Chama River Canyon Ranch

SOLD 2,200 Acres Cebolla , New Mexico Rio Arriba County

Ranch Property Brief

Chama River Canyon Ranch is a captivating ranch with unexpected qualities starting the moment you drive up to the front gate. You will stand at the edge of the rimrock overlooking deep canyons with streams and waterholes shadowed by large cliff faces, aspens, cottonwoods and ponderosas. The ease of operating this cattle ranch will be immediately evident. Moving cattle, feeding, and calving can all be done easily with a single person; mostly by the best cowboy – a feed truck. Additional income is also available through hunting; the owner could either sell the ranch tags or one could do their own hunting operation as well. There is a lot of flexibility from using the hunting to offset ranch operation costs or for the hunter using the cattle operations or grazing lease to help pay for their hunting addiction and allow them to hunt quality big game every year.

One will never tire of the dramatic vistas they will experience and will find themselves longing to be back to relax and enjoy life on the ranch.


The Ranch is located southeast of Chama, New Mexico. The area is primarily made up of large ranches and BLM and the ranch borders national forest, BLM and the Chama River Canyon Wilderness.

The nearest town and post office is Cebolla, New Mexico.

Cebolla, New Mexico – 30 minutes
Chama, New Mexico – 1 hour
Santa Fe, New Mexico – 2 hours
Taos, New Mexico – 2 hours
Albuquerque, New Mexico – 2 hours 45 minutes


County Road 303 provides county maintained access to the ranch.

Elevation, Topography, Vegetation

The ranch elevation is from about 6,700 feet to around 7,100 feet. Terrain is flat to rolling hills covered with sagebrush, grama grasses, junipers and pinyons cut by dramatic deep rimrock bordered canyons with pockets of aspens, ponderosas, oaks and junipers.


The ranch is very well watered with numerous springs (40+) and over 2 miles of Rio Cebolla. In addition, there are 3 water wells and additional surface tanks. The water on this ranch makes it highly valuable for wildlife and livestock operations.


The ranch has older improvements that need work to make usable.

Ag Uses

Historically operated as a cattle ranch with the ability to run 75 +/- head, the terrain makes the ranch easily operated with low overhead and would be an excellent ranch for expanding an existing operation or for someone looking to start their own operation. The ranch offers the added benefit of being able to add additional income from hunting or a hunter could purchase and use the cattle operation or grazing lease to offset costs.

With investments in range improvement, the ranch can easily increase its carrying capacity as can be seen by the neighboring ranch. 

The ranch would also make an excellent horse ranch.


Located in one of the top game units of New Mexico known for high elk success rates and in the number one county for producing Boone & Crockett Mule Deer the ranch historically secures +/- 14 elk tags annually and Unit 51 allows unlimited landowner deer tags. This ranch offers hunters an exceptional opportunity to hunt quality big game every year.

There is also hunting for Merriam Turkey, lion, and bear. New Mexico allows the use of dogs to hunt lion and bear.


There is fishing at the ranch as well as on adjoining national forest and wilderness.

In addition, there are some great fishing opportunities at nearby 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:
-Kokanee Salmon


There is no shortage of things to do at the ranch. It provides excellent horseback riding, hiking, ATVing, wading in the streams, or just relaxing reading a book with your feet in the stream. The owners also will have direct access to BLM, national forest as well as the Chama River Canyon Wilderness Area that will provide limitless recreation opportunities.

Here are just a few outdoor recreational activities one might enjoy on the ranch or the surrounding area:
-Horseback Riding
-Four Wheeling

Water and Power

There is electricity and radio phone at the ranch and water wells service the ranch home and livestock operations.



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Broker Comments

Property sold where is as is.

Financial verification required to schedule showing.

All units of measure and maps showing property boundaries are approximate. Buyer to verify to their own satisfaction.


This property is offered by John Hayter Inc, DBA Ranch Marketers. All
information provided by Ranch Marketers or their
sales representatives in connection with this property was
acquired from sources deemed reliable and is believed
to be accurate and reliable, however, we do not warrant
its accuracy or completeness. Ranch Marketers
recommends that every item of importance to the purchaser
(i.e. water laws, mineral laws, zoning, land use regulations,
state, federal and private permits) be independently verified
by the purchaser and/or purchaser’s attorney

Aerial Map

Chama River Canyon Ranch

Property Overview

TOTAL ACRES: 2,680.00

Deeded- 2,200 +/-

Lease - 480 +/-

COUNTY: Rio Arriba County



ZONING: Agricultural

ELEVATION: 7,000 ft

TOPOGRAPHY: Rolling Hills and Canyons

VEGETATION: Sage, Pinion Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, grama grasses & Oak




HOME: Old Homestead


WATER - 2 wells on deeded acreage and 1 well on leased acreage, 2 + miles of Rio Cebolla and numerous springs (40+)

The Chama River Wilderness located Near Chama, New Mexico was designated as a wilderness in 1978 under the Wilderness Act of 1964. The is a protected wilderness area located along the Chama River in northern New Mexico. The pristine canyon with towing bluffs overlooking the Chama river is a prized recreation area and prohibits all motorized use. The history of the Chama River Wilderness dates back to the ancestral Puebloans who inhabited the area more than 1,000 years ago. These early inhabitants left behind many artifacts, including pottery, arrowheads, and stone tools which can be found to this day while exploring.

The Chama River Wilderness covers approximately 50,300 acres and is managed by the US Forest Service as part of the Carson National Forest. The wilderness is named after the Chama River, which is one of the major tributaries of the Rio Grande in New Mexico. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the area was used for logging and mining. However, these activities eventually lost favor, and the area was designated as a wilderness in order to protect its natural beauty and wildlife.

Today, the Chama River Wilderness is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, campers, and anglers. In fact the area is so popular that a reservation and permit is required to raft the Chama Canyon. The wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, elk, and mule deer. The Chama River is also a popular destination for fishing for rainbow and brown trout.

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