Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch

Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch | Texas
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$170,000,000 | 64,672.00 ACRES | AVAILABLE

Overview

  • Price: $170,000,000
  • Acreage: 64,672.00
  • ID: 92
  • Location: Pampa, Texas
  • County: Roberts
  • Status: Available
Property Description

Substantial Price Reduction!

   The listing price on the Mesa Vista Ranch has recently been reduced from $220,000,000 to $170,000,000, a $50,000,000 reduction. The trustees of Boone’s estate are anxious to close out the estate in the very near future, and for that reason, they have agreed to this substantial price reduction.

   The trustees have also authorized the sale of the ranch in two divisions. US highway 70 splits the ranch with 15,708 acres, more or less, being on the east side of the highway and 48,964 acres, more or less, being on the west side of the highway. The eastern 15, 708 acres is separately listed at a price of $20,000,000, or approximately $1,275 per acre. This side of the ranch has typical ranch improvements but also has portions of Boone’s Creek, scenic lakes, and substantial Canadian River bottom land.

   The west 48,964 acres comprises of all of the major structural improvements, elaborate water features, the airport, and all of the structures that make Boone’s Mesa Vista Ranch a unique “One-of-a-kind” property. This side of the ranch can be purchased for $150,000,000, which is approximately $3,000 per acre. 

Location

   The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in Roberts County in the Eastern Texas Panhandle. The ranch is located about 30 miles north of Pampa, Texas, and approximately 85 miles northeast of Amarillo.

Boone Pickens and the Mesa Vista Ranch History

   T. Boone Pickens was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, in 1928. He earned a degree in geology from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1951.

   In 1971, Boone purchased approximately 2,900 acres along the south side of the Canadian River in Roberts County, Texas. The only structural improvement on this property was a small corrugated metal livestock feed house, which Boone used as a shelter to stay warm while he was quail hunting.

   Over the years, Boone began to assemble additional adjoining land positioned along the Canadian River corridor, and today the Mesa Vista Ranch comprises over 100 square miles of prime Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land.

   As Boone’s assemblage continued, he spent millions and millions of dollars to make Mesa Vista one of the best improved ranches in the United States. He used cutting edge conservation practices to enhance the wildlife on the property. Boone proudly boast that the Mesa Vista Ranch is, “the world’s best quail hunting.”

Property Description

   The Mesa Vista Ranch contains 64,672± acres. The property is located in Roberts County in the Eastern Texas Panhandle. State Highway 70 splits the ranch into the west division, which contains approximately 48,964 acres, and the east division, containing 15,708 acres, more or less. The ranch is located about 30 miles north of Pampa, Texas, and approximately 85 miles northeast of Amarillo.

   Roberts County is sparsely populated with fewer than 1,000 residents. Miami, a small rural community, is the county seat. Annual rainfall is approximately 22 inches.

   Roberts County is known to have prolific saturated thickness of quality Ogallala ground water, along with substantial oil and gas resources. Boone Pickens, however, first became interested in this area because of his interest in quail hunting.

   Soon after purchasing the original 2,900 acres in 1971, Boone realized the importance and value of the Canadian River bottom with respect to wildlife habitat. This productive bottomland offered not only abundant natural water resources for wildlife, but desirable habitat and cover.

   Over the years, Boone expanded his holdings with his focus always centered along the Canadian River. Today, the Mesa Vista Ranch stretches approximately 25 miles along the south side of the Canadian River. This lush river bottom land creates the centerpiece for the property, but the ranch features an unmatched variety of land types ranging from rolling sand hills to elevated ridges, mesa points and gently rolling, open prairie lands. Most of the ranch drains to the north towards the Canadian River. The river bottom and numerous major drainages support abundant massive cottonwood trees, as well as willows, hackberry trees and others. Much of the river bottom is sub-irrigated and suitable for native hay production, if desired. Live spring water is found throughout several of the major drainages.

   Further to the south, the ranch first transitions into rolling and undulating mid and tall grass sandhill country. Typical sandhill vegetation includes sage, plum thickets, skunk bush and scattered hackberry groves. The southwest portion of the ranch elevates to gently sloping, grama grass prairie land, with the southeast side consisting of rugged ridges and mesa overlooks.

   Overall, elevations on the Mesa Vista Ranch range from approximately 2,400 feet in the river bottom country to approximately 2,900 feet on the elevated mesa tops.

