Twin Canyon Ranch
Twin Canyon Ranch is a rich study in stark contrasts
This grand ranch, set in the magnificent foothills of the Sacramento Mountains, is a dream for the seasoned rancher. With solid working livestock facilities and an extremely efficient and modern headquarters set in the natural backdrop of rolling hills, endless canyons and scenic mountain vistas, this is a land that demands exploration of every acre of this fascinating western property.
Sprawling across two counties, Twin Canyon Ranch’s 30,000 acres (MOL) encompass a variety of terrain from flat plains to deep canyons and plateaus.
Known for being the home to some of the region’s largest trophy deer, and Barbary sheep, this big country ranch has a little bit of everything. Situated between the progressive city of Roswell, NM, and the mountain resort town of Ruidoso, NM, the ranch and region offer a wide range of attractive uses.
Modern headquarters make for a great home and getaway
The Twin Canyon Ranch headquarters provides three bedrooms, two baths and office and includes the main house, courtyard and patios, jacuzzi hot-tub, carport and outbuildings.
Headquarter includes a multivehicle carport with excellent storage facilities, barns, and a tack room.
In addition, the working livestock facility offers many corrals, sheds and more, all of which is in excellent condition.
A second home, located at the headquarters, makes for a perfect guest home, worker’s residence, or hunter’s quarters.
Twin Canyon Ranch has it all!
Endless canyons, table-top plateaus, level plains filled with grazing cattle, long, winding roads that offer access to various areas of the ranch. This is the essence of Twin Canyon Ranch.
Twin Canyon Ranch offers more than 30,000 total acres (MOL), with more than 20,000 (MOL) of those deeded.
Livestock raising and wildlife are naturals at Twin Canyon Ranch. Cattle thrive in Southeastern New Mexico where the terrain lends itself to ideal grazing conditions and the land is accessible almost all year long. Facilities include working pens, loading chute, pipe and wire pens, scales and a barn and tack room.
Local history, culture and heritage
Situated in the heart of historic outlaw country and stomping grounds of Sheriff Pat Garrett, the notorious Lincoln County Wars and the legendary Billy the Kid, the owners of Twin Canyon Ranch will find themselves smack in the middle of an area filled with fascinating heritage of the Old West. With Lincoln, NM, located nearby, the entire surrounding area is steeped in Wild West history. More than a hundred years ago, Billy the Kid and many of his gang may have traveled on horseback across the rugged terrain that is Twin Canyon Ranch.
Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Wars
The story of the Lincoln County Wars and Billy the Kid has all the elements that made the West wild. The story starts with a group of ex-army men from the bloody Civil War who were running the town with monopolistic zeal. The prize was not only the profitable main store, but also lucrative government cattle contracts.
For all the murders and countless other offenses committed during the Lincoln County War on both sides, Billy the Kid was the only person ever charged with breaking the law – an incredibly unjust thing, especially considering he was just one of the six gunmen in the shooting for which he was charged. This made him a fugitive, and he became the leader of a small gang of rustlers that terrorized the county until he was caught in December of 1880. Billy was tried and sentenced to hang.
Well known throughout New Mexico on the afternoon of April 28, 1881, he catapulted himself into international legend when he escaped from jail. During the jailbreak, he killed a guard who had taunted him constantly about the pains of death by hanging and had dared Billy to try to break out so he could shoot him. As a testament to how well liked he was in Lincoln, he stayed around for an hour making a speech to the locals and then went around shaking hands. He left the town singing on a borrowed horse that he actually returned as he promised he would.
The official record states that 76 days after his escape, Billy the Kid was shot through the heart in a darkened room by lawman Pat Garrett. Life expectancy in the west, due to this lawlessness, was short. Many of the men who were killed in the Lincoln County War had not yet turned 20. There are many people in Lincoln County who knew Billy the kid and believed he escaped to Texas.
Billy’s exact age is not known. It is thought he was about 21 when he was killed. Short, violent lives were common in the Wild West, but at least two of Billy’s gang lived into their late 80s or early 90s. The last died in 1947, after the first nuclear explosions in New Mexico ushered in the nuclear age.
Wide open spaces and clean, fresh air create an environment where both flora and fauna flourish. Thriving populations of desert mule deer, blue quail, antelope, barbary sheep and wild hogs roam the wide countryside.
Whether you’re a hunter, a photographer, or just enjoy watching wildlife in its unrestrained, natural environment, the wildlife at Twin Canyon Ranch will provide a stimulating experience.
Just approximately 45 miles west of Twin Canyon Ranch on Highway 70, the town of Ruidoso offers many fun activities and educational opportunities. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Ruidoso is a winter mecca for skiers and snowboarders. Summer finds golf, horse racing, hiking and biking. In the Lincoln National Forest, fishing, camping and RVing are popular activities in this bustling town filled with art galleries and local artisans shops.
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.