The Alamita Canyon Ranch is a spectacular 10,000+ acre ranch, one of the premier hunting/recreation/cattle properties in northeastern New Mexico.
The Canadian River runs for five miles through the heart of the ranch sculpting a 600-foot deep canyon with sheer stone cliffs, finger-like side canyons surrounded by arroyos, mesas and plateaus. The river is lined by giant cottonwoods, box elder, willows and elms, while a variety of other species thrive on the high ground. Along with the river, numerous dirt tanks, ponds and two lakes coupled with a piping system from three excellent wells in the canyon provide a dual water supply for livestock and wildlife.
The ranch won the prestigious Mesa Conservation District Award in 2018 for development of the water resources and grazing and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Recreational opportunities abound on the ranch.
The ranch is home to elk, Barbary sheep, mule deer, antelope, black bear, mountain lion, bobcats, ringtail cats and Merriam turkey. The hunting for these game species is as good as can be found in this part of New Mexico.
A 70-mile network of roads and trails with endless, breath-taking vistas offer an opportunity for horseback riding, ATVing, rock crawling, hiking, and mountain biking.
The fishing in the river for catfish and large mouth bass is excellent.
The improvements are the finest, exquisitely maintained and include a secluded owner’s home overlooking the canyons with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a horse barn and outdoor riding arena. The manager’s house is at the headquarters in the canyon, along with a fully equipped shop, hunter’s quarters, a storage barn, a hay shed, carports, fuel tanks and cake storage.
A well organized cattle operation utilizes four large pastures in rotation with spring calving in the canyon. In an average year the ranch will comfortably support 150 cow-calf pairs.
THE CANADIAN RIVER
For millennia the Canadian River has shaped the land that is now the Alamita Canyon Ranch. The river runs 906 miles through New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma from it source in the peaks in southeastern Colorado. For thousands of years it has drawn Native Americans to its game-rich canyon and surrounding areas. Archeological evidence of a robust Native American presence in years past abounds on the ranch. The ranch encompasses five miles of both sides of the river with a lush river bottom skirted by sheer cliffs. Game abounds in the canyon and it offers protection in the winter and spring for calving.
The ranch encompasses 7,210 deeded acres and 3,110 acres of New Mexico State Land Trust lease, spanning both Harding and Mora counties.
The entrance to the headquarters is at the bottom of the canyon off Highway 120 just 27 miles from the Wagon Mound exit from I-25. The headquarters is at an elevation of 4,900 feet above sea level.
The owners home is two miles off Highway 120, the entry gate just a short distance from the headquarters entrance. The owners home also has access to the headquarters though a network of internal roads and sits at an elevation of 5,600 feet.
The ranch enjoys a semi-arid, high-desert climate with over 300 days of sun and low humidity. Summer days average in the 80’s with the temperature dropping into the 60’s at night. The coldest winter days are in the 30’s and low 40’s with nights occasionally down to the teens. Precipitation averages 15 inches per year, most coming during the “monsoon” season in July and August. Winter usually brings several snow storms, occasionally as much as 6 to 12 inches.
The Alamita Canyon Ranch is one of the best “watered” ranches in northeastern New Mexico.
The Canadian River supplies year-round water for livestock and wildlife in the canyon. There are 32 dirt tanks, several ponds and two lakes which hold water year round even in drought conditions.
Water is pumped from three excellent wells in the canyon to drinkers in the four high pastures through a series of underground pipes utilizing holding tanks for storage. With the dirt tanks, ponds, lakes and the pipe network each pasture has a dual water supply.
A seven-mile water line owned by the ranch runs from Roy to the property. It serves as backup water for the owner’s home. The current owner has not had to use this line.
Fences are all in very good condition and the owner has installed over five miles of new fence and multiple gates to improve cattle grazing.
The ranch improvements are the finest and were designed and built with an eye to security and privacy. They have been meticulously maintained by the owner.
The owner’s home is 4,200 square feet and sits on the rim of the confluence of Alamita Canyon and the Canadian River Canyon. The home is secluded yet easily accessed through an electric gate off Highway 120. A two-mile improved gravel road winds through a rolling pasture past the horse barn and a four-stall carport to the home nestled in cottonwoods. The teardrop driveway fronting the home is paved with decorative stone and the entry areas and courtyard have an automatic sprinkling system. The architecture is a blend of Mediterranean and New Mexico styles, and the home was custom built of Rastra block. It is cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter.
The home has three levels. On the main level there are three bedrooms with full baths and walk-in closets with built-in dressers. The master suite is spacious with a tub and shower and its own stacked washer and dryer in the closet. The kitchen is a chef’s delight, outfitted with commercial-grade appliances and more than ample cabinet and counter space. The living room has a wood-burning Mumford fireplace, hardwood floors, tall windows facing the canyons, and a built-in shelving system. The family room is off the kitchen and has stone floors, rustic beams, and expansive windows with a spectacular view of the canyons and the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance. A Jotul wood stove keeps the room cozy and warm on cold winter nights. The laundry has plenty of storage, a trash compactor, and a second refrigerator for drinks. The third level is used as an audio/video room and office, and doubles as a fourth bedroom with two sofa beds and its own bathroom. The lower level features a game room with a classic pool table, a locked storage room with cabinets, two garages, and a utility room. The house has in-floor heating and each room has its own air conditioning unit.
