Buena Vista Ranch is located on the south side of US Highway 90 just 8 miles east of Dryden, Texas between Del Rio and Alpine. This is true western hill country and rugged canyon country; an area filled with history and amazing natural habitat and wildlife. This ranch has been in the same family since the 1960s and has been a significant source of recreation and adventure for several generations of owners.
12,075 +/- Acres in Terrell County
This is land “West of the Pecos”, a region full of early Texas history, including Judge Roy Bean and his iron hand of the law, who ruled from nearby Langtry. The area is a recreation mecca for both whitetail and mule deer hunting or for enjoyment of the vast landscape. Buena Vista ranch is a working ranch leased to a neighboring heritage landowner who keeps up the roads and water infrastructure over the entire property.
The ranch is situated at the convergence of three biologically-distinct eco-regions in Texas; the Texas Hill Country to the east, the Chihuahuan Desert to the west, and the subtropical Tamaulipan Brushland to the south, creating one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the state. The Serranias del Burro Mountains create a backdrop of high elevations to the south in Old Mexico and serve as a source of black bears dispersing back into this region of Texas.
The southern terrain is perhaps the most scenic, with the Mexican mountains in the background, and tremendous views down into Indian Creek and Cook Creek with rolling hills and limestone cliff canyon banks. There are 2 large pastures and one trap on this side. Waters are distributed around the ranch by a variety of wells, pipelines, water storage, and water troughs. The extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys and long canyons, create scenic and vast views. With topography ranging from 1,600 to just over 2,000 feet there are many potential building sites with distant vistas of ranch features.
Habitat and Wildlife
A wide variety of habitats span the ranch, from ocotillo and sotol, to hackberry, persimmon, black brush and juniper, the ranch represents a crossroads of diverse habitats. The property’s browse and grasslands are in excellent condition, a result of the ranch’s evolution from a historic sheep and goat operation into today’s recreational uses of hunting, hiking, and enjoyment of scenic beauty. Native grasses, forbs, browse, brush, cacti and trees not only provide excellent habitat for game species such as deer, turkey, quail, Barbados Sheep, and dove, but also for non-game species such as Texas horned lizard, neotropical songbirds, golden eagles, fox, ringtail cat, mountain lion, and many other mammals and birds.
Current management of the ranch has been focused on improving and growing both mule deer and whitetail deer populations. The population is about 50/50 for these two deer types and with the water distribution and excellent cover, this is some of the best Blue Quail hunting around.
The groundwater under Prairie Canyon Ranch is high quality and is accessed by one large electric well on adjoining property to the north and by two windmills further south. With the extensive water tanks and water pipeline and trough system, water is available across the ranch.