Explore The Ranch Community

Residents at the Berrenda Creek and Lake Valley ranch community have direct access to a vast amount of New Mexico recreational property including private and public land. Berrenda Creek Ranch is approximately 24,000 acres and Lake Valley Ranch is approximately 50,000 acres. The conservation easement designation at both ranches ensures preservation of the land, wildlife, and environment, not to mention the stunning foothill views of the Mimbres and Black Range mountains. The ranch and public lands are currently used for recreation, livestock production, and occasional ecological and archaeological research. These maps show the proximity of the Berrenda Creek and Lake Valley ranches to the adjacent public lands.

Recreation, Wildlife, and High Desert Views

Recreation, wildlife, and the wide-open views of the Black Range foothills are why many of the residents have made their home at Berrenda Creek and Lake Valley. The ranch and adjacent public lands provide an amazing opportunity to explore Southern New Mexico. Homeowners use the ranch and public lands for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and sport game hunting as well as bird, wildflower, ancient artifact, and wildlife observation. Recreational access includes private ranch, BLM, State, and Gila National Forest lands and in some cases New Mexico State permits are required.

Hillsboro, New Mexico

Ten miles north of the ranch community is Hillsboro, a peaceful village with about a hundred residents, including artists, writers, musicians, and ranchers. Old cottonwoods line the main street and there are several historic buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The General Store Café serves great breakfasts, lunches, and homemade pies all week long. Sue’s Antiques is another nice shop selling antiques and thrifts.There is an active community center and library in Hillsboro hosting music, art, and speaking events. The Hillsboro Historical Society has a small museum and gift shop in the center of town. If you play tennis, there is a group that meets year round twice a week at the community court. The first Saturday of December the community has a pre-Christmas celebration, Christmas In the Foothills. There are no gas or grocery stops in Hillsboro. From Berrenda Creek and Lake Valley ranch community residents head for services at Truth or Consequences, Deming and Hatch.

Nearby Historic Villages

The ranches are near the historic mining towns of Hillsboro, Kingston and Lake Valley. When the heyday of gold and silver mining played out in the late 1800’s, ranching provided a more stable, economic base for the area. In fact, some of the ranches are still owned by original ranch family descendants. Travel off the ranch, to the historic villages and ghost towns of Sierra County.