The Kennedy Ranch is located 25 miles south of Marfa, Texas off of paved Casa Piedra Road (FM169) just past the bridge over live water Alamito Creek. Ranch lies east of the Atchison and Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad or the South Orient Railroad. The pavement on Casa Piedra Road ends just past the entrance to the Kennedy Ranch where it goes for another 40 miles to the north entrance to Big Bend Ranch and to the river road east of Presidio accessing hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands and the Rio Grande River.
The Kennedy Ranch is located in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas comprised of mid-elevation grasslands and scrubland of basin range topography between the Davis Mountains to the north and the Chinati Mountains to the west and the Rio Grande River on the south. The ranch is located adjacent to large properties in the Alamito Creek drainage and is part of the original Kennedy Ranch that has been in the same family until recently for over the past 60 years. This ranch is also next to Plata, an historic abandoned farming community that provided produce, cotton and corn for the large silver operations at Shafter the turn of the 19th Century. The Alamito Creek Preserve owned and operating by the Dixon Water Foundation is just next door providing opportunities for birding and hiking along its 2 1⁄2 miles of Cottonwood lined Alamito Creek and its live waters during open weekends.
The original Kennedy Headquarters is located in the heart of the ranch providing spectacular views of area mountains including the Chinati, Cienega, and Davis Mountains as well as the Sierra Ricas in Mexico. The Kennedy consists of high hills, steep canyons and desert floors to combine into a mix of habitats that provides year round recreation and hunting. Just 30 minutes to downtown Marfa the ranch is remote but yet accessible to the areas wide amenities.
The Ranch is subject to a Conservation Easement with the Texas Agricultural Land Trust that focuses on reducing subdivision while allowing compatible uses like recreation, planned grazing, and limited development.
The landscape is wide-open rolling grass and scrubland surrounded by rugged mountain ranges which can be seen from most places on the property. Classic “Cattle Country” of the Old West, the Kennedy Ranch has maintained much of the environment and appearance of times past. This vast area lies in a narrow elevation range between 3,750 and 4,200 feet allowing for mix of vegetation from the mid to lower Chihuahuan Desert such as Spanish dagger, yucca, creosote and cholla with a mix of blue grama, black grama, bear grass, and sideoats grama with scattered brush. Tributaries to Alamito Creek have heavier brush like mesquite, desert willow, white brush, catclaw and some oaks and juniper.
This property is home to many species of birds, raptors, songbirds, and game birds such as Blue (Scaled) Quail Morning Dove and White wing Dove as well as larger wildlife of the desert such as Desert Mule Deer and Javalina. The brush and grasses provide excellent habitat for these game and non-game animals. This is Chihuahuan Desert hunting land at its best and a nature lover’s dream.
The Headquarters is located a mile off the paved Casa Piedra Road on an improved ranch caliche road and looks straight at San Jacinto Peak, a stunning western backdrop to this wide open big sky in south Presidio county. There is an adobe and brick home with lots of character in need of repair but with lots of potential. It also has a mural painted along the porch depicting the rich Spanish and ranching heritage of the area. Great set of pens and loading chute with two excellent metal barns with electricity and concrete floors. Grounds at one time around the home were well landscaped. It’s a working ranch complex that would make for a rustic yet functioning headquarters.
Other improvements include two submersible wells with electricity, one windmill, extensive road network, fair fencing, and several earthen dams for summer water.
The Alamito Creek watershed has some of the most prolific groundwater systems in the area. There are four wells on the ranch, three being submersible pumps and one windmill. All the wells are less than 250 feet.