The adjacent Santa Nino Ranch has been listed with our Sonoita office
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Location & Maps
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The San Antonio Ranch is approximately 85 miles south of Tucson in the scenic San Raphael Valley. The Ranch may be accessed via several different routes that originate in Sonoita, Patagonia or Nogales. Each route passes through beautiful mountainous country and are all about the same distance from Sonoita, Patagonia or Nogales.
The San Rafael Valley has a long, colorful history. The earliest Spanish explorers of the North American continent, Fray Marcos de Niza and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, both crossed this valley in their explorations. The valley floor is a former Mexican land grant, San Rafael de la Zanja, authorized in 1825. Some of the earliest Anglo mineral exploration in Arizona also occurred in the valley. For the last century the area has been the site of a stable range livestock industry.
Recent land transactions in the valley ensure preservation of this unique and ecologically significant area for future generations. The Nature Conservancy acquired the former land grant, the San Rafael Ranch, in 1998 and have protected this property with a conservation easement while allowing continued livestock ranching. The San Antonio Ranch, which adjoins the San Rafael Ranch to the west, has also been acquired by the Nature Conservancy. This one-of-a-kind property is now for sale to a buyer who appreciates these conservation goals and will place a conservation easement upon the property to ensure it's continued preservation.
The Ranch has a combined deeded and forest allotment cattle carrying capacity of 250 head annually. (Please click on the topo map above for further clarification of the tenure).
Climate, Elevation, and Vegetation
The San Antonio Ranch has a mild climate with summer highs in the mid 90's and winter lows in the mid 20's. Rainfall is approximately 17" annually with the majority occurring July-September. The elevation of the Ranch varies between 4,750' and 5,460'. The lower elevations consist of Southwestern short grass prairie with the upper elevations evergreen woodlands. Native plant species consist of grama grasses, bluestem, plains lovegrass, Emory oak, Mexican blue oak, juniper and manzanita.
The Ranch is cross-fenced into 14 separate pastures for ease of management.
Taxes & Fees
The San Antonio Ranch contains many forms of wildlife. Mammals include black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, blacktail and whitetail deer, javelina, and pronghorn antelope. Bird species include Mearn's quail, scale quail, mourning dove, white-winged dove, hawks and eagles.
Disclaimer: This information was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by the Broker. Prospective buyers should check all the facts to their satisfaction. The property is subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal.