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Located about 30-minutes north of Quemado, NM, the 6,854-acre (+/-) A Lazy A Ranch is comprised of 4,264 deeded acres, 1,950-acres of New Mexico State lease and 640-acres of BLM lease lands with the Continental Divide extending through the northeast corner. The property straddles the Catron and Cibola County lines and is bound on the west by the 290,000-acre Great Western Ranch, the fourth largest in New Mexico.LandThe overall elevation of the ranch ranges from 6,800' to just over 7,600' near Cerro Blanco Peak. The topography of the northern end of the ranch features pinon and cedar covered mesas, draws, and canyons that provide optimal cover. South of that, the terrain is comprised of rolling tree covered hills and scattered open meadows. Nearing the southern boundary, the terrain transitions to more open and generally level pastures. The internal road system provides access to the majority of the property. If your desire is to run cattle, the ranch has an average annual carrying capacity of (+/-) 82 AU's (excluding bulls and horses) with the current practice utilizing an end of December to July grazing season (per grazing lease agreement). The July removal of the cattle serves to both rest the pastures and allow the big game to migrate onto the property without competition for ranch resources. The property is completely fenced and cross-fenced, and there is a set of working pens near the center, making it easily accessible from all pastures. Current owners have successfully planted food plots as well. ImprovementsHeadquarter improvements consist of a modest ranch house and adjoining bunkhouse that combine for a total (3) bedrooms, (1) full bathroom and separate shower contained in the bunkhouse. The recent installation of a sizable solar array makes the property self-sufficient and virtually eliminates electric bills. The 40' x 50' metal shop, with drive-thru accessibility, provides ample room for large equipment and supplies. A sizable portion of the ranch is visible from the headquarters along with spectacular surrounding views in all directions. RecreationThe ranch is contained within Game Management Unit 12, a known trophy Elk unit. Mule Deer are also common on the property and Deer tags in Unit 12 can be purchased over-the-counter. In 2020 and 2021, state landowner Elk tags for the ranch were assigned to an outfitter and generated $20,000 in hunting revenue to the owners. Historically, the property has received (3) bull and (4) cow tags, with similar size ranches in unit 12 issued (3) bull, (2) cow and (1) bow landowner tags in 2020. Potential buyers are advised to verify landowner tag availability with New Mexico Game and Fish for the upcoming season. Western New Mexico Elk Hunting Highlights: 10 of the Top 20 Bull Elk (Typical & Non-Typical Boone & Crocket Records) were taken in Catron & Cibola Counties #1 Typical recorded at 402 2/8 (Catron County) #2 Non-Typical recorded at 430 2/8 (Catron County) #3 Non-Typical recorded at 417 6/8 (Catron County) #4 Non-Typical recorded at 416 5/8 (Cibola County) Water/Mineral Rights & Natural ResourcesWith (3) wells, drinkers, numerous dirt tanks, several miles of pipeline, and the year-round Hogeye Spring, this ranch provides excellent water access for livestock and wildlife with the owner's possessing State rights to 8.68-acre feet of subsurface water annually. The newest well produces at a rate of 5,000 gallons per day and supplements (3) above ground tanks combining for 20,000 gallons of storage. Combined water storage for the ranch totals for approximately 60,000 gallons. LocationThe town of Quemado is a short drive for basic supplies. Grants is approximately 1.5 hours away and provides increased amenities such as a Walmart and hospital. Albuquerque is within a 3 hour drive, and Springerville, AZ is about 1.5 hours. The 114,000-acre El Malpais National Monument is positioned between the ranch and the town of Grants and offers a visitors' center, hiking trails and other attractions. The A Lazy A offers a turnkey opportunity to own a hunting ranch, cattle ranch, or both given the water resources, expansive pastures, and natural big game habitat. Larger holdings like the A Lazy A with complimentary and contiguous lease lands are becoming increasingly rare. Please call for more information or to set up a pre-qualified showing.
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