Dinero Ranch New Mexico: Search New Mexico high and low, and it would be difficult to find “pound-for-pound” a better recreational property than Dinero Ranch, located just southeast of Chama. Whether your passion is nature photography, hiking, big game hunting, stillwater or stream fishing, snowshoeing or even golf, Dinero Ranch holds treasures galore awaiting your discovery.
Dinero Ranch, at 2874 acres, snuggles up to flanks of the Tusas Mountains just a few miles outside of Chama, New Mexico, in a setting of ponderosa pine and fir forest dotted with grassy parklands. Ranging from roughly 7500 feet to 9000 feet, the ranch receives enough moisture to keep it well-watered and attractive to a large diversity of wildlife, including trophy mule deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, turkey and waterfowl, not to mention many nongame species as well. As a result wildlife lovers will enjoy this natural sanctuary as much as the wildlife itself.
Hunting is legendary at Dinero Ranch, and many a tale has been told about the famous “Mundy Buck,” a massive mule deer taken from the ranch that scored 288 6/8 B&C and produced the widest mule deer rack ever submitted to the Boone & Crockett book. Many impressive mulies continue to populate the ranch, and previous owners have carefully managed the land to maximize its potential for trophy big game hunting. Selective hunting, predator management, fields planted in winter wheat, 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.
Anglers are by no means shortchanged here, either. Stillwater anglers can sample two of the ranch’s larger ponds that hold rainbows in the multi-pound category, and many other of the ranch’s 15+ ponds could be stocked to support several species of large trout. Stream anglers will delight to have access to miles of Chavez Creek, where a light rod and wild trout make for many days of stress-free exploration.
If superb hunting and fishing isn’t enough, how about a round of golf? Four “extreme” holes with manicured greens have been developed on the ranch, with plans available for five more. Then there’s endless hiking and horseback riding in the summer, ski touring and snowshoeing in the winter, and four-wheeling on the extensive network of ranch roads. Not many minutes away is El Vado Reservoir and the Chama River, both renowned for trophy brown trout fishing, and the quaint mountain town of Chama, home to the spectacular Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and many shops. The cultural centers of Santa Fe is about two hours south, and world-class downhill skiing happens at Taos, about a 90-minute drive.
Improvements on the ranch focus on the land itself, including miles of buried power, an excellent network of graveled roads, and perimeter and cross fencing. One solar-powered hunting cabin is in place with an indoor bathroom, running water and kitchen, but the Dinero Ranch is ripe for locating a trophy home or lodge to match its trophy hunting. The main challenge may be in choosing the spectacular site upon which to build!
With a combination of year-round accessibility via paved road, true privacy and an unusual variety of recreational opportunities, we at Harrigan Land Company believe that the Dinero Ranch is a New Mexico treasure just awaiting discovery. For the recreationally-minded buyer, its possibilities are as abundant as the stars visible here on a clear New Mexico night. We invite you to see the Dinero Ranch for yourself and envision your future in the Land of Enchantment.
Dinero Ranch New Mexico
Dinero Ranch New Mexico