250,000-Acre Historical Bell Ranch for Sale in New Mexico for $115 Million

Posted by Gail Swanson — April 16, 2007

COLORADO – Offered for $115 million, 250,000 deeded acres in northeastern New Mexico features Bell Mountain, a dramatic butte punctuating the landscape. The property is located in San Miguel County, east of Santa Fe, and the Canadian River flows through it for more than 13 miles. The property is adjacent to the 9,600-acre Conchas Lake. The Hacienda is 10,832 square feet with a swimming pool and tennis courts. The buyer will receive 3,000 mother Red Bell cows and a horse herd as part of the deal. Headquarters is comprised of general manager residence and lake house, ranch offices, stables, barns, garage and storage facilities. Six cowboy camps are located throughout the property. Bell Ranch airfield (8,200' x 75' lighted dirt airstrip) has storage for 100LL avgas and a large hangar.This property is presented by Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield Ranch and Recreational Properties, LLC for $115 million for John B. Watson and Rye Austin; see property at www.OrvisCW.com.Known for its sporting attributes, particularly antelope and wild turkey hunts, the Bell Ranch supports populations of blue quail, mule and whitetail deer, dove and Barbary sheep (aoudad). The enormity of the property allows for endless exploration and private sporting experiences.  Conchas Lake provides a warm-water fishery for bass, walleye, bluegill and crappie and is large enough for canoeing, sailing and water skiing.The land is nourished by the Canadian River, flowing through the property to Conchas Lake. The Bell Ranch is nearly 390 square miles of unfragmented habitat for wildlife. Improvements are limited to the Hacienda complex, headquarters, camps and ranch corrals/barns/outbuildings, which leaves hundreds of thousands of untouched acres.The remains of Apache and Comanche villages and abandoned trading posts dot the landscape. Ranch Headquarters was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1970. The Bell brand was registered in 1874, and the Ranch has only had eight general managers throughout its history. Cattle have been run on the Ranch since 1872. The historic Hacienda, built in the 1930s, has entertained Hollywood icons including Clarke Gable and Shirley Temple.The sale will include about 3,000 mother cows of the ranch’s unique Red Bell cattle breed, improved through research partnerships with Cornell University and Montana State University. A cow-horse program is in place on the Ranch, with about 200 resident horses included.Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield Ranch and Recreational Properties, LLC is a joint venture between The Orvis Company and Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. in the marketing and sale of premier ranch and recreational properties to the global market, matching qualified buyers with sellers of investment-quality properties. The company combines two world recognized brands – Orvis, renowned since 1856 for its sporting traditions and commitment to conservation, and Cushman & Wakefield, founded in 1917, the preeminent commercial real estate services firm in the world. The combined direct mail and broker network platforms assure maximum market reach and exposure.

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