KC7 Ranch | 37,759± acres | Balmorhea, TX - Davis Mountains........................SOLD | $32.5M
KC7 Ranch is situated on 37,759± acres of topography rich land two hours southwest of Midland near Balmorhea, TX. This highly improved property comes completely turnkey and is a sportsman’s paradise. The blend of open and mountainous terrain, pasture land and water provide an abundance of recreational activities as well as peaceful tranquility. The renovated historic main residence overlooks the large spring fed trophy bass lake and offers luxurious accommodations. The entire perimeter of the ranch is fenced, and the interior is cross fenced into 11 pastures. This unique property was created with extreme attention to detail, and this is truly a ranch for all seasons.
The main entrance is off of CR 3078 but the expansive ranch has road frontage on both sides of 3078 as well as a pasture on the north side of I-10. This ranch is 2 hours from Midland, an hour from Fort Davis, 1.5 hours from Alpine.
Available if desired with the acquisition of KC7 ranch, is a lease with a water developer offering a 20% royalty in all water produced and sold from the ranch. In the Permian, non-potable frac water is a scarce resource as producers will drill many thousands of horizontal wells over the next few decades. Recent completions of wells average more than 400,000 barrels of water for each well with an annual demand in the billions of barrels of water per year.
KC7 ranch sits on top of the Capitan Reef Complex Aquifer which contains brackish water allowing long term non-potable frac water via pipeline to the Delaware basin with potential expansion capability into New Mexico. Up to 400,000 barrels per day of tested non-potable water for drilling has been proven by Industry leading major service companies. This water would be delivered via a gravity flow pipeline to the Permian producing a solid income stream via passive royalties paid via a water developer if so desired.
KC7 also has 10,650± net mineral acres, all of which are open & available for lease.
KC7 offers expansive hunting revenue possibilities. Outfitters in this region stay busying chasing mule deer, aoudad rams, javelinas and hogs as well as three species of quail. With the lodging in place and the ranch teaming with game, this could be a turnkey hunting operation.
A stocking rate of one animal unit per 50 acres, or 500 cows for the ranch is reasonable. With the water systems on the ranch as well as the cattle pens, one could run a nice cow/calf operation.
Habitat & Topography:
Forage resources are in good condition on the ranch. The ranch consists of mid-elevation grassland that include desirable species such as sideoats grama, blue grama, plains bristlegrass, and black grama. The growing season is June through September, with most grass and forb production during the rainy season at the end of summer. There are areas experiencing whitebrush, catclaw, creosote however the overall diversity is appropriate for most of the ecological sites found on the ranch. The main body of the ranch has approximately 3,000± ft in elevation changes which is unique. The property has a good blend of open pasture for grazing as well as sharp topography changes, which are most desirable in this geographical region for scenic views and hunting purposes. For the new owner there are ample spaces and opportunities to expand grazing, viewing spots, camping or additional improvements.
This ranch is loaded with game, MLD permit for mule deer, big aoudad rams, elk, javelinas, wild hogs, 3 species of quail and a variety of predators. The diversity of the terrain offers paramount hunting diversity. You can glass ridgelines for Mule Deer in the morning and run bird dogs in the afternoon. A true sportsman’s paradise.
This property has superior surface and subsurface water for the area. 10 natural springs flow from the mountains creating an oasis for wildlife, 3 of the springs feed water to the pastures on the ranch via poly pipe. In addition to the spring fed water, there are 5 solar wells, and one main electric house well. There are also two lakes that when full, cover 40 acres. This property also sits on top of the Capitan reservoir and according to hydrology reports this ranch can produce 400,000 barrels a day of frac water to be sent to the oil field via a gravity flow pipeline, for decades to come.
KC7 can accommodate many guests.
Main Residence – This nearly 10,000 square foot beautiful Texas stone home features six bedrooms and six bathrooms and two half baths, a library and full basement with storage. With 2,300 square feet of porches front and rear, as well as up top, the views go on for many miles and the upper deck provides wonderful star gazing opportunities. One of the 10 springs flows adjacent to the house in a series of rocked in ponds creating a lovely oasis in the yard.
Two nice guest houses were constructed adjacent to the primary house, and each contains 6 beds, showers and full bath.
Hunters cabin is a nicely appointed 3-bedroom cabin and the foreman’s house is also a 3-bedroom home.
Other improvements on the ranch are a nice 12 stall horse barn with storage and a shop, and a rock barn and corrals adjacent to the headquarters.
Contact agent for complete list. Highlights include:
Excellent all-weather access road to main headquarters
Multiple protein and corn feeders
KC7 RANCH | key facts
• 37,759± Acres Under Fence | Reeves and Jeff Davis Counties, TX
• 10,650± Net Mineral Acres
• 1 mile from the I-10 and I-20 Interchange
• Elevation Range: 3,450' to 6,000'
• Fresh and Brackish Water Reserves
• More than 7 Constant Flow Active Springs
• 2 Fishing Lakes + 2 Lakes (40± acres)
• 350' Fresh Water (Trinity) Aquifer
• High Volume Low TDS Brackish Water Aquifer (Capitan Reef)
• Abundant Wildlife (Mule Deer, Aoudad, Quail and Tiger Bass)
• Completely Restored/Updated Headquarters Built in the 1890s