The King Brothers’ Alamo Ranch presents a rare opportunity to acquire vast ranch lands with superb recreational and development potential within minutes of suburban Albuquerque, New Mexico.Owned by the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King, the King Brothers’ Alamo Ranch encompasses 60,000± deeded acres and 14,000± leased acres northwest of the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho. This working ranch located in Sandoval County has pastures of native grasses and superb populations of big game. On its southeastern boundary, the ranch borders unincorporated land adjacent to Rio Rancho, one of the fastest growing cities in New Mexico. The ranch also borders two Native American pueblos—the Zia Pueblo to the north and the Laguna Pueblo to the west and south. Rio Puerco, a seasonal tributary of the Rio Grande, marks the western boundary of the ranch, as well. The King Brothers’ Alamo Ranch encompasses the southern half of Mesa Prieta, a stirring geologic landmark. From the top of the mesa, there are dramatic views of the Pecos and Jemez Mountains to the north, the lights of Albuquerque to the east, and Mount Taylor to the west. A diverse terrain of rolling grassy hills, sandstone bluffs, canyons, and mesas creates excellent habitat for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope, as well as several species of quail, Barbary sheep, and mountain lion. The ranch is in GMU 9 with a liberal allotment of tags managed by the landowner and is known for trophy-size elk with Boone & Crockett scores in the high 300s. A four-season cattle operation, the ranch has a maintenance facility at the headquarters with cattle pens throughout the property, two wells, miles of pipeline, and numerous dirt stock tanks. The current owner has grazed 1,100 to 1,200 animal units on the property, reducing the size of the herd during droughts to 400 to 500 animal units. Since its purchase in 1961 by the late Gov. King and his brothers, the King Brothers’ Alamo Ranch has been operated as part of the King Brothers Ranch, one of New Mexico’s legacy ranches.
Just the Facts
• Sandoval County
• Elevation: About 5,750 to 7,100 feet above sea level
• Rio Rancho: 9.4 miles to Rio Rancho city center and 4.3 miles to city limits at nearest point
• Albuquerque: 17.5 miles
• Santa Fe: 63 miles
• Albuquerque International Sunport: 22 miles
• Double Eagle II Airport, Bernalillo County: 9 miles
• Ranching facilities: maintenance building, cattle pens, horse traps, pipeline
• Two wells, numerous dirt stock tanks, two playa lakes
• Game Management Unit 9
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Area AttractionsAlbuquerque International Balloon Festival - Albuquerque, NMEach October, more than 500 balloonists come to New Mexico for the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. The nine-day event features flying competitions, balloon rides, chainsaw carving, and much more.Sandia Peak Ski Area- Albuquerque, NMJust 45 minutes east of Albuquerque, Sandia Peak Ski Area has more than three dozen runs of varying degrees of difficulty from beginner to black diamond.Petroglyph National Monument - Albuquerque, NMOne of the largest petroglyphs sites in North America, this national park protects and conserves rock art produced by Native Americans and Spanish settlers between 400 and 700 years ago. Petroglyph viewing trails lead visitors through the canyons of the park.Chaco Culture National Historical Park - Nageezi, NMOne of the finer examples of Ancestral Puebloan architecture, the massive pueblos at Chaco Canyon were built and occupied between 850 and 1250 A.D. By the middle of the 11th Century, Chaco had become the center of cultural life for the early inhabitants of the San Juan Basin. Dozens of roads connected the great houses of Chaco Canyon to more than 150 other pueblos throughout the region.
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