Thunder Ranch New Mexico: Whether your interest lies in horses, trout fishing, birding or even golf, the recreation-rich Thunder Ranch in northern New Mexico is a mountain retreat tailored to the passions of your life. Tucked away in a quiet valley not far from both Taos and Santa Fe, Thunder Ranch boasts a mild climate, mountain grandeur and excellent year-round access.
Thunder Ranch is 383 acres of the best of the Sapello Valley, located near the southern terminus of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and only about 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lying at an elevation of about 7600 feet, the ranch is dominated by mixed forests of mature ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas fir. Sapello Creek, a small permanent stream, winds through the property and is a natural draw for wildlife and birds of many varieties.
Especially equipped with horse lovers in mind, Thunder Ranch offers a lovely large barn, horse barn, round pen and corrals. Classic white rail fencing speaks to its equestrian emphasis, and access to riding on the Santa Fe National Forest is available directly from the property. Years of mountain riding pleasure await both on and off the Thunder Ranch property.
Anglers, too, will find Thunder Ranch a fascinating place to cast a fly or lure. Three developed ponds can support rainbow trout up to several pounds, and are easily fished by both novice and expert fishermen. For a change of pace, break out a light rod and cast into Sapello Creek for smaller brown trout.
The main house at Thunder Ranch has been designed with an eye towards Southwestern luxury. It is situated on lovely sloping grounds, and is 3300 square feet, with an attached two car garage. It includes a spectacular Great Room and two-story stone fireplace, and accented with unique carved woodwork. A large open kitchen, tiled baths, large bedrooms and veranda make it as inviting as a friendly New Mexican smile. In addition to the main house, a caretaker’s house is on the property as well as two guest cabins for when you want to share this special place with friends. In short, Thunder Ranch is “turn key ready” to host family gatherings, corporate retreats, or just some of your best friends.
Although an ideal mountain getaway in its own right, Thunder Ranch is close to many other recreational and cultural amenities. Its direct access to the Santa Fe National Forest opens up deer and elk hunting possibilities, and OHV riding is available on a network of roads and trails as well. The arts-rich community of Taos is only about 90 minutes to the north, and the historic cultural center of Santa Fe lies about the same driving distance to the west. Downhill skiing is available at Taos, and even closer at Angel Fire, directly to the north. Finally, for golf lovers, Thunder Ranch even boasts its own private road access to the challenging Pendaries Golf Course, only a couple of miles over the ridge to the north.
At Thunder Ranch, it really is possible to take a quiet horseback ride in the cool of the morning, play a leisurely round of 18 holes and still have plenty of time to fish the evening rise on your own private ponds. If any or all of those activities are a match for your passions, contact us, we’d love to show you around one of the finest recreational ranches available in the southern Rockies.
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