,750′ +/- home overlooks the original headquarters from a hill offering views in every direction from the full wrap-around porch. This home contains two large bedrooms, two full baths and a spacious living/kitchen area with rock fireplace. An outdoor fire pit overlooking the ranch completes the package. Picture yourself having coffee in the morning, sun coming up over the Magdalena Mountains to the east, and cattle grazing while elk bugle in the background.

Berrendo Ranch

Berrendo Ranch

The Berrendo Ranch containing 7,520 beautiful and well maintained deeded acres

With an asking price of just over $2.5 Million Dollars, and a location easily accessible to Albuquerque’s Metro, the Berrendo is a rare find. The ranch offers a superb combination of open rolling grama grass native pasture with scattered cholla and juniper ascending to a more dense canopy of juniper. The ranch has historically been utilized as a cow/calf or yearling operation with the added benefit of outstanding recreation. The grass turf on the Berrendo Ranch is in excellent condition and the ranch has not been grazed in several years. Wildlife on the Berrendo Ranch consists of populations of pronghorn antelope, elk, mule deer, and an occasional Oryx (Gemsbok). The ranch is enrolled in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish E-Plus Landowner Elk System and A -Plus Landowner Antelope System. Improvements consist of a modest ranch house containing 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. This home has recently undergone an exceptional renovation and appears to be in excellent condition. Additionally, a set of wooden livestock pens is located near the home.

Border Ranch

Border Ranch

The Border Ranch contains over 145,000 deeded, state and federal acres

With an asking price of only $2,000 per animal unit, and a BLM permit for 1,100 CYL, this property is offered to fit the rancher’s pocketbook! The ranch has historically been utilized as a cow/calf operation focusing on low overhead and cheap labor. The Border Ranch is a desert grass grazing unit. Terrain on Border Ranch varies from rolling to steep range sites on the east Mt. Reilly area to medium rolling on the west area toward Columbus, NM. Working pens at the headquarters are constructed of a combination of commercial grade pipe, guard rail and cross ties. The pens include a squeeze chute, loading chute, and scales. The pens will handle up to 8,000 head for pre-conditioning or shipment, either domestically or from Mexico. This is an opportunity to purchase a large, low overhead permit ranch.

Visit our website at www.chassmiddleton.com for more information on any of these ranch properties or give us a call at 806-763-5331

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