Straddling the Continental Divide, at an elevation ranging from 7,800 to 8,200 feet, in the heart of Unit 15 in Catron County, New Mexico, Elk Camp Ranch is a hunter’s paradise. Offered at $750,000.
The 596 deeded acres of Elk Camp Ranch are a wonderful mixture of open grassy meadows, pinon pine, juniper, and majestic ponderosa pine. Panoramic views of the Apache National Forest in the distance, the Mangas Mountains, and solitary Allegres Mountain can be seen from various high points on the ranch. The close proximity to the Cibola, Apache, and Gila National Forests provides excellent, and abundant, opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and more.
Unit 15 is one of New Mexico’s quality/high demand hunting units and one of its most popular units for trophy elk hunting. Elk hunts on the ranch, and in the unit, are designated as primitive weapons only. Archery elk hunts take place throughout the month of September and 2 five-day muzzleloader elk hunts take place in the month of October. No rifle elk hunts take place in Unit 15, which ensures the quality of the hunt
on Elk Camp Ranch, and in the surrounding area. In addition to the superior elk hunting on Elk Camp Ranch, mule deer, turkey, and bear are often seen, and licenses are available for those hunts through the NM Department of Game and Fish. Portions of Elk Camp Ranch border the Buchanan Ranch, which is known for quality elk hunting. In free ranging country elk roam as they please.Over the years meadows on the ranch have been planted in winter wheat and continued habitat improvement could lead to an increased number of elk permits issued to the ranch. Currently the owners receive 1 muzzleloader elk permit, 2 archery elk permits, and 2 cow elk permits, issued on a total of 1,200 acres. A proportionate share of those permits should transfer to the 616 acre Elk Camp Ranch upon sale, and application with the Game and Fish Department.
A solar powered well, at a depth of 460 feet, and two good dirt tanks provide water for elk, mule deer, turkey, and other big and small game species on currently the well supplies a tire drinker. The installation of a storage tank, and pipe lines to additional drinkers, would be valuable habitat improvement and could lead to additional elk permits issued to the ranch. A seasonal creek runs through the center of the property feeding the dirt tank on the east side of the ranch and further development could increase water supply.
Elk Camp Ranch is remote and very private, yet easily accessible via good gravel roads maintained by Catron County. The nearby community of Pie Town is approximately 15 miles from Elk Camp Ranch. Pie Town is located on U.S. Highway 60 and renowned for its history of homemade pies. It boasts three pie cafes as well as a small convenience store, named Top of The World for its location on the Continental Divide. From Pie Town travel to Albuquerque takes approximately 3 hours. The small towns of Datil and Quemado, which are located a short distance to the east and west of Pie Town, have small grocery stores, fuel, restaurants, and motels. The food is always good and the folks are always friendly.
Located in New Mexico’s largest county, Elk Camp Ranch is surrounded by country rich in ranching history dating back to the 1800’s. Remnants of old line cabins, settlements, ghost towns, and ruins from Native American travel, can be found throughout the area and on the ranch.
Elk Camp Ranch is a dream hunting and recreational property. It’s a secluded retreat with elk and other wildlife grazing in its meadows and drinking from its ponds. It has a good well already in place, electricity is close by, and it has several pristine building sites to choose from with breathtaking views and western sunsets to remember.