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100 acres of natural preserve located between Las Cruces and El Paso

Welcome to the Lake of La Mesa Ranch

100 Acres of Mesilla Valley land nestled between Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX

For years this property was known as the Weaver ranch. It is located in La Mesa, NM, United States of America -12 miles South of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 22 miles North of El Paso, Texas. The El Paso International Airport is 45 minutes driving time from the ranch. Situated on approximately 100 acres of fee simple land that includes a 12 acre lake area,  a 3 acre wildlife sanctuary with the remainder of the land kept natural and protected as a wildlife preserve. There are 2 houses and several structures. The property is located within the Western edge of the Rio Grande basin known as the Mesilla Valley.

The Spanish hacienda style house, picture below, was constructed for Bill Weaver in 1974 and includes a courtyard, pool and veranda. The hacienda is approximately 3,000 square feet under roof.

The Adobe home is approximately 7,000 square feet under roof , was built in 1995 and the picture to the right is how it looks viewing from the west. The hacienda is approximately one quarter mile away from the adobe structure. Behind the adobe viewing eastward is the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
 
The entire 100 acres is fenced and kept as natural as possible. Students from NMSU and UTEP  frequently visit in the pursuit of aquatic research. The Audubon and other bird watching organizations visit the natural land and are able to view species that are normally non-existent in other areas due to agricultural activities and recent suburban development.
 
The hacienda includes a courtyard, swimming pool, and BBQ area. The house was originally designed to entertain guests. Close to all important activities in Southern NM
The general lake area and habitat is approximately 12 acres located near the center of the property. On the maps the Lake is called La Mesa Lake or Lake La Mesa. The water level remained relatively steady throughout the years until 2012 and 2013 when the lake level dropped significantly. The large water users blame the drought but some believe it is the planting and watering of thousands of acres of pecan trees mostly from the aquifers below the Mesilla Valley.  The lake was originally created by an oxbow of the Rio Grande River.  The entire ranch sits atop several layers of water aquifers that are well known in the area.
Left is a picture of the Lake in the late 1980's. Since then the lake maintained a steady level until 2012 when the drought caused the local farmers to pump the underground aquifers causing the water table to drop significantly.
The ranch parcel known as La Mesa Lake, changed hands numerous times over the years. Gary Beeson purchased the Ranch in September 1980 from Jules Bennett. Mr. Bennett purchased the Ranch from W.R. Weaver's estate in 1977. Prior to Mr. Weaver's ownership, several prominent citizens in the area called the ranch home. Historical ownership documents are available going back to U.S. Territorial times in the late 19th century.

 

 
The ranch consists of approximately 100 acres located within the western edge of the Rio Grande basin known as the Mesilla Valley. The surrounding area to the West  borders the BLM lands with little or no settlements for hundreds of miles. To the immediate North are irrigated farm lands consisting of several small farms and communities. San Miguel Village and La Mesa are the more prominent. Just North of San Miguel is the Stahmann's pecan orchard, one of the largest in the U.S.  The city of Old Mesilla is 10 miles due North of the Lake Ranch and Las Cruces is an additional 2 miles. To the East of the Ranch, less than 2 miles, is the Rio Grande River. The Village of La Mesa is 1 mile, and the El Camino Real (US 28), also known as the Don Onate trail,  is 3,000 feet from the Ranch boundary. The Organ Mountains are approximately 5 miles to the East. There are two deep wells that supply the domestic needs plus a large irrigation well originally installed to augment the lake in addition to providing water to any crops grown on the land. The La Mesa Lake Ranch is one of the only properties with abundant natural species of plants and animals located within the southern Rio Grande basin. The neighboring land is considered a very rich growing environment; it surrounds the ranch and has been leveled for irrigated farming. Most of the neighboring land is either in development of subdivisions or producing crops. The natural lake located near the middle of the property is home to many species of aquatic wildlife, birds and land animals. Range animals from the western mesa depend on the lake for cover, food and water. Migrating birds loaf and rest during the winter migration unmolested by humans and domestic predators. The source for the lake is believed to be from underground springs and water table associated with the Rio Grande. The El Paso city limits begin just 20 miles South.
The adobe home was built in 1995 and is approximately 7,000 feet under roof. It includes large open spaces in addition to 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The hanger space is quite large and will accommodate helicopters and other large machines. The space was designed to easily adapt to living quarters or other uses as well.