Brazos Summit Ranch – NEW
New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, Tierra Amarilla
With breathtaking views of the Brazos Cliffs, this 217 acre high country ranch offers a private picturesque escape. The ranch is located just East of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, on Scenic Highway 64, and within minutes of the one-and-a-half-million-acre Carson National Forest. The ranch encompasses a forest of spruce and aspen intertwined with open meadows. This wildlife haven has all the elements sought after for a mountain retreat or hunting camp.
Location and Area
From Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, travel East on US 64, 19.9 miles to the property. The Brazos Summit Ranch Lies West of US 64 and the entire East boundary of the property has US 64 highway frontage. The Ranch is just below the 10507 foot Brazos Summit and lies between 10,200 feet and 9,800 feet above sea level in the heart of the Southern San Juan Mountains often called the Tusas Mountains.
The 1.5 million acre Carson National Forest is within minutes of the property. The Forest offers nearly endless all-season recreation including camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and trout fishing in the near-by Hopewell Lake. Hopewell, a 14 acre lake within the Carson National Forest, is stocked annually with Rainbow and Brook Trout.
Breathtaking views of the Brazos Cliffs are just one of the highlights of the ranch, the cliffs are made of precambrian quartzite, some of the oldest rock found in New Mexico dating back 1.8 billion years ago. In the spring a seasonal waterfall, El Chorro, one of the world’s highest waterfalls (ranked 170th for height) flows over the cliffs.
The “Old West” ranching town of Tierra Amarilla is steeped in culture and has remained beautifully untouched by modern America. Tierra Amarilla is the Rio Arriba County Seat and offers quaint cafes and a coffee shop. Tierra Amarilla is uniquely located within 2 hours of Taos, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Pagosa Springs, CO and Durango, CO. Near-by Chama is within 40 minutes and offers fine dining and lodging and is the New Mexico depot of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. The railroad features the highest mountain pass by rail in the United States.
This 217 acre property is offered as a portion of the Crowther Family Ranch, a long time family owned ranch that encompasses about 2000 acres within the historic Tierra Amarilla Land Grant, located in the high country of Northern New Mexico. With spruce, fir and aspen woodlands mixed with open meadows the property offers many hunting and recreation possibilities. Several excellent building locations with panoramic views of the Brazos Cliffs would make an ideal off-the-grid hunting camp, family retreat or weekend getaway, and in the winter the property could serve as a home base for snowmobiling excursions in the 1.5 million acre Carson National Forest.
Wildlife and Recreation
The Brazos Summit Ranch is the summertime home of Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer. Photography and hunting opportunities are top notch, in the fall the sound of Bull Elk bugling can be heard every morning and evening. Black Bear, Bobcat and Mountain Lion are regular summer residents as well. Merriam Turkey and Blue Grouse complete the wide array of wildlife species found on the ranch. Horseback riding, hiking, ATVs, snowmobiles and cross country skiing make this a true year round destination.
In the winter months if you need a break from snowmobiling, visit Taos Ski Area – world famous and ranked by many as one of the best in the world – and the family friendly Wolf Creek Ski Area, with the most snow in Colorado. Both are within an hour and a half away.