A rare opportunity to own 24 contiguous sections of West Texas!
+/- 8 miles of Big Canyon
+/- 15,360 contiguous acres
Access via Hwy 349
Deep canyons, high cliffs, flat grass prairie, and rolling hills
The Big Canyon Ranch set in the diverse region of the Edwards Plateau and the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. Like many great places, this vast ranch must be seen to truly be understood and appreciated. Miles of remote roads lead into this vast ranch that is steeped in rich history, rolling grass plains, deep canyons, and towering bluffs. The rare combination of wildlife, serenity, and wilderness few ever get to experience. Come and experience it yourself!
The ranch's most prevalent feature is Big Canyon, entering on the Northern border and traversing for over 4 miles. The canyon is the life and heart of the ranch. When there is running water during heavy rains, it eventually moves through and empties into the Rio Grande River Southwest of the property. The canyon is a frequently used path for all kinds of wildlife on the ranch and creates a special vantage point as you view from atop the steep canyon cliffs.
There are a number of other feeder canyons that meander through the property emptying into Big Canyon. Narrow valleys climb the limestone cliff and mesa bluffs, perfect for a hike or hunt. The elevation ranges from 1,900 to over 2,100 ft. at the tallest points. There are sweeping views as far as the eye can see. The caps of the Serranias del Burro Mountains in Old Mexico can be seen in the distance, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop.
FLORA & FAUNA
It has been years since significant livestock roamed the ranch, and therefore, the arid grasslands and shrubs are in solid condition. There is grass present for livestock and plenty of habitat cover for wildlife to flourish. The grassland flats are scattered with grama grasses, creosote bush, ojasen, catclaw, and more. Canyon bottoms and draws are heavy with underbrush and hackberry. The soils are of limestone origin.
The same management-focused hunters have occupied this ranch for over 30 years. There is an impressive population of whitetail deer steeped in great native genetics. Other game species include Mule deer, Javelina, Mountain Lion, Turkey, white- winged dove, morning dove, bobwhite and blue quail. Furbearers include grey fox, ringtail cat, mountain lion, and bobcat.
Terrell County and the surrounding area is rich in a history of agriculture, exploration, and settlement. It is said Spanish explorers crossed this land in the mid- 1700s, but the region was settled in the 1880s.
The Texas and New Orleans Railroad, brought ranchers, outlaws, and settlers to the area. Angora goats and sheep were the bulk of the area's livestock - the same is true for this ranch until the family got out of the sheep and goat business in the 1980s.
You can step back in time and take in the history at the Big Canyon Ranch; there are many ancient burned-rock middens and arrowheads to be found. In addition, there are a number of caves that have sign of native inhabitants, and a deep shaft that spelunkers explored in the mid-1900s.
The ranch headquarters sits atop a plateau with an incredible view, perfect for stargazing, or watching the sunset over the canyon. There are two modest homes at the ranch headquarters that have most recently been converted as ranch hand homes and hunter cabins. A pump-driven water tank and tower, and a set of pipe pens, and large metal barn surround the homes. The ranch has complete perimeter fencing and multiple pastures in cross fencing. There are many maintained deer feeders and blinds spanning across the ranch.
MINERALS None owned.
Willow Springs is a seeping spring (per owner) located under a large limestone outcropping. It is said to have never been known to go dry. The ranch sits atop the Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer. This ranch boasts 3 wells and 3 earthen tanks.
The Big Canyon Ranch is everything that a West Texas ranch should be. If you are interested in a secluded hunting ranch, hiking, exploring caves, or spending time in the beauty of West Texas, look no further.
The advertised property is the result of a cooperative between two existing listings by Capitol Ranch Real Estate and Foster Farm and Ranch.