This beautiful and private ranch is located in a picturesque valley with approximately 1,753 acres (1,553 deeded and the balance in BLM lease). The Nutrias Creek runs through the valley for 3 miles and yields water rights for irrigating approximately 400 acres. Amenities include a small remodeled 2,400 SF adobe home, new 80’ x 40’ barn, new perimeter fencing, cross-fenced pastures, 3 wells/2 springs and exceptional views in all directions. Perfect as a cattle/hay ranch and recreational retreat with great hunting. 100 cow/calf pair or 300 yearlings, May to October, thrive on this land. The recreational opportunities are wonderful and there is abundant wild life. The largest mule deer ever dispatched in New Mexico was found on this ranch.
Located in the northern most part of New Mexico in Rio Arriba County, near the border with Colorado, this water rich working ranch and recreational property consists of pasture, hay meadows and boundary hills. The ranch elevation varies from 6,200’ to 6,800’. Nutrias Creek is the drainage for the mountain edged valley. It is situated not far from the Carson National Forest in the San Juan Mountain chain of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch is approximately fifteen miles south of Chama and 10 miles south of Tierra Amarilla/Los Ojos, just west of US Highway 84. Los Ojos is one and a half hours north of Santa Fe. Los Ojos, home of the Los Brazos Rock Outcrops reminiscent of Yosemite, is in one of the richest regions for archeological studies in the Southwest. Tierra Amarilla sits at the base of the Carson National Forest and is fed by the ancient network of irrigation canals first established by the native peoples and later expanded by the area’s hardworking ranchers. It is a result of the original Tierra Amarilla land grant, which was awarded to Manuel Martinez and his family on July 20,1830. Tierra Amarilla housed many individuals who came to help build the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in the 1880’s and supported the booming railroad town of Chama. After that, the main industries in this area were logging, mining, agriculture, sheep and cattle ranching, until 1931-32 wiped out the sheep industry. The area is a home to Rio Grande weaving style with a fine weaving store in Los Ojos. Today Tierra Amarilla is a unique blend of cultures and the surrounding area attracts people who have a commitment to education, sustainable agricultural practices and a celebration of cultural heritage. They are united in their resolve in being good stewards of an environment and watershed that feeds and preserves a way of life for northern New Mexicans and their future generations. Seven Mares has been valued for centuries because of the location and the water that flows here. There are local legends of first Americans occupying the land, Spanish occupation and an early village. Always the land has been celebrated for the quality and quantity of water present. Three hand-dug wells, deep irrigation rights and springs water this fair land and provide forage for domestic and wild critters. Quite a history for a marvelous piece of property! This ranch is not only operating at a great production level due to the diligent work of the owners, but the energy of new buyers and their vision would literally be a ‘sky’s the limit’ situation.