Rancho Espiritu

Cuba, Sandoval County, New Mexico


105.0 Arces

Rancho Espiritu +/-105 deeded acres, Santa Fe National Forest Inholding, Jemez Mountains, If Snow White had been an elk hunter, she would have picked Rancho Espiritu, this north central New Mexico’s hidden gem! This ultra-private nature lovers paradise promises amazing sunsets, zero light pollution, star gazing, wildlife galore, and excellent birding. The search to find Rancho Espiritu exceeded 20 years, until this hidden valley and National Forest inholding was found. Now retired, the couple who owns Rancho Espiritu has decided it’s time to pass the baton.In the spirit of a Golden Pond getaway, Rancho Espiritu has been their summer home, ground zero for elk, deer & turkey hunting, the weekend retreat, family reunion headquarters, a tranquility base for friends & family, a winter wonderland, and during the recent Covid, the perfect family retreat/getaway. Private hiking the thousands of acres of the Santa Fe forest outside your door is such a gift. All furnishings are included so it's turnkey and ready for immediate occupancy. Carrying agricultural status (2020 taxes $640), Rancho Espiritu is a hidden hideaway. In this broker’s 15 years of handling some of New Mexico’s finest properties, Rancho Espiritu is a top 5 for sure…The ranch is located 19 miles southeast of Cuba, New Mexico which is home to El Bruno’s famous Mexican food and has 100% paved access except for 1.2 miles of improved gravel road. Best of all, the property is very commutable to Albuquerque and Rio Rancho with a 1 ½ to 2 hr. scenic drive. Jemez Springs (hot springs, spas, and restaurants) is a 30 mile drive. However seclusion is the word for this gated end of the road property. The Hansel & Gretel cabin is hidden at the end of a mile-and-a-half long meadow, accessed through a National Forest Special Use permit, bordered by aspens, ponderosas, Engleman spruce, white pine and blue spruce. A herd of piebald (partial albino elk) and Merriam’s turkeys frequent the meadow with bear and mule deer also in the neighborhood. The ranch has an excellent well, full power service by Jemez Electric Coop, satellite internet and TV, landline phone service and a Multi-Flo septic system. The CabinThis you have to see, as the pictures don't do it justice! The original cabin, built in 1911, underwent a professional log cabin restoration by a log cabin specialist in 1999 and the guest quarters were completed in 2015. The cabin has 1169 sq. feet of living area including 802 sq. ft. on the main level with a 367 sq. ft. loft (guest quarters and office) and comes with an impressive furniture package including a 1914 Hoosier Cabinet. Main level has one bedroom, living/dining room, kitchen and full bath. Heating is by wood stove, oil filled space heaters and passive solar. Nights cool off so wonderfully in the summer that air conditioning is not needed. There’s an attached storage room for barbecue grill, some tools and lots of elk antlers. The cabin and guest accommodations are complemented by a 2-car insulated garage with a heavily insulated “warm room” for winter liquids storage, an attached 225 sq. ft. storage room for supplies, a Polaris Ranger with only 590 hours, and numerous tools.Guest AccommodationsGuest quarters are located above the garage with two bedrooms, living area, kitchen area, full bath, utility/storage room and high end Renewal by Anderson windows, door, and storm door. The 625 sq. ft. of living area is complemented by a large TREX deck.Hunting Unit 6AThe property is eligible for draw landowner elk permits which can be utilized or sold and one cow elk permit is available until December 31, 2020. Frequent visitors to the ranch include numerous turkeys and 3 distinct regular herds of elk, large bulls (5 & 6 point often and a 7 point on occasion). Occasional visitors include Coyote, Blue Grouse, Deer, Black Bear Mountain Lion, Bobcat and Fox. (See attached videos.)The property has only one full time neighbor (retired couple - hunting/fishing guide) and four part-time seasonal homes within 2 miles of the dwelling. The full time neighbor grew up in the area and is a wealth of knowledge and loves to share it. The Chaparral Girl Scout Camp is about a mile south of the property - as the crow flies. Not sure what you compare to Rancho Espiritu but Heaven on Earth comes close! Call or email today for more info and your qualified showing. Co brokers welcome.

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Lot Details

  • Icons/close No Mobile Home Data Provided
  • Icons/close Property is not on a Cul de Sac
  • Icons/close Property is not a Corner Lot
  • Icons/close Property is not Subdividable

Internet Speed for Cuba, New Mexico

Provider Type Max Up Max Down
Valor Telecommunications of Texas, LLC VDSL 100 Mbps 100 Mbps
ViaSat, Inc. Satellite 3 Mbps 100 Mbps
HNS License Sub, LLC Satellite 3 Mbps 25 Mbps
Commnet Four Corners, LLC Terrestrial Fixed Wireless 2 Mbps 9 Mbps
VSAT Systems, LLC Satellite 1.3 Mbps 2 Mbps
GCI Communication Corp. Satellite 0 Mbps 0 Mbps
Valor Telecommunications of Texas, LLC ADSL2 0 Mbps 0 Mbps
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This Cuba Economy

Description Cuba
Unemployment Rate 5.8%
Recent Job Growth 3.4%
Future Job Growth 37.5%
Sales Tax 8.3%
Income Tax 4.9%
Income Per Capita $16,465
Household Income $40,139
Family Median Income $44,286
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting 4.5%
Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction 4.9%
Construction 14.2%
Manufacturing 5.6%
Wholesale Trade 3.0%
Retail Trade 20.2%
Transportation and warehousing 4.5%
Utilities 2.6%
Information 1.1%
Finance and insurance 1.1%
Real estate, rental, and leasing 0.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services 0.0%
Management of companies 0.0%
Administrative, support, and waste management services 4.1%
Educational services 5.6%
Health care and social assistance 9.7%
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 0.7%
Accommodation and food services 8.2%
Other services 0.0%
Public administration 9.7%
Approximate Location
This land's acreage of 105.0 is equal to:
Vatican Citys
This land's price of $1.25M is equal to:
Avg. priced homes in San Francisco
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USDA Hardiness Zone 6a.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.

Zone 6a goes all across this great country; stretching in a great crescent, through the center of the U.S. From Massachusetts down into Delaware. It then spreads southwest through Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas. Making a pit stop to touch the cooler parts of New Mexico and Arizona. Before it heads north into Utah and Nevada ultimately ending up in Nirvana-Land, aka Washington.

The coldest days in winter:
Temperatures from -10 to -5°C

This zone is good for growing:
Tomatoes, Squash, Peppers, Potatoes, and Cucumbers