Jeff Davis County, Texas

$210,000

22.97+/- Acres

Location

Skyline Ridge Ranch with the highest elevation house in Texas is located off Highway 166, a historic Scenic Loop on the south side of Mt. Livermore in the Davis Mountains of West Texas and within the Davis Mountains Resort Subdivision. The property is found at approximately 7,000 feet elevation, located at the very end of Skyline Drive on a high ridge that connects Paradise Mountain with Mt. Livermore. The property is adjacent to the 33,000-acre Texas Nature Conservancy Davis Mountains Preserve and affords unobstructed views of the grasslands, canyons, forestlands, and area mountains.  Skyline Ridge Ranch is 22 miles west/northwest of the town of Fort Davis and its amenities such as Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, and McDonald Observatory. Skyline Ridge Ranch is one of the most secluded properties in West Texas. Four-wheel drive is necessary to ensure year-round access to the property.

Acreage

22.97 acres in Jeff Davis County.

Description

Skyline Ridge Ranch is located in the heart of the Davis Mountains, a Sky Island of the Chihuahuan Desert with elevations ranging from 6,800 feet to 7,100 feet.  This is a high ridge with wooded canyons creating some of the most scenic bluffs, rocky outcrops, canyons, meadows, and mountains in the region.  This is ponderosa and pinyon pine country, huge oaks, madrone, and lush grasslands.   The central geologic feature on the ranch is the spine of Paradise Ridge which you can follow all the way to Mt. Livermore located at 8,378 feet. The views are stunning and overlook the most spectacular mountain scenery in the entire Davis Mountains- Livermore, Sierra Viejas, Chinati, Paradise, Cathedral, and Haystacks to name a few.  Mountain ranges beyond Alpine and Marfa, the Glass and Chinati Mountains (30 to 50 miles distant) can be seen clearly on most days.  Skyline Ridge Ranch is three contiguous lots at the end of a cul-de-sac, unfenced and adjacent to the Davis Mountains Preserve.

Improvements

Located on the property is a three-bedroom, two-bath manufactured home that is in the process of being remodeled. Many significant updates have been completed: a metal roof recently installed, plumbing updated with pex water lines, updated electrical system, new windows, new water storage tank and water supply system, new shower/tub enclosures & commodes. Bead board wainscotting throughout the living areas and bedrooms. The home awaits your preferred interior and exterior finishes. A water delivery service provides water to the property. There is no well.

Habitat

Skyline Ridge Ranch is blessed with a combination of unique elevations (6,800-7,100 feet) combined with a variety of slopes and drainages creating one of the most diverse assemblages of habitats in the area.  Topography on the ranch is characterized by a high ridgeline, bluffs and steep valley and foothill slopes.  The mountainous uplands and slopes are typically a mosaic of mixed Emory Oak, Grey Oak, Silver Leaf Oak, Pinyon Pine, and Alligator Juniper woodlands interspersed with perennial bunchgrasses and native plants of the Chihuahuan grassland savanna, up elevation to Ponderosa Pines.  Lush rich slopes of cane bluestem, sideoats gramma, blue gramma, deer muley, and big muley with a wide variety of plants, flowers, and forbs create a botanical wonderland.

Wildlife

Because of the diverse habitat with boulders, bluffs, trees, grasses, and mountains there is an abundance of game and non-game animals and wildlife on Skyline Ridge Ranch.   This is muledeer and whitetail deer country with an expanding population of rocky mountain elk.  There are also smaller native animals and a wide variety of bird species found here such as javelina, fox, ring-tailed, mountain lion, zone-tailed hawk, black hawk, hummingbirds, and Montezuma Quail.  This is a “Sky Island” ecosystem at is finest with many unique plants and animals.  The creek corridors are important to resident and migratory breeding birds and as stopover/staging areas for Neotropical migrants.  The riparian woodlands are also important to the highly diverse bat fauna of the Davis Mountains.

Infrastructure

The house has a 3000-gallon water storage tank to store potable water to use for everyday living. A water delivery service, operated in the Davis Mountains Resort Subdivision, delivers water obtained from a community owned well on a scheduled basis.

The roads in the subdivision are unimproved and because of the steep elevation gain to get to the property a 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary. There is a monthly homeowner’s fee of $13/tract that is paid on a quarterly or annual basis to help maintain the roads within the Davis Mountains Resort Subdivision. The property consists of three tracts and the annual homeowner’s fee would be $468.