North Rock House Draw Ranch is located halfway between Fort Stockton on I-10 and Sanderson just off US Highway 90, fronting paved Gray Ranch Road all along its southern boundary for 4 miles. This is considered Sanderson limestone hill country with a great diversity of habitats, vegetation, and topography with distant views all the way to the Madera Mountains south of Fort Stockton.
North Rock House Draw Ranch was formally part of the Cerf Ranch as a single northern pasture with a mix of hills, and broad valleys. 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. This smaller ranch is the perfect hunting property and with the addition of a new water well, one could build a great headquarters off Gray Ranch Road.
Habitat and Wildlife
Tamaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of the North Rock House Draw Ranch. From yucca and sotol, to hackberry and mesquite woodlands, to persimmon 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 ranch into today’s recreational uses of hunting, hiking, and enjoyment of the scenic beauty. Native grasses, forbs, browse, brush, cacti and trees not only provide excellent habitat for game species such as Elk, deer, turkey, quail, and dove, but also for non-game species such as Texas horned lizard, neotropical songbirds, fox, ringtail cat, and many other mammals.
Recent use and management has been focused improving and growing Elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer populations, which are tremendous. The population is about 50/50 for the two deer types and within the steep terrain along the canyons, one can also find Aoudad sheep. Wing shooting for Blue Quail and Mourning Dove are tremendous. The ranch has received excellent income from drought insurance under the existing owner.
The groundwater under Rock House Draw Ranch is shallow, accessible, prolific, and high quality, being part of the Edwards-Trinity or Plateau Aquifer. There are no wells currently on the ranch as it was historically supplied by a well on the same ranch south of Gray Ranch Road. A new well could easily be drilled.
Approximately 1 section is mineral-classified a section owned by the Texas General Land Office, where the surface owner shares in 50% of all bonuses and royalties and negotiates terms of any mineral lease. Seller owns no fee minerals.