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Los Trigos Ranch

Posted on: April 1st, 2022 by Robert Martin

Los Trigos Ranch is an iconic Pecos River property just 30 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza. Los Trigos was part of Tex Austins Forked Lightning Ranch, later owned by Buddy Fogelson and his wife, actress Greer Garson. Owned and loved by the Cowles family since 1990, Los Trigos sits directly between the two properties formerly owned by Jane Fonda and Val Kilmer.

The six-building compound was custom designed by the architect and late owner, Bill Cowles. The cohesive exteriors of all buildings in the compound are Northern New Mexico pitched-roof style, with unique vertical wood planks and plaster chinking. The improvements include an owners residence, managers house, foaling barn with office, stables, workshop, and a detached studio. There is a machinery barn and a small river cabin outside the main compound.

Almost two miles of the trout-filled Pecos River meanders through the middle of the ranch, dotted by majestic cottonwoods and native willows. Deep river pools flow against stunning canyon wall backdrops, providing habitat for 20-inch rainbows, cutbows, and browns. Abundant wildlife, including trophy elk, mule deer, black bears, and mountain lions, roam this 612 acre property. Los Trigos adjoins the Santa Fe National Forest on the north, offering endless recreational possibilities. Los Trigos is truly remarkable.

HIPICO of Santa Fe

Posted on: April 24th, 2021 by

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.

The forest received some burning in the recent wildfires, the vast majority of it categorized by USFS as low intensity.

Cottonwood Springs Ranch – North

Posted on: July 11th, 2020 by

Cottonwood Springs North is a private riverfront ranch with 1054 acres. 2 miles of Pecos River run through a scenic canyon. Rare road into river bottom. The river forms nice pools around giant boulders and is lined with mature cottonwoods. Dramatic side canyons also hold spring-fed pools in their bottoms. Historically this ranch is the southwest corner of the Jose Perea Land Grant which got contested after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago. The grant was held until it could be recognized thus theexplanation for the many stone ruins and long runs of old stacked stone fences on the property. For centuries prior, Native Americans chipped arrowheads on the protected ledges overlooking the river making for great arrowhead hunting. This is beautiful canyon-edge grass-country interspersed w/ Mesquite, Pinon, Juniper, Oak, and Cottonwood accented with rock formations. Fabulous bass fishing and turkey hunting with some deer, quail, and waterfowl. The Pecos River tailwater below Santa Rosa Lake is an excellent warm water fishery. Quality water like this is hard to find especially in Eastern New Mexico. Easy access via Interstate 40, one & 1/2 hours from Santa Fe or Albuquerque, two & 1/2 hours from Amarillo, and 10 minutes from Santa Rosa.