An in-ground, heated infinity Jacuzzi teeters on the canyon’s edge a short distance from the house. It is an engineering wonder and has its own heated outbuilding dedicated to the equipment. The Jacuzzi has been listed as one of the top ten in the United States.
The manager’s house is 1900 square feet and exceptionally well-appointed with three bedrooms with walk-in closets and two baths. The kitchen is spacious with top-of-the-line appliances and there is an office, dining area, and a comfortable covered porch. The house is heated with forced-air and fully air conditioned. There is a sprinkler system for the lawn, and a fenced garden with fruit trees and a greenhouse a short walk from the house.
A recently constructed, 2400 square foot, foam insulated, metal building houses a fully outfitted shop, a generous storage area, and quarters for hunters. The hunter’s quarters was finished in 2021 and is 1200 square feet with a bedroom, bath, walk-in closet, laundry, kitchen and living area. It is heated with forced-air with a back-up wood stove and it is air conditioned.
Miscellaneous Headquarters Features
In addition to the manager’s house and the shop/hunter’s quarters, the headquarters has a barn which is used for storage and woodworking projects, two carports, hay storage, a silo for cake, a walk-in cooler, fuel tanks, and an equipment storage yard. All are thoughtfully organized for maximum efficiency.
Horse Barn and Paddock
The three-stall, 28’X30’ horse barn was designed to match the owner’s home and is constructed of Rastra block. It is within short walking distance of the owner’s home, has water and electricity, and is in like-new condition. There is an 80’X120’ outdoor riding arena built of welded pipe with holding pens for roping steers. There are miles of nearby trails for riding with incomparable vistas.
The ranch has four high pastures surrounding the canyon. They are used in rotation for grazing and are easily accessed from ranch roads. All pastures have a dual water system and are fenced. Mother cows are wintered and calved in the canyon. Over 700 acres have been masticated to improve grazing for the cattle and enhance wildlife habitat.
New working facilities are in the canyon near the headquarters, just off Highway 120 with easy in-and-out for cattle trucks. On average, the ranch will comfortably carry 150 cow-calf pairs.
The ranch is located in Game Management Unit 47. With varied terrain, prolific water, and high protein grasses the ranch is home to large numbers of all the big game species indigenous to northeastern New Mexico.
Although the current owner has restricted the hunting, trophy elk, Barbary sheep and mule deer have been harvested selectively. Two state-record Barbary sheep were taken in 2018. Because of the hunting restriction, strong genetics, and prime habitat the numbers and quality of the big game on the ranch has improved.
Trophy bulls spend the fall and winter in the canyon and large numbers of Barbary sheep roam the ranch year-round. Over 70 sheep in one herd have been seen crossing one of the pastures. Mule deer and turkeys abound. Black bears are plentiful and sometimes are seen in the mild winters. Pronghorn move in and out of the upper grasslands.
The river and lakes hold geese and ducks year-round.
Horseback Riding/Rock-crawling/ATVing/Biking /Hiking
The ranch has over 70 miles of roads and trails, many suitable for pickup truck travel, but all perfect for horseback riding, rock-crawling, ATVing, and hiking. There are six roads that run from the canyon’s edge to the river. They have multiple switchbacks and breath-taking views. One of them accesses a natural, spring-fed “swimming hole” in Alamita Canyon, a favorite among the locals. The trails for riding are literally endless, and the rock-crawling up the myriad of side canyons is second to none in New Mexico. Rock-crawling clubs frequently request access to these challenging areas. The owner’s family has enjoyed endless hours of rock-crawling, ATVing, and hiking throughout the ranch. ATV rides as long as 40 miles are common. The complex of roads and trails makes hunting the ranch easy and facilitates gathering and moving cattle.
Because of the semi-arid climate, road maintenance is minimal.
Deep holes in the river hold large numbers of channel catfish and large mouth bass. It’s not uncommon to catch an 18-inch catfish which will easily feed two hungry fishermen. One of the canyon lakes is spring fed and would likely support trout.
The Alamita Canyon Ranch has it all…for the hunter, the cattle rancher, the off-road adventurer, the equestrian, or anyone just seeking the beauty and solitude of the canyon country. The improvements are the finest, meticulously maintained, and beautifully functional. The infrastructure has been thoughtfully designed to support a streamlined, easily managed cattle operation and to enhance wildlife habitat. Recreational opportunities abound. The vistas are both magnificent and endless. The sunsets enchanting. This is a unique property, one-of-a-kind in the spectrum of western recreational ranches.