American Creek Ranch New Mexico: Located in the shadow of New Mexico’s highest peak and only minutes from Angel Fire and Taos ski resorts, American Creek Ranch may be the best-situated recreational ranch in the state. Over 3000 acres of mountain forest and rolling grassland provide ample room for solitude, stunning alpine views and large herds of mule deer and elk. Add easy access and a beautiful hacienda-style home to the mix and the result is a mountain retreat with few peers in northern New Mexico or anywhere else, for that matter.
Anchored in the foothills on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at elevations from 8300 to 10,000 feet, American Creek Ranch is 3,082 beautifully-situated acres where the high plains grasslands meet ponderosa pine forest. The result is an off-the-charts aesthetic beauty that is reminiscent of classic Western movie sets. A more lovely locale in which to ride a horse or hike for miles can scarcely be imagined than American Creek Ranch.
Hunters and photographers will find American Creek Ranch to be a haven for deer and elk. Large herds roam freely here and in the adjacent Colin Neblett State Wildlife Area. The ranch receives annual landowner elk tags and deer tags are available over the counter. These excellent hunting opportunities are supplemented with good populations of black bear, turkey and mountain lions.
Fishing is superb at Eagle Nest Lake, famous for superb rainbow trout and kokanee salmon, and it lies only a few minutes to the north. The Cimarron River is a tailwater of Eagle Nest and affords some of New Mexico’s finest public fly fishing for both brown and rainbow trout, many that reach 14 to 18 inches. On the ranch itself, three small spring creeks have development possibilities for a series of trout ponds.
The lovely ranch house is a perfect location in which to sit, coffee in hand, and view grazing elk or the ever-changing views of New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak. The home is over 3200 square feet, of a southwestern stucco design. Four bedrooms, a large atrium and dining area and courtyard set this home apart as perfect for larger gatherings of family and friends. A barn including tack room and four stalls will be appreciated by horse lovers.
For being a true mountain retreat, American Creek Ranch is remarkably accessible by paved roads year-round. The cultural center of Taos is within an hour to the west, and Interstate 25, connecting with Santa Fe and Albuquerque, only about an hour to the east. If a large northern New Mexico mountain retreat with amazing recreational opportunities captures your fancy, American Creek Ranch might just be the breath of fresh air that you’ve been waiting for. We at Harrigan Land Company would be privileged to take you to the high country and experience the mountain air, the singular beauty and the solitude of American Creek Ranch.