There are few truly great ranches available in Texas—ranches that are intrinsically valuable, with unique geographic features and established wildlife resources—ranches that are private and encompassing, yet still easily accessed and navigated, even among the challenging and awe-inspiring mountainscapes of the region—ranches that are true to the sky island ecosystem, and enjoyable for friends and family.
Livermore Ranch is one of the last great places in Texas.
Nestled in the heart of the Davis Mountains, and encompassing all of Brooks Mountain, Livermore Ranch is largely situated upon alpine topography and includes major to minor peaks, shear bluffs, notorious rock formations, deep shaded canyons, and large meadows, which creates a diverse ecological system featuring both aspen forests and productive Chihuahuan grasslands. Livermore Ranch has an abundance of game and non-game wildlife. Big game hunters will enjoy the mature and managed populations of mule deer, elk, and aoudad, along with mountain lions, turkeys, and javelinas. Bird enthusiasts will appreciate the many coveys of both scaled and Montezuma quail as well as doves, hawks, and prolific annual migratory species. The ranch also features exceptional improvements for both friends and family including a six-bedroom five-and-one-half-bath adobe brick-styled home, traditional of the Trans-Pecos region, as well as various horse barns, shops, cattle facilities, and housing for ranch management. While a truly private “end of the road” ranch, there are no impediments to access or internal navigation. It’s a ranch with four real seasons, plenty of west Texas sunshine and a high elevation climate which encompasses 4,772± acres of exclusive opportunity. Livermore Ranch truly is one of the last of the great places in Texas, whose history and scenic beauty will be most appreciated by a personal tour.
Offered in cooperation with James Sammons III of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty.
Just the Facts
- 4,772± deeded acres in the Davis Mountains of West Texas
- Elevations from 5,500 feet to 8,000 feet and wholly inclusive of Brooks Mountain
- 8,166 sq. ft. six-bedroom, five-and-one-half bath traditional adobe brick lodge
- Horse barn and cattle facilities
- Shops and storage barns
- Strong populations of mule deer, elk and aoudad
- Mountain lion, turkey and javelina
- Scaled and Montezuma quail, dove, seasonally abundant migratory species
- Unparalleled and documented ecological diversity unique to Davis Mountains
- Early Texas and archeological history prominent on the ranch
- Three named springs and five wells
Rarely, if ever possible, can one purchase a mountain ranch in Texas that offers aspen trees, elk, and ever true nature of an alpine property. Combined with the exceptional hunting, stately and locally fitting improvements, and unparalleled aesthetics, Livermore Ranch ~ Last of the Great Places is truly the majestic and beautifully serene place the name implies.
In 1895, climbers discovered a cache of prehistoric arrow points in a leather bag buried beneath a rock cairn atop Mount Livermore. Over the next 11 years, Susan Janes, a local resident and amateur archeologist, unearthed more than 1,700 points, which she theorized had been deliberately buried during religious ceremonies on the mountain. These were possibly sacred to the early Jumano peoples. Archeologists today agree and have carbon dated the Livermore Cache to about 900 A.D. Awe-struck 16th-century Spaniards and later Mexican settlers by-passed the Davis Mountains, assuming that no man could ever live there. In the mid-19th century, the Mescalero Apache warriors, led by their Chief Victorio, hid out in caves on what is today the Livermore Ranch. Soldiers from Fort Davis, pursing the Apaches, also pitched camp here. Today, Victorio’s Ridge sits high and directly above the cavalry camp site. The caves, canyons springs, and mountain passes support the history, lore and imagination of what historically transpired on the special place.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 4,772±
Total Acres: 4,772±
A neighboring ranch is also currently listed for sale. Please contact listing broker for more information.
The Lodge at the center of the ranch is the Livermore Lodge, which offers a panoramic view of the mountain complex, and is a stately 8,166± sq. ft. ranch house designed by Dallas oilman James Marvin Boyd. The lodge is a stylized fixture of the Trans Pecos region, with walls of 14-inch stabilized adobe bricks that are tremendously sturdy and excellent for insulation, and a fire-safe 100-year zinc-copper-tin roof.
The great room of the lodge was built for entertaining family and friends with its with its 30-foot cathedral ceiling and massive stone fireplace. There are four bedrooms on the main level, each with a private bath, plus private guest quarters with two bedrooms and a kitchen on the lower level. The home’s relaxed floor plan encourages indoor-outdoor living with eight placed eight-foot-high accordion doors in the main living areas that open onto a courtyard with a spectacular mountain view, and a fenced back yard with solid and lush turf.
The old headquarters now serves as the manager’s home and has 2,500± sq. ft., three bedrooms and two baths.
The shop/maintenance barn is approximately 5,000 sq. ft. and offers roll-up shop bay doors, and a finished interior area that would serve well as an office or gear room.
The horse barn offers stalls, feed and tack room, and access to traps and turnouts. There is a separate arena near the front of the ranch, just a pleasant, short ride away.
Cattle pens are adjacent/shared with the horse facilities and offer a large trap, loading and processing capability, water, and primarily drill-stem construction.
The ranch is home to a stunning diversity of birds and plants, ranging from golden eagles and lucifer hummingbirds, to Texas madrone trees and delicate orchids. The ecosystems are so rich, in fact, that when the Smithsonian Institution needed to update its collection, its scientists came here to gather specimens. There have been numerous field days, instituional retreats, university visits, and reports generated on the bio-diversity of the ranch.
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