The ranch is located southwest of the town of Moctezuma, between the beautiful Sierra Margarita and the Sierra de Nacozari mountain ranges, approximately 90 miles northeast of Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora. The ranch can be accessed from Douglas or Nogales, AZ, both about 3 hours from the ranch. The area in which the ranch is located is dominated by cattle ranches and other agricultural operations of various size.
The Maldonado family who, currently own the ranch, have had it for 80 years. The owner's maintain excellent relationships with neighboring ranches, many of whom have owned their ranches for similar lengths of time. Original titles to the ranch date back over 300 years. A cave wall on the ranch has hieroglyphics depicting the moon and a wolf, most likely done by pre-Spanish Mexican natives.
ACREAGE & GEOGRAPHY
Approximately 28,000 acres, all privately owned. The ranch is divided into 19 separate pastures. Terrain varies from irrigated meadows (estimated to be approximately 120 acres), to rolling pasture land with shallow to steep arroyos, lush stream bottoms, and high, rugged mountain peaks which establish ranch boundaries on parts of the ranch. Trees on the ranch include several varieties of oak, mesquite, eucalyptus and scattered palms. There is a variety of grasses on the ranch including various types of grama grass.
Approximately 50 miles of roads allow easy access to most parts of the ranch.
The main house has about 3,000 sq. ft., three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room with a wood burning fireplace and a wood burning stove, dining room, and kitchen with a spacious pantry. The house, which is about 30 years old, has a stucco exterior. Other living quarters include a managers house, quarters for ranch hands (vaqueros) and two motel type units for guests and / or hunters. Some of the original adobe brick homestead (estancia), is still standing, and may date as far back as the early 1700s.
A large stucco covered brick barn with a concrete floor, covered hay and equipment storage building. Approximately 50,000 steel posts have been used for the fences, which are in very good condition. There are excellent cattle working facilities at the headquarters corral area and include a squeeze chute, scale, loading dock, cattle dip and feed bunks / feed lot for 700 800 head. There are four sets of corrals / gathering pens in various pastures around the ranch.
D-5 Caterpillar, 2003 Ford F 350 stake bed truck, horse trailer, two portable squeeze chutes. A Stamford (Made in England) 30 KW / 240 volt generator provides electricity for the headquarters which is off the grid.
The carrying capacity of the ranch is owner rated at 1,200 A.U's (animal units). An animal unit is considered a cow with a calf by her side for 6-months. A fifteen hundred to two thousand pound bull is counted as 1-1/2 AUs. The foundation breed of the cattle herd is Charolais. As of this writing the ranch is carrying about 1,000 mother cows and 100 bulls.
WATER & IRRIGATION
The owners state that there are approximately 90 dirt water tanks (represos) scattered throughout the ranch insuring plentiful drinking water for the cattle. In addition, a small, 10-15 acre lake was created which has a concrete dam. There are about a dozen individual flood irrigated pastures in which a variety of crops are grown including Maravilla (marvelous grass). And, there are numerous small spring fed streams around the ranch. The primary well at the headquarters is about 30 ft. deep. Water is pumped into two storage tanks of approximately 500 gal. each and there is a cistern which holds about 4,000 gallons.
A large number of Whitetail deer are present on the ranch. Other game animals include javelina, puma and jaguars. Although the jaguar (el tigre) is endangered and protected by National Legislation in 16 South American countries, it is believed that the animals can be hunted by landowners if they are killing livestock. NOTE: Two of the last remaining jaguars in North America were shot in Texas in 1946 and in Arizona in 1949. None were seen again in the U.S. until 1996.
All showings of the ranch must be arranged with agents of Mason & Morse Ranch Co. A minimum 48 hours advance notice is required for all showings.