For Sale: Sky Island Paradise,
Southeastern Arizona


 
The Morrow Ranch
 
200 Acres in the Eastern Chiricahua Mountains
 
$165,000  (Under Contract )

 
Price slashed from $185,000 to $165,000! This won't be on the market long now, so take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase the last of the historic Morrow Ranch, originally homesteaded in 1916 and former home of rancher/lawman R.W. Morrow (and author of
The Chiricahua Journals).

Other than a livestock holding pen and roping arena, there are no buildings or other structures on this property; however, there are literally dozens of great building sites, all with stunning mountain or valley views. And at only $165,000 for the entire 200 acres, it’s being offered at a fraction of the per-acre price determined by a 2013 bank appraisal.

This scenic gem 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), it’s 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 summer monsoons and winter rains, watering old-growth oak, juniper, cedar, cottonwood & sycamore trees. Its grassy foothill slopes and riparian creek bottom abound with diverse animal and plant life, offering a true year-round Paradise for bird-watchers, hikers, hunters, or anyone who loves the unspoiled outdoors.

This has been an excellent cattle & horse property in the past. The water table is quite shallow: according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the depth to water is 32.1 feet and 70 feet in two nearby wells on adjoining properties. Add the fact that the well-established Colibri Vineyard is less than four miles away in nearby Whitetail Canyon (on the site of an apple orchard once owned by the Morrow family), and this could also be a great opportunity for someone wanting to join Arizona’s growing wine industry! Soil and 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.

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