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. LandRanch & Improvements
+/-9579 deeded acres
+/-1,180 acres BLM Grazing Lease can be sublet +/-8041 acres State Grazing Lease can be sublet -------
+ - 18,800 acres Total Note +/-2800 acres of deeded range land is enrolled in a conservation Easement, allowing for ranching, hunting, & recreation, but prohibiting commercial or subdivision.
ImprovementsResidential 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. There 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.
RecreationWhen 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.
Game Management Unit 12
In 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.
Record Class Bull Elk, Bass, Bucks, Bluegills, Pronghorns, Black Angus & Blue Cats.
AgricultureThe 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.
Water/Mineral Rights & Natural ResourcesIt'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.
While being an ideal candidate for a conservation easement, there are currently none on Rito Springs Ranch.
General Operations Note income has been historical and not representing how new owner would run the ranch
Cattle +/- $175,000 annual
Hunting +/- $50,000 annual
Water sales +/- $25,000 annual
Gravel - 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. 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.
Region & ClimateWhen 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.
HistoryHoldings 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.
LocationThe 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.
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Directions to Land
3 miles ease of Quemado, MM 38 is west o the ranch entrance. Contact listing agent for additional directions.
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