The Mills Pecos River Ranch was first settled by Henry Mills, Sr. in 1923, and today his grandson owns, manages and ranches this unique part of Texas. History abounds on this ranch, as it was once part of the settlement of Pandale where there was a store and nearby post office supporting ranchers in the region. The two story headquarters house was built in 1924 from cut limestone blocks chiseled from cliffs along Howard Draw and hauled by wagons to the building site, creating a classic iconic early Texas home.
The ranch is situated at the convergence of three biologically distinct eco-regions in Texas; the Texas Hill Country to the east, the Chihuahuan Desert to the west, and the subtropical Tamaulipan Brushland to the south, creating one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the state. This working ranch enjoys more than 6 miles of crystal clear spring-fed Pecos River frontage, which provides some of the best recreation water in the country. The ranch fronts the Pecos River on both sides for more than a mile and a half, with three natural crossings making this private stretch for camping, hunting, and fishing unique among most ranches on the Devils and Pecos. Elevation is between 1,600 and 2,122 feet with numerous steep carved wooded limestone canyons, as well as gentle mesa tops. The river is divided between rapids, pools, riffles, deep holes, and wide lakes.
To the first-time visitor, the Pecos River seems almost out of place. What happened to the muddy river you cross on I-10? Its a clear strong spring-fed flowing river that is beckoning you to swim, fish, canoe, jump into, or just stare at its endless journey as it flows by. On sunny days, it is an oasis of clear blue-green water, rivaling any river in Texas, with views all the way to the bottom of the limestone and gravel bed.
Another interesting aspect of the ranch is the prolific Native American rock middens, shelter caves, rock art, bedrock mortars, and occupation sites. The owner has taken great care in protecting these sites and many remain as if the ancient people who lived here just left.
The Mills Pecos River Ranch is located between I-10 and Highway 90 a few miles north of the Pandale Road river crossing. From Ozona to the north of the ranch, take paved FM 2083 south for 35 miles, then 6 miles of improved caliche Pandale Road to the property. From Comstock on Highway 90, take paved FM 1024 north to the north end of the ranch. Pandale Road runs through the property for several miles, making access very easy. The location is 45 minutes to Ozona and 1.5 hours to Del Rio.
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