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Black Peak Shadow Ranch

Listing Broker: Jay Platt $3,815,000
2,880 ACRES


Black Peak Shadow Ranch sits at the northern edge of the Apache National Forest, in a picturesque setting of varied terrain from lush green meadows to large groves of oak, rolling hills, and mountaintops of ponderosa pine, with skies that reach to eternity. A historic log cabin sits at the edge of its valley, adding an alluring touch of the old west.

Nestled in an atmosphere of peaceful solitude, at an elevation of 7.500 feet. Black Peak Shadow Ranch consists of 2.880 total acres, 1,760 deeded acres and 1,120 BLM leased acres. Largely surrounded by public land, with over 2 million acres of national forest as a backyard, year round recreational opportunities from the front steps of the ranch are limitless.

Bottom ground that’s perfect for cross pastures and brood mares, and leased acres that are excellent for rotating fresh roping steers, Black Peak Shadow Ranch is an ideal horse property. As a cattle ranch the lush green meadows and leased acres of Black Peak Shadow Ranch currently support 140 yearlings and on a year with additional moisture can support 160 to 180 head. A 3200 square foot home, bunkhouse, barn and corral could enable Black Peak Shadow Ranch to be an ideal prospect for a seasonal cattle operation, an equestrian property, or a perfect location for a guest ranch or outfitting business.

Located in a Trophy Hunting Area

Black Peak Shadow Ranch is located in New Mexico’s Game Management Unit 15, an area renowned for trophy elk. Unit 15 is a widely sought after quality/high demand elk hunting unit that offers archery and muzzleloader hunts at their finest. The restricted use of rifles in the area protects the quality of a trophy elk population with bulls in the 350s, plus, taken on a yearly basis. Unit 15 has 2 archery elk seasons that run throughout the month of September, and 3 five-day muzzleloader elk hunts in October and November, along with youth and antlerless elk hunts.

Black Peak Shadow Ranch typically receives 3 landowner elk permits issued through the NMDGF, 3 muzzleloader elk permits, 1 archery elk permit, and 2 antlerless/cow elk permits. These permits have been designated Unit-Wide. The average cost of an archery elk landowner permit in Unit 15 during the 2022 season was $9,000 to $11,000 with muzzleloader elk landowner permits selling for $8,000.00

Lush Meadows, Grazing. Wells and Water Systems

The lush green meadows, rich in cool season and gram grasses, of Black Peak Shadow Ranch are excellent summer
pasture for roping and/or cutting horses. The additional 1, 120 acres of leased ground will adequately support a number of roping steers providing additional ground for rotating and circulation. Black Peak Shadow Ranch currently runs 140 steers from May to November. The 1,120acres of BLM land is permitted for 43 head, plus or minus, depending on grass conditions. With an average gain of 200 to 225 pounds the cattle operation on the ranch generates a substantial income. There are 4 good wells on the ranch. The house well runs on a submersible electric pump and 3 pasture wells run on windmills. The ranch has numerous dirt tanks providing adequate water for livestock and wildlife.

Beautiful Ranch House, Barn, Bunkhouse, and old log cabin

A beautiful ranch house with a full-length west-facing porch that overlooks the property was built in 2000. The ranch house is approximately 3,200 square feet with 4bedrooms upstairs, 1 bedroom and 1 office/bedroom downstairs, and a total of 6 bathrooms. Downstairs has a large living room, with surrounding windows that provide a spectacular view of the ranch, a large dining room with bay windows and ample seating, a full kitchen with double oven, six burner stove, and large pantry,. A large laundry room is adjacent to the kitchen.

Telephone is available at the ranch house, and a solar system and generator provide central heat and electricity, A4 bedroom, 1 bath, bunkhouse provides room for additional ranch guests or clients. Propane lights add to its charm, and generator supplies power. The barn is approximately 60′ by 80′ with stalls and attached corrals.

Along the Arizona Border, a Recreational Wonderland

Black Peak Shadow Ranch lies at the north end of the Apache National Forest which provides over 2 million aces of
mountain country for hiking, camping, and outdoor activities of every nature, all of which is literally at your fingertips. Rivers and streams within the Apache National Forest for canoeing and fishing include the Blue, Little Colorado, Black, and San Francisco. Black Peak Shadow Ranch is approximately 45 minutes from the high mountain town of Alpine, Arizona. A resort community surrounded by mountain slopes covered in ponderosa pine, spruce, fir, and aspen trees, its captivating beauty draws vacationers and outdoorsman from afar. As the crow flies Black Peak Shadow Ranch is only 2 or 3 miles from the Arizona border and 45 minutes from Round Valley. The communities of Springville, and Eager sit in the foothills of the White Mountains in east central AZ along the Little Colorado River. With numerous lakes, streams, year round hunting. and a ski resort, Round Valley is known as a ‘community for all seasons.

Sitting on the Mogollon Rim just west of Springville, is Show low, Arizona. A community of quaint boutiques, first class restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping. Show Low is surrounded by ponderosa pine creating a picturesque mountain community located only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Black Peak Shadow Ranch Airports The closest international airport is located in Albuquerque, which is approximately 4 hours from Black Peak Shadow Ranch, and the Phoenix International Airport is approximately 5 hours from Black Peak Shadow Ranch. The Springville Municipal Airport can accommodate large planes, has two runways, 24 hour fuel, courtesy cars, and it is within 1 hour of the ranch.

Cool and refreshing summer temperatures, brilliant colors in the fall, winter snowfall, and meadows of wildflowers in the spring. Black Peak Shadow Ranch is a picturesque mountain horse, or cattle, ranch with recreational opportunities of every nature at its doorstep. An ideal property for outfitting big game hunts, or a dude ranch with pack trips and trail rides, with a ranch house and bunkhouse that can accommodate a number of guests, the uses of Black Peak Shadow Ranch are diverse and plentiful. A beautiful mountain ranch with all of its wonders, located within a short distance of Alpine, Arizona, and the amenities provided by Round Valley and the White Mountains, life at Black Peak Shadow Ranch offers the best of both worlds.

Status: ,
Total Acreage: 2,880
Total Leased Acreage: 1,120
Water on the Property: Yes
Year Round Access: Yes
Hunting: Black Peak Shadow Ranch has historically received 5 landowner elk tags; 2 muzzleloader bull tags, 1 archery either sex tag and two cow tags.
Game Unit: 15
Covenants: none
Zoned: no
Nearest Town: Reserve
Tree Species on Property: Juniper, Pinion Pine, Ponderosa Pine
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6