Majestic. Stunning. Paradise. These words perfectly describe this once in a lifetime offering. Views of Wheeler Peak rise above the ranch to the west and Eagle Nest Lake is framed below Touch Me Not and Baldy Mountains to the east; you immediately feel the full depth of the Sangre De Cristo mountains from almost any location on the ranch. Imagine sitting quietly on an early, fall morning enjoying the sheer beauty and listening to the bugle of a bull as hundreds of elk move back to the sanctuary of tall timber on the ranch. Water is key to life in the mountains, and 6 Mile and Probar Creeks meander through the ranch providing that life to wild-game both large and small. With ponds fed by live water flowing through the ranch, the fishing is outstanding. In addition, significant water rights convey allowing a new owner many options to expand the already amazing trout experience. Lying in the center of the Golden Triangle for New Mexico winter sports, the ranch is minutes away from Angel Fire Resort, Red River Ski Area, and Taos Ski Valley. If you are searching for that perfect year-round family estate or looking for development potential, 6 Mile Creek Ranch is the place for you.
Improvements: The ranch boasts a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom home largely in a ranch-style décor. There is also a three-bay garage/barn next to the main house with cattle corals behind the main compound. A water well services the main house while the remainder of the ranch is watered via the creek and pond system present.
Water Rights: The ranch possesses 494.5 ac/ft of adjudicated water rights. Priority dates on the water rights are 1882, 1883, and 1902. These rights stem from water both from the Six Mile Creek and the Pobar Creek. Both streams flow through the ranch and are the main sources of water for Eagle Nest Lake. These rights significantly add to the value of the ranch.
Elk: Six Mile Creek Ranch is run as a trophy elk and trout ranch under the current ownership. It annually receives 25 elk tags: 15 bull tags and 10 cow tags. Five to seven bulls are harvested each year to maintain a good age structure within the bull herd. The top-scoring bull harvested under current ownership was a 348 B&C with a typical bull harvest in the 310-330 range. Large herds of cows and bulls are commonly seen on the ranch with groups of 20-100 typical.
Mule Deer: There are some mule deer regularly seen, however, their numbers are much smaller compared to the elk.
Merriam’s Turkey: Solid turkey habitat starts with water and large trees for roosting and this ranch has both. Good numbers are seen regularly on the ranch and have been lightly hunted.
Black Bear: This area of New Mexico is known to have good numbers of Black Bear.
Mountain Lion: Lions are seen in the area but not regularly on the ranch.
Fishing: The ranch maintains three primary, fishing lakes and two smaller ponds. The lakes are regularly stocked and run for trophy fish production. Rainbow, Brooke, Brown and Cutthroat are the primary species with trophies being produced over the years. The current owner added aeration in several of the ponds to increase the oxygen levels and overall health of the fishery. Six Mile Creek runs separately from all of these lakes allowing a new owner the opportunity to develop this part of the ranch utilizing vast water rights.
Eagle Nest Lake lies in the valley just below the ranch. This lake, with over 3,000± surface acres, provides an active fishery for several trout species including Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat, Kokanee Salmon, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and Carp. Local guides enjoy strong reviews on Trip Advisor for excursions on Eagle Nest Lake.
Livestock: With nearly 390± acres of flood irrigated pasture, the ranch has a typical stocking rate of 250-500 yearlings. Cattle are typically run from May-September 15. Exterior fences are in good repair.
Timber: The higher elevations of the ranch contain Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, White Fir, Engleman Spruce, and Aspen. These are the primary species found in the over-story. There has been no commercial forestry in the past 10 years under the current ownership.