40 Wooded Acres bordering nearly 250,000 Acres of the El Malpais National Conservation Area (Bureau of Land Management).
We are excited to offer a very rare opportunity to own nearly 40 acres of ponderosa pine forested land bordering nearly 250,000 acres of open access BLM wilderness area. This stunning property sits at 7,680′ on its western edge to an ever so gradual 7,640′ elevation on its eastern border. There are clusters of dense mature and young ponderosa woodland, flat open meadows, and small rocky outcrops sparsely dotting the landscape.
This property is truly one-of-a-kind. Imagine building your dream off-grid cabin here, where you are surrounded by unspoiled wilderness – sharing the western and eastern boundaries with 250,000 acres of the El Malpais National Conservation Area, an open access wilderness for endless exploration, solitude, recreation, and discovery. If you’ve never experienced a full milky way sky at night, free of light pollution, a cloudless night will change your perspective on how small we truly are in the universe.
Mountain bike, hike, or ATV just 3 miles to Big Tubes parking area within the El Malpais National Monument (National Park Service), where you can explore Big Tubes, abound with geologic features – lava bridges, collapsed tubes, a lava flows, and lava tube caves. Hiking at Big Tubes can be a rewarding challenge for those prepared to hike a rugged landscape marked by cairns.
An ideal basecamp for all hiking and nature enthusiasts of all types. In 1.3 miles, you are at an Access Point of the Continental Divide National Trail – spanning 3,028 miles starting at the U.S. border with Chihuahua, Mexico and traversing across New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, arriving at the border with Alberta, Canada. Successfully thru-hiking the entire Continental Divide Trail takes an average of five months. Imagine owning this property, located mere minutes from Mile Marker 489, and completing a section hike of the Trail at your leisure.
Located in New Mexico Game Management Unit 13, desirable for Mule Deer & Elk, this property is attractive from its strategic location for hunting, where the thousands of acres of wilderness (and some of largest bulls in New Mexico) are at your front door. For more information, visit the New Mexico Game & Fish Department Website.
Building an off-grid dwelling, living in a tiny home, or camping on the property are all possible and allowed. There are no zoning restrictions or HOA/POA restrictive covenants. Cibola County does not have a Zoning ordinance but Ordinance 2020-01, the Comprehensive Environment and Safety Ordinance does regulate certain land use. The ordinance regulates the following: Outdoor Lighting, Water Conservation, Illegal Tire Dumping, Waste, Litter and Refuse, and Dangerous and Abandoned Buildings. Please see a copy of the Ordinance 2020-21 attached here.
Power would be by solar. Water would be by holding tank. Septic by composting toilet, or other alternative system.
The property is just 5.9 miles to State Highway 53, a paved highway which will take you directly to Ramah (30 miles) to the west and Grants (35 miles) to the East, then connects to I-40 to take you into Albuquerque (110 miles) to the east or the Arizona border (100 miles) to the west.
In the Town of Ramah (30 miles from the property), you’ll find a Post Office, Cafe, and a few small grocery options.
Grants, New Mexico is your best bet for supplies, hospital, and airport, gas, food, and water. Grants has a population of around 10,000 people. Walmart Superstore is 55 minutes from the property.
Notes About Purchasing:
This property was closed with title insurance through Alliance Abstract & Title (NM).
To move forward with the purchase, Buyer and Seller will both sign a Purchase & Sale Agreement. The closing will occur via title and escrow through Alliance Abstract & Title. Buyer will then open escrow with an upfront Earnest Money Deposit of $1,000.00. After submitting the Deposit, Alliance will coordinate the transfer. Buyer and Seller will split closing costs (roughly $2,000). Seller to provide purchasing title insurance.
Reserve this property by submitting a $1,000 refundable earnest money deposit*:
Once submitted, we will hold this property for you for 10 days while you conduct due diligence.
*There is a nonrefundable $249 document processing fee.
Parcel Size: 39.506 Acres
Parcel Number: R12789
Alternative Parcel Number: 2072047323211
Current Zoning: No formal zoning designation
General Elevation: +/- 7,600 feet
Conveyance: Warranty Deed
GPS NE corner: 34.937235, -108.141865
GPS NW corner: 34.937224, -108.146325
GPS – SW corner: 34.933887, -108.146353
GPS – SE corner: 34.934296, -108.141400
State: New Mexico
Time Limit to Build: None
Access: Lava Tubes Road to BLM Easement (Dirt, good condition)
Terrain: Ponderosa pine forest, level, rock clusters in select areas
Water: Would be well or holding tank
Power: Would be solar
Sewer: Would be septic or alternative septic
Phone: Would be cell or satellite
Type of Closing: Title/Escrow
Doc Prep Fee: Waived
Cibola County Assessors Office: (505) 285-2526
Cibola County Planning & Zoning: (505) 287-9431
Continental Divide Electric Cooperative: (505) 863-3641
Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc.: (575) 835-0560
New Mexico State Engineer (Water): 1-800-WATERNM