Stillwell Ranch- 6,500+ Acres
Welcome to Stillwell Ranch!! This legendary West Texas landmark located in the Chihuahuan Desert is so rich in history one can only attempt to appreciate its past, present & future place in Texas history.
Location- This 6,500+/- acre ranch is located in Brewster County 45+/- miles south of Marathon & 7+/- miles north of Big Bend National Park's entrance on FM 2627.
Terrain- The ranch's diverse terrain ranges from scrub brush flats to gently rolling foothills up to rugged bluffs. Elevation ranges from 2200'-2500' offering distant panoramic views of Stillwell Mountain to the SE (3,500' elev.) & Santiago Peak to the NW (6,500' elev.). Maravillas Creek aimlessly traverses through the ranch for approx. 4 miles & along with Big Brushy Canyon contain a variety of trees/brush & grasses native to the Desert creating a perfect wildlife habitat.
Wildlife- Abundant wildlife includes desert mule deer, javelina, dove and quail for your hunting enjoyment as well as a variety of varmints. With no grazing in several years, the trees/brush and grasses are in excellent condition and high in natural protein optimizing antler growth. In addition to natural browse, the ranch has an annual mule deer feeding program in place with strategically placed bulk protein feeders and water troughs throughout. The ranch qualifies for MLD for the 2015 hunting season.
Neighbors- Black Gap WMA (103,000 acres) borders the south boundary & Big Bend National Park (800,000 acres) nearly borders the west boundary of the ranch which has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert in the United States. These large neighboring areas provide additional opportunities to hunt, explore and enjoy some of the most scenic country in West Texas.
Water- The ranch has 3 water wells that provide water to all improvements as well as many water troughs scattered throughout for wildlife use. In addition, the ranch contains several wet weathered ponds that collect water during seasonal rains. Continuing on FM 2627 for approx. 20 miles southeast of the ranch there are rafting/fishing trips available on the Rio Grande.
Improvements- Revenue producing Stillwell General Store & RV Park offers customers necessities such as various foods, drinks, fuel and ice as well as a gift shop with souvenirs. With 65 pull-through RV hookups, Stillwell RV Park offers a laid back and natural environment offering campers a sense of solitude. At the General Store visitors have the added convenience of modern restroom facilities with showers as well as a washateria. To preserve Hallie Stillwell's ranching legacy and pioneering spirit the Hallie Stillwell Museum was built to showcase her belongings & antiques from her past. There is a comfortable wood frame stucco home for the owner as well as a caretaker's home.
Spring Break- During March, Stillwell Ranch accommodates annual trail riders as well as numerous students/professors from various universities where they partake in geological research, mapping & educational classes of Big Bend as part of their school curriculum.
History- This 6,500+/- acre ranch is a part of an original 22,000 acre cattle ranch belonging to the Stillwell family dating back to the early 1900s. Hallie married Roy Stillwell in 1918 and over the next 30 years raised 3 children Roy, Guy & Dadie through harsh conditions, limited medical care, severe droughts, war, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and disease. Roy unexpectedly died in 1948 and Hallie maintained the ranch until 1964 when she turned the ranch over to her two sons. In 1969, Hallie opened the Stillwell General Store and RV Park and instantly became a tourist attraction for those traveling in Big Bend Country. In 1991, Hallie's daughter Dadie opened Hallie's Hall of Fame Museum on the ranch to honor her mother's West Texas legacy.
Stillwell Ranch's appealing but yet simple Big Bend Country setting is sure to take you back in time with its western charm!! The ranch has been featured in several articles, magazines and other publications including 2 books written by Hallie: I'll Gather My Geese & My Goose is Cooked.
To own a piece of this Texas history, obtain additional information or to schedule an appointment to view please call Gary Helmcamp (Listing Broker) at 979-732-0592 or his office at 979-725-6006.
- South of Marathon
For more information, contact:
Tri-County Realty, LLC