Coyanosa Draw Ranch is part of the historic Townsend Ranch. The Hudgins family was granted this property as payment for building a fence around the huge historic Townsend ownership. The ranch fronts on Highway 67 between Fort Stockton and Alpine, with the entrance just 18 miles south of I-10 and 26 miles from Fort Stockton and its regional amenities. The ranch gets its name from a major draw that crosses the property and is adjacent to some of the largest ranches in the Trans Pecos, including the Elsinore and Leoncita Ranches. Coyanosa Draw Ranch today is owned by a publically-traded Texas oil and gas company which has been developing minerals and has conducted 3-D seismic studies over the entire property.
12,177.60 Acres Owned and 1,290.83 Acres Leased in Pecos County, Texas.
Coyanosa Draw Ranch represents a diverse landscape of deep bottom soils along the draw that carries the ranch name; broad gravelly flats, up into limestone hills with commanding views of many of the area mountain ranges, including the Del Norte, Glass, and Davis mountains. This cow country hunting ranch is very accessible, yet you can hide away in the many interesting secret draws and cover where you will find abundant populations of desert Mule Deer, Elk, dove, and the wily Blue Quail. The ranch has a tremendous road infrastructure and, with just a corner of the ranch located along Highway 67, it is very private but extremely accessible.
The topography of the ranch is a broad open valley with several limestone hills, cut by broad wooded draws and elevations ranging from 3,500 feet to 3,100 feet, which makes for a wide variety of soils and a very interesting mix of habitats. The ranch to the south has several center pivot irrigation fields right up to the fence-line, accessing the same aquifer under this ranch, the Hovey Channel. There are several areas where this could be replicated along Coyanosa Draw as there is a huge amount of relatively shallow fresh water, with deep soils.
The ranch has a number of windmills and solar wells. Electricity is located at the southwest corner and an excellent submersible water pump produces from only 220 feet. There are several dirt tanks on the ranch with room for many more. Monsoon rains come in the summers, providing for an excellent growing season of a wide variety of Chihuahuan Desert plants, shrubs, and grasses.
There is an extensive road network on the ranch and the exterior fences range from new to functional. Several caliche gravel pits will provide significant materials for future needs. The owners have built extensive all-weather caliche roads. There is a great metal barn, as well as a set of pens and a historic rock ruin, and many places to build a new lodge or headquarters.
The landscape consists of one-half foothills to the Glass Mountains and the other half deep-soil bottom land. This ranch lies at an elevation that supports a mix of vegetation from the mid-Chihuahuan Desert such as century plants, Spanish dagger, yucca, agarita, sotol and cholla, with a dominant gramma grass mix and scattered bush/trees, including creosote, mesquite, hackberry, and soap berry. Native grasslands provide excellent forage for livestock as well as habitat for Mule Deer and native birds and mammals. The ranch also has several ridges and hills rich in a diversity of rocks and minerals, including many types of agates.
This is Chihuahuan Desert grassland and scrubland at its very best. The grasses, forbs and brush provide excellent habitat for game and non-game animals and birds. Mule Deer and Elk are the primary game animals. Coyotes, javelina, bobcats, and badgers are all also present. Blue (Scaled) Quail and Doves are the game birds. Raptors include Golden Eagles and wide variety of hawks, neotropical migratory birds, such as orioles, hummingbirds, warblers, flycatchers, and many others make for a wonderful birding experience.
The ranch lies over a tremendous freshwater aquifer, both shallow and deep. There are three windmills, one solar pump, two generator pumps, and one electric submersible. Water is distributed to a number of storage tanks and water troughs for wildlife and livestock. Irrigated alfalfa and other wildlife forage could greatly enhance the deer and elk populations. The water and soils are there, and with gas wells on the ranch, natural gas pumps could provide the energy needed to develop the irrigated cropland component.
The owner of this ranch is Abraxas Petroleum from San Antonio, which purchased the ranch for its oil and gas resources. A number of wells have been drilled and have produced. A number of additional prospects have been developed. The older wells have been and are being cleaned up and plugged, leaving clean and orderly remaining production facilities. There is one shut-in well on Section 34 with a five-year lease with a 1/5th royalty and the remainder of the ranch is unleased. There is also a surface use agreement over the ranch, covering gas and water line right-of-ways and salt water disposal operations. 3D seismic has been completed over much of the ranch, the results of which are available from the seller. The seller owns 50% of minerals and is willing to convey 50% of what is owned, or 25% of the fee minerals. There are also 3,098 acres of Mineral Classified state minerals on the ranch. Rarely do you get a chance to own producing minerals in an area where a single future lease could generate significant resources to repay the purchase price and operating costs of the ranch.
Activity and Current Condition of Oil and Gas Minerals – April 2016
- Ranch contains 9,079.5 gross mineral acres total, and Seller (Abraxas) has 50% of minerals. Buyer will receive 50% of Seller’s mineral interest, which equates to 25% of total, or approximately 2,269.9 net mineral acres. All minerals are currently unleased except for 704 acres (See blue striped pattern on Figure 1) around a shut-in gas well.
- An additional 3,098 net acres are classified as “Mineral Classified” by State of Texas
- Most recent oil and gas lease on mineral classified land was in 2011 on about 3,058 acres for $500/ac, 3 year term and 25% royalty. That lease is now expired and lands are available for a new lease.
- Mineral classified lands have minerals owned by the State of Texas. Surface owner of the land acts as agent for the State and equally shares the lease bonus and royalty with the State (See red striped pattern on Figure 1.) Buyer will receive all the benefits due to surface owner on mineral classified lands.
- Historical gas production from wells on Coyanosa Draw (Hudgins) Ranch minerals is about 8,300,000 MCF, (where 1 MCF = 1,000 cu ft of gas). Productive wells on adjacent lands to the south add another 9,500,000 MCF. The vast majority of gas production is from the Devonian reservoir at depth of about 13,000 ft.
- Abraxas acquired a proprietary 3D seismic survey covering about 39 square miles, as outlined on Fig. 1, in 2001. Abraxas will grant a license to the seismic data to Purchaser upon request. Abraxas utilized the 3D seismic data to successfully drill horizontal wells on closed structures. Some structures remain untested.
- As shown on Figures 1 and 2, recent horizontal wells both north and south of the ranch are testing Wolfbone horizons at depths of about 9,000-10,000 ft. Wolfbone horizontal activity is more intense about 10-15 miles to the north, as seen on Figure 2.