Sotheby's International Realty ®
With over 21,000 acres of abundant pasture (6,816 deeded/14,432 state lease), the Chavez Mountain Ranch is considered one of the prime ranches in New Mexico due to its quality grassland as well as a multi-source (windmill, electric, and solar) pipelined water system. Originally part of the historic Otto Ranch, the Cimarron Rt of the Santa Fe Trail cuts through this vast property. Fully fenced (w/over 38 miles of quality fencing), the Ranch's rolling grasslands encompass Chavez Mountain and are cut by the Gallegos and Cedar Creeks, both seasonal watersheds. Elk, Pronghorn, and Mule Deer call the Ranch home. Over the past 24 years, incoming yearlings have experienced a gain of 300 lbs, with gains of 350 lbs achieved at times. Gramma grass provides perfect grazing for yearlings and summer cows/calves in the northern half of the Ranch, while the southern half contains needle grass and a wider variety particularly good for winter grazing for cow/calf pairs. The south end of the Ranch breaks into pinon/juniper canyons, providing valuable winter protection. During dry years, fall rains have promoted good grass growth, which when paired with a conservative grazing strategy, has resulted in excellent old grass stores. Due to a a mix of windmills, electric & solar wells, a 9,000 gal. storage tank, an extensive pipeline system, 2 creeks and a live spring, every pasture on the property has at least 2 sources of water. For a detailed description of Ranch features, contact listing broker.