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Costilla Creek Fish & Hunt

381 State Highway 196 Amalia NM 87512  |  Taos County, NM
  • $1,550,000
  • 90.16 acres
  • Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms3 Bathrooms

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Listing Status: Off Market
Listing Type: Sale
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Irrigated: No
Residence: Yes
Property ID: 8016330
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Property Description

Costilla Creek Fish and Hunt is the rare opportunity to own a 90-acre +/- trout fishery on the coveted Rio Costilla in north-central New Mexico.  The property is located just northwest of the small town of Amalia and a short-distance south of the New Mexico/Colorado border.  Red River, Taos and Eagle Nest are positioned about one-hour to the south with Alamosa, Colorado located approximately one-hour to the north.  The property maintains year-round access of off State Highway 196 and both sides of the Rio Costilla are fully-contained within the property boundary.  Surrounding mountain and valley views are spectacular.  The larger property is bordered by RCCLA managed lands on three sides.
The Rio Costilla is a wading stream that contains some the healthiest numbers of native Rio Grande cutthroat, cuttbow and rainbow trout.  This stretch provides an owner with nearly one-mile of private water and has been improved over the years to include: the removal of select areas of brush, restored banks, dams, ripples and pools.  The size and type of holding waters on the parcel retain some of the biggest fish for the area.  Banks are intermittently lined with native grass, willows and trees that provide a steady supply of both shade and food sources.  Annual fly hatches primarily consist of hoppers, drakes, caddis, stone flies and terrestrials with the peak fishing season generally extending from mid-May through September.  Public access is also available on the Valle Vidal section in Carson National Forest (opens annually July 1 in protecting calving elk) and in Rio Costilla Park (year-round).  Fishing on the subject tract can extend between ice melt-off in the spring and continue until freeze up in early winter.  The Rio Costilla is the tailwater flow of Costilla Reservoir and the creek is highly fishable during both low and high-water levels. 
In addition to the excellent fishing, the property will also convey six elk tags (3 bull & 3 cow).  The current owner’s sell-out the permits yearly.  Good size bulls have been taken on-site annually and the varying topography and cover make for ideal habitat.  Mule deer, mountain lion, black bear and bobcat are also common with mule deer tags available for over-the-counter purchase.  The property is surrounded by the 80,000-acre Rio Costilla Park, which is managed by the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA).  The RCCLA’s primary emphasis is maintaining and growing big game and other wildlife numbers. 
The 2,928 square foot lodge consists of a two-story, three-bedroom, three-bath structure that has been utilized as a bed and breakfast in accommodating both fishing and hunting guests as well as highway travelers.  The upper-level of the lodge was remodeled and includes large open bedrooms with well-appointed baths.  Property also includes a covered porch, two-car garage and an additional well permit. 
This is a truly spectacular and rare find, combining the best fishing and hunting attributes northern New Mexico has to offer.  Year-round usability, surrounding views and nearby access to tens of thousands of public land acres serve to further enhance value.  Call Beau McDowell or Brent Hedrick for a qualified, private showing.
For the buyer looking to increase overall acreage and landowner elk tags, Costilla Creek Fish and Hunt could be utilized as a basecamp for the nearby San Pedro Mesa Ranch located just outside of the town of Costilla.  San Pedro Mesa is comprised of 3,205-acres and receives 11 elk tags.

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