Bison Springs Ranch is an oasis within the Llano Estacado of southeastern New Mexico. The expanse of the ranch overlooks the vast Pecos River Valley and the adjoining Bottomless Lakes State Park. Proximity of the ranch is only fifteen miles east of Roswell, eight miles northeast of Dexter, and sixty-five miles east of the mountain resort community of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Roswell, population 50,000 people, is the hub city for southeastern New Mexico and is the Chaves County seat.
Access is off Wichita, a paved road then east along the new Bison Springs Ranch Road which has gated controlled access. This ranch offers an exclusive cowboy lifestyle without sacrificing the urban services.
Bison Springs Ranch is a sprawling territory of approximately 9,400 acres. That is over 14 sections of native New Mexico rangeland. The acreage and land classification includes 4,630 deeded, 3,485 federal BLM, and 1,284 New Mexico state lease acres.
What is unique is that the deeded land controls all ranch vehicle access.
Bison Springs Ranch has enviable location and a multiple of diverse land uses. The western end of the ranch, roughly 720 deeded acres, falls off the Pecos escarpment into a secluded pretty little valley and a wetland marsh area. Feeding the marsh is a large volume artesian spring. Location of this marsh area is within the Pecos River Valley flyway. The marsh and its shallow lakes are an attractant for migratory birds, water fowl, and huge desert mule deer. Currently this area of the ranch participates as an Open Gate Property contracted with the New Mexico Game and Fish permitting public access for seasonal hunting. It is income producing and can be continued or discontinued at the owner's discretion.
Diverse topography, vegetation, and water resource create a unique wildlife sanctuary. In addition to water fowl the ranch has quail, dove, desert mule deer, and pronghorn antelope. All species are available for seasonal hunting.
As a cultural resource, Bison Springs Ranch is archeologically exciting. Within the ranch are many arroyos with water holes and springs. Remains of prehistoric and historic Bison kills are found within the arroyos as are Native American campsites and fire rings. Arrowheads are often the reward to the careful observer.
Adjacent developed recreational land uses include the Bottomless Lakes State Park Recreation area and the private, exclusive Fin and Feather Sportsman's Hunt Club.
Ranch topography is extremely diversified and unique to the area. Rangesites begin with the higher elevations comprised of rolling hills, undulating terrain, big draws, and open areas blending into arroyos and washes cutting through the bluffs draining to the bottomland. These
bottomlands are comprised of wetlands, marsh, and water ponds.
Vegetation is equally diverse. The floor of the wash and bottomlands is covered by sacaton, grama grass, occasional prickly pear, mesquite, and salt cedars. Above the bottomland dominant grasses and shrubs include tobosa, grama, prickly pear, saltbush, yucca, and mesquite.
Elevation range from 3,440 feet to 3,760 feet. Climate of the ranch and area is semi-arid with a 210 day growing season.
The ranch infrastructure is extensive. Most all improvements have been constructed since 1982. Located at the heart of the ranch is the headquarters compound. This area includes the residence, employee's quarters, barns, horse barns, and stock pens.
The rambling ranch-style residence is built of native rock with new pro panel metal roof cover. Under roof are approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of useable area. This area includes approximately 3,300 sq. ft. of heated living area, a two-car garage, and long sweeping verandas. The residence contains a three-bedroom, three-bath, with large rock mantel fireplace complimenting the great room, den, and large kitchen area. The floor plan is open and spacious with vaulted ceilings and many windows. The westward vistas of the winter snow-covered Sierra Blanca, Capitan's Sunset Peak and Pecos Valley night lights are spectacular.
Nearby the residence are the headquarters outbuildings. These include three large barns, each architecturally similar. Each is cinderblock and steel construction, each solid poured and reinforced with rebar set on twelve inch cement foundations. Roof cover is 18 gauge steel pro-panel roofing. The hay barn, 24 ft. x 74 ft., has 100 ton storage capacity. The horse barn is three sided and measures 24 ft. x 100 ft. It houses six stalls, a tack room, and rive through hay storage area. The equipment barn is 24 ft. x 100 ft. and is three sided. It also houses a living quarters with one bedroom bath, kitchen, and living area. Adjacent to the barns is the 325 sq. ft. bunkhouse. It has a one room combination kitchen and living quarters, with a ¾ bath. The layout and design of the headquarters complex buildings are in the dimension of a fortress quadrangle. The complex is landscaped, secure and can be well lit at night.
Livestock working facilities are located at headquarters. These consist of four pens with sorting alleys constructed of railroad ties and 3/16 inch bull wire panels. Crowding alleys and chutes are cinderblock and concrete construction. The cattle squeeze chute is a Powder River system. Livestock scales are 20,000 pound capacity Fairbanks-Morse.
Bison Springs Ranch is easily managed. Livestock are rotated through nine pastures and there are three large horse traps. Livestock water is distributed to all pastures. This infrastructure has been updated with new pipeline, a solar pump, new storage tanks, and water troughs.
The ranch has four good water wells and a large volume spring. The southeast well is a partnership water source. The spring and headquarters well each have electric powered pumps which can charge the entire water system.
Road travel throughout the ranch via a network of improved roadways, cattle guard crossing, and metal swing gates providing hassle-free access. The primary access road is a new improved gated driveway.
Bison Springs Ranch includes 1,284 acre state trust acres and 3,485 federal BLM land. These are long-term assured leases that go with the ranch. New Mexico State grazing lease No. GO-1857 cost approximately $468.25 per annum. The BLM Slash G grazing allotment No. 6506 is permitted for 129 animal units year long. The annual BLM grazing fee is approximately $934.00. Property taxes are $546.00. Bison Springs Ranch is within the fringe of the oil and gas patch and can benefit from income diverted from new exploration and development.
Bison Springs Ranch is offered at $1,650,000.00 cash. This is a one-of-a-kind ranch with many natural resources and a multiple of land use.
If you are searching for a significant New Mexico ranch property, yet do not want to be isolated from the necessities of city services, or remotely located then your search may have ended.