Mission Oaks Ranch

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Mission Oaks Ranch - Recently Sold

Sonoita, Arizona

The Mission Oaks Ranch consists of 2,154± deeded acres that lie in the floor of the valley known as the San Rafael Valley which is surrounded by the Coronado National Forest on three sides and the international boundary with Sonora, Mexico on the south. The Hauchuca Mountains are to the east, located between the ranch and Hauchuca, Arizona, rising over 9,400 feet at the top of Miller Peak. The ranch lies 68 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ International Airport, or southeast of Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake and then by USFS Roads 48 & 196 to the private entry gate which is approximately 32 miles from Sonoita. Improvements include an historic adobe-style home built in the early 1940s which is the owner’s residence, a smaller guest house, manager’s home, bunkhouse, barn and corrals, all in excellent condition. The ranch offers excellent livestock water, incredible views, wildlife and absolute privacy.

Mission Oaks Ranch is co-listed with Marty Ryan of First United Realty in Phoenix, AZ.


The ranch lies 68 miles southeast of the Tucson International Airport. It is also 32 miles southeast of Sonoita by way of Parker Canyon Lake and then by USFS Roads 48 & 196 to the private entry gate. Other alternatives would include roads to the west of the ranch from Nogales or Patagonia, east from Bisbee or Tombstone or northeast from Huachuca City. 


Mission Oaks Ranch is located in the San Rafael State Valley, which is a high intermountain grass valley in eastern Santa Cruz County and western Cochise County. The valley is bounded to the west by the Patagonia Mountains, to the north and northeast by the Canelo Hills and to the east by the Huachuca Mountains. The valley forms the headwaters of the Santa Cruz River which flows south into Mexico just west of the ranch near the historic town of Lochiel, AZ. 

The Mission Oaks Ranch was once part of the Lone Mountain Ranch, which was and still is one of Southern Arizona’s larger ranches utilizing BLM permits for much of the ranching operation. Mission Oaks Ranch, which was once the working headquarters for Lone Mountain Ranch, was sold separately from the Lone Mountain Ranch and is now utilized as a much smaller cattle/horse ranch by the current owner. The great San Raphael Ranch joined the Mission Oaks Ranch and had a large Victorian house which was later on screen for the movie “Oklahoma.”

Parker Canyon Lake is located to the north of the ranch and offers a 130 acre lake located in the high, cool, rolling hills between the ranch and Sonoita. Fishing, boating and camping are all included in the services.

Sonoita, located in Santa Cruz County, AZ has a population of over 800 and has for many years been a popular place for wealthy Arizonans to establish vacation and retirements homes and ranches. The rolling hills of Wine Country in Sonoita and Elgin are home to some to the best wine in the United States, with frequent wine tastings, winery tours, and unique and fun festivals drawing wine aficionados from all over. Patagonia is a charming town located to the west of Sonoita. It is a community which is home to many talented artists, writers, potters, weavers, jewelry makers, painters and many well-known writers.

General Description: 

The Mission Oaks Ranch is located in a beautiful valley nearly surrounded by dramatically beautiful mountains on three sides and an endless view of rolling tall grass prairie to the south, where one can see for miles across the border into Mexico.  Rather remote, the ranch offers solitude and privacy that is only interrupted by the sounds of growing grass and the wild calls of the animals and birds that call the ranch home. The ranch headquarters is located on the highest point on the ranch with the guest house nearby. The other improvements are located away from the owner’s home assuring that there is no interference with the owners and their guests. 

Elevation at the headquarters is approximately 5,375 feet which makes for a milder summer temperature. In the winter the occasional dusting of snow usually melts by noon except in shady areas in the surrounding mountains. Average temperatures in the summer are usually in the upper 80s and in the 60s during the winter. With the relatively mild seasons, the annual precipitation ranges from 14-16 inches. Riparian areas support sycamore, cottonwood, black walnut and ash trees. Oak and juniper trees are abundant at lower elevations.


2,154± deeded acres


Improvements on the ranch are adobe and are in excellent condition with recent improvements to most of them including new roofs with Mexican-style tiles. 

Main House
Built in the early 1940s, this house includes approximately 6,000 square feet with three bedrooms, and service quarters with two additional bedrooms. It also includes two full baths, a half bath at the entry, three fireplaces and a wood stove. Built and decorated in the Mexican tradition, the house also has large windows with astounding views in every direction. A fuel-oil furnace and wall furnace provide heat for the house.

Guest House
Nearly joining the main house, the guest house includes two bedrooms and one full bath, with a nice fireplace and kitchen/dining area. There is a seventy-five foot water tower that is just behind the house that has a two-year-old, five-thousand-gallon tank that accumulates water from a well that is located below the other improvements. This water is then utilized at the main house and the guest house, and then flows to the other improvements. Propane, a wall heater and fireplace provide heat.

Foreman’s House
The Foreman’s house is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a fireplace and an office.

Additional House
Used as needed for hired hands, this additional house is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with a living room and den.

The bunkhouse offers a kitchen, full bath and bunk area for hired help.

Horse Barn
This is an old barn with box stalls, tack room and storage areas. Condition of this structure is excellent despite the age, which would be prior to 1940.

The shop is used for machine storage, livestock feed, salt, etc. and is in excellent condition.

The ranch is off-grid. However, the owner has recently installed forty-five solar panels on the roof of the barn which easily handles the electrical needs of the ranch. There are two generators, one of which is used as a backup to the other. Three ten-thousand-gallon diesel tanks provide long-term energy independence. The generators now run very little, only occasionally cycle for testing. The ranch does have telephone provided by Qwest.

Water on the ranch is from a well that is piped to the water tower at the guest house and then flows to the other improvements. There is also a forty-thousand-gallon concrete tank for additional water storage. All utility lines are underground. Fences on the ranch are either new or newly overhauled. Corrals on the ranch are steel and include sorting alleys and loading chute. They are all constructed of steel.

General Operations: 

The ranch is secured behind locked gates that are part of a formal entry. The current grazing program is limited to a handful of horses, but the ranch can easily support cows or yearlings depending on the needs of the new owner. The entire 2,154 acres form a solid contiguous block, enhancing both its management and privacy. Abundant water for both domestic and livestock uses is provided by wells, creeks and dams. 

Water Resources: 

The water on the ranch is more than adequate with shallow water for domestic wells and deeper high output wells drilled into lower level aquifers. The main well for the improvements is a hand-dug well of thirty feet and is powered by a submersible pump producing twelve gallons per minute. This water is utilized throughout the improvements through a series of tanks that hold unused water, ultimately supplying a large storage tank for additional storage. There is also a five-hundred-foot well which produces 250 gallons per minute. Bear Creek and Joaquin Creek both flow through the ranch and offer abundant livestock water.

Wildlife Resources: 

The rugged and breathtaking scenery in the vast tracts of public land along the southern border, and the quail that inhabit them, draw hunters from all over the country. Quail hunters in Arizona spend the majority of their time pursuing three species of quail — Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns’. The Gambel’s quail enjoys the widest distribution in Arizona by far. The riparian areas and native grass prairie are home to many species of plants and animals including mule deer, javelina, antelope, bobcat, cougar, coyote and many birds unique to the prairie. Fishing is excellent at nearby Parker Canyon Lake. The area surrounding the Mission Oaks Ranch is well known for its hunting and the quality of game animals that are native to the area. 


Property taxes are estimated at $5,272.00 annually. 

Mineral Rights: 

No minerals rights are included in the sale of the property. 

Broker Comments: 

The Mission Oaks is a beautiful and secluded ranch that offers the ultimate in privacy and has wonderful, classic adobe-style improvements that would fit most any needs. A wonderful climate and a spectacular setting with outstanding views, the ranch can be enjoyed as a weekend getaway or a year-round home.

The Facts: 
  • 2,154± deeded acres
  • Surrounded by the Coronado National Forest on three sides
  • 68 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ
  • Adobe style 1940s owner’s residence with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths
  • Guest house, a manager’s home, bunkhouse, barn and corrals
  • 45 solar panels handle the electrical needs of the ranch
  • Well water is piped to a water tower which flows through the ranch
  • Fences are either new or newly overhauled
  • Corrals are steel and include sorting alleys and loading chute
  • Ranch operation can easily support cows or yearlings
  • Excellent livestock water provided by wells, creeks and dams
  • Mule deer, Coues deer, javelina, black bear, elk and turkey 
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Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884



NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.