Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the last 200 acres of the Morrow Ranch, former home of author/rancher/lawman R.W. Morrow (see The Chiricahua Journals)—all at a per-acre price well below a bank appraisal in May 2013.
This remaining piece of the Morrow Ranch, originally homesteaded in 1916, consists of 200 acres of scenic Sky Island mountain property in the eastern foothills of the 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 and historic land is secluded and private, yet easily-accessible from Interstate 10. The interstate is just twenty miles to the north on the 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 last piece of the Morrow Ranch features a creek that runs freely following summer monsoons and winter rains, abundant wildlife, and old-growth oak, juniper, cedar, cottonwood & sycamore trees. A barbed-wire fence runs around two miles (of the total 2.5 miles) of the property's 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 given that there are producing vineyards just four miles away in Whitetail Canyon (on land once owned by the Morrow family)—this could also be a great property for someone wanting to join Arizona's growing wine industry!
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 only six miles to the south of the Morrow Ranch. 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.