The Chihuahua desert of Southwestern New Mexico is a vast scenic seemingly endless expanse of valley basins and contrasting mountain ranges. The rugged beauty of this ancient landscape holds many secrets and hidden sanctuaries. Located within the open space of this high desert region is Los Chaparrales Ranch. This 1,789 acre desert oasis is nourished by the waters of the Mimbres River.
Los Chaparrales is a pretty little ranch nestled within the lower reach of the Mimbres River Basin not far from Silver City and only 20 miles north of Deming. The ranch is comprised of approximately 1,389 deeded acres in a contiguous block and two parcels of federal BLM rangeland adding an additional 400 acres.
Access to the property is easily gained off I-10 at Deming north onto U.S. Highway 180 traveling approximately 15 miles, then north onto Perrin County Road. The ranch is 5 miles off pavement. This is a low traffic scenic rural route that traverses the ranch. Road access is good. Location of the ranch is within good proximity of regional cities. Las Cruces is a 45 minute drive, El Paso is within two hours, Albuquerque and Tucson are both a four hour drive away.
Los Chaparrales Ranch is traversed by the Mimbres River along a 2 mile stretch. This stretch is a tree-cloaked River Bosque, comprised of majestic sycamores, stately cottonwoods and river willows. The Mimbres River Water Shed has its origins deep within the Gila National Forest. The forest boundary is 30 miles north of the ranch. As the river snakes down the beautiful Mimbres River Valley, it collects water runoff from the many springs, draws and canyons of the Mimbres Mountain Range and other associated mountains, hills and slopes. Consequently, this lower reach of the basin most always has water flow. Within the ranch adjacent to the river, are lush productive sub-irrigated grassy meadows. Associated with the river bottomlands and the Mimbres Basin are water rights with both a surface water diversion source and a sub-surface well diversion. Rising away from the bottomland are slopes and hills of the adjacent high desert overgrown with a resilient native plant community of cactus, mesquite, shrubs, and grasslands. These range sites give way to inspiring vistas of near and distant mountain peaks, ranges, and a broad sweeping basin. The pristine view sheds are magnificent.
Elevation of the ranch ranges from the basin low of 4,865 feet to 5,090 feet. The upland area slopes and hills drain southwesterly towards the Mimbres River. This is a healthy climate ideal for outdoor activities and recreation. The region is semi-arid with 10 inch annual precipitation and mild temperatures. Days are generally warm, sunshine abundant and nights cool with clear skies.
This environment is a haven for wildlife. The river Bosque is an attractant for many wonderful animals. Mule deer, javalina, coyotes, eagles, hawks, waterfowl, dove, quail, and many colorful birds make this rich habitat home. Spectacular migrating birds flock to and pass through this desert oasis. The Bosque and lush grass meadows provide sanctuary and important birthing ground for many animals. It is also an area coveted by the elusive desert mule deer. The upland desert region seemingly barren and harsh in appearance, in actuality is laden with life, flora and fawna.
While on the ranch, you can feel the cultural strata of the place, sense the deeper geological time and imagine the layers of people that have settled here. A thousand years ago the Mimbres Indians found peace here, and later, the fierce Apache used the land in defense against the Spaniards, Mexicans, and Anglos. The Mormon brigade marched through this hostile area in route to California. A similar route was later followed by the Overland Stage, miners, railroaders and cattlemen. Traces of these indigenous people, soldiers, explorers and settler's are still found among the many ruins and existing structures, several of which are within the ranch.
Geographically the surrounding and on site ranch environment is sublime and powerful. Nearby the ranch is the Faywood Hot Springs, long known by the regional people for its geothermal springs and healing pools. Within the ranch the underlying strata is known to have similar geothermal hydraulics. The City of Rocks State Park is but a few miles north of the ranch and has forever attracted travelers. Adjacent to the City of Rocks, overlooking all areas of approach is the massive fortress and unique form of the notable Table Top Mountain.
Located east of the ranch is the rugged Cook's Range and the towering 8,400 ft. Cook's Peak. This harmonious landmark is the predominate feature of the vast sky line.
Within the ranch, overlooking the Mimbres River Valley is a balance of rocky bluffs and desert slopes, with evidence of Mimbres Indian camp sites and rock quarries, where beautiful flagstone rock of architectural quality has been mined by generations of people.
The western horse and range cattle prosper on these productive lands. The ranch infrastructure has been developed and maintained in support of this agricultural land use. Equine adobe stables to include an overhead observation birthing apartment, steel pipe horse paddocks and numerous fenced pastures are all in use and function for livestock management and rotation. The ranch infrastructure includes sheds and housing designed to accommodate the daily activities. Located at the end of a private lane is the historic 2,100 sq. ft. rock ranch residence that once sheltered passengers of the Overland Stage. This old house has a rambling layout, several bedrooms, two baths and standard amenities. Nearby is a 1,500 sq. ft., caretakers home that contains two bedrooms and one bath. In the vicinity, is an in ground pool with gated enclosure, and miscellaneous buildings.
The ranch water system is comprised of two shallow wells equipped with electric submersible pumps. These wells provide domestic, livestock and irrigation water supply. Irrigation water rights associated with Los Chaparrales Ranch includes 137.7 acres surface water rights available for diversion from the Mimbres River. This source has a historic 1871 priority date and has been in non-use for many years. An additional 3.0 acres of sub-surface ground water rights with an 1890 priority date are available from a well and pump diversion.
Associated with the ranch are approximately 400 federal BLM lease acres. The BLM refer to this as the Old Town Grazing Allotment No. 20453. The ten year lease term renewal date is in 2014. Annual lease fee is approximately $150. Real Estate taxes are approximately $1,400. No other leases or fees are paid for use of the ranch. This is a low overhead operation that would generate a generous depreciation schedule.
Los Chaparrales Ranch is a first time offering and has been in the same family for over 40 years. This property meets the criteria in terms of my search, for a small ranch in that it contains the natural resources and scenic beauty that generally requires thousands of acres and millions of dollars. If you have been searching for a pretty little river ranch, then you need to see the Los Chaparrales Ranch ~ your search may have ended!
Los Chaparrales Ranch PRICED REDUCED from $1,800,000 ~ to $1,500,000.00 ~ land, improvements, and mineral rights.
Shown by: SCHRIMSHER RANCH REAL ESTATE, LLC to qualified purchasers by appointment only. Information furnished concerning the Los Chaparrales Ranch has been obtained from sources deemed reliable and it is believed to be correct; however, no responsibility is assumed therefore, and no warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy thereof. This information is submitted subject to errors, omissions, changes, prior sale, or withdrawal from the market without notice. For further information and an appointment to see the Los Chaparrales Ranch, contact Schrimsher Ranch Real Estate, LLC.