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Rio Grande del Norte

Posted on: April 5th, 2021 by

Rio Grande Del Norte is 1,085 deeded acres containing 1.3 miles of Rio Grande River. It is a gorgeous canyon setting with elevations at 7,750 dropping down to 7,400 in the river bottom. A private trailhead provides rare river access into the gorge. Wild yet accessible, the ranch offers unique fishing for large brown and rainbow trout, and northern pike. Deer, elk, and other wildlife traverse the property constantly. A grand variety of waterfowl utilizes the river heavily. In 2016 when the owner of the 275 acres applied, they received a private lands rifle-hunt deer tag.
The ranch abuts vast public lands on two sides. A large tract of BLM makes up the western boundary (across the river), then to the south, the 243,000 acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument sprawls into New Mexico. Huge, stunning 360-degree views take in distant snow-capped mountains, and Ute Mountain rises up in the southern foreground begging to be climbed. A historic gauging station with a cable car still hangs over the river hinting at past politics of this important watershed. This is an exciting, charismatic live-water-environment that sings out the majestic nature of the Rio Grande – a river wildlife corridor that reaches 1900 miles across three states! A solitary but easy access location, the property is less than one hour from Taos, New Mexico with gas and groceries available in nearby Costilla, NM.

Costilla County is 95% privately owned. Land trusts and government agencies are very interested in expanding protected lands here. Large private river parcels are not common, so this one presents opportunity for conservation. Currently however there are no conservation easements or restrictions. It is just a dramatic, private get-away where one can fish, explore, hunt and hike to their hearts content. Bring your pop-up, fifth wheel, or rock-star bus. The county maintained dirt roads are pretty good. There are also some off-grid homes in the immediate area.

Much is written about the Rio Grande Gorge, but in “The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn” Milagro Beanfield War author John Nichols reflects, I…experience a great lust to disappear into the Rio Grande Gorge, there to spend afternoons among basalt boulders, plying the low clear river for trout. Everything physical seems to come together – in my body and on the surrounding land…Each perfect day, I know, is going to be the last beautiful day of autumn.

Mora River Refuge

Posted on: April 4th, 2021 by

Charming Mora Valley land with the river running through it! This one-of-a-kind, well-designed, red iron steel building is nicely situated between a state-maintained road and the riverfront. Over 5,700 square feet of heated living space plus an attached 3-car garage!

This house, finished on the outside, mostly finished and fitted-out but not complete inside, lays the groundwork for your custom choices for a beautiful, solid, open style large home on the Mora River in the pristine Chacon Valley. This Mora River propertys 170 acres include the most beautiful views in Northeastern New Mexico among its forest, meadows, and over 1,000 ft of river frontage on both sides. Broadband, high-speed fiber optics (100Mb), and area cell phone coverage will allow you to easily work remotely from this beautiful mountain get-away.

Fish for trout in the meandering Mora River. Hunt elk and mule deer on your own land. The forest, meadow, and river combine to create a great habitat for wildlife such as hawks, eagles, owls, bears, beaver, coyotes, mountain lions, and even lynx! Bring your horses, and they will love the place. If your two-mile-long, big backyard doesnt satisfy all your wanderlust, there are over a million acres of public land in the nearby Carson National Forest. This refuge is pleasantly private yet conveniently located with good, paved access on NM Hwy 121. The property is 45 minutes from Las Vegas, one hour from Taos, and one hour and 45 minutes from Santa Fe, each with its own public airport.

Rio Grande Gorge Ranch

Posted on: July 11th, 2020 by

275 +/- deeded acres with 3/4 mile of gorgeous river, this stunning property has 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristos and Ute Mountain. Wild yet accessible, it offers a unique fishing experience for Monster Brown Trout and Huge Northern Pike! Deer and Elk traverse the property and the seller was awarded a deer tag private-lands-rifle-hunt for 2016 from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The property contains a private trailhead that provides rare river access into the gorge and there is a historic gauging station just below this property’s south boundary. A volcanic cone rising 3000 feet above the surrounding plain, Ute Mountain is the dominate land feature, is BLM public land, and is fun to climb! The newly designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument (242,500 acres) lies to the south just across the state line, and the property is adjoined by a large chunk of BLM to the west across the river. Less than one hour from Taos with easy access from NM-522 this land is close to Jaroso and amenities like gas/groceries in Costilla, New Mexico. With Costilla County 99% privately owned, Land Conservancies, the state, and the county are interested in protecting river. This is a unique larger piece of river on the radar for protection but manageable for an individual, currently without any conservation easements or restrictions! Fish and hike, and/or build your off-the-grid retreat, and/or work to preserve it with a Conservancy organization. The owner currently cooperates with the neighbor to the south where the adjoining property with similar river frontage continues all the way to the state line and borders the Rio Grande del Norte Monument land along the State Line Road.