Size: 5453 acres
Location: Mora County
Eco-Region: Central Shortgrass Prairie
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Donated Conservation Easement
Date Completed: December, 2014
Phoenix Ranch West is a 5,453 acre ranch in the Rio Mora Valley near Watrous, New Mexico.
The ranch falls within the Rio Mora Conservation Area, a federally designated region encompassing 962,000 acres in the Rio Mora Watershed. It includes the new Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,600 acre refuge along the Mora River that is directly adjacent to the Phoenix Ranch West.
The Phoenix Ranch West is a working cattle ranch that also supports a diversity of wildlife habitats, including numerous playas lakes that are important to resident and migratory birds. The New Mexico Land Conservancy is excited to add the Phoenix Ranch West to our growing inventory of conservation easement properties in northeast New Mexico and the Rio Mora Conservation Area. The Phoenix Ranch West joins the recently protected 2,543 acres of ranchland at nearby Wolf Creek, on the Fort Union Ranch.