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Yonderosa West Ranch, New Mexico
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Yonderosa West Ranch +/- 2390 deeded acres, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Located in the very heart of the Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest in North Central New Mexico, approximately 12 miles south of the Colorado State line, lies this end-of-the-road hidden elk paradise.
Comprised of +/- 2390 private deeded acres surrounded by thousands of acres of Carson National Forest, one can’t get any more private and secure. Holding an agricultural status, annual taxes on this ranch are +/- $125.
Being ground zero for elk, in 2019 the state of New Mexico Department of Game & Fish issued Yonderosa West 16 elk tags (6 bull, 6 cow and 4 archery either sex) as the ranch has been managed exclusively as a family hunting retreat for over 25 years. The ranch comprises of spring, summer and fall elk range and is made up of +/- 50% aspen, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Ponderosas, with approximately 50% in natural grass meadows. Springs are numerous, the streams hold lots of trout and the elk wallows abound. Mule deer attain trophy status with massive timberline bucks. This area of Rio Arriba County, Unit 4, allows for unlimited landowner mule deer tags with application deadline (check regs). Bear, turkey and blue grouse also frequent the ranch, as do antelope, with landowner tags as well.
Off grid, solar-powered with a +/- 3300 sq. ft. 5 bedroom/4 bath lodge under construction. The home is 75% complete and livable with 3 bedrooms/2 baths, a fireplace and a 2-car basement garage. There’s also a +/- 100-year old rustic cabin with 3 bedrooms/1 bath and a new roof. Solar is the power source with your very own headquarters well. Seller is including a limited equipment list.
The seclusion and privacy of Yonderosa West has served this family well for over a quarter century, but due to family needs the seller says its time to close this chapter. Priced to sell, this proven end-of-the-road elk producer & family legacy won’t last long. Call or email today for more information and your qualified showing. Co brokers welcome.
(See Owner’s Notes below for additional information)
Over 20 years ago the father/son team of Charles and Cal set out to find their piece of the Western dream. Charles was winding down a 40-year career in ophthalmology to help Cal with his successful construction company. Living in the panhandle of Florida, the summer heat had them dreaming of cooler temperatures and beautiful mountain scenery. So their quest began to find the ultimate get-away. But before any decisions were made, they sat down and made a wish list of criteria for their mountain slice of heaven. The list included the following:
Seclusion - First and foremost they wanted to be off-the-beaten-path. Paved roads and highway noise would not be acceptable. After all, you can get that anywhere and they would rather drop the truck into 4-wheel drive than put up with noisy roads.
Wildlife - Being avid hunters and outdoorsmen they knew that they wanted an abundance of game. If the property was secluded but didn’t have any wildlife, then what good was it?
Climate - After spending their whole lives in the south, they desperately wanted something with cool temperatures during the summer months even if it meant dealing with the snow in the winter. They were both avid snow skiers and snowmobilers so having some fresh powder to play in was just fine with them.
National Forest Access - Although having national forest access was not a deal breaker it was high on the list. This is where the seclusion criteria came in. Having national forest access on a well-traveled road is just asking for traffic. This ranch is just secluded enough to keep your average sightseer away. But it borders the Carson National Forest on its east boundary for over two miles thus opening access to thousands of acres.
Accommodations - There needed to be someplace to stay while the boys decided what kind of Lodge they wanted to build. This ranch had a small log cabin that dates back to the early 1930’s, which served as a perfect place to stay. With a new metal roof and a modern bathroom added it was very cozy. They have recently started building an impressive 3300 square foot lodge that will have 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms when completed. The lodge is 75% completed and livable. It just needs your own finishing touches.
Charles & Cal spent weeks out west and traveled from southern New Mexico to northern Montana but they finally found what they were looking for in Rio Arriba County - the Yonderosa West Ranch. The 2390+/- deeded acres in the famed game Unit 4 and has some of the most pristine Northern New Mexico country you have ever seen. With elevations averaging 10,000 feet, the elk head has a perfect blend of open range and heavily wooded forest. The neighboring Carson National Forest was designated an elk calving area and no motorized vehicles are allowed. This place is an elk hunters dream! You can often count several head of elk right off the back porch. If you’re hunting elk from the lodge you don’t want to leave too early, especially before daylight, as you’ll most likely spook the elk you didn’t see. In addition to elk, there is a vast array of other species to pursue. Mule deer, black bear, coyotes, and the state of New Mexico just recently opened an antelope season to chase North America’s fastest animal. There is a healthy population of antelope on the property in the warmer months.
The lodge has a full basement with two single car garages. As the lodge is way, way, off the grid it currently uses solar electricity with a backup generator. There is a well that only had to be drilled about 50 feet deep and has never gone dry, even in the driest years. It has a 110-volt pump and produces some awesome mountain water.
The property currently has two small stock ponds and countless other springs that could be utilized. There are two small streams on the property that are full of brook trout. It is only a short ride toward Chama to run into the Rio Brazos River that has beautiful scenery and big rainbow trout. This river is on the neighbors ranch to the west and can be accessed with the owners permission.
As Charles & Cal grow older they realize that it might be time to pass this amazing place on to a next owner. Thanks for considering the Yonderosa West Ranch for your next adventure.