Reaching in excess of 10,000 feet, the Capitan Mountains have long been a cool refuge rising above the plains of southern New Mexico. With a vertical relief of 6000 feet, the Capitan Mountains create some of the most ecologically diverse habitat in the West, from the Chihuahuan desert lowlands to subalpine forest highlands. Spectacular Ponderosa Springs Ranch, just 40 minutes from Ruidoso, captures the best of this diversity as one of the finest cattle and big game ranches in southern New Mexico.
With approximately 3,461 deeded acres and 13,496 leased Forest Service acres, Ponderosa Springs Ranch is one of the largest and best-watered ranches in this part of the state. Elevations on the ranch range from 6000 to 8000 feet, the ideal zone for growing elk of exceptional size. With ample cover in pinon/juniper and ponderosa pine forest on the ranch and proximity to the expansive Lincoln National Forest, elk hunting on the ranch is second to none.