River Bend Ranch

San Miguel County, New Mexico | $7950000

Property info

Acreage  |  232.2±

Location  |  Santa Fe, NM

County  |  San Miguel

Status  |  Available

Price  |  $7,950,000


Jim Welles

Email  [email protected]

Direct  |  505.967.6562


Dwain Nunez

Email  [email protected]

Direct  |  505.263.7868


River Bend Ranch contains approximately 232 private/deeded acres with 22.44 adjudicated acre-feet of water rights on file with the New Mexico State Engineer’s office. These water rights have a 1904 priority date. The estimated length of actual river frontage including both sides on the Pecos, is slightly over 5,000 feet on each side of the river.

The ranch contains many species of plant life and trees in its different elevations. Ponderosa Pine and Oak Brush make up much of the tree cover outside of the river bottom. Cottonwood and Willow Trees are found along the main river channel. Douglas and White Fir and Engelman Spruce can be found at various locations on the ranch. Meadow grasses consist of Arizona Fescue, Blue Grama and Mountain Muhly.



The River Bend Ranch is located east of Santa Fe in San Miguel County, New Mexico Dept. of Fish and Game Unit 45.



The beautiful owner’s home is pueblo style with a stucco exterior and is approximately 2,769 sq. ft. It is an excellent quality, 3-bedroom/3-bathroom home with four fireplaces, a living room, kitchen, family room, breakfast area, den, sunroom, and laundry. The windows are wood frame-thermal casements and the exterior doors are solid wood units. The kitchen features custom wood cabinets and granite countertops. The owner of this home can enjoy time on the porch listening to the tranquil sounds of a small adjacent creek or step to the other side of the home and hear the serene sounds of the Pecos, just a few yards downhill. This home epitomizes the Santa Fe style décor of Northern New Mexico and is a perfect setting for the owner’s enjoyment and special time with family and guests. Landscaping around the home is impeccably maintained.

A log construction bunkhouse is located approximately 1/8th of a mile south of the primary residence and contains about 1,570 square feet. The bunkhouse has a rectangular shape with a full-length covered porch on the west side.  The interior includes two large rooms at either end with a central kitchen and bathroom. This structure has exterior log walls and metal roof covering. This bunkhouse is perfect for family/corporate guest coming to the ranch to enjoy a mountain and fishing excursion.

Just west and north of the log bunkhouse are very well-appointed “glamping” wall tents furnished with residence style beds and décor. These quarters fit the motif of those that like to camp in a luxurious setting. Nearby, a 698 +/- sf. Restroom/shower building is a perfect complement to the glamping atmosphere on River Bend Ranch.

On-site improvements include internal access roads with two bridges over the Pecos River, four domestic wells, two small pedestrian bridges, two recreational ponds, a tennis court, a picnic shelter, wood rail fencing, and concrete tent pads. A landscaped earthen berm was constructed adjacent to the highway to shield the property from prying eyes. This berm is approximately 1,500 feet long by 10 feet tall.

There are no known deed restrictions on the property. The property is zoned A-1, Agricultural Zone. There are no known deed restrictions on the property. The property is zoned A-1, Agricultural Zone. As such, there are several means to consider the further development potential of the River Bend Ranch. The steepness of the mountain terrain on the extreme east and west boundaries will limit residential development. However, approximately 45% + (98.5 acres) of the property is attractive and slight enough in slope to consider a recreational home site development, a use common in some of the Northern New Mexico regions.  The Pecos River consumes approximately 20 acres of the 95 developable acres leaving about 78 acres for potential home sites.



The Upper Pecos River at River Bend Ranch has been professionally engineered and restored for prime fish habitat by the well-known company of Riverbend Engineering, LLC. The restoration completed on this property has created a fishery that is unparalleled in New Mexico. There have been no actual stockings of trout in the river on this property. The large population of fish in this stretch of the river has moved to this prime stretch of water due to the quality of work done in the streambed itself.



Several species of wildlife live within the borders of the River Bend Ranch. Mule deer are common to the area and viewed often. Elk are present from time to time and no doubt, a meandering bear may wander through the property, along with an occasional Mountain Lion, Bobcat, and Coyote. Many smaller species of wildlife call the River Bend Ranch home. Waterfowl will land on the ponds from time to time. Turkey are common as are many other species of birds. However, as discussed above, the big attraction to the River Bend Ranch is the superb trout fishing. Bar none, one of the best, if not the best, private stream fishing properties in the state.



The ever flowing, crystal clear waters of the Pecos River run through the entirety of the property creating a stretch of water that can truly be described as one of, if not, the best trophy rainbow and brown trout fishery in New Mexico. We have never encountered so many trout measuring 20-25 inches with the occasional 30-inch trophy until we toured this fine property. Topping this extremely unique amenity is the fact the ranch lies within 35 minutes of Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe and 45 minutes from the Downtown Plaza.

The River Bend Ranch is a unique large property not readily found in the Upper Pecos region near Santa Fe. This property has the potential for the discriminate owner looking for a one-of-a-kind home and retreat or the investor/entrepreneur desiring a spectacular long-term potential development property.

If you are researching the Santa Fe market for a gem, River Bend Ranch is the diamond around the corner.


If you would like to schedule a visit to this remarkable, one of a kind ranch property, please give us a call. If you are looking for a ranch of this magnitude, but the River Bend Ranch doesn’t fit your needs, please call one of our knowledgeable salesmen and allow us the opportunity to help you find exactly what you are searching for.

Chas. S. Middleton and Son Licensed New Mexico Brokers Include: Sam Middleton, Charlie Middleton, Jim Welles, Dwain Nunez

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