Seasoned with the flavor of the Old West, the Tierra Blanca Creek Ranch is a magnificent New Mexico ranch sitting on just over 14,800 acres. Nestled comfortably in the foothills of the Black Range Mountains, this ranch features rolling hills, grassy plains, deep canyons and mountainous areas. Elevations range from 5,200 feet to over 6,000 feet. One of the highlights of this ranch is the spectacular main residence of 3,800 square feet that overlooks the Tierra Blanca Creek. A multi-faceted property, this unique ranch offers a multitude of opportunity. As a working cattle ranch, prospective buyers will be impressed by the condition of the fences, pens, barns and other facilities. All are in good to excellent condition. This ranch is also a recreational mecca as the diverse landscape offers myriad opportunity for the outdoorsman and the sportsman. Wildlife is abundant here. Mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, javelina, golden eagle, quail, turkey and other fowl roam the countryside.
The ranch acreage is comprised of deeded, state and BLM leased land. The Tierra Blanca Creek meanders its way through the ranch providing five miles of year-round water. Other sources of water on the ranch include three solar wells and three windmills as well as an electric pump house and well for the headquarters. There is also a drinker off a shared windmill with a neighboring ranch.
The Tierra Blanca Creek ranch is being sold turnkey. The sale includes all equipment, furniture, trailers, machinery, tractor, ranch truck and ATV’s. The cattle are available through separate treaty. The equipment and vehicles are in very good working condition and the furnishings in the main house are spectacular, to say the least. Tastefully and exquisitely furnished, this home provides a welcome retreat after spending a day on the ranch, or a place for a weekend getaway perfect for family gatherings. Two large adjoining outdoor decks – one constructed of redwood and the other with brick flooring – offer a way to take advantage of the magnificent climate of Central New Mexico. In addition to the main residence, there is a quaint three-bedroom, two-bath guest house, a bachelor’s house and a saddle house. These are all located at the headquarters area. Neatly trimmed grass, quaint walkways, split rail fences and towering trees which provide shade for the houses make the Tierra Blanca Creek headquarters a comfortable and attractive sanctuary.
Shipping & Working areas
The primary shipping and working area on the ranch provides a 1,500 square foot (30 x 50-foot) metal barn with an interior clear height of 14 feet. The barn is pre-engineered metal and wood with a 10x14-foot sliding door and a 3x7-foot personal door. The barn features four skylights and fluorescent fixtures. The flooring in the barn is entirely concrete with concrete block walls under the eaves. The paddocks are constructed of pipe and suckerrod. The barn also has a large storage/restroom area with a commercial sink, a hot water heater and small refrigerator. The walls and ceiling of the restroom and storage area have extra insulation. Located next to the barn is a 12 x 52 ft. mobile home with a chicken coop and storage space. The Saddle House is located at the headquarters area of the Ranch. This structure is a frame construction with extra insulation and concrete flooring. A horse barn was built in 2002 and butts up to the pens by the tack room and house. This is a perfect barn for pet horses. It has electrical, a hay storage room, a small tack room and a cement floor for washing horses and a water tank. The floors in the stalls are dirt while the middle hall hay room floor and tack room floor are cement. There is also a 1,500 square foot insulated barn with 14-foot interior clear height providing restroom facilities and storage area. It has a cement floor and electricity. The entrance to Tierra Blanca Creek Ranch is off Highway 27 (pictured on left) only a few miles from Hillsboro, New Mexico. The entrance to the ranch is marked by an authentic covered wagon and a bear, buffalo and elk carved out of bronze.
Lay of the Land
This inspiring property is located in mountainous southwestern New Mexico near the magnificent Gila National Forest. Elevations of Tierra Blanca Creek Ranch vary from 5,200 to 6,000 feet providing breathtaking vistas of near and far mountain peaks and valleys. Both rugged and rolling landscape stretches out in all four directions. Grassy slopes, rocky canyons, steep ravines, and the frequent relief of fields sporting several species of native grasses paint the area with texture and color. Woodlands are mostly pinon, juniper, cedar, and pine. Willows ,cottonwoods, oak, and walnut trees populate the riparian areas. . Local fauna includes mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, javelina, golden eagle, quail, turkey and other fowl. The mild climate allows establishment of many types of flowering plants including roses, perennials, bulbs, and vines. Vast grazing land features native grasses and, characteristic of the merging Chihuanhan Desert, the occasional cactus and yucca will thrive. The array of rich color, texture, and lush topography makes Tierra Blanca Creek Ranch a sumptuous experience.
A Rich & Diverse History
The closest town of Hillsboro was the former county seat and a raucous mining town in the late 1800s. Modern-day Hillsboro is a scenic small town of 225 with a history rich in Native culture and Western tradition. Forty-eight miles northeast of Tierra Blanca Creek Ranch lies the community of Truth or Consequences, now the county seat. This town sits on the Rio Grande River and is adjacent to Elephant Butte Reservoir, home of New Mexico’s largest and most popular recreational state park lake. Here, water sports and fishing opportunities abound with easy access to I-25, a major artery stretching from the Mexican border to Santa Fe, 300 miles to the north. This ancient region was once inhabited by the now-extinct Mimbres and Solana Indians. Later, local chiefs like Geronimo and the Apache Kid fought against encroachment by the white man and his government. Military and cavalry personnel were regularly stationed in the area to control Native uprisings and lawless gangs and opportunists. Stretching across Tierra Blanca Creek ranchland was the Kingston-Lake Valley State Lines, often harassed by Indians and outlaws. Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid were once visitors to the area.