- 1,937 deeded acres - Excellent hunting, equestrian, or family ranch - Several springs, ponds, & Tierra Amarilla Creek - Excellent hunting with annual elk & deer tags - Improvement include: owners home, guest house, barn, carriage house, & more - Located between Chama & Santa Fe
From ancient times, the area around Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico has been valued for its exquisite livability. Centuries of habitation by native peoples established this fact. Manuel Martinez and companions built upon this legacy with the settling of the massive Tierra Amarilla Land Grant in 1832. Today, the 1,937-acre Red Rabbit Ranch captures the best of the Tierra Amarilla area on a property graced with extraordinary hunting and equestrian opportunities, mountain scenery and buildings that are the virtual definition of fine craftsmanship.
Situated on the flanks of the southern San Juan Mountains, Red Rabbit Ranch is a true mountain property, with elevations stretching from 8,500 feet to 10,300 feet. Abundant winter snows nourish a rich and varied ecosystem composed of meadows, spruce and pine forest, gambel oak and aspen groves. Numerous springs, ponds and the Tierra Amarilla Creek make the property a haven for wildlife of great variety. Wildlife photographers, hikers, hunters and snowmobilers alike will find a lifetime of exciting opportunities without ever needing to leave the property.
Big game hunters will be enticed by the Ranchs large herds of trophy mule deer and elk. Selective hunting, grazing management, and well-developed watering holes keep bragging-size mule deer in the 180 to 200+ inch class on the property. Not far behind are the trophy elk opportunities, with bull elk commonly scoring over 300 inches. Mule deer authorizations are available through the owner and the Ranch typically receives about 17 elk authorizations annually. In addition, solid populations of bear, mountain lion, turkey and grouse make their home here and provide other hunting opportunities year-round.
Improvements on the Ranch can only be described in terms of meticulous craftsmanship. The main residence is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath Swedish coped log home with remarkable attention to detail. It includes a vaulted ceiling Great Room with a stone fireplace that is reminiscent of old Western lodges, a custom-built kitchen highlighted with mesquite cabinetry that leads into a breakfast room that seats 6 people. A vintage style wet bar and Victorian style gas fireplace surround a seating area and adjoins a dining room with sweeping views of the mountains and seats 12 people. There is stairway access to the basement which could serve as a wine cellar. Vaulted ceilings continue into both the Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom with en suite features. Two, 2-car detached garages complete the Main House area.
The Main House features alone would set Red Rabbit Ranch apart, but many would consider its 4,000-square foot barn its crowning jewel, making this property one of the finest equestrian facilities in this part of the state. The barn includes a full shop, 6 horse stalls, two of which have auxiliary heating for foaling, an 1100 sq. ft. upper hay loft, washroom and a tack room with 8 saddle racks secured by antique teak and iron doors. The barn floor has brick pavers and adding to the ambiance of the barn is a custom round stained glass window. Attached to the barn is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, full kitchen, open concept living area perfect for a Ranch Manager or Guests. Other improvements with the horse lover in mind include three horse pastures with electric fencing, horse corrals, loafing sheds, a hay shed and a round pen. Of course, with nearly 2000 acres to its credit, high country trail riding on the Ranch is second to none.
Guest House: The 2,000 sq. ft. guesthouse situated overlooking the lower portion of the Ranch provides incredible sunset views from the front porch. Comprised of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, it features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, full kitchen, custom woodwork, and a wood burning stove, all of which make your guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Carriage House: A recently built timber framed carriage house, affectionately called the Motor Bank, beautifully displays collectible or serviceable vehicles of all types. The Motor Bank features four bays, an entertainment space, diamond plastered walls and brick flooring maintaining the high craftsmanship of the property.
Hunting Cabin: The hunting cabin located amid prime elk country at 9,800 feet sleeps 7 people with a full kitchen, dining area and shower. Running hot water, wood burning stove and gas lights make it an inviting space for hunters at the end of the day.
Storage Building: The 4000 sq. ft. metal, clear span storage facility has a concrete floor and natural lighting giving ample room for Ranch equipment and materials.
Stone House: Built in the 1800s, the stone house was used for decades as a summer camp by sheepherders and remains virtually unchanged.
Red Rabbit Ranch is accessible year-round, as it borders paved U.S. Highway 64. The small community of Tierra Amarilla is about ten miles away, and the tourist and narrow-gauge railroad town of Chama is 26 miles to the north. Within 70 miles lies historic Taos, known as an artistic cultural center and world-renowned ski resort. Pagosa Springs also within 70 miles is famous for its healing Hot Springs and nearby Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Santa Fe lies only about 90 minutes away. All four seasons of the year lend itself to various outdoor activities either on the Ranch or nearby.
Red Rabbit Ranch will capture the attention of anyone who knows quality when they see it. The care that has gone into not only the fine architecture on the Ranch, but also in maintaining habitat that is most beneficial to wildlife is evident in abundance, making this a property that will continue the tradition of exquisite livability for generations to come. This Ranch has served as a Family Compound for nearly a quarter of a century, but it is situated and designed to lend itself to many opportunities and uses.