The central plains of New Mexico are well known for its grassy prairies, blue skies and wide horizons. Considered one of the nation's outstanding sheep and wool raising areas, this portion of New Mexico is home to the Tower Ranch, a 357 acre (MOL) ranch with easy access. This deeded property near the historic railroad town of Vaughn, New Mexico is only 90 minutes from Albuquerque and its international airport. Ninety miles to the south is Roswell, New Mexico and Interstate 40 is a short 45-minute drive. Ninety miles north of Vaughn lies Santa Fe, the state capital.
Vaughn is located at the intersection of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad lines, and is also where highways 285, 54 and 60 intersect.
This land property has potential in a number of areas, making it attractive to ranchers or individuals seeking a solid investment opportunity.
Highway 285 between Roswell and Vaughn, New Mexico, offers four lanes of excellent highway. The road provides a fourlane connection to both Interstate-10, running across the Southern part of the state, and Interstate-40, which runs through north-central New Mexico. Travelers on this road will find fourlane roads all the way to Albuquerque in the north and El Paso/Las Cruces in the south.
Not far off this modern highway is the site of the famous flying-saucer crash of 1947. It's fair to say that Roswellian UFO interest resides at the highest level of world leadership. Years of sensational publicity, numerous books, the dubious "alien autopsy" film and frequent references on the TV show The X-Files has made Roswell internationally famous and all but synonymous with UFO. Indeed, the Roswell Incident – so called because of the 1980 book of the same name by Charles Berlitz and William Moore, is easily the world's most-investigated UFO happening. It might just live up to the book cover's immodest claim of "the most important UFO encounter of our century."
Retired military people who said they had been involved in a UFO recovery – at a location much closer to Roswell, about 30 miles north by northwest of town off U.S. Highway 285, not far at all from the Tower Ranch.
Die-hard UFO researchers would argue forever regarding the validity of a UFO crash, however, there is virtually no piece of evidence proving an extraterrestrial event thereabouts that is totally undisputed and would easily stand up in a court of law.
Nevertheless, on those quiet, lonely nights at Tower Ranch, you have to wonder when you see an unexplained light flying overhead...
A couple of hours down the road, the town of Ruidoso offers many recrational activities and educational opportunities. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Ruidoso is a winter mecca for skiers and snowboarders. It has also earned a national reputation for its art galleries and local artisans shops.
Popular summer activities in thte Ruidoso area include golf, horse racing, hiking and biking. In the Lincoln National Forest, fishing, camping and RVing are popular activities. Nearby, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort, this newly renovated 5-star hotel offers a championship golf course and the popular Casino Apache with blackjack, craps, roulette, video terminals and slots. More information is available at www.ruidoso.net.
Less than 90 minutes northwest of the Tower Ranch you will find Albuquerque and Santa Fe, two of the economic and cultural meccas in all the Southwest. Albuquerque and its 700,000 residents offer all you could want in shopping and entertainment, while Santa Fe draws visitors worldwide to its worldclass art galleries.
Forty miles from Vaughn, Santa Rosa Lake State Park, a high plains Pecos River reservoir, offers a variety of water sports. Anglers often catch bass, catfish, and walleye. Hiking trails wind through the wild areas around the lake. Eagles roost on snags at water's edge or on small islands on the lake. Also look for scaled quail, mourning dove, and migrating osprey. Corps of Engineers visitor center displays about area history, creation of dam, and natural history. Nearby Santa Rosa is famous for its clean natural lakes where fledgling scuba divers from around the country come to learn scuba diving.
Distance from Tower Ranch to:
Albuquerque - 105 miles
Santa Fe - 98 miles
Roswell - 95 miles
Tucumcari - 101 miles
Alamogordo - 138 miles
Moriarity - 67 miles
Amarillo, Texas - 213 miles
Lubbock, Texas - 218 miles
Flagstaff, Arizona - 215 miles