Lodge Compound

   The Lodge, along with multiple support structures is located in a manicured, tree covered “park-like” setting. It is common to view whitetail deer and turkey in the mornings and afternoons, with turkey roosting in the trees in the late evening. This Lodge Compound has been the major gathering area for Boone’s family and guests over the years. It has served an important role as a place where corporate heads have met to discuss and craft multi-million-dollar business transactions, politicians and large donors have gathered for political events, and groups have used this facility on many occasions for a multitude of reasons. Few if any facilities can match the beauty of the Lodge Compound. In addition to the Lodge and support structures, the compound features a lighted tennis court, a skeet/trap range, and a small golf course with two fairways and greens and nine tee boxes.

   Initial construction on the Lodge began in 1988, with numerous updates and additions added over the years. Presently, the Lodge itself comprises in excess of 25,000 square feet with an additional approximately 10,000 square feet of porches and patio areas. The Lodge features an elaborate master bedroom and master bath, plus a smaller dining area, large dining room with massive fireplace, living/great room with two fireplaces, library with spiral staircase, conference room, thirty seat theater/media room, wine cellar, office, commercial kitchen, laundry room, utility and storage rooms, and large basement area with a free-standing spiral staircase.

   The Lodge is a combination of steel and wood framing on a concrete slab foundation, prefabricated steel panel roof, and a stone exterior. The exterior features several varieties of stonework, all of which complement the structure.

   Interior finish includes white oak hardwood and stone flooring with Cordova Crème Limestone accents in the Great Room, 28-foot vaulted fir ceiling, cave stone and fir vaulted ceiling in the main dining room, along with a hand painted ceiling in the theater. The master bath features heated flooring. The Lodge has arched doorways, wood cabinets along with granite, and marble countertops.

   The structure also features an enclosed porch/sitting/casual dining room with a rock fireplace and great views of the landscaped grounds. Attached to the Lodge by a covered breezeway is a guest wing that includes seven separate guest rooms with private bathrooms and private entrances. This addition is also of steel and wood frame construction on a concrete slab foundation, featuring stone exterior and prefabricated steel panel roof. These guest rooms feature hardwood and stone flooring.

   The Lodge, along with multiple support structures is located in a manicured, tree covered “park-like” setting. It is common to view whitetail deer and turkey in the mornings and afternoons, with turkey roosting in the trees in the late evening. This Lodge Compound has been the major gathering area for Boone’s family and guests over the years. It has served an important role as a place where corporate heads have met to discuss and craft multi-million-dollar business transactions, politicians and large donors have gathered for political events, and groups have used this facility on many occasions for a multitude of reasons. Few if any facilities can match the beauty of the Lodge Compound. In addition to the Lodge and support structures, the compound features a lighted tennis court, a skeet/trap range, and a small golf course with two fairways and greens and nine tee boxes.

   Initial construction on the Lodge began in 1988, with numerous updates and additions added over the years. Presently, the Lodge itself comprises in excess of 25,000 square feet with an additional approximately 10,000 square feet of porches and patio areas. The Lodge features an elaborate master bedroom and master bath, plus a smaller dining area, large dining room with massive fireplace, living/great room with two fireplaces, library with spiral staircase, conference room, thirty seat theater/media room, wine cellar, office, commercial kitchen, laundry room, utility and storage rooms, and large basement area with a free standing spiral staircase.

   The Lodge is a combination of steel and wood framing on a concrete slab foundation, pre-fabricated steel panel roof, and a stone exterior. The exterior features several varieties of stonework, all of which complement the structure.

   Interior finish includes white oak hardwood and stone flooring with Cordova Crème Limestone accents in the Great Room, 28-foot vaulted fir ceiling, cave stone and fir vaulted ceiling in the main dining room, along with a hand painted ceiling in the theater. The master bath features heated flooring. The Lodge has arched doorways, wood cabinets along with granite, and marble countertops.

   The structure also features an enclosed porch/sitting/casual dining room with a rock fireplace and great views of the landscaped grounds. Attached to the Lodge by a covered breezeway is a guest wing that includes seven separate guest rooms with private bathrooms and private entrances. This addition is also of steel and wood frame construction on a concrete slab foundation, featuring stone exterior and pre-fabricated steel panel roof. These guest rooms feature hardwood and stone flooring.

   Surrounding the Lodge is significant landscaping, in-ground sprinkler systems, and underground electrical service. Adding to the ambiance of the Lodge are numerous bronze sculptures tastefully positioned on the grounds.

  The Family House, which was completed in 2009, is located west of the Main Lodge. This house is a two-story residence with a third floor lounging and viewing room. The Family House contains over 6,000 square feet of living area and approximately 2,500 square feet of porches and patios. It has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, living area with fireplace, state-of-the-art kitchen, utility, and storage rooms. The Family House has a handicapped-accessible bathroom. This structure is of steel and wood framing on a concrete slab foundation with pre-fabricated steel panel roof and limestone rock exterior. Interior finish includes hardwood oak flooring with accent oak beams.

   The Pub is located north of the Family House and is a two-story structure containing approximately 2,250 square feet of air-conditioned area. This structure was built in 2005 and features a game room, bathroom, kitchenette, and work-out area, all located downstairs. The loft has two sleeping areas and a game room. Construction of the Pub is steel and wood frame on a concrete slab foundation with stone exterior. This structure features a wood shingle roof, which is a South American hardwood that is fire and hail proof. The interior is rustic with stained concrete floor, fir walls and ceiling, and a rock fireplace.

   The Gun Room is a freestanding, single-story structure containing over 400 square feet. This building was constructed in 2005 and features a lounge area, bathroom, and kitchenette. It is a wood frame structure with concrete slab foundation, pre-fabricated steel panel roof and limestone rock exterior. The structure has hardwood flooring and is used for storing ammunition, housing rifles and shotguns, hunting gear, etc.

   The Gate House, adjacent to the golf course, is a single family, two-story residence with partial basement. This house has approximately 2,300 square feet of living area, an attached two-car garage, and a deck area. This structure was initially built in 1988 and remodeled in 2003. The house features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living area with fireplace, and utility room. Construction is of wood frame on a concrete slab foundation, with a composition shingle roof, brick veneer and wood siding. Interior finish includes hardwood floors and carpeted areas.

   In 2007 Boone constructed a charming Chapel located on the north end of the Lodge Compound area. This chapel is situated along the banks of a flowing creek and lake area.

   The Chapel contains approximately 800 square feet and is a steel and wood frame structure on a concrete slab foundation. Other features include limestone rock exterior, travertine floor, hardwood ceiling and exquisite stained-glass windows. There are five rows of wooden pews, an operating bell tower, and bathroom. Adjacent to the Chapel is the Memory Garden, which was constructed in 2014. This structure is built of stone columns with a wood framed roof. There are pergolas and a beautiful stair-cased waterfall feature behind the structure.

   In addition to the above, the Lodge Compound includes other support structures such as storage buildings and the Hilltop House, which is a children’s play house. Overall, the Lodge Compound area is the most user-friendly facility on the ranch. It is designed to house large groups for entertaining or business functions.

Airport and Hanger

   The airport is located on the western portion of the ranch. The runway is approximately 6,000 feet long and 100 feet wide. The airport facility was designed and built with FAA approval and meets all of their requirements and regulations. Approach lights are installed along the runway. The runway itself is constructed of one-foot thick concrete.

   This airport runway is designed to handle most any size private aircraft. Adjacent to the runway is a 52,600-square foot concrete tarmac, which connects the airport to the hangar. The sizeable tarmac area is capable of accommodating multiple private aircraft. The hangar facility contains approximately 25,000 square feet and is a steel frame structure on a concrete slab foundation. It features an electric hangar door opening system.

   The hangar is equipped with a two-story enclosed building that has an attractive lounge and restroom area downstairs and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom pilot’s apartment upstairs. The concrete flooring in the hangar has an epoxy coating, and the concrete apron adjacent to the hangar door is heated so ice and snow will never impede the opening or closing of the hangar door.

   The entire airport complex is located within an 8-foot-high game fence constructed of 2½ inch steel posts with heavy gauge net wire. In addition, the facility is equipped with a standby 350KW generator system for auxiliary power.

 Dog Kennel

   The Dog Kennel is located east of the Lodge complex, between the Lodge and the highway. The Kennel was constructed in 2003 and is a steel frame structure with stone exterior on a concrete slab foundation.

   It has a pre-fabricated steel panel roof. The kennel contains approximately 11,000 square feet of usable kennel area, with approximately 3,600 feet being enclosed and air conditioned. There are 40 chain-link dog pens, 20 on each side of a concrete center alleyway.

   The kennel is equipped with full office facilities, a large meat processing-center featuring stainless steel work tables, walk-in cooler/freezer, wash area, and floor drains. The facility includes a veterinary lab, upper level storage, overhead crane and bathroom.

   A maintenance/storage building containing over 5,000 square feet is located just west of the Kennel. There is a fenced-in exercise area for the dogs adjacent to the Kennel.

Boone’s Lake House

   Beginning in 2000 through 2002, Boone conceived the idea of building a massive Lake House, which would serve as his personal home on the ranch. This unbelievable home has undergone a number of renovations and additions and was finally completed in 2008.

   The Lake House contains approximately 11,500 square feet of living area and over 3,800 square feet of porches and patios. The front entry door was originally the front door to Bing Crosby’s home. It is an ornate metal door with stained glass inserts. The upper level of the home features a large living/great room with fireplace, dining area, master bedroom and bath, 1½ bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, and elevator.

   A spiral staircase with stone imported from France leads to the lower level where there are two guest bedrooms, three bathrooms, wine cellar and tasting room, office, exercise room, utility room, cedar closet, mechanical room, and storm/safe room. Construction materials throughout the home include steel and wood framing on a concrete slab foundation, cave stone exterior, and travertine flooring. The home has oak vaulted ceilings, wood cabinets, granite and marble countertops, and a slate roof.

   The home has a water source heat pump which is used to heat and air-condition the home. Outdoor balcony railings are bronze, and all balconies and porch areas overlook astonishing water features, such as lakes, ponds, waterfalls, and aqueducts. The landscaping, topography features, and water enhancements make the Lake House truly “fit for a king.”

   Boone’s Lake House has been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine and Cowboys and Indians Magazine.

Water Features of the Mesa Vista Ranch

   The Canadian River itself generally forms the north boundary of the ranch for a distance of approximately 25 miles. This river bottom is wide and fertile with a shallow water table. In some areas, standing pockets of water are common and portions of the river bottom are sub-irrigated.

   Knowing the Mesa Vista Ranch had a valuable water resource, Boone made the decision to enhance surface water on the property. In the early 2000’s Boone began a massive water enhancement project, likely never before conceived or duplicated by a private citizen. By dredging and building a chain of dams, waterfalls, lakes, and other water enhancements, Boone created possibly the largest individual water park ever envisioned.

   In addition to the countless lakes and ponds, he created a flowing, man-made creek called “Boone’s Creek,” which basically parallels the Canadian River. By dredging into the standing water table in the Canadian River bottom, this creek was formed. Boone, however, was not satisfied with standing water in the creek and wanted ever flowing running water throughout the creek bottom. With the use of well water injected into the creek, Boone’s Creek flows several thousand gallons per minute throughout this stretch of roughly 12 miles of creeks, lakes, waterfalls, and ponds, all of which are man-made. With a system of pumps and pipelines, much of this water can be recirculated and used over and over. Without question, Boone created an unmatched oasis in the Texas Panhandle.

Wildlife on the Mesa Vista Ranch

   Boone often stated that the Mesa Vista Ranch offers the “world’s best quail hunting.” In an effort to enhance wildlife on the property, over the years, Boone was a leader in conservation practices that are now followed by many other sportsmen in the country. As a testament to Boone’s conservation efforts, in 2008 he was named the recipient of the prestigious Park Cities Quail Unlimited Lifetime Sportsman Award.

   A small cow herd is maintained on the ranch, 400 – 500 cows, but many areas of the property, especially those areas with attractive recreational features, have not been grazed in 20 or more years. These areas of the ranch are devoted exclusively to wildlife enhancement. Boone placed over 1,000 quail feeders and numerous deer feeders on the ranch. He created a number of food plot areas and added a network of buried waterlines with small water outlets to create wet areas for quail.

   The Mesa Vista Ranch supports a variety of wildlife. Whitetail deer thrive in the productive creek bottom areas and mule deer are found throughout the sandhills, broken ridges, and mesa points on the southeast side of the ranch. Aoudad are also viewed from time to time in this rougher portion of the property. Antelope are found on the open plains country on the southwest side of the ranch. Besides quail, dove are also abundant and water fowl are seasonally present on many of the lakes. Hundreds and hundreds of turkeys are common throughout the tree-covered bottom lands. Most all of the lakes have been stocked with a variety of fish, and fishing is reported to be excellent. The southern portion of the Mesa Vista Ranch is improved with pivot sprinkler systems and irrigation wells. Portions of this land are planted in a combination of wheat and millet, providing outstanding habitat for pheasant. All in all, with the water features, varying terrain, and conservation measures in place on the Mesa Vista Ranch, it would be hard to find a better recreational property in this area of Texas.

Mesa Vista Ranch Resources

   The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in an area of prolific quality ground water, being in the Ogallala Water Formation. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of acres of water rights have been sold in Roberts County for municipal water purposes. Recent commercial water sales in the area indicate that water rights have a commercial value in the range of $400 - $500 per acre.

   As previously discussed, Boone acquired the Mesa Vista Ranch in a series of purchases over the years. Boone obtained water rights in the earlier purchases, but in more recent years, as he acquired adjoining land, the commercial water rights were already sold, due to their commercial value. Overall, the ranch owns approximately 42,000 acres of water rights, which will convey with the sale. This is considered to be an extremely valuable asset. A water ownership map is attached.

   In addition to this water resource, minerals are also considered to be a valuable resource in Roberts County. Like the water, Boone obtained a portion of the minerals on the earlier land purchases, but as he expanded to the east and west in more recent years, he was unable to obtain minerals with these acquisitions. The attached map shows mineral ownership intact with the ranch, which will convey to the purchaser. There is scattered oil and gas activity on the Mesa Vista Ranch. All of Boone’s owned mineral interests will convey. In 2015, with more favorable oil/gas prices, total net royalty income was approximately $2,300,000. Over the past 5 years, the average net royalty income has been approximately $852,000 per year. In 2019, net royalty income dipped to the lowest level of this period to approximately $252,000. Again, all owned water rights, all owned mineral rights, and royalty will convey with the property.

   There are a number of large, operating wind farms located in the Texas Panhandle. All wind generation royalty rights are also included.

Price and Remarks

   With the recent passing of Boone Pickens, the listing price of the Mesa Vista Ranch has been reduced from the original price of $220,000,000 to $170,000,000. It seems impossible to comprehend all of the improvements made to this property, whether it is structural improvements, water enhancements, landscaping, wildlife conservation features, or others. As example, thousands of tons of landscaping rock, trees, shrubbery, plants, etc. were imported to the property over the years. Early on, Boone hired Tommy Ford, an architect from Dallas, Texas, to help in the planning, drafting, and construction of the many improvements placed on the ranch. Together, Boone and Tommy had the vision to take raw ranch land and transform this property into what now represents Mesa Vista Ranch. In a recent conversation with Tommy Ford, he estimated that the total volume of building materials, landscaping rocks, trees, and other enhancements delivered to the ranch would exceed 120 trains, with each train load containing 110 cars of materials. Having overseen most all of the major structural construction on the property, Tommy estimated replacement cost of over $140,000,000, not counting the added cost of dredging and developing the lakes and creek water systems on the property.

   To our knowledge, no other ranch can replicate Boone’s Mesa Vista Ranch. Boone spent nearly 50 years transforming this Texas Panhandle Ranch into a wildlife paradise with spectacular water features and improvements fit for a king. The sale of the Mesa Vista Ranch is basically “turn key,” including all rolling stock, equipment, pick-up trucks, hunting vehicles, farming equipment, furnishings, bird dogs, etc. The only exclusions are personal effects, livestock, and the vast art collection. The livestock are available to be purchased separately, as is the majority of the art collection.

   Very devoted, generally long-term employees are in place on the ranch, and these employees are interested in staying and continuing on with the new ownership.

 

“You do everything to make the land perfect, hoping the next owner has the same passion.”   – T. Boone Pickens

Qualified buyers can schedule a showing of the property by contacting the Brokers.

Offered Jointly and Exclusively By Chas. S. Middleton and Son and Hall and Hall

 

 

Sam Middleton

Property Summary

Activities & Amenities
  • Barn
    Cabins/Lodge
    Corrals/Pens
    Creek
    Electricity
    House
    Irrigation
    Lake
    Outbuilding/Barn/Shed
    Outfitting/Guide Service
    Pond
    River
    Stream/Spring
    Water Rights
    Water Well
Hunting
  • Dove
    Ducks
    Quail
    Turkey
    Whitetail Deer
Land Details
  • Total Acres: 64,672.00
Building Details
  • Exterior Features:

    Airport Hangar, Landing Strip, Dog Kennel, Chapel, Golf Course, Tennis Court