Return to New Mexico Ranches


250~ Acres    ·    Rio Arriba County, Youngsville, NM    ·    $1,685,000
Motivated Seller

Serene, private, protected – Querencia is a haven for rest and restoration of the soul.  The beauty of this majestic estate will embrace you with tranquil peacefulness.  The 250 acre retreat sits high on a mesa (6850’ in elevation) enveloped by the famed Pedernal, Alta Mesa and Mesa Naranjo formations presenting breathtaking views in every direction.  Querencia is a sanctuary “where the heart feels at home”.


A magnificent hacienda is the center of this incredible ranch.  Finest quality and attention to detail have resulted in a stunning showplace that is warm and welcoming.  Constructed to blend with the landscape it draws your eye to the surrounding natural splendor creating a rare combination of shelter and scenery.



  • 250 acres protected by conservation easement located approximately 90 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, near the famed Ghost Ranch
  • Protected by State of New Mexico land to the south, beyond which lies the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Private lands border the remaining boundaries with the west and north properties being subject to covenants and conservation easements (no residences can ever be constructed nearby to impair the views from any room in the home)
  • Private, automatic gated entry
  • Completely fenced – very good condition
  • Two wells serve domestic and livestock needs; the well servicing the main house is artesian
  • 12’x36’ horse shed with separate well (12’x12” enclosed)
  • Equipment / hay storage shed



  • 3900 sq ft stucco hacienda
  • 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath
  • Custom beams, doors and wood work throughout home
  • Plaster walls with diamond finish
  • Every room has a unique ceiling utilizing distressed beams, vigas and wood plank
  • Designed with privacy in mind – guest spaces are at the north end of the home, family areas are at the south end with common areas (kitchen, dining, living) central to all
  • Five fireplaces – two gas burning in bedrooms, one wood burning kiva in sitting area off kitchen, one outdoor wood burning kiva and a large wood burning fireplace with custom hearth in living room
  • Massive windows and french doors throughout welcome the abundant New Mexico sunshine
  • 1000’ of covered portals provide plenty of outdoor entertaining space
  • Stucco walled, graveled courtyard with stunning landscape and fountain
  • Incredible landscaping serviced by a drip irrigation system
  • Impressive living area with floor to ceiling windows, stunning wood burning fireplace with 8’ hearth of Colorado sandstone, 15 foot ceilings finished with distressed logs and vigas, and Indian sandstone floors
  • Sitting area off the kitchen with kiva fireplace and french doors leading to outdoor entertaining area
  • Chef’s kitchen with granite counters from Germany and India, Italian travertine and custom painted backsplash, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, 4 burner gas cooktop, double oven; sink, wine cooler and ice maker in the butlers pantry
  • Private dining area with french doors leading to the outdoor entertaining area with kiva fireplace
  • Master suite with distressed wood floors, french doors leading to private outdoor seating area, gas sandstone fireplace, spacious bath with soaking tub and steam shower, large walk-in closet with hidden safe room
  • Exercise room with beautiful view, rubberized flooring over wood sub-floor, mirrored north wall and door leading to outdoor shower and hot tub
  • Private office has built-in book cases with cabinets beneath, Indian sandstone flooring, wood plank and beam ceiling; DSL internet available
  • Guest suite with beautiful bath and private viewing porch
  • Attached 400 square foot guest casita with Saltillo tile floors, wood plank and beam ceilings, living area with mini kitchen, private bedroom suite with tub/shower and twin sinks in bathroom
  • Automatic home generator for back-up power
  • 3 car garage with 20 linear feet of built-in closets 4’ deep, mechanical room and hot water for washing vehicles and dogs
  • Concrete guest parking areas

Abiquiu Lake:

A short 20 minute drive and you find yourself on the shores of Abiquiu Lake. Covering nearly 5200 acres, this lake is a fabulous location for fishing as well as boating or camping. You can find bass fishing in the lake or just below the dam in the tail-waters fabulous trout which are regularly stocked by the State of New Mexico.


There are also ample opportunities to fish some of the best rivers in the state within 1-2 hours of the ranch.  These rivers include:

  • Vallecitos River –  small stream that see little fishing pressure
  • Brazos River – great terrestrial/dry fly fishing in summer to early fall; upper part offers fantastic alpine meadow fishing
  • Upper Chama Basin below El Vado Resevoir – state record brown trout was caught here
  • Los Pinos – easy wade fishing and great dry fly in the summer
  • Conejos – very pure river boasting prolific bug life in the summer
  • San Juan River below Navajo Dam –world renowned as one of the greatest tailwater trout fisheries


With your southern border being the Santa Fe National Forest, you are mere steps away from thousands of game rich acres.  Trophy Elk and Mule Deer can be found in this part of Rio Arriba County.