Truly a one of a kind ranch, and without question, one of the top live-water properties available in the entire Texas Hill Country, (CORTIJO CAPATAZ RANCH) offers a unique combination of beautiful live water, spring-fed canyons, hardwood lined hills, sheer limestone bluffs and outcroppings, elevated plateaus and wide, fertile oak-studded valleys.
The live water on the ranch is simply incredible. The owners enjoy the land on both sides of Bullhead Creek running 1.33 miles through the property. Bullhead Creek is known as one of the strongest and most pristine rock bottom creeks in the area; in nearly 50 years of current ownership, the creek has never stopped flowing. Other live-water sources on the property include a small dammed spring which lies almost hidden between 2 hills, and New Creek, which flows into Bullhead Creek from the south. Spring-fed New Creek feeds into Bullhead at the south bend creating an incredible, picturesque overview of the Ranch and nearly a mile of live water. Water from a neighboring spring runs through the ranch in an irrigation ditch once associated with a now-vanished grist mill that operated on the ranch years ago.
The sheer amount and quality of live water on a Ranch of this size is very rare. A horseshoe bend in the creek offers a span of water features not found on ranches many times this size. The creek offers numerous cypress trees, multiple small natural waterfalls, several deep blue-green crystal clear pools loaded with bass and catfish as well as of shallow rapids rushing along limestone bluffs gently flowing into the next deep pool. Large boulders from the cliffs above have become monuments in the beautiful live waters.
The heart of the ranch itself literally is an oasis and a wildlife sanctuary nestled in a valley surrounded by hardwood-lined hills and impressive limestone bluffs. The valley offers deep, fertile soils and several previously cultivated fields are suitable for hay or food plots. The elevated plateaus, oak-studded pastures and pecan bottoms provide habitat for the large numbers of whitetail, aoudad, turkey, axis and wild hogs. A pecan bottom with towering trees follows the large portions of both sides of the creek in an almost park-like. The tree cover on the ranch is exceptional with cypress, pecan, live oak, wild cherry, cedar elm, walnut and sycamore. One can imagine the Indians that once roamed this area would have selected this as one of their camps.
The home and headquarters area of the ranch are accented and surrounded by a masterly crafted stone column and cedar picket fence and numerous stone retention walls, built by skilled Guanajuato stone masons years ago.
The comfortable home on the ranch sits under a canopy of huge cypresses, oaks and pecans. It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with an open living/dining/kitchen area, tile and carpeted floors, carport, working fireplace, large pantry and an upstairs loft that provides additional sleeping quarters. A screened porch from which one can hear the creek running, overlooks the beautiful pecan bottom along the creek.
Additional improvements include a large metal 2 bay equipment barn with enclosed shop/storage area, a metal 2BR/1 bath building, in need of major refurbishing, which could be converted to additional guest quarters, new cross fencing and a small set of working pens. A historic dogtrot log cabin adds a unique piece of history to the property.
CAPATAZ RANCH/CORTIJO CAPATAZ truly is a hidden gem and a live water paradise. No other ranch on the market offers the endless recreational opportunities this ranch provides: hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, ATV activities and Indian artifact hunting. The Ranch is currently under a wildlife exemption and the owners of the ranch will convey 50% of all owned mineral rights.