Cat Mountain Ranch,
located in western New Mexico’s Socorro County west of Magdalena, is a
contiguous expanse of 40,531 total acres, dominated by the prominent 7,700
ft. Cat Mountain.
Cat Mountain Ranch is
privately managed and has a substantial block of 22,934.74± deeded acres
together with 15,049 New Mexico State lease acres and 1,380± federal BLM
acres. The total land area takes in roughly 63 Sections of pristine native
New Mexico rangeland. The enviable location of Cat Mountain Ranch presents a
multiple of land use opportunities. Historically the ranch has operated as a
combination cow calf and yearling operation supplemented with big game
hunting of trophy class elk. The southern boundary has a seven-mile frontage
adjoining the Cibola National Forest and the northern extension of the San
Mateo Mountains. The towering 9,600 ft. A-L Mountain at the southern ranch
border is a significant water shed and forms the headwater of Monica Canyon
which drains across Cat Mountain Ranch. The western extension of the Cat
Mountain Ranch is along the basin boundary of a vast ancient lakebed known
as the Plains of San Augustine. This is also home to National Radio
Astronomy Observatory, Very Large Array (VLA) Telescope, made famous in the
movie "Contact", which extends into the ranch interior.
Access to the ranch
is exceptional. U.S. Highway 60, forms the northern border and New Mexico
State Road 107, a caliche surface road, forms the eastern border. Cat
Mountain Ranch Headquarters is located 5˝ miles south of U.S. Highway 60.
Access is on a privately maintained roadway. This ranch has no through
roadways making the Cibola National Forest its own private backyard.
Improvements of the Cat Mountain Ranch are designed to facilitate the
day-to-day cattle operation. The ranch is developed into three large grazing
cells with nine additional pastures and traps. The ranch has two major sets
of shipping pens, one with cattle scales and one utilized as a cattle
processing weaning yard. Domestic and livestock water is available from 14
wells, which have an average water depth of 250 feet. The majority of the
wells are equipped with submersible pumps and have electric power or gas
powered generator power plants. These wells supply an extensive water
delivery system comprised of buried water line, water storage tanks and
cattle troughs. Numerous supplemental earthen water tanks are located
throughout the ranch.
headquarters is located to the south of Cat Mountain along side Mulligan
Gulch. This is a scenic setting far from civilization yet only 5˝ miles off
pavement and within 12 miles of the Magdalena School System. The main
residence is a rambling four-bedroom adobe, block and frame structure. It
has a stucco exterior and a propanel metal roof cover. Attached to the
residence is a three-room bunkhouse efficiency apartment and porch. Other
structures include an all-metal enclosed insulated and heated shop with
attached enclosed all-metal equipment room. Also at this location are the
new hay barn and equipment shed and yard. Nearby headquarters are the stock
pens which feature cattle processing chutes, a cattle load out, holding pens
and weaning lot. This entire ranch infrastructure is neat, operational and
The three livestock
grazing cells operate off a central water hub and have two-wire electric
fence and standard five-wire post construction fencing. The Castillo Cell
located in the southwest quadrant features cattle pipe pens for processing
and branding. At the northeastern quadrant is the Box Car Cell, which
contains the Box Car steel pipe shipping pens and cattle scales. These
facilities are 1˝ miles off pavement. All perimeter and interior fences are
five-wire cedar and steel T post construction and are in good condition.
Ranch roads provide vehicle access to most all pastures and include
predominately hassle free cattle guard fence crossings. Topography is a
mountainous rangeland dominated by grasslands which has a good grama grass
turf cover. Elevation ranges from 6,700 ft. to 7,700 ft. The northern and
southern region is complemented by a good balance of juniper and pinions.
Located in Monica Canyon is a forest of oak, pinion and juniper woodlands.
Many other canyons and arroyos are within the ranch providing shelter and
habitat for livestock and wildlife.
Federal land within
the ranch boundary is held as two leases identified as the 80 Box Car 7
lease and 1129 New Driveway lease and is billed at the annual rate charge
for actual use only. Annual real estate taxes are approximately
$2,310.00. Experienced, qualified ranch
management is on site and available for hire.
Wildlife native to
the ranch includes elk and antelope herds, mule deer, coyotes and bear. The
ranch is located in Hunt Unit 17, which provides primitive weapon hunting of
elk. The elk of this region have a reputation of producing trophy class
bulls. The ranch received 3 muzzle loader and 3 bow bull elk land owner
permits together with 8 cow elk permits in 2005. Also available are two
landowner antelope permits.
Cat Mountain Ranch
may be purchased as a whole or in smaller parcels of 640 acres or more.
firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and terms. The state grazing lease
#GR-1957, lease fee of $7,870.00 is paid
concerning the Cat Mountain 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
accuracy thereof. This information is submitted subject to errors,
omissions, changes, prior sale, or withdraw from the market without notice.