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Continental Divide Trophy Elk & Cattle Ranch, New Mexico
Property Types: Ranches for Sale, Cabin, Recreational

$6,800,000 / 8,953.00 Acres / Sold




Property Summary

Total Acres: 
ID #: 
Closest Town: 
Pie Town
Catron County
Property Type: 
Ranches for Sale, Cabin, Recreational
Water Rights: 
Mineral Rights: 
No Known
Home Style: 
Ranch Style
State Hunting Unit: 
BGU 12

Activities & Amenities

ATV/Off Road
Cycling/Mountain Biking
Development Potential
Food Plots
Hunting - Big Game
Hunting - Turkey
Income Producing
Water Rights

Land Details

Total Acres: 
Deeded Acres: 
Leased Acres: 
7,500 ft
Gently rolling foothills, meadows
Ponderosa, Pinion, Juniper, Mountain Mahogany, Oak, Native Grasses, Sage
Estimated Taxes: 
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Assessor/Tax Data

Building Details

Type of Home(s): 
Modular converted to permanent home
Finished SQFT: 
Year Built: 
Outbuilding Types: 
2 greenhouses40 x 60 shop
Fence Type: 
Cross Fenced

Property Description

Continental Divide Trophy Elk & Cattle Ranch, Pie Town, New Mexico 

Located less than 10 minutes from Pie Town, New Mexico, north of Highway 60 in West Central NM lies the rolling savannas of the  Continental Divide Trophy Elk & Cattle Ranch.  The  +/- 6186 deeded acres, continuous with +/- 2767 acre state lease, totals  +/- 8953 acres. Its getting harder and harder to find these large holdings today. 

The Continental Divide Ranch is fenced and cross fenced and crisscrossed with a +/- 20-mile waterline with 20 drinkers. The ranch is a known trophy elk producer, located in BGU 12, being upgraded to a specialty elk unit in 2019. Unit 12 has documented bull elk harvested over 400 inches.   The CDR southern border is BGU 13, a trophy elk unit. With regard to New Mexico’s new scoring criteria, evaluating each ranch with a contribution score for habitat the following are needed.  Minimum grazing, great water disbursement with 6 wells and excellent food plots checks the boxes for the perfect elk hunting & cattle ranch.   In 2019 the ranch owner documented dozens of bull elk, hundreds of cows and also documenting several mule deer approaching the 200” mark.  Bands of pronghorn antelope travel throughout the property.  This area is readily accessible to Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California (all states that could take 10-20 years plus to draw an elk tag).  Both mule deer and antelope tags in Unit 12 are unlimited for landowners.  

Pie Town NM, population 186, is an unincorporated town located at the intersection of Highway 60 and the Continental Divide.  The town has held this special designation for close to 100 years since it was settled in the 1920’s by a pie maker as a stopover for travelers.  Pie Town hosts an annual “Pie Festival” the 2nd weekend in September every year, and was featured in Smithsonian Magazine in February 2005 and CBS Sunday Morning in 2015.  It’s 5 hours to Phoenix AZ, 5 hours 30 min to Tucson, and 1 hour to Springerville, AZ jet capable airport complete with rental cars. 



The Continental Divide Ranch features a late model +/- 2000 sq. ft. modular converted to a permanent home with full length, covered, southern style porch.  The home has a +/- 900 sq. ft. living area addition totaling 2900 square feet.  The home is 3 bedroom/2 baths with a large pantry and laundry room.  This low maintenance home has 2 pellet stoves and a gas fireplace.  Single story living makes for enjoying your home and property well into your upper years as well as hosting elderly guests.  Approximately an acre is fenced with the home.  There’s a separate fenced garden, 2 green houses and a fenced dog pen to compliment the headquarters. An insulated 40 x 60 shop with a rail system cleaning rack and walk in cold room, half bath and upstairs loft makes for an excellent storage area for your ranch toys and equipment.  A cinder gravel drive accents the headquarters behind locked gate entranceway. 

The original headquarters are being torn down and removed, but a working 4 bay equipment shed is in place. 



The 6 wells (3 stock and 3 domestic) disperse water throughout the ranch, including a 20+ mile waterline that hosts 20 drinkers online & 9 dirt tanks.  The ranch is fenced and cross-fenced into 2 halves and several smaller pastures allowing large sanctuaries with water & grass for elk calving and breeding. This philosophy has attracted hundreds of elk into the CDR. With neighboring ranches grazing cattle 365-days a year, 24/7, the sanctuary of the ranch confirms the large numbers of elk and mule deer calling the ranch home year-round.  The CDR is one of the best-managed ranches in the area with abundant feed, sanctuary and water from corner-to-corner. The ranch documents elk into the mid to high 300’s each year, with low to mid 300’s the norm. The ranch for 40 years was run primarily as a cattle ranch, with elk production taken for granted.  The new direction for the Continental Divide Ranch is primarily a trophy elk, deer and antelope ranch, with year-round cattle production as well. With the Continental Divide running end-to-end north to south on the ranch, excellent glassing and vistas prevail.  

The ranch terrain is gently rolling foothills, stands of ponderosa, pinion, juniper, mountain mahogany and oak.  Native grasses and sage inhabit the meadows. The Continental Divide partitions The Continental Divide Ranch with grand vistas & glassing areas across the ranch.  Large grass savannas intermingle among the timbered benches.  An excellent road system compliments the ranch. 

Holdings of this size and price are all but a thing of the past. The ranch has been priced to sell at the list price of $1100 per acre.  Call or email today for more information and a qualified showing on the Continental Divide Elk, Land and Cattle Ranch. Co-Brokers welcome.

 Note:  In order to confirm a showing, financial verification is required. Thank you.

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