The Dagger Draw Ranch is a well established cattle ranch dating back to the 1860S. It has been owned by two families for over 100 years. A remarkably beautiful Working Ranch just North of Carlsbad. By the pristine, rustic beauty and thoughtful organization one gathers that this ranch has been well loved for decades. A must see.LandThe ranch is allotted to run 110 animal units year long and consists of 734 acres deeded land 400 adjoin the railroad for approximately 1 mile 8650 acres BLM lease land. Easy to maintain feeding and management of cattle. 11.5 miles of new fencing has been completed within the last few years. All other fencing is in new or like new condition. Water is sourced by three water wells, and city water is the source to the ranch Headquarters. There is a 125 head feed lot, 3 corral locations, and 4 pastures. Located at the scenic Headquarters is a 3,000 sq ft custom main house, a 1,900 sq ft home, and a 1,200 sq ft bunkhouse. Additionally, there is a multi-purpose barndominium which is a great space to host events such as weddings, gatherings, and reunions. There is a covered tack room, barn, office/storage, hay storage, horse grooming area, and so much more. There is a solar powered automatic privacy gate. This is a beautiful, historic ranch with the upmost potential for the next generation ranching family.
Improvements11.5 miles of new fencing.
RecreationThis ranch is great for outdoor recreation with plenty of space to run your ATV through miles and miles of country. You can enjoy hunting for Mule Deer and Quail hunting. The Pecos river runs close by and Brantley State Park is minutes away. Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park just 20 miles away.
AgriculturePermit 110 Animals Year Long
Feed Lot The ranch has a 125 head feed lot at the Headquarters made out of continuous panel fencing with steel feed bunks
Corrals Headquarters mostly continuous fencing with cowboy gate latches, covered Squeeze Chute rebuilt in 2018
Middle Pens new continuous panel fencing rebuilt 2020, continuous panel pens that cover both pastures and have a load out
West Green Pens located on west end of west pasture steel and wood, good condition
Pastures 4 total
West, about 7 Sections Blm
East,about 7 sections BLM
Bull, About 400 acres Deeded
Horse, About 175 acres Deeded Water/Mineral Rights & Natural ResourcesWater Provided by three wells, and City of Carlsbad
Well 1 Headquarters 7 GPM located on deeded This well has domestic and livestock water rights and is also the base water for the BLM permit.
Well 2 East Pasture 40 GPM located on BLM This well has livestock water rights in owners name.
Well 3 Bull Pasture 25 GPM located on deeded This well has livestock water rights in ranch's name.
Pipelines are 1.25 New Mexico plastics installed. About 8 total miles buried.
All drinkers are steel and in very good condition
4 total storage tanks all in good condition
2 storage tanks at Headquarters, 5,000 gallon plastic, 3000 gallon plastic
1 storage tank, West Pasture, 10,000 Gallon Steel
1 storage tank, East pasture, 8,800 Gallon Steel
General OperationsThe ranch is set up as a cattle operation with unlimited possibilities. The structures provided were designed for simplicity and functionality to operate a successful cattle operation.
Region & ClimateEddy County, NM continues to grow and flourish. It is now home to over 59,992 people, in 2021 according to the US census data with more coming to visit and put down roots all the time. Eddy County is experiencing an Oil & Gas boom bringing about another 50,000 workers to Carlsbad and southeastern Eddy County. Eddy County is a beautiful, scenic place rich with natural resources, the Pecos River, sprawling ranches, profitable businesses and an abundance of wildlife. Eddy County, NM gets 14 inches of rain,on average, per year and 6 inches of snow per year. Summer high temperature averages 94 degrees and Winter lows in January average 27 degrees. Elevation of 3914 feet
HistoryBack in the 1860'S Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving brought thousands of Texas Longhorns from Texas to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos across the Dagger Draw Ranch on their way to the Apache and Navajo Reservations in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Later Mr. Goodnight took cattle to Northern New Mexico and into Colorado along the same trail.
For the last almost 30 years the ranch has been owned and operated by the current owners. 3 generations of the family which includes several grandchildren have lived, worked and played on the ranch. They have said it is the greatest blessing that all of their children and grandchildren who have lived on this ranch learned how to work.
All the children are now married with children of their own it has come time to sell the ranch and move North so they can be in the middle of their children and grandchildren. They have loved this ranch, neighbors and the Carlsbad community and are confident that the next owners will feel as welcomed, at home, safe and comfortable as they have.
Directions to Ranch
20 Miles South of Artesia NM on US Hwy 285, turn east on Capitan Reef Road, Go 6 miles, dead ends into Lake Road. Turn right and ranch head quarters gated entrance will be on the left.
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