435 acres with cabin located SW of Dryden, Texas and south of Hwy 90. This property is located about 3 miles south of Hwy 90 where the Dryden flats start breaking into the hilly and rugged country that falls off about 1200 feet in elevation over a distance of 8 to 10 miles until it reaches the Rio Grande. The elevation on this property varies from just over 2300 feet to just under 2100 feet. The western two thirds of the property consists of hills, draws, and valleys except for the extreme NW which is still part of the Dryden flats. The eastern third of the property is less rugged with gently rolling land and gentler, wider draws. The draws and valleys have substantially heavier and taller cover than the hillsides, hilltops and flat mesas.
This small ranch has over 7 miles of fencing with 5 pastures. The two largest pastures are fenced and the third largest is about 80% fenced. The two smallest pastures are fenced on all but one side.
The property has over 3 miles of frontage on an 8000 acre ranch along the south boundary which the rancher says has not been hunted in many years. It is about 80% fenced overall with about half field (sheep and goat) fencing and the rest four strand barb wire stretches. From time to time, there are free ranging livestock from the ranch to the south which preserves the agricultural tax exemption for this property.
Two species of deer are found in this area: the desert mule deer and the whitetail deer (both fairly abundant for a desert area) with the ratio being about 75:25. Other game animals include the collared peccary or javelina, occasional Rio Grande turkeys, mourning and white-wing dove and blue or scaled quail. Foxes, badgers, raccoons, ringtails,jackrabbits,porcupines, cottontails and other varmints are also common. Other predators include a few coyotes (which are actively trapped by federal trappers), a few mountain lions and the occasional black bear that wanders over from northern Mexico. A nine point (4X5) mule deer with a 24 inch spread was taken off this ranch in 2015.
This property is considered part of the great Chihuahuan Desert. On average, it gets 12-13 inches of rain per year. The predominant woody species of plants are: creosotebush, skeletonleaf goldeneye, cenizo or purple sage, guajillo, mesquite, guayacan, yucca, whitethorn acacia, catclaw acacia and feather dalea. Many other species of desert plants are also common including multiple species of cacti.
The hills and mesas of this property offer spectacular views of mountain ranges to the south in Mexico. The cabin is located on one such mesa. It is 16 ft by 20 ft in size with an 8 x 20 deck and is raised up on wood pilings about 7 feet off the ground. It was built in 1998 and 1999 by carpenters from Odessa. The inside is insulated (R13 in the walls, R19 in the ceiling) with wood walls and ceilings. The roof is metal. It is heated by a wood stove which has expensive two-wall metal flues for safety reasons. There is no electricity or potable water. The cabin has two queen size beds and a bunk bed. It is enclosed in about a two acre area to keep out livestock.
Long term owner financing available on this property.
Go about four miles west of Dryden (and the junction of FM 349 going north) on Hwy 90 past the abandoned Indio Calzada stockyards to a locked gate. Go south about 3 miles. The property begins at the 2nd gate, continues to the left of the road for about a mile and a half. A portion of it runs from the road east along a strip over three miles long. The entrance to the main portion of the ranch is gated. Contact Agent Steve Peterson at (830) 885-4578 for additional information.
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