Sotheby's International Realty - Fort Davis, TX
The Gearhart Ranch has been in continuous operation as a cattle ranch since it was founded in 1890, and the values and traditions remain the same today as they were 100 years ago. Located 30 miles west of Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County, the ranch is included in the sky island ecosystem of the Davis Mountains, which benefits from higher than average rainfall for the region. Gearhart Ranch has all of the necessary improvements for running a successful cattle operation, with headquarters located near the Scenic Loop frontage and excellent interior roads throughout the ranch. Vegetation consists of productive grasslands and mesic habitat at higher elevations and includes various species of large game animals and birds for wildlife enthusiasts. The ranch utilizes a holistic livestock management plan to preserve the integrity of the grasslands and enhance the soils with essential nutrients, and places great emphasis on protecting our natural resources. With stunning vistas, beautiful West Texas sunsets, and peaceful nights to observe the stars, Gearhart Ranch will capture your affection and remind you of simpler times.
With over four miles of frontage on the east side of the Texas Highway 166 Scenic Loop, the ranch is a savannah of grasses beginning at about 5,200 feet and rising into the mountains to about 6,800 feet. Whether working, hunting, or out for a picnic or leisurely drive, nearly all of the ranch is accessible via good roads, and also serve to enhance ranch management and recreational enjoyment. The ranch’s headquarters sits near San Antonio Pass and Buck Mountain on the scenic loop frontage and consists of all of the necessary improvements to successfully run and maintain the operations of the ranch. The main house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with a recently updated office studio. The foreman’s house is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom dwelling with large adobe walls, and is uniquely located on a rock outcropping that protects it from the elements. There is also a newer “sentry” rent house located near the road. Other improvements include multiple barns, cattle pens, a saddle house, and an outdoor camp area. The ranch has excellent interior roads, along with eight water wells, good electrical distribution, exceptional water distribution, and the fences are in new to fair condition. Game on the ranch includes mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, antelope, javelina, aoudad, dove and quail. Livestock watering’s have been engineered to accommodate wildlife.
Eight wells supply plentiful water to a system of 46 water troughs across the ranch, including what is believed to be the highest water trough in Texas. The upper trough is located at 6,800’ of elevation. Five of the wells have been drilled within the last ten years. Miles of pipeline, combined with gravity tanks and three booster pumps, provide sufficient water for livestock to all areas of the ranch, including the higher elevations. Multiple new tanks of various sizes have also been constructed throughout the ranch. The ranch is in the Jeff Davis County Underground Water Conservation District. The Gearhart Ranch is an iconic example of the finest and best of the highland mountain ranches of West Texas. The grazing lands in the upper elevations are situated amongst some of the most special scenery in all of Texas. Elk, mule deer, Aoudad are all well established on this ranch. This is the authentic yet stunning form of West Texas highland mountain ranches. Adjacent Livermore Ranch ~Last of the Great Places also available.
Co-listed with Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall.