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Camino de Lovato - County B-121
Borders BLM Land, Horse Property, Ranch, Wooded Lot, View
Situated on the west side of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, just southwest of the Wild Rivers Recreation area, this 640-acre ranch is an aviator’s dream with its own 4,500 foot-long landing strip and plenty of land ready to be developed for a fly-in community. This ranch benefits from sweeping views north out over the expansive national monument and Colorado, east to the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Lama, Gold Hill and Lobo peak, and south to Taos Pueblo, Taos town, and across the mesa down to where the Rio Pueblo meets the Rio Grande in the Rift Valley. This slice of Northern New Mexico paradise will appeal to pilots, equestrians, and those seeking respite in the rugged natural beauty. The 4500’ x 50’ FAA-registered (NM03) compressed crushed-stone airstrip is capable of safely accommodating high performance single engine aircraft (e.g., Beech Bonanzas) as well as “back country” taildraggers. Horse lovers will be delighted to find corrals, a hay barn, and round pen. And because the parcel is predominantly bordered by BLM land, you can hike or ride freely for miles. For the more adventurous, there is a little-known trail leading down into the gorge for some superb fly-fishing. The land is populated with abundant wildlife, including elk, deer, and antelope, and there are native grasses, wildflowers, Ponderosa pine, cedar, piñon, and juniper trees everywhere. The property features several buildings, including an off-the-grid, move-in ready solar cottage as well as a charming old-fashioned adobe guest house located on top of the cerro that sits about 400’ higher than the rest of the property at the northeast corner of the land. The views from both homes are breathtaking. The lights of Taos sparkle to the south at night and with the 360-degree views from the top of the ranch, you can watch clouds roll by on the horizon a hundred miles away. Nearby, you will find a storage warehouse, and a delightful artist’s studio with skylights. Fed by rainwater collection there are three 1,200 gallon cisterns around the property. In addition, there are numerous places where one could build a new home with incredible views in all directions. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle of city life, and want to get back to nature and to a simpler, more organic lifestyle – or a place to retreat sustainably from time to time, the Flying W Ranch could be perfect for you. In addition to the solitude and serenity (and being close to Taos town), the most remarkable thing that the Flying W Ranch has to offer is complete sustainability. No electricity bills, no heating bills (the buildings are heated by wood-burning stoves and wood is plentiful right on the property), rural/agriculture tax designation, enough land to raise cattle, horses, chickens, caribou, anything! and sunny hillsides that can be tilled and planted. With plenty of solar power and a four-burner propane oven/stove as well as a top-of-the-line Sunfrost refrigerator, you can still enjoy some modern conveniences. And, with cell phone coverage, you can reconnect if needed. The ranch makes for a fantastic week-end or summer get-away and would be a tremendous investment to pass on to your children. The current owners host various “fly-ins” each year which is a great way to introduce folks to the wonders of Northern New Mexico. For those interested in the development opportunities, the current owners have divided the property into ten legal parcels ranging from 6 to 74 acres with most parcels (8) being 70 acres. A further split could create 16 x 35-acre parcels, all with airstrip frontage making this an ideal potential “fly-in community” with all parcels retaining an easement along the airstrip providing for the construction of hangars. A short 4-minute flight would put you into Taos County Regional Airport (which recently added a new 8,200 foot-long runway.) From there it is just a 25-minute drive to world class skiing up at TSV. More pics bit.ly/flyingwranch
Engel & Voelkers Taos
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Listing information last updated on January 20th, 2019 at 3:47am EST.