Arroyo Blanco Ranch

SOLD 1,026 Acres Llaves , New Mexico Rio Arriba County

Ranch Property Brief

Arroyo Blanco Ranch located in Northwestern New Mexico in Rio Arriba County near the community of Llaves consists of 1,026 acres and has historically been used a cattle ranch and dryland farm but is equally suited as a horse ranch and hunting ranch. The ranch is not improved but is fully fenced with barbed wire fencing that is in fair to good condition. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the desert southwest and the unequaled starry skies from your new ranch and build your very own legacy.


Located in an area rich in history close to the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, expect lots to see and do including camping, hunting, relaxing in hot springs, visiting art galleries and simply enjoying the beauty of the Southwest.

  • Chama, NM – 1 hr
  • Cuba, NM – 30 min
  • Abiquiu Reservoir – 1 hr
  • Heron Lake State Park – 1 hr
  • El Vado Reservoir – 30 min
  • Jemez Hot Springs – 1.5 hrs


Access to ranch is via State Highway 112 with highway frontage.

Elevation, Topography, Vegetation

The ranch ranges from lower flats at an elevation of approximately 6,900 feet that have history of dryland farming to dramatic uplifts that created sharp ridges rising to an elevation of approximately 7,400 feet. Vegetation on the ranch caries from juniper and pinyon with a few ponderosa on the higher hills and ridges to sagebrush on the flats interspersed with grama, brome, and wheat grasses and well as a variety of forbs.

Ag Uses

Arroyo Blanco Ranch has historically been used as a cattle ranch and dryland farm running about 70 pairs. Remenants of its farming past are still visible along the southern boundary where one can find a variety of farming relics. There is an old set of wooden corrals located on the northern parcel that could be fixed up and used. The ranch is water by several stock dirt tanks that hold water year-round and one well is located on the northern parcel but was used for household water for a doublewide that no longer is on property. A buyer could add an additional 534 acres located across highway 112 from the southern parcel which has a barn and an older set of corrals and borders BLM


Located in unit 5A the hunting is excellent on the ranch and receives numerous landowner tags.

The ranch for 2019-2020 seasons has received:

1- either sex elk tag
3- Mature bull elk tag
3- Antlerless elk tags
1- Bonus Antlerless elk tag

Mule Deer
4- bow tags
4- rifle tags


There is great fishing at some close by lakes such as Heron Lake, El Vado Lake and Abiquiu Lake as well as fishing on the Rio Chama. See links below.

Abiquiu Lake
Heron Lake State Park
El Vado Lake State Park
Fish for:

  • Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Bass
  • Perch
  • Catfish
  • Carp
  • Walleye


Don’t let yourself think the ranch is all work and no play as there are numerous recreational activities on the ranch as well as the surrounding areas. The ranch would make an excellent horse ranch and training facility location with lots of areas to build arenas, and horse barns. Enjoy riding the ranch and national forest is located just up the road with thousands of additional acres. One can also take their UTV or ATV out and enjoy riding the ranch checking livestock or if offroad motorsports is your think one could even build an awesome dirt track. Some additional activities to enjoy on the ranch and area are:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Hot Springs
  • Biking
  • Four Wheeling
  • Boating
  • Historical sites

Water and Power

There is power on the property and one water well located on the northern parcel.


Seller reserves 100% of minerals owned.

Broker Remarks

Seller would entertain selling the northern parcel separately and Seller also owns an additional 534 acres across Highway 112 that borders BLM and would consider including in sale.

Rio Arriba County Llaves, New Mexico Ranches

The area around Llaves, New Mexico is very recognizable with its dramatic rock uplifts that have created majestic ridgelines across the landscape. In its heyday, LLaves was known to be an area of drinking and wild times. Now the area has quieted down and primary older ranching families that are beginning to sell their ranches as their children have moved to Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Farmington for school and jobs.

The area neighbors the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and is in proximity to a lot of recreation including fishing, hot springs, and cultural sites.

There are many small New Mexico ranching and farming communities in the vicinity including:
  • Regina, New Mexico
  • Coyote, New Mexico
  • Gallina, New Mexico
  • Lindrith, New Mexico
  • Arroyo Del Agua, New Mexico
  • La Jara, New Mexico

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