On the Cover: Mount Ord Ranch

15,888± Acres in Brewster County, Texas
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This article is featured in the Winter 2021 issue of Texas LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.


The Mount Ord Ranch, named after the highest peak of the Del Norte Mountain Range, is a true legacy ranch and the epitome of a Far West Texas gem. Springs, sky islands, deep canyons, productive grasslands, a prime location, the Mount Ord Basin and extraordinary diversity are some of the many attributes that set this ranch apart from others.

At 6,803 feet above sea level, Mount Ord provides a 360-degree view of arguably some of the most revered landscapes in Far West Texas. On a crystal-clear day, the vistas to the south consist of mesas and peaks such as Elephant Mountain, Santiago Peak, Nine Point Mesa and even the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. The viewshed to the west is equally as impressive and possesses iconic landscapes including Cathedral Mountain and the Chinati Mountains on the far horizon.

Location

The entrance to the ranch is located just 12.8 miles south of Alpine, Texas, on HWY 118 South. The Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport is just a short 20-minute drive from the ranch’s main gate.

Topography, Rangeland & Habitat

About half of the Mount Ord Ranch is mountainous and foothill terrain, while the remainder is rolling and varied terrain with numerous spectacular canyons and water-cut rock features, including the magnificent Panther Hole. 

The mountainous portion of the ranch includes the highest peak of the Del Norte Mountains known as Mount Ord. This peak was named after the great General Edward O.C. Ord (1818–1883) who led large numbers of troops stationed out of San Antonio and patrolled as far as the Trans-Pecos region. The Mount Ord summit is 6,803 feet above sea level and towers approximately 2,000 feet over the floor of the entire ranch. Mount Ord is considered a “cuesta” peak because of its gentle slope on its south-facing side and its extremely steep slope (or cuesta) on the north and east sides. 

One thousand feet below, to the south of the summit, is Mount Ord Basin. The basin is a stunning hidden valley teeming with native wildlife and a concentration of oak, madrone and pinyon pine woodlands. 

In addition to Mount Ord Basin, much of the other mountainous portions of the ranch have areas associated with the most desirable types of vegetation found in the Trans-Pecos region: high desert grasslands, oak-juniper-pinyon woodlands and riparian woodlands.

Traversing through the south-central portion of the property, in the rolling desert grasslands at the base of the foothills, is Ash Creek. This riparian area is studded with large Emory oaks, cottonwoods, Arizona ash trees, desert willows and other riparian vegetation. 

Wildlife

The big game and upland bird populations on the ranch are exceptional. This is in part due to the diverse habitat with many springs, dense riparian areas, mountains, canyons, valleys, boulders and overall thermal cover. Game and other huntable species found on the ranch include mule deer, trophy elk, white-tailed deer, Rio Grande turkey, javelina, feral hogs, mourning dove, blue quail and mountain lion. Non-game species include black bear and Montezuma quail. In fact, word of mouth has it there are upwards of 13 different mature black bears calling the Del Norte Mountains home. 

Over the years, the owners have taken 350-inch to 400+ inch bull elk and have reported resident populations of elk to be exceptional. . . as seen firsthand on our visits! The ranch uses supplemental feed to support wildlife populations, with protein feeders strategically located across the ranch (all within feeder pens). Seasonal migrations of mourning and white-winged dove and waterfowl also provide wing shooting opportunities. 

Improvements

The Mount Ord Ranch has several homes and barns all within the headquarters located centrally on the ranch. 

Main Home: The 4,420-square-foot main home is a 1950s vintage home with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus separate guest quarters. Our favorite feature of the home is the sweeping covered porch with spectacular views.

Foreman’s Home: The 1,736-square-foot home has two bedrooms and two baths and is centrally located in the headquarters area.

Bunkhouse: This house is 1,128 square feet and can be used for ranch hands or as a hunter’s cabin.

Horse Barn: 4,000 square feet with eight indoor stalls, two tack rooms, round pen and outdoor stalls and turnouts.

Equipment Barn: This 6,750± square-foot equipment barn provides open equipment storage with a portion closed in, originally built for a helicopter hanger.

Shipping Pens: All pipe constructed, loading chute and annually certified livestock scales.

Outside of the headquarters area, there are three additional sets of working pens. The ranch’s road system allows good access throughout the ranch.

Water

The ranch is extremely well watered by way of over a dozen water wells, significant water storage, distribution and delivery points. In addition, there is an abundance of springs (some developed), seasonal Ash Creek, stock tanks and header dams, all providing life-sustaining water for livestock and wildlife alike, not to mention for folks enjoying the headquarters! The southern end of Ash Creek has water pockets even during the dry months and is a great feature to count on.  The vast majority of the ranch sits above the Igneous Aquifer. 

Please contact broker for more information. 


15,888± Acres in Brewster County, Texas
Offered at $23,831,370

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