The L Bar Ranch is located west of Albuquerque near the community of Laguna, in Sandoval County, in the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game Unit 9.
The terrain of the L Bar Ranch varies dramatically from high mesas with steep fractured rock ledges and ridges to lower wide valley bottoms. These rugged features offer unbelievable views throughout the ranch and include numerous, massive, steep protruding volcanic up-thrust cones or plugs which tower over the surrounding countryside. These volcanic cones have unusual and very striking features which were actually formed when molten lava exploded from deep within the earth.
Elevations on the L Bar Ranch vary over an amazing 2,000 vertical feet, reaching 8,300 feet on the upper mesa country and descending to approximately 6,100 feet in the southeast corner of the ranch.
The L Bar Ranch is 100 percent deeded and is located at the end of the road with no public roads traversing its boundaries. This ensures all the privacy and solitude one could ask for. A large state-owned wildlife area adjoins on the west; the Cibola National Forest on the north; the famous Floyd Lee Ranch adjoins on the northwest; the Zia and Laguna Reservations adjoin on the northeast and east with a large private ownership adjoining on the south. This is Big Ranch Country with properties in the area being of substantial size.
The combination of the high mesa country, steep rocky side slopes, scenic volcanic cones and the wide lower valleys truly give the ranch a western movie set appearance.
The main ranch headquarters are located near the south end of the ranch in a scenic valley setting. These improvements include a 100 percent remodeled three-bedroom, one-bath adobe/stucco owner’s home, the main shipping pens and an attached livestock shed. These improvements are adjacent to the 57 acres of irrigated land. North of the headquarter improvements is a large metal hay/equipment barn, a metal shop building with attached apartment and a woodworking shop building.
A stunning two-story hunting lodge is located on the point of a spectacular fractured sandstone rock bluff. This impressive structure, which contains approximately 3,700 square feet, has a metal roof and is constructed of logs with native rock accents. This sturdy structure has four bathrooms and can accommodate approximately 15 guests. The lodge has unbelievable 360-degree panoramic views of nearly the entire property.
The ranch is adequately watered by wells, pipeline drinkers, numerous earthen tanks, springs and seasonal creeks. In addition, 57 acres located near the headquarters are irrigated by two pivot sprinkler systems. The ranch has 200 acre feet of permitted water rights.
The owner of this ranch also has the right to develop the deep water (below 2,500 feet). This approved right allows the owner the right to drill up to 20 water wells (already surveyed and approved), equating to 20,000 acre feet of deep water in the Upper Triassic Agua Zarca Formation at a depth of approximately 2,968 feet.
Hunting and Recreation
The wildlife features on the L Bar Ranch are very impressive. Game species include elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, Barbary sheep, turkey and waterfowl. The L Bar Ranch is located in New Mexico Big Game Unit 9.
The ranch is enrolled in the E Plus system with New Mexico Game and Fish for elk hunting. Currently, the ranch has approximately 11,849 acres enrolled in the primary elk zone. This portion of the ranch was issued nine bull elk muzzleloader authorizations and 12 archery either-sex authorizations in 2020. An authorization allows the holder to purchase a private land license. The balance of the ranch is in the secondary management zone where elk hunting license is acquired online or over the counter license sales with bag limits being either sex. There is no minimum or maximum on the elk hunting capability in the secondary management zone. The balance of the big game hunting on the ranch is generally online or over the counter, coinciding with prescribed dates. Barbary sheep hunting is year round.
The owner of the L Bar Ranch has 50 percent of the mineral rights and 100 percent of the executive leasing rights.
The property is located in the San Juan Basin which is recognized as an area potentially rich with natural gas deposits. Uranium mines are also located in the immediate area of the property. A large operating wind farm is located a few miles from the ranch. All owned mineral rights, water rights and all wind generation royalty rights will convey with the property.
The L Bar Ranch is an operating cattle ranch with the added bonus of outstanding hunting opportunities. This ranch truly epitomizes the description of New Mexico being the Land of Enchantment. The topography and views from all parts of this ranch are stunning, which makes it one of the most scenic in the state.
It is seldom that a ranch such as the L Bar is offered for sale. This property is priced right and is ready to own, operate and enjoy. This property is priced at $595 per deeded acre, or a total of $21,693,700.
If you would like to schedule a visit to this remarkable, one-of-a-kind ranch property, please give us a call.
36,460± Acres in Sandoval County, Laguna, New Mexico
Chas S. Middleton and Son
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