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River Canyon Ranch

0 Bear Springs Rd, Mason, Texas 76856 - Mason County
$2,011,500 447 Acres
Property ID 2382754


LOCATION: This rugged & dramatic parcel is located on an all-weather private easement road about 12 miles west of charming Mason (supplies, groceries, restaurants, shops), in the secluded Gunstock area, with 1/3 mile of frontage on the shimmering Llano River. The area is comprised of medium to large working/recreational ranches, and adjoiners are 140 acres or larger.

Hospitals are about 45 minutes away in either Brady, Llano or Fredericksburg, and international airports, major medical centers and universities are about two hours away in Austin and San Antonio. Mason is a fine community of interesting and talented folks, with an economic focus on ranching, hunting and outdoor recreation. For more information on Mason County, go to the county's official web page.

Property Address: 0 Bear Springs Road, Mason, TX 76856, an address has not been formally assigned.

ECOREGION: RCR is located in the ecoregion of the Llano Uplift. The Llano Uplift is also known as the central mineral region. Although surrounded by the Edwards Plateau region, the Llano Uplift is distinguished by its unique geology. Home to some of the oldest rocks in Texas, the central mineral region contains unique minerals and rock formations. The region is characterized by large granite domes, such as Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg. Rainfall averages about 24 to 32 inches per year, peaking in May or June and September. The landscape is rolling to hilly and elevation range from 825 to 2,250 feet above sea level. Soils are predominantly coarse textured sands, produced from weathered granite over thousands of years. Native vegetation consists of oak-hickory or oak-juniper woodlands, mesquite-mixed brush savannah, and grasslands. The woody vegetation may consists of plateau live oak, honey mesquite, post oak, blackjack oak, cedar elm, and some black hickory present depending on aspect and habitat. Flora normally found in the deserts of West Texas, such as catclaw mimosa and soaptree yucca, also occur on dry sites. Ashe juniper and Texas oak are generally absent from the Llano Uplift. Grasses include little bluestem, switchgrass, yellow Indiangrass, and silver bluestem. Dome-like granite hills and outcrops contain unusual plant communities. Although ranching is the major land use, level areas of sandy loam produce wheat, sorghum, and peaches. For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's official website.

WATER: The main event is about 1/3 mile of frontage on the mostly-deep, hard flowing Llano River, in the most prized section of this wild river between Yates and Whites Crossings (home of some of the prettiest limestone cliffs in Texas). The river in this area is medium depth, rarely over an adults head, with the occasional 10 ft. deep catfish hole. Water recreation and fishing of all kinds is rated as superior on this section of river, which experiences little public traffic during summer months due to difficult access. Most of the river frontage on this ranch is grassy berm, and this ranch has view control over another 1/2 mile of river which is not owned.

A constantly-flowing spring flows into a trough near the river, and the ranches unique, self-contained central canyon flows beautifully in wet years over rock bottoms, under limestone cliffs. There are three water wells in place, though none are in service at this time. This is an area known for reliable groundwater, further data on which is available from the Hickory Underground Water Conservation District.

LAND: The land rolls down from a plateau about 280 to the Llano River, and features a unique, totally self-contained canyon that oozes fascination and intrigue. This canyon includes a rock bottom creek that flows in wet years, tall cliffs, rock formations and flats with dirt and big trees. Tree cover is medium, with liveoak, cedar, mesquite being the uplands hardwoods, and giant pecan, oak and elm found along the relaxing river bottom. Shrubs are profuse, including persimmon, agarita, catclaw and cactus, and the rocky but strong soil supports tall grasses, weeds and turfs.

The unique lay of the land, with the self-contained canyon, combined with solid habitat, results in one of the finest medium-sized hunting plots in the area, featuring abundant and large whitetail deer, turkey, hogs and varmints. Make no mistake folks, this is rough and rocky country, challenging to access in places, but wild, unspoiled and beautiful at the same time!

Stunning vista points at several locations provide unparalleled river views and homesites, and one lower homesite in particular is accessible to both the river and the uplands, yet is nicely hidden between two higher bluffs.

IMPROVEMENTS: The property includes a good set of pipe working pens, 3 water wells (not in service), perimeter fencing (poor to fair condition), 5,000 gallon concrete water reservoir, spring trough and pasture roads.

FINANCIAL/TITLE: Listing Price is $4,500/acre = $2,011,500. Seller will provide current survey and basic title insurance. Minerals are negotiable, and electric and phone service are available. The property is located in the Mason ISD, and ag-exempt property taxes are estimated at $500 per year.

SUMMARY: If you are drawn to the rough and wild part of Mason County, and one of the most gorgeous stretches of Llano River to exist, then RCR should be on your short list of prospects. Yes, its a roughie now, but is a totally blank canvas for a visionary who craves a project with these raw ingredients, and can shine like a diamond with the proper treatment. Your consideration is appreciated, and we look forward to bouncing around on the rocks with you!

The information contained herein has been diligently assembled and is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Seller, express or implied, and is subject to change, prior sale, errors and/or omissions and withdrawal from market. Buyers must verify accuracy of representations on their own, as well as investigate potentially pertinent natural attributes, laws and regulations, and draw their own conclusions regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. Viewing appointments scheduled with LANDTX staff only. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - DO NOT TRESPASS.

Buyers brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.


This rugged & dramatic parcel is located on an all-weather private easement road about 12 miles west of charming Mason, in the secluded Gunstock area, with 1/3 mile of frontage on the shimmering Llano River. Property Address: 0 Bear Springs Road, Mason, TX 76856, an address has not been formally assigned.

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