In Arizona, deeded land is simply not as plentiful as other western states due to the high percentage of government-owned land. Approximately 18 percent of Arizona is privately owned. When a property as significant as El Coronado is presented to the market, it is indeed a rare opportunity for the most discerning investor. This 2,538± deeded acre ranch is located in the Turkey Creek watershed and drainage on the west side of the famous Chiricahua Mountains and adjacent to the Coronado National Forest and Chiricahua Wilderness Area. The ranch features diverse topography, habitat, and dramatically scenic landscape. This rare property offers tremendous biodiversity including expertly managed and Orvis endorsed quail habitat, riparian areas, wetlands, creek bottom, rock outcroppings, heavily timbered hillsides, six different soil types, a variety of grasses, all with an abundant amount of surface water. The land is extremely well-protected and ideally located in its own sheltered valley surrounded by foothills and mountains ensuring the utmost privacy and seclusion. The land is characterized by a variety of oak species, old growth cottonwoods, sycamore, willows, juniper, pinon pines, Cholla and yucca cactus, and interspersed with higher altitude Ponderosa pines. There are scores of dirt tanks, ponds, and water catchments. The owner has worked tirelessly installing over 30,000 gabion/rock structures to promote water retention and prevent erosion. A turn of the century refurbished and traditional plantation style lodge exceeding 10,000 square feet is the epicenter of the improvements on the ranch. The lodge features 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, extensive landscaping, inviting outdoor patio, and is perfectly positioned overlooking one of the larger lakes. Additional improvements include another lakefront primary residence, owner’s cabin, metal shop, equipment shop, foreman’s home, pole barn, pool house, and onsite custom rock chapel. In 2008, El Coronado and owner, Ms. Valer Cark, received a conservation management award, “Conservationist of the Year”, from the AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and the 2008 National Wetlands award for landowner stewardship. For the conservationist, recreational or investment buyer, El Coronado is an incredibly rare and truly distinct opportunity.
Offered in cooperation with Marty Ryan of First United Realty.
Just the Facts
- El Coronado Ranch is 2,538.95± total acres
- Two± hours’ drive east of Tucson, AZ
- 40± miles southeast of Wilcox, AZ
- Orvis endorsed wingshooting lodge and habitat
- 10,080 ± square foot plantation style lodge featuring 12 bedrooms and 12 baths built in 1924 and completely refurbished in 1999
- Secondary lodge – 4,631± square feet
- Metal shop – 3,216± square feet
- Equipment shop – 4,400± square feet
- Pole barn – 2,528± square feet
- Custom rock chapel – 430 square feet
- Owner cabin, foreman’s house, pool house, office, and bunkhouse
- Approximately three miles of both banks of Turkey Creek
- Numerous ponds and two large lakes
- Seven ADWR registered water wells
- Three 15,000, one 14,000, and one 10,000 gallon water storage tanks
- World-class quail habitat – Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns quail
- Award-winning riparian and grassland management program
- Conservationist of the year award in 2008
- Adjacent to Coronado National Forest
- Adjacent to Chiricahua Wilderness Area
- Minutes from Chiricahua National Monument
- Located off year-round county maintained Turkey Creek Road
- Exceptionally private, varying topography, diverse vegetation, and wildlife habitat
- Whitetail & mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, turkey, bobcat, javelina and abundant small game animals and various bird species
- Over 30,000 gabions installed
- Elevation ranges from 5,440 to 6,280 feet
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 2,538±
Total Acres: 2,538±
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