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Tammy & James King
Tammy & James King
King Land & Water LLC

Rainbow Ranch

Highway 349, Dryden, Texas 78851 - Terrell County
$4,590,000 10800 Acres
Property ID 2613536


Rainbow Ranch was assembled by the current family of owners, starting in 1991 and today is a solid 10,800 acre block of rolling hills and huge limestone canyons with a diverse assemblage of native vegetation. 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.

The north/south orientation of Highway 349 allows several entrances to different parts of the ranch and into a network of roads allowing access to both sides of the major canyons and along several internal smaller canyons and ridgetops. This is not flat Plateau country with dissected canyons, but rather an extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys and long canyons creating very scenic and amazingly beautiful views.

There are very few improvements on the ranch outside the two primitive hunting camps; roads, working windmills, and old ranching facilities. With topography ranging from just below 2,000 to over 2,400 feet there are many building sites with distant views or vistas of sheer wall canyons.

Tamaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of the Rainbow Ranch. From ocotillo and sotol, to live oak and mesquite woodlands, to black brush and juniper, the ranch represents a crossroads of diverse habitats. The propertys browse and grasslands are in excellent condition, resulting as the ranch has evolved from a historic sheep and goat ranch into todays recreation uses of hunting, hiking, and just enjoying the scenic beauty. Native grasses, forbs, browse, brush, cacti and trees not only provide excellent habitat for game species such as deer, turkey, quail, and dove, but also for non-game species such as Texas horned lizard, neotropical songbirds, fox, ringtail cat, and many other mammals.

Recent use and management has been focused on improving and growing both mule deer and whitetail deer populations which are tremendous. The population is about 50/50 for these two deer types and with the steep terrain along the canyons, one can also find Aoudad sheep.

The groundwater under Rainbow Ranch is shallow, accessible, prolific, and high quality, being part of the Edwards-Trinity or Plateau Aquifer. There are three windmills on the ranch, all working and supplying water into concrete storage tanks, as well as various water troughs for wildlife and, historically, livestock.

Approximately 4,000 acres are mineral-classified sections owned by the Texas General Land Office, where surface owner shares in 50% of all bonuses and royalties and negotiates terms of any mineral lease.


Rainbow Ranch is located between I-10 and US Highway 90, ten miles north of Dryden and only fifteen miles from paved Terrell County Airport. The ranch lies between Meyers Canyon, which crosses on the south, and Big Canyon, which crosses on the north, with more than seven miles of frontage on Highway 349 to the west. This is Western Hill Country and rugged Canyon Country at its finest. An area filled with history and amazing natural habitat and wildlife.


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Tammy & James King

King Land & Water LLC

PO Box 109
600 N. State Street
Fort Davis, TX 79734

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