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Little Colorado River Ranch
Spingerville - Apache County, Arizona


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Headquarters Overview
Headquarters Overview
Irrigated Farm

Irrigated Farm

Irrigated Farm

Irrigated Farm

Irrigation Ditch
Little Colorado River
Little Colorado River
Main house
Main house
Little Colorado River
Little Colorado River
Little Colorado River
Old Rock Homestead
Little Colorado River Canyon
The Cienega sub-irrigated meadow
AZ State Grazing Lease
AZ State Grazing Lease

Location & Maps

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Location map
Neighborhood map
Topography/Tenure Map
Aerial map

Aerial map deeded along Little Colorado

The ranch is located ten miles north of Springerville, Arizona along US Highway 180/191 in Apache County. Access is provided by County Road 4162, east off of 180/191 approximately ¼ mile to the Little Colorado River. The headquarters and farm are in the center of the ranch secluded in a private valley on the banks of the river.

Property Description
The ranch consists of a mixture of private, state and blm lease lands with nearly three miles of the Little Colorado River running through the ranch. Two miles of the river are on deeded land with 140 acres irrigated farmland lying on both banks of the river. There is an additional 260 acres of sub-irrigated meadow and riparian land within the ranch. The meadow and irrigated farm are planted in improved permanent pasture and utilized for livestock grazing during the summer months. The Little Colorado River is a live, year-round running stream which provides bountiful livestock water. Decreed surface water rights are utilized to irrigate pastures and supplemented with two irrigation wells in dry periods. The farm is watered primarily with gravity flow ditch and flood irrigation by gated pipe. Cattle have historically been grazed on the farm during the summer months and moved to the native rangeland in the winter. The ranch headquarters includes a historic adobe home overlooking the main farm with several barns and outbuildings. Additional buildings include a managers house, shop, tack barn and hay barn. There is a full set of steel working corrals near the manager’s house. The winter pastures on the ranch are primarily native range on the State grazing lease surrounding the farm. The ranch is fenced and cross-fenced for a simple rotational grazing system.

The ranch also includes significant rock and gravel resources including basalt, limestone and sand/gravel.  This resource has the potential to provide significant income to the property.

Carrying Capacity


* Carrying capacity is based on the State and BLM recommended stocking rate and historical records from the farm.

Land Tenure

Total (or 16 sections)



Land line electrical and telephone service (including DSL internet) is available to portions of the ranch including to the headquarters site and managers home. Domestic water is provided by private well, septic is used for sewer service and propane is used for heating and cooking.

Domestic water is supplied by private well. Irrigation water is supplied directly from the Little Colorado River in the form of decreed surface water rights. Water is diverted from the river and delivered to the farm via gravity flow ditch. In addition to the river, livestock water is supplied by six, spring-fed ponds, three wells and four miles of pipeline with drinkers. Overall, this is an extremely well-watered ranch with several sources of live year-round water.

Water Registrations
Norviel Decree rights are registered and administered with the Apache County Superior Court, St. Johns, Arizona. Wells are registered with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Phoenix, Arizona.

Norviel Decree Wells
Right No. Reg No.
1918 11J.02 55-588859
1918 11K.01 55-575117
1918 11L.01 55-588860
1918 15E.01 55-808278
1918 15F.01 55-226445
1918 15G.01
1923 55A.01
1923 55B.01
1923 56A.01
1923 56A.01
1923 57A.01
1923 57B.01
1923 57C.01
1923 57D.01

Property Taxes

108-01-001 440.00  $        2,816.00  $     22.08
108-02-002A 77.52  $          496.00  $       3.86
108-02-002B 21.86  $          140.00  $       1.10
108-02-002C 15.62  $      12,808.00  $     49.98
108-02-003 40.00  $          256.00  $       2.00
108-03-003 59.00  $          378.00  $       2.96
108-06-002 160.00  $    131,200.00  $   511.88
108-07-001A 160.00  $    131,200.00  $   511.88
108-08-002A 5.00  $    210,306.00  $   831.34
108-08-004A 142.85  $      10,465.00  $     39.32
108-08-005 95.00  $    107,631.00  $   676.56
108-08-006B 5.00  $      21,929.00  $   172.32
108-13-001 20.00  $          128.00  $       0.98
108-14-001A 31.24  $          200.00  $       1.56
108-14-001B 31.24  $          200.00  $       1.56
108-14-001D 40.00  $          256.00  $       2.00
108-14-002 80.00  $          512.00  $       4.02
108-14-003B 25.00  $      20,500.00  $     80.00
108-15-001 40.00  $          256.00  $       2.00
108-20-001 160.00  $        1,024.00  $       8.06
Total 1,649.33  $      652,701.00  $  2,925.46

Grazing Fees

Federal rate is $1.41 per animal unit month for the year 2018
State rate is $2.81 per animal unit month for the year 2018

The sale includes an extensive list of farm and ranch equipment including three ranch trucks, two stock trailers, two farm tractors, 2004, 420D CAT backhoe, 2005 460B telescopic fork lift and many more items and implements for use on the farm. A complete list is available upon request.

190 head of adult mother cows with bulls are included in the sale. These cows are a nice quality commercial, cross-bred acclimated to the year-round grazing on the ranch.

Area Description
The property is located within a four hour drive east of Phoenix, Arizona or three and a half hour drive west of Albuquerque, New Mexico near the base of the beautiful White Mountains in eastern Arizona. Springerville, the nearest town, is just a short ten minute drive from the ranch or Show Low, Arizona is with a one hour drive from the property. Lyman Lake State Park provides opportunity for fishing, boating, water skiing, jet-ski and all types of water recreation just ten minutes north of the ranch. World class hunting and trout fishing is available in the White Mountains just fifteen minutes south of the ranch and the Sunrise Park Resort provides all types of summer and winter outdoor activities including three mountains of downhill snow skiing in the winter or mountain biking in the summer. This is a rare opportunity to own significant water resources on a traditional operating cattle ranch in Arizona.

The ranch is being exclusively offered as a “turn-key” operation including all ranch cattle and equipment.
$4,000,000 – Cash

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Offered for sale exclusively by:
Traegen H. Knight
Headquarters West, Ltd.
PO BOX 1980
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Phone: (928) 524-3740, Fax: (928) 563-7004, Cell: (602) 228-3494
Email: info@headquarterswest.com

Web: www.headquarterswest.com

Disclaimer: This information was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by the Broker. Prospective buyers should check all the facts to their satisfaction. The property is subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal.