The Pat Mountain Ranch is a cowboy’s ranch; a ranch where time has been paused and a simplistic life remains as it has been for a century. Good horses are still used daily, and evenings are still spent on the porch, listening to the sound of clear water meandering down Turkey Creek and the rustling of leaves from giant sycamore and cottonwood trees.
Spread out over a vast landscape ranging from 3,900 to 6,400 feet in elevation, the ranch lies within a climate sweet spot. It’s perfectly situated between the high mountain country and the desert floor. When it is snowing up top, or sweltering hot down below, the ranch remains constant with beautiful weather and lots of sunshine.
The iconic Highway 191 (Coronado Trail) is among the most scenic byways in the state of Arizona. With its twists and turns, it begins at the mountain community of Alpine, at 8,000 feet. For 100 miles, it descends to Morenci, at 4,700 feet. The ranch lies just off this highway, and as you hit the Juan Miller Road, you are welcomed to this wondrous place.
Pat Mountain Ranch is a functional cattle ranch. It is permitted to run 250 head of momma cows year-round. The ranch is capable of early green in spring, heavy monsoon storms in late summer, and plenty of browse in the winter. This means minimal supplement is required to sustain cattle throughout the year. The 32,000+/- acre United States Forest Service (USFS) allotment is divided into multiple pastures and traps. It is watered by +/- 16 dirt tanks, seasonal creeks, springs and intermittent streams.
The deeded acreage is split between two parcels. Ranch headquarters is located on 58 prime acres with a yearly stream flowing through the middle of it. The moving water keeps the bottom cool and green. There is a small, irrigated field and fruit trees.
Improvements to Pat Mountain Ranch consist of a 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house, a 1-bedroom, 1-bath cabin, and a 2-bedroom, single-wide bunkhouse. There are also many outbuildings, a good well, and livestock pens and traps. A mile up the road, lies the other 50-acre deeded inholding. Here you’ll find a secluded, quiet oasis along Pigeon Creek. There is a small rustic cabin with a good solar well that is piped to provide water elsewhere on the ranch.
Just as important as the income generating potential at this ranch, there is the opportunity to roam, explore, and hunt one of the most scenic and undisturbed landscapes in the southwest. Located in unit 27, this area is home to quality wildlife including elk, mule deer, Coue's deer, mountain lion, black bear, Merriam's turkey, and quail. Over the counter archery deer, turkey, mountain lion and bear tags provide endless hunting options.
Quail hatches can be superb on good weather years at Pat Mountain Ranch. Quail species available includes both scaled quail (aka cottontop quail or blue quail) and Montezuma quail (aka Mearns’s quail or harlequin quail or fool quail).
Find yourself in the beautiful southwest landscape, find yourself at Pat Mountain Ranch.