Chama River Canyon Ranch is a captivating ranch with unexpected qualities starting the moment you drive up to the front gate. You will stand at the edge of the rimrock overlooking deep canyons with streams and waterholes shadowed by large cliff faces, aspens, cottonwoods and ponderosas. The ease of operating this cattle ranch will be immediately evident. Moving cattle, feeding, and calving can all be done easily with a single person; mostly by the best cowboy – a feed truck. Additional income is also available through hunting; the owner could either sell the ranch tags or one could do their own hunting operation as well. There is a lot of flexibility from using the hunting to offset ranch operation costs or for the hunter using the cattle operations or grazing lease to help pay for their hunting addiction and allow them to hunt quality big game every year.
One will never tire of the dramatic vistas they will experience and will find themselves longing to be back to relax and enjoy life on the ranch.
The Ranch is located southeast of Chama, New Mexico. The area is primarily made up of large ranches and BLM and the ranch borders national forest, BLM and the Chama River Canyon Wilderness.
The nearest town and post office is Cebolla, New Mexico.
Cebolla, New Mexico – 30 minutes
Chama, New Mexico – 1 hour
Santa Fe, New Mexico – 2 hours
Taos, New Mexico – 2 hours
Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2 hours 45 minutes
County Road 303 provides county maintained access to the ranch.
The ranch elevation is from about 6,700 feet to around 7,100 feet. Terrain is flat to rolling hills covered with sagebrush, grama grasses, junipers and pinyons cut by dramatic deep rim rock bordered canyons with pockets of aspens, ponderosas, oaks and junipers.
The ranch is very well watered with numerous springs (40+) and over 2 miles of Rio Cebolla. In addition there are 3 water wells and additional surface tanks. The water on this ranch makes it highly valuable for wildlife and livestock operations.
The ranch has an 80 + year old 3,000 +/- sqft ranch house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with log beams. There are also additional outbuildings for ranch operations.
Historically operated as a cattle ranch with the ability to run 75 +/- head. The terrain makes the ranch easily operated with low overhead and would be an excellent ranch for expanding an existing operation or for someone looking to start their own operation. The ranch offers the added benefit of being able to add additional income from hunting or a hunter could purchase and use the cattle operation or grazing lease to offset costs.
With investments in range improvement, the ranch can easily increase its carrying capacity as can be seen by the neighboring ranch.
The ranch would also make an excellent horse ranch.
Located in one of the top game units of New Mexico known for high elk success rates and in the number one county for producing Boone & Crockett Mule Deer the ranch historically secures +/- 14 elk tags annually and Unit 51 allows unlimited landowner deer tags. This ranch offers hunters and exceptional opportunity to hunt quality big game every year.
There is also hunting for Merriam Turkey, lion, and bear. New Mexico allows the use of dogs to hunt lion and bear.
There is fishing at the ranch as well as on adjoining national forest and wilderness.
In addition, there are some great fishing opportunities at nearby lakes such as Heron Lake, El Vado Lake and Abiquiu Lake as well as fishing on the Rio Chama. See links below.
There is no shortage of things to do at the ranch. It provides excellent horseback riding, hiking, ATVing, wading in the streams, or just relaxing reading a book with your feet in the stream. The owners also will have direct access to BLM, national forest as well as the Chama River Canyon Wilderness Area that will provide limitless recreation opportunities.
Here are just a few outdoor recreational activities one might enjoy on the ranch or the surrounding area:
There is electricity and phone to the ranch and spring and water wells service the ranch home and livestock operations.
Minerals are unknown.
The Select Tier properties must meet the criteria minimums in the categories of overall quality, trophy quality, wildlife populations, tags/opportunity, and wildlife habitat in order to qualify.
TOTAL ACRES: 2,680.00
Deeded- 2,200 +/-
Lease - 480 +/-
COUNTY: Rio Arriba County
MINERAL RIGHTS: Unknown
HUNTING UNIT: 51
ELEVATION: 7,000 ft
TOPOGRAPHY: Rolling Hills and Canyons
VEGETATION: Sage, Pinion Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, grama grasses & Oak
ESTIMATED TAXES: $1,363.00
ESTIMATED INCOME: $26,000
HOME: 3,000 SqFt
WATER - 2 wells on deeded acreage and 1 well on leased acreage, 2 + miles of Rio Cebolla and numerous springs (40+)