Cañones Creek Ranch New Mexico: Don’t tell a soul, but one of New Mexico’s best trout fishing secrets lies in the heart of the Chama Valley between Santa Fe and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Cañones Creek Ranch brims with trout fishing possibilities in five lunker-filled ponds and 1.25 miles of the productive Chama River. Including the amenities of two homes and superb year-round access, this may be the finest New Mexico fishing property on the market today.
Consisting of 518 deeded acres, Cañones Creek Ranch encompasses some of the richest grassland and hay meadow on the Chama River, six miles south of the historic town of Chama. Significant water rights makes a hay and/or cattle operation viable here, but trout fill the starring role. Thanks to a healthy riparian zone dominated by cottonwoods and dozens of engineered rock structures, the 40-foot wide Chama River is home to excellent populations of brown trout and rainbow trout ranging from 12 to well over 20 inches. Hooking one of these well-conditioned fish in the currents of the Chama sets up an epic battle that can be repeated many times during the course of the day. Nymphing is especially productive, and at least 4X tippet is a wise choice.
Its mile and a quarter of the Chama River alone would make this an exceptional property, but five professionally designed ponds scattered throughout the ranch add even more fishing variety to this remarkable ranch. These ponds have been stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout, and some of their fish grow fat and sassy, in fact up to 8 pounds or so! With so many trophy ponds and the river, Cañones Creek Ranch can accommodate a whole tribe of avid anglers!
You and your guests will have the choice of staying either in the historic and recently remodeled ranch home, with three bedrooms and one bath, or the new guest apartment attached to the garage and shop. The house contains a large open kitchen and an inviting living room with fireplace around which to gather and tell fishing stories. A picturesque, century-old barn stands nearby, and a new pavilion has been built on the shore of the largest pond.
The entire property has been carefully tended for grass production, and ample water rights from the Cañones and Barranco ditches keep 302 acres well-irrigated. Most of the property would also be an ideal candidate for a conservation easement, to preserve the open landscape of the area while providing tax credits for the landowner.
Although exceptional fishing is the centerpiece of Cañones Creek Ranch, the property lies within New Mexico’s Game Management Unit 4, well-known for its trophy elk and quality mule deer hunting. Four landowner elk tags come with the ranch, and deer tags are available over the counter. In addition, wild turkey are abundant on and near the ranch and offer spring hunting. Other recreation nearby includes boating and fishing on El Vado Reservoir, and downhill skiing at either Wolf Creek in Colorado or Taos, each about 80 miles distant, via paved highways.
Cultural attractions in the area include the quaint town of Chama, only six miles to the north, which is the western terminus of the narrow-gauge Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Chama offers necessary supplies, retail shops, food and lodging, and a family medical center. The resort town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, with its famed hot springs, is about an hour to the north. Santa Fe, one of North America’s oldest cities and a world-class artist’s mecca, is less than two hours to the south.
So we’ve let the secret out: Cañones Creek Ranch is a prime trout property in the heart of an unspoiled section of New Mexico. If you’d like to be let in on the secret in person, contact us at Harrigan Land Company. Some secrets are just too good to be kept to ourselves. Learn more about this property and other New Mexico luxury ranches for sale.