Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the last 200 acres of the historic Morrow Ranch—former home of rancher, lawman, and Air-Force fighter-pilot R.W. Morrow (and author of The Chiricahua Journals)—at a per-acre price well below the value of a bank appraisal in May 2013.
This remaining 200-acre piece of the scenic Morrow Ranch, originally homesteaded in 1916, is located in the eastern foothills of the "Sky Island" Chiricahua Mountains, near Portal, Arizona. Ten miles west of the New Mexico border (as the hawk flies), its grassy foothill slopes and riparian creek bottom abound with diverse animal and plant life, offering a true Paradise for bird-watchers, hikers, hunters, or anyone who enjoys the unspoiled outdoors.
This unique land is secluded and private, yet easily-accessible from Interstate 10: The interstate is just twenty miles to the north on the Noland/Paradise Road, a county-maintained road which runs north/south through the middle of the property. A scenic 8-mile drive leads southeast to the historic town of Portal; from Portal, it’s only another 9 miles to Rodeo, New Mexico.
This property features a creek that runs freely following both summer monsoons and winter rains, as well as old-growth oak, juniper, cedar, cottonwood & sycamore trees. A barbed-wire fence runs around two miles (of the total 2.5 miles) of the perimeter.
This has been an excellent cattle & horse property in the past. With its shallow water table (30 to 70 feet in nearby wells)—and the well-established Colibri Vineyard just four miles away in nearby Whitetail Canyon (on the site of an apple orchard once owned by the Morrow family)—this could also be a great opportunity for someone wanting to join Arizona's growing wine industry! Soil & water have both passed recent tests for wine-grape suitability.
This is a location rich in historical, biological, and archeological significance. The Chiricahuas boast a dizzying array of plant and animal life—which is why the American Museum of Natural History long ago located its Southwestern Research Station nearby. In the 1800s, these same slopes were home to the legendary Apache chiefs Cochise and Geronimo, as well as the colorful mining boom towns of Galeyville (just south of the Morrow Ranch) and Paradise. (The modern village of Paradise is two miles south on the Paradise/Turkey Creek Road.) Remnants of former inhabitants, including many Native American artifacts, can still be found on the land.