The Big Sandy Ranch

ARIZONA LAND FOR SALE on the Big Sandy River with 800 acre ft. priority water rights. This is one of the most overlooked and undiscovered locations in Arizona and an ideal setting for a private resort location or corporate retreat that is now being offered as Arizona ranch land for sale.

The Big Sandy Ranch for sale in Arizona is a hidden jewel, in the spectacular and panoramic scenic Big Sandy River valley basin, which is now available as Wikieup land for sale just minutes from the highway on historic Signal Road just south of Wikieup, Mohave County Arizona. Most of the land is located right on the historic Big Sandy River which runs most of the year and has 800 + acre feet of priority water rights recorded in the early 1900’s. Spectacular Sonoran Desert valley vistas are a one of a kind location and have a river frontage right in the heart of northwest central Arizona. This Mohave county land for sale is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management acreage on all sides. There are limited opportunities for purchasing Arizona river front land for sale as ranch or farm settings.

Spectacular Arizona Sonoran Desert terrain and gorgeous river valley–a diverse Sonoran Desert topography, ranging from dramatic mountainous views, sloping mesa, graceful hills, flowing meadows, dramatic valleys, lush desert vegetation, and beautiful treed areas. The Big Sandy River basin flows through the heart of the main ranch. The desert acreage river view settings are unique as an Arizona land for sale acreage and with farming potential as well. The river has an abundance of ground and diversionary water for most types of exclusive Arizona cattle ranch land. This has to be some of the most dramatic scenic