Bassett Springs Big Game Ranch
Ready, Set, Hunt. This unique treasure in the heart of Rio Arriba County, NM is a combined total of more than 5,168 acres of pristine Northern New Mexico hunting land in the mesa and draws of the Colorado Plateau. With elevations ranging from 7100 ft to nearly 7800 feet, the terrain is varied with a variety of forage and cover including Ponderosa Pines, Pinon, Junipers, Oak, and Big Sage. Most of the wide draws have been cleared to allow for increased forage production for both Mule Deer and Rocky Mountain Elk.
Nearly 1800 acres are in high fence and is one of the few New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Class A Game Parks. Complete with hunting stands, feeders, and a breeding pen for a fully functional big game park ready for your breeding program. In addition to the Game Park, in 2022 the ranch received 3 Mature Bull, 3 Anterless, and 1 Archery Private Landowner Elk authorizations for use on the remaining 1,600 acres not included in the game park. 2022 Mule Deer tags included 4 archery, 4 any, and 2 muzzleloaders. All of the ranch lies with in Game Management Unit GMU 5A.
Hunting Lodge Located just off of Hwy 595, the 100 by 50 hunting lodge with over 5000 finished sq. feet has four full bedroom suites, a commercial style kitchen, concrete polished floors, and a recreation room. A walk in meat cooler and sliding hoists completes the lodge. A small airplane hangar and air strip ends just in front of the lodge.
Head Quarters The main ranch home was constructed in the late 50s and is very well built with a central fireplace 3 bedrooms and one bath upstairs, 2 bedrooms and a bath downstairs, as well as a beautiful walkout sunroom on the south. The kitchen was recently remodeled.
Water There are six functioning water wells all registered with State of New Mexico. Additionally, there are four storage tanks ranging from 2,500 to 16,000 gallons and numerous earthen ponds ranging from seasonal to year-long located throughout the property.
Acreage Deeded 3368 +/-
Blm 1800 +/-
Total 5,168 +/-
Elevations 7100 to 7800 feet
Terrain Varied Mesas, meadows, draws, and arroyos
Climate Mild summers with moderate to severe winters.
Precipitation 15 average
Forage Primary grasses are comprised of both warm and cool seasons and include blue gramma, western wheat, Indian ricegrass, galleta, needle and thread, and various dropseeds. Forbs include Indian paintbrush, buckwheat, plantain, globemallow, and prairie coneflower. Big Sage, winterfat, fourwing saltbush, and rabbitbrush are also present along with Pinon, juniper, oak, and pines. The soils are deep and well drained except on the rock outcroppings and mesa formations. Annual production ranges from 600 to over 1000 pounds per acre.
Wildlife Wildlife is abundant and in addition to the herds of elk and mule deer that call it home there are bears, mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, racoons, porcupines and multiple other small mammals and reptiles. In addition you are likely to see hawks, eagles, and ravens along the rim rocks.