Big Canyon – Dryden, TX 78851 – Terrell County
Description: This property is set in the conversion region of the Chihuahuan Desert, Tampulipan Thornschrub, and Edwards Plateau; this vast property must be seen to truly be understood. Miles of road ends at this vast property that is steeped in rich history, deep canyons cliffs, and towering bluffs. The unique combination of wildlife, remoteness, and wilderness are nothing short of amazing and will become whatever you want it to be.
Topography: The ranches most prevalent feature is the Big Canyon, entering on the Northern border and traversing approx. 8+/- miles. When this canyon is running water, it is the life and heart of the ranch, eventfully emptying into the Rio Grande River.
There are a number of smaller, but still impressive canyons that meanders through the ranch creating principle waterways for floodwater into Big Canyon. Narrow valleys climb the limestone cliff and mesa bluffs, perfect for a hike or hunt. The elevation ranges from 1,900 to over 2,200 ft., from the tallest points, there are sweeping views as far as the eye can see. The caps of the Serranias del Burro Mountains can be seen in the distance.
Flora and Fauna: The three ecological regions that meet in this area creating a biologically diverse field unlike anything else in the state. It has been years since significant livestock roamed the ranch, as such, the properties grasses, browse, and shrubs are in outstanding condition. The hills grow a variety of brush where sotol, grama grass, juniper, and cedar can be found. The grassland flats are scattered with cresosote bush, ojasen, catclaw, prickly pear and mesquite. Canyon bottoms and draws are heavy with underbrush, hackberry, and oak. The soils are of limestone origin.
There is an impressive population of whitetail deer steeped in great genetics. Other game species include Mule deer, Javelina, Mountain Lion, Turkey, white-winged dove, morning dove, bobwhite and blue quail. Furbearers include grey fox, ringtail cat, mountain lion, and bobcat.
History: Terrell County and the surrounding area are rich in a history of agriculture, exploration, and settlement. It is said Spanish explorers crossed this land in the mid-1700s, but the region was settled in the 1880s prior to the Texas and New Orleans railroad, bringing ranchers, outlaws, and gunmen to the area. Angora goats and sheep were the bulk of the area and this ranches livestock.
You can step back in time and take in history at the Big Canyon Ranch; there are many ancient burned-rock mounds, called middens. In addition, there are a number of caves that have sign of inhabitance, and a deep shaft that spelunkers explored in the mid-1900s.
Improvements: There are a total of 3 modest homes on two separate that have most recently been converted as ranch hand homes and hunter cabins. There are a total of 2 mulit-use barns and 2 sets of cattle pens. There is a pump driven water tank and tower, the ranch has complete perimeter fencing and multiple pastures in cross fencing. There are a number of maintained deer feeders and blinds spanning across the ranch.
Water: Willow Springs is a seeping spring (per owner) located under a large limestone outcropping. It is said to never run dry. The ranch sits atop the Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer. This properties together boasts 5 wells and 3 earthen tanks. Two of the water wells on the property service a series of water troughs across the ranch supplied through an underground pipe.
A rare opportunity to own 24 contiguous sections of West Texas!
+/- 8 miles of Big Canyon
+/- 15,360 contiguous acres
Access via Hwy 349
Deep canyons, high cliffs, flat grass prairie and rolling hills
The advertised property is the result of a cooperative between two existing listings by Capitol Ranch Real Estate and Foster Farm and Ranch.