Prairie Canyon Ranch is located on the north 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.
4,825 +/- Acres in Terrell County
The main drainage cutting through the ranch is Prairie Canyon, named for the rich natural grasslands that once dominated this region. In fact, lesser prairie chickens were native to this ranch and the last one was seen in the 1980s, evidence of a rich mix of grassland and brush. Prehistoric people lived in limestone shelters on the ranch and a black bear pictograph can be clearly seen there today. The area is a recreation mecca for both whitetail and mule deer hunting or just prowling the canyons in search of adventure. This is a working ranch leased to a neighboring heritage landowner who keeps up the roads and water infrastructure.
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.
Thurston Canyon cuts across the very northern end where the Union Pacific Railroad meanders. There is a permanent spring in Prairie Canyon located near the confluence with Thurston Canyon, and two earth tanks. Water is distributed from a well in the central area of the ranch, as well as from wells on the neighboring ranch, through pipelines, water storage tanks, and troughs. An old hunting camp along the main road can serve as one of many sites for a new headquarters, electricity can be brought into the ranch from near the highway. This is not only plateau country with dissected canyons, but also an extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys and long canyons, creating very scenic and beautiful views.
Habitat and Wildlife
Tamaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of Prairie Canyon Ranch. From ocotillo and sotol, to hackberry, persimmon, and mesquite woodlands, to 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.
Recent use and management has been focused on improving and growing both mule deer and whitetail deer populations, which are tremendous. 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 in Texas.
The groundwater under Prairie Canyon Ranch is high quality and is accessed by a windmill on the ranch. Water is also fed from a large electric well on adjoining land. There is a full-time spring providing excellent natural waters for the local wildlife. With the extensive water tanks and water pipeline and trough system, water is available across the ranch.
$385/acre or $1,857,625
Owner financing available!