Broken Butt Ranch

Chama, New Mexico



  • 16,309 deeded acres
  • 112 landowner elk tags
  • Numerous creeks, ponds, & springs
  • One of the nations finest all-around hunting ranches
  • Located between Chama, NM & Pagosa Springs, CO

Broken Butt Ranch New Mexico: Never before offered on the market, the Broken Butt Ranch in northern New Mexico easily qualifies as one of the largest remaining elk-rich mountain ranches in the state. The ranch’s 16,309 deeded acres lie squarely in the path of a major elk migration route between the high San Juan Mountains and the wintering grounds of New Mexico, and guarantees a healthy population of animals during hunting season. With impressive size, superb habitat and excellent year-round access, Broken Butt Ranch has an unexaggerated potential as a big game hunting property of national significance.

Named for a rifle with a broken stock found on the ranch in the early 1900s, Broken Butt Ranch has a long history of careful management as a joint cattle and hunting property. Sole family ownership has provided excellent stewardship of this special property for over 100 years. Ideally suited for summer cattle grazing, the ranch has supported up to 1500 yearling cattle, which historically has nicely complemented its big game opportunities. Broken Butt Ranch is unencumbered by any easements (but could be a candidate for a conservation easement) and includes 100% of its mineral rights.

Encompassing elevations from approximately 7500 to 9500 feet, the ranch supports diverse forests of juniper, spruce, ponderosa pine, aspen and oak, all interlaced with extensive fields of natural grasslands. With views worthy of classic Western films, the ranch’s vista of nearby cliffs and the high San Juan Mountains beyond never grows old.

Broken Butt Ranch’s impressive size qualifies it for 112 elk tags annually, and numerous mule deer tags are available annually. An abundance of 300+ inch bull elk and 180+ inch bucks on the ranch coupled with a four-month hunting season add up to a big game ranch of unequaled quality. Although elk and deer will attract the most attention, black bear and turkey provide variety to the hunting experience.

Nearly surrounded by other large ranches, Broken Butt Ranch maintains excellent privacy, yet is accessible year-round by Highway 84. On the ranch itself, a network of well-maintained roads on relatively gentle terrain offer superb access via OHV to many springs, ponds and watering holes. As a result, hunting on Broken Butt Ranch is not an endurance march!

Present improvements on the ranch include a functional four bedroom, two bath hunting lodge that sleeps up to 10 persons, and includes its own saloon. A caretakers’ home and shop building completes the buildings, but it doesn’t take much imagination to picture a classic log lodge gracing this spectacular property in one of several locations.

Location is one of Broken Butt Ranch’s greatest assets, as it lies only 12 miles west of the historic town of Chama, the western terminus of the famed Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad. The resort town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado is less than an hour’s drive north and offers not only its famed hot springs, but a full range of shopping opportunities and a plethora of fine dining establishments. Major ski areas such as Taos and Wolf Creek are only a couple of hours away.

The potential of a major hunting operation at Broken Butt Ranch is as clear as the blue New Mexico sky. Cattle ranchers, big game hunters and investors alike will find amazing opportunities awaiting here on the south side of the San Juan Mountains. This is a place where big Western dreams can be realized, so we encourage you to dream big and to contact Harrigan Land Company for your private showing of this exceptional property.

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