Thurston Canyon Ranch is located on the northside 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.
6,035 +/- Acres in Terrell County
The rich natural grasslands that once dominated this region are still found on Thurston Canyon Ranch. 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. 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 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.
An old hunting camp on the ranch makes a great location for a future headquarters, with electricity and water already in place. Thurston Canyon cuts across the very northern end where the Union Pacific Railroad meanders. There are 2 pastures and 1 trap dividing the ranch. Waters are distributed across the property in a variety of wells, pipelines, water storage, and water troughs. 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 amazingly beautiful views. With topography ranging from 1,800 to just over 2,000 feet there are many potential building sites with distant vistas of ranch features.
Habitat and Wildlife
Tamaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of Thurston 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.
Excellent Blue Quail hunting exist on the ranch, along with tremendous hunting potential for mule deer and whitetail deer. Recent use and management has been focused on improving and growing both mule deer and whitetail deer populations.
The groundwater under Thurston Canyon Ranch is high quality and is accessed by one large electric well near the highway and a windmill on the adjoining property to the northwest. With the extensive water tanks and water pipeline and trough system, water is available across the ranch.