Enchanted Vista Ranch New Mexico: Imagine waking up on a still September morning to the eerie wail of a bugling bull elk only 200 yards across the meadow. As the sun rises, it ignites a grove of aspen trees into brilliant hues of yellow and orange as the 6×6 bull pushes his harem of cows into the dark timber nearby. The sun rises higher into an azure New Mexico sky, melting off a shimmering layer of frost on the thick grass carpet of an expansive alpine meadow. As your breath coils in vapor around you, you reflect how 90% of the rest of America is sweltering under the oppression of late summer heat, and you’re thankful that you’re breathing mountain air in the alpine splendor called Enchanted Vista Ranch.
Enchanted Vista Ranch lies only about 15 minutes east of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, in the southernmost reaches of the San Juan Mountains. At an elevation of about 10,000 feet, its 217 acres are home to a pleasant blend of subalpine meadows, aspen groves and spruce/fir dark timber. Two springs put the finishing touch on the habitat as ideal territory for elk, mule deer and black bear. It is a classic high country wildlife refuge, one which nature lovers, photographers and big game hunters are sure to appreciate.
If ever a property called out for a classic off-grid mountain cabin, this is it. Several building sites with intimate views of the nearby meadows and more expansive views of the San Juans and the Brazos Box canyon behind present themselves. The springs could be developed as a drinking water source. Best of all, this mountain property is easily accessible by paved Highway 64, the year-round road connecting Chama and Taos. Speaking of Taos, this historic artist and ski mecca is only a hour’s drive away and Santa Fe, only two hours.