Chupadera Ranch - Socorro County, Socorro, NM

Chupadera Ranch is 37,644± acres of grazing land characterized by gently rolling hills with pretty purple mountain views. Lying about 40 minutes east of Interstate 25, the ranch is 54% deeded acreage, 36% state lease, and 10% BLM lease – all in Socorro County. Rated to carry 580 cow-calf pairs, it also boasts the attraction of quality hunting (GMU 18) for elk, deer, pronghorn, and Oryx. A cattleman leases the ranch grazing for approximately $10,000 a month. Further, a $35,665 annual lease with White Sands Missile Range for fly-over and evacuation provides additional payments if evacuation is called for.

Currently, the ranch is conservatively stocked with 400 pairs. Moreover, the monsoon rains have been excellent this year, and the range is very healthy! There are five wells on the property, and water is distributed to a variety of drinkers. The drinkers attract wildlife, are thick with dove, hold coveys of quail, and anchor big-game-animal movement across the ranch. The owner has kept hunting to a minimum but can issue Landowner Tags for elk, deer, and Oryx at their discretion. Oryx are visually stunning, and good populations like this are rare. Free-ranging African Oryx in the United States are unique to New Mexico and can be hunted year-round. Additionally, the ranch receives four pronghorn (antelope) tags each year.


  • 37,644± acres that is 54% deeded, 36% state, and 10% BLM
  • Grazing is leased at $10,000 a month plus a $35,665 annual payment from WSMR for fly-over and occasional evacuation
  • Hunting opportunities on the ranch include Oryx, elk, mule deer, and pronghorn
  • The ranch has populations of quail and is thick with dove
  • Ranch livestock and wildlife are watered by a series of wells and drinkers
  • Elevations vary 500 feet, from 5,900 feet down to 5,400 feet, and the land contour is charming
  • Pretty mountain views decorate gorgeous sunrises and sunsets
  • Historically known as the Orndorff Ranch, the range and ranch have long been a respected cattle operation
  • The large Monte Prieto Ranch adjoins to the east, with much published and written about its recent conservation easement and its Retreat Center
  • This ranch is 100% in Socorro County

Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.


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Chupadera Ranch

Socorro County, Socorro, NM

37,644± Acres