Surrounded on three sides by the 230,000± acre Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Sevilleta Hills Elk Ranch presents an unparalleled hunting situation. The ranch boasts a substantial population of 360+ class bulls and outstanding mule deer. The ranch consists of 1074± deeded acres, including 84± acres of irrigated farmland with 252 acre-feet of valuable water rights. The seller believes the mineral rights are intact, and the ranch holds strong possibilities for both solar and geothermal opportunities. Seller financing is possible with a large down payment.

The proximity to the massive Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge is key to the phenomenal hunting on this property. Big game hunting is prohibited on the refuge, and water resources are limited. Therefore, the drinkers and farm crops on the ranch are wildlife magnets. Waterfowl and quail are abundant on the ranch. Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest wildlife refuges in the lower 48 states and the biggest in New Mexico. Four different biomes intersect here and support a wide array of biological diversity.

Located on the east side of Game Management Unit (GMU) 13, the ranch is in a secondary management zone, which allows unlimited landowner tags for elk. Last year, the owner sold 12 tags and harvested 12 bulls, with four of those bigger than 350. This harvest did not dent the visiting bull population. This year, the owner has sold 17 tags for $15K to $17K each. The seller does feed and house the hunters. Five hunters can easily hunt the ranch at the same time. Archery Hunts are from September 1 through September 24. Any-weapon hunts are from October 1 to December 31.  Hunters choose a 5-day period for their license. An elk license can coincide with mule deer season, and a hunter could hunt both at the same time.

An underground pipe irrigates the 85± acre farm with water from the Alamillo ditch. The fields are currently planted in alfalfa and tall fescue for the elk. Improvements are modest: a two-bed, two-bath adobe home that sleeps six and a storage barn and equipment shed. The San Acacia Water Association supplies the house water. The well also supplements the landscaping at the house. The livestock drinkers (six) are fed by a well that connects to a storage tank at the top of the property, and then gravity feeds back to the drinkers.

Sevilleta Hills Elk Ranch is a unique opportunity for a private hunting oasis with abundant trophy elk and large mule deer. The substantial water rights are a valuable resource in high demand from municipalities and an excellent investment opportunity.


  • 1,074± deeded acres
  • 82± irrigated acres with 252 acre-feet of water rights
  • Great location near I-40 between Albuquerque and Socorro
  • Trophy elk and mule deer hunting
  • Unlimited landowner tags for elk
  • Established hunting income stream
  • Premium waterfowl and quail hunting possibilities
  • Mineral rights intact
  • Excellent water rights investment
  • Co-Listing Agent: Greg Walker, Owner/Broker | Walker Ranch Sales | 720-441-3131 |
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.

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