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BULL CAMP RANCH -Call for Price

Listed by Jay Platt (call 575-740-3243) $
39,033 ACRES
Highway 32
Datil, New Mexico, 87824


Nestled beneath the summits of Fox Mountain and Gallo Peak (guy-yo), in the Apache-Sitgraves National Forest, lies the Bull Camp Ranch. Encompassed by a unique recreational dreamland that embraces trophy big game hunting, abundant fishing, and endless riding and hiking trails, Bull Camp Ranch is situated at a cool summer 7,500 feet within an expanse of forested timber, open meadows, and a myriad of spring-fed creeks. Bull Camp Ranch is a breathtaking and productive working cattle ranch as well as an outdoorsman’s paradise.

No wonder the majority of ancient Anasazi, or Tularosa Native Americans (which once numbered over 3,000 in this area) choose this ranch as their home for centuries. Native medicinal and edible plants abound along with arrowheads, pottery, and ruins for exploration and discovery.


Bull Camp Ranch, and the forest surrounding it, offers some of the nation’s finest trophy elk, mule deer, black bear, and turkey hunting. This fantastic hunting property is located in New Mexico’s game management Unit 15, a quality and high demand area, and receives several highly coveted landowner elk permits each year, providing its owner with an unrivaled elk hunting experience. Unit 15 is a primitive weapons unit and elk hunting with muzzleloaders and bows only has successfully maintained the trophy quality that it is renowned for.


Bull Camp Ranch is a seasonal yearling ranch and runs up to 700 plus head from approximately mid May through mid October. The forest lease consists of 38,633 acres with 15 well fenced pastures, 12 springs, 30 dirt tanks, and 3 wells. Ponds and springs are plentiful on Bull Camp Ranch and the diverse meadows and bottomlands produce excellent feed for a gainful yearling operation. The average yearling gain in a 4.5 month period is 180 to 200 pounds. Summer pastures produce gramma and meadow grasses and variations of winter fat. Spring pastures produce early cool season grasses that are fed by the ranches many springs from May through June. The cattle operations on the forest lease and deeded lands produce a healthy annual income for the ranch.


Bull Camp Ranch is endowed with plentiful water. The ranch has 2 springs on deeded lands: Gallito Spring, and the Bog.

The 200 acres of deeded lands, and the springs located on them, are rare and valuable inholdings with potential for investment opportunity and rural development. Water rights to these springs are filed with New Mexico’s Office of the State Engineer. Numerous springs located within the forest lease provide water to the ranches many storage tanks.


The sub irrigated meadowland of the Gallito headquarters is surrounded by majestic ponderosa pine with a centerpiece of ancient oaks and colorful cottonwoods. An old cabin site encircled by panoramic views of the Gallo Mountains and blanketed in summer flowers adds a finishing touch to the beauty of the Gallito headquarters. Imagine your custom home sitting atop a rise with wildlife watering at a pond and livestock feeding in the meadows.

Water from Gallito Spring is plentiful. With a more than adequate supply of water, the development of the spring with subsequent construction of water features such as a family fish pond, or a trickling brook that flows just where you want it to, is almost limitless.

The lush green meadows of Bull Camp are an oasis of serenity. A peaceful easy feeling overcomes you the moment you arrive. Quiet and secluded, Bull Camp is an ideal retreat for rest, relaxation, and/or meditation. A special spirit abides on the ranch and you can feel its magic at Bull Camp.

Outlined by forests of ponderosa pine and juniper, an expanse of sub-irrigated pastures stretch out in all directions. A seasonal creek runs through the meadows of Bull Camp in a year with any degree of winter snow, and a new solar pump on the existing well produces a consistent flow of 20 gallons per minute.

An old barn and a set of old corrals add to the charm of this captivating property, taking you back to a day when life was a whole lot simpler.


The best of two worlds, Bull Camp Ranch is located in Catron County, New Mexico, where you can truly get away from it all yet it is also located within minutes of the White Mountains of Arizona.

When it is time for supplies, or taking care of business, Bull Camp Ranch is a 25 minute drive to Reserve and a 75 minute drive to Springerville on pavement (less if you don’t mind a little dirt). The mountain village of Reserve is the country seat and gateway to the renowned Gila National Forest. Reserve has two small grocery stores, a hardware store, restaurants, gas stations, county fairgrounds, and a health clinic. The area is rich in ranching tradition with summer rodeos and county fairs.

Arizona is only a hop, skip, and a jump away, and  the mountain towns of Springerville and Eager are quite a bit larger with a combined population of close to 7,000. Once there you are only 45 minutes from the resort community of Show Low, which has all the comforts and amenities of a large city while holding on to the beauty and charm of a mountain community.

For the avid sport fisherman the scenic 30 minute drive to Quemado Lake is just enough time to dream about your rainbow trout or muskie catch of the day. With numerous other lakes and reservoirs stocked with rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout, including Big Lake and Sunrise Lake, and over 680 miles of rivers and streams, the White Mountain area lives up to its reputation as a mountain wonderland and it is completely , and conveniently, at your disposal.

In the winter months Sunrise Ski Resort, located between Springerville and Show Low, has 3 peaks and numerous runs. One of Arizona’s top ski resorts, it is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from the ranch. Another popular winter sport, on the areas many lakes, is ice fishing.

An improved gravel airstrip with a windsock is located on Bull Camp Ranch in Lower Mallet just off of Hwy 32. A very adequate airport for light aircraft is located just outside of Reserve. The Springerville Municipal Airport can accommodate large planes, has two runways, one over 8,400 feet in length, 24-hour fuel, and courtesy cars.

A productive cattle operation with diverse wildlife and trophy hunting opportunities, Bull Camp Ranch is easily accessible while remaining pleasantly remote, has limitless potential for development, breathtaking views, and abundant water resources. Bull Camp Ranch truly is an outdoorsman’s paradise.


Total Acreage:

39,033 Total Acres, 200 Deeded Acres

Total Leased Acreage: 38,633

County: Catron

Water/Water Rights: Yes Filed with OSE

Elevation: 7,500

Topography: Gentle Alpine

Borders Public Land: Yes

Year Round Access: Yes

Improvements: None

Hunting: Elk, Mule Deer, Bear, Lion, Turkey, and more.

Fishing: Many Fishing Lakes in the Area

Yearly Taxes: Approx. $500.00

Game Unit #: Unit 15

Covenants: None

Zoned: No

Nearest Town: Apache Creek

Trees on Property: Ponderosa, Pinon, Juniper, Oak, Aspen, Spruce, Fir,

Fenced: Well Fenced

Total Acreage: 39,033
Total Leased Acreage: 38,833
Water on the Property: Yes
Water Rights Include with Sale: yes
Elevation: 7,500
Topography: high mountain, hilly
Borders Public Land: Yes
Year Round Access: Yes
Improvements: well, some fencing
Hunting: elk,mule deer, bear, mountain lion, turkey
Fishing: nearby lakes
Annual Taxes: $500
Game Unit: 15
Covenants: no
Zoned: no
Nearest Town: Reserve. NM
Tree Species on Property: Cedar, Juniper, Oak, Pinion Pine, Ponderosa Pine
Fenced: partial