Vast beyond imagination, farther than the eye can see, the Great Western Ranch stretches across the flat-topped mesas and sandstone bluffs, the prairie grasses and red arroyos of Western New Mexico. For 53 miles east to west and 26 miles north to south, the Great Western encompasses 176,805± deeded acres and 115,974± leased acres of state and federal land for a total of 292,779± acres under its control. Altogether, the Great Western Ranch spans 457 square miles or an area more than one-third the size of Rhode Island.
Located about 80 miles south of Grants, New Mexico, the Great Western is a true, four-season ranch with superior big game hunting and a rich history. The expansive park-like rangelands, with abundant native grasses and a moderate climate, support cow-calf and yearling cattle operations. Extensive livestock water resources developed on the property include 56 wells, most of which are solar powered, and seasonal ponds, lakes and dirt tanks. Home to a large resident elk herd, as well as plentiful mule deer and pronghorn antelope, the Great Western supports a revenue-generating hunting operation known for its trophy-sized bull elk. The diverse terrain offers a variety of hunting experiences from ruggedly adventurous to hunts for all ages and experience levels. A newly refurbished hunting lodge with a stone fireplace, maintenance shop, steel barns, utility buildings and staff housing support ranching and hunting operations.
There is history here too, from the Anasazis and Spanish explorers to the early homesteaders and the ranchers of today. On the ranch are historical and archaeological sites, including Anasazi petroglyphs, ruins, and the tumbled-down stone homes and corrals of New Mexico’s earliest homesteaders.
One of the largest single landholdings available in the United States, the Great Western Ranch presents a rare opportunity to acquire an important part of the American West.
Just the Facts
• Address: Hubbell Draw, Quemado, NM 87829
• Counties: Catron and Cibola
• Main entrance: NM Hwy 117, 57 miles south of Exit 89 on Interstate 40
• Deeded: 176,805± Acres
• BLM Grazing Permits: 12,395± Acres: 2,489 AUMS; $1.38/AUM for 2013
• New Mexico State Leases: 103,579± Acres: $56,916 for 2013
• 2013 Real Estate Taxes: $16,140
• Cattle carrying capacity estimated at 3,400 AU
• 2 pivots irrigate 119 acres of feed crops
• 5 state certified scales
• 5 shipping pens
• 5 artesian wells
• 51 drilled and producing wells, of which all but three are solar or electric
• 80+ drinkers
• Livestock wells are mostly 200 to 400 feet deep
• Seasonal playa lakes, dirt tanks and reservoirs
• New Mexico State GMU 12
• 1,500-2,000 resident and migratory elk
• Mule deer, antelope (pronghorn), bear, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote and turkey habitat
• Good variety of terrain providing opportunity for all levels of hunting expertise
Residences & facilities
• Historic adobe guest lodge with great room, stone fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen. Sleeps up to 26 in lodge with room for 4 hunting guides in adjoining building.
• Ranch manager’s home with 2,100 s.f., 3 beds, an office, 2.5 baths, stucco exterior. Built in 2012.
• Cattle foreman’s home with 1,638 s.f., 2 beds, 1 bath
• 2-bedroom stucco and frame house for maintenance foreman
• Double-wide modular home
• Single-wide modular home recently refurbished with stucco exterior and metal roof
• Maintenance shop with concrete and adobe construction, refurbished shell and electrical service
• 2 steel barns, 1 restored stone barn, 1 adobe hay barn
Airports from ranch headquarters
• Albuquerque International Sunport: 150 miles
• Grants-Milan Municipal Airport: 80 miles
• Springerville and St. Johns Airports: 66 and 74 miles
• Landing strip for private plane on ranch
• Numerous identified ancient Native American sites
• Anasazi petroglyphs and other rock art
• Early Native American camps and home sites
• Settler homesteads
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