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Coronado Canyons Ranch
Location: The property is conveniently located approximately 23 miles southwest of Abilene, Texas, and 5 miles south of the intersection of US-277 & FM-89 known as Coronado's Camp. Buffalo Gap and the renowned Perini Ranch Steakhouse are only 10 miles east of the ranch on FM-89. Property address is 1610 Rock Ranch Rd, Tuscola, Texas 79562
Directions: From Abilene head southwest on US-277 S for 17 miles to Coronado's Camp and the intersection of FM-89. Turn left and proceed southeast on FM-89 for 2.9 miles to Rock Ranch Rd. on the right. Travel southwest on Rock Ranch Rd. and in 2.5 miles the ranch will begin on the right. Continue a total of 3.25 miles to the end of Rock Ranch Rd. and the gated entrance to Coronando Canyons Ranch.
Area History & Overview: Story goes that around 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco Coronado passed through this way headed east from New Mexico in his search for Quivira, a fabled region said to hold riches of gold and silver. Upon finding that his guide had taken them too far south, it is believed that Coronado halted and camped in the canyons here in the area before directing his expedition north toward Kansas. This unique stretch of rugged hill country terrain found south of the Callahan Divide, is cherished by locals and is truly awe inspiring to folks discovering the area for the first time. If you were blindfolded and dropped off at Coronado Canyons Ranch (CCR), you might think you were down in the Texas Hill Country near Burnet or Fredericksburg. The ranch's terrain is scenic and topography impressive, water is in abundant supply, wildlife flourish in the prime habitat, end of the road privacy awaits, and a comfortable ranch house is ready for your stay.
Terrain: Deep canyons feed off of a mountain top plateau that extends through the ranch, offering massive views from the rock outcroppings and ridgelines found throughout the property, and approximately 200' of overall elevation change. Numerous "caves" and plunge pools are found where water has carved into the canyon walls and floors over time. The valley bottoms and uplands alike are predominately heavily wooded with a mix of live oak, spanish oak, shin oak, cedar, and other varieties that offer cover and browse for wildlife, accounting for roughly 80% of the ranch's acreage. The remaining 20% is gently sloping pastures, some of which are currently home to established wildlife food plots or improved grasses.
Wildlife & Hunting: This impressive recreational property covers the gamut as far as wildlife with outstanding whitetail deer, turkey, hog, dove, occassional quail, seasonal duck, bobcat, fox, coyote, and as you might expect in this type of terrain, mountain lion have regularly been observed on the ranch over the years. The owners have thoughtfully managed and improved the ranch for wildlife by adding 4 wildlife specific water troughs, 14 corn feeders, 2 protein feeders, 4 wildlife food plots, and 6 blinds that are scattered throughout the property. In addition, Coronado Canyons Ranch is located within the Bluff Creek Wildlife Management Association, an area comprised of 52,000+/- acres where some like-minded land owners have worked in connection with the TPWD to improve the wildlife resources of their properties. See agent for details about the WMA.
Water: As if that weren't enough, CCR provides an astounding amount of water for domestic use, recreation, wildlife, and livestock. Seven submersible pump Edwards Aquifer water wells have been strategically placed around the property at depths believed to range from 200' to 260'. You read correctly, seven water wells! Four of the wells supply water to concrete fresh water troughs that were specifically put in place for wildlife use. Three of which are located in areas of the ranch without access to electric service and are solar powered. One well is also piped to the large stock pond and can be used to supplement water if needed in dry conditons. To the owner's knowledge the pond has never gone dry and will swell to a couple acres in wet conditions. It is full of bass and channel catfish, great for fishing, and is noted to be a seasonal stop for a large number of water fowl on occasion. Topping it off, CCR has multiple live springs that feed into the canyons where pools of water gather year round and are clearly frequented by the wildlife. Seasonal Tenant Hollow borders the southeasterly portion of the property and will run water during periods of wet weather.
Fencing & Roads: Once again no corners are cut at CCR as the owner recently constructed all new perimeter and cross fence using heavy 11 gauge net wire, pipe and t-post fencing. There is a stretch of high fence that runs along the south east part of the ranch for approximately 1,000'. Rock Ranch Road runs for 3.25 miles from FM-89 to the ranch entrance, while a good network of interconnected interior ranch roads and trails provide good travel through the property and offer hours of scenic trail riding.
Ranch House & Barn: Originally constructed in 2004 and expanded to its current size in 2007, the 1,757 SF 3bd/2bth ranch house is well maintained, comfortable, and ideal for hosting family and friends. A small barn is also ready for ranch tools and equipment storage.
Minerals: Currently, there's one producing oil well and a set of battery tanks located on the property. The lease affects approximately 237.9 acres in the northwest part of the property of which the ranch owner is believed to have a 6.25% royalty interest. There are two additional non-producing leases that affect 160 and 80 acres which are set to expire within the next 12 months. Ranch owner is again believed to have a 6.25% royalty interest in these leases. Minerals may be negotiable depending upon offer.
Easements: Access to the property is provided by deeded easement through the old Rock Ranch along Rock Ranch Rd., and ends at the Coronado Canyons Ranch entrance. There is an operator easement associated with the oil production that is reportedly "used very rarely". Two electric transmission lines and pipeline easements also cross the property.
Wind Farm: Wind turbines are visible from the property.
Electricity: Taylor Electric Cooperative provides electrical service.
School District: Jim Ned Consolidated ISD
Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes were $3,380 for 2017.
Price: $1,525,000 ($2,547.78 per acre)
Contact: Bret Polk, 254-965-0349 mobile