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Rio Escondido Ranch - La Salle County, Cotulla, TX

Located along 1.8 miles of the Nueces River sits the Rio Escondido Ranch. This high fenced recreational paradise is sure to provide endless opportunity for the outdoor enthusiast. With an abundance of surface water including the river, developed creek systems, tanks and both riparian and upland habitats and fantastic improvements, this ranch is nothing short of unique. 

Location – The ranch is located approximately 6 miles SSE of Cotulla and accessed via paved Hwy. FM 3408. The ranch is only about 1½ hours drive time from San Antonio.

Improvements – This ranch is ready to go! The Headquarters area includes a beautiful lodge and two separate bunk houses giving this place the ability to not only enjoy with the family but also entertain guests. The lodge is 3,700 SF with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and two ½ baths; the lodge also has several fireplaces. The master bedroom and bath are very spacious and include a fireplace, jacuzzi tub and an adjoining office. 

The Headquarters area also has additional amenities including:

  • an outdoor patio with a fireplace,
  • a game cleaning station,
  • a 4 Bay metal warehouse with electricity & water,
  • a 6 bay pole barn with work shop,
  • a helicopter hanger (current use) with extra storage building,
  • three storage silos,
  • 14 ton overhead round bulk bin,
  • and a set of working pens.

Personal Property –  The following personal property will convey:

  • 7 Atascosa Wildlife Supply blinds,
  • 1 custom blind “Taj Mahal”,
  • 2 blinds on river pasture,
  • 10 corn feeders,
  • four 800 lbs. protein feeders,
  • a 1997 Ford F-350 V10,
  • a dump truck,
  • and a kabota tractor.

Water –  This ranch is located over the prolific Carrizo Wilcox aquifer providing an adequate groundwater resource to supply or supplement the many ponds, sloughs, lake and troughs found on the ranch. Currently, the water supply system has 3 working water wells.  There are 8 ponds, 1 lake, a developed creek system and 1.8 miles of the Nueces River. 

The 1.2 miles of creek system, unnamed but locally referred to as Red Creek, that runs through the center of the ranch, is a tributary of the Nueces River that has been enhanced to hold year round water providing great fishing and recreational opportunities. In addition, the 1.8 miles of Nueces River, located along the northeastern border of the ranch, is another amazing live water feature that provides year round activities.

Habitat –  Rio Escondido’s habitat is very diverse including both South Texas brush country and Nueces River bottom country. The Nueces River bottom has majestic live oaks, elm, and hackberry trees that tower over the river. In addition, the other brush & tree species that the ranch holds include mature bull mesquites, guajillo, persimmon, blackbrush, prickly pear, granjeno, guayacon and many more.

Wildlife – Rio Escondido is home to many different species, however the most abundant of the species is the white-tailed deer. With a blend of the finest South Texas brush and strict MLD management practice on the property, the outcome is nothing short of a healthy whitetail deer herd. 

Exotic Species found on Rio Escondido Ranch include:

  • gemsbok
  • dybowski sika deer
  • axis deer
  • nilgai
  • red deer

Minerals – Surface Only. 

History –  “The Nueces River, although not explored in its entirety until the eighteenth century, was the first Texas river to be given a prominent place on European maps. It is identifiable as the Río Escondido (“Hidden River”), which first appeared on a 1527 map attributed to Diogo Ribeiro, signifying the obscure location of the river mouth behind its barrier island. It was to this river that René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salleqv-confused by the period’s inadequate maps-sailed in 1685, believing that it was the Mississippi. Four years later, in 1689, Alonso De León, marching from Coahuila to find La Salle’s settlement, crossed the Nueces in what is now Dimmit or Zavala County and named it Río de las Nueces (“River of Nuts”) for the pecan trees growing along its banks.” Excerpt from: Handbook of Texas Online, Robert S. Weddle, “Nueces River,” accessed April 18, 2017,

Other – The ranch is currently under 1-d-1 Wildlife exemption for Ad Valorem taxes, where applicable.

Price –  $2,140,600 or $3,850 per acre


Rio Escondido Ranch

La Salle County, Cotulla, TX


Property Sold
Jun 14th, 2017
$2,140,600 (Asking Price)