Size: 125 acres
Location: San Miguel County
Eco-Region: Southern Rocky Mountains
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Transferred Conservation Easement
Date Completed: March, 2002
A few miles north of Las Vegas, NM, Rampart Ranch has open, native grasslands with unobstructed views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Hermit’s Peak. The landowners raise Arabian horses using sustainable grazing practices. Indigenous grasses, including blue grama, galleta, western wheat grass, sideoats grama, mesa dropseed, ring muhly, alkali sacaton, and three awns, can all be found on the ranch.
The easement on Rampart Ranch was transferred to NMLC from the Southern Rockies Agricultural Land Trust (SRALT) in 2011.
SRALT was established by Sid and Cheryl Goodloe of the Carrizo Valley Ranch in 1999. Over more than a decade the Goodloes worked to preserve farm and ranchland in New Mexico, helping to place over 13,000 acres under easement. In 2011, the Goodloes and SRALT’s Board of Directors decided to insure the future of the SRALT easements by transferring them to NMLC. NMLC is honored to carry on SRALT’s work to “uphold the concept of private ownership and management resulting in sustainability of family operated ranches and farms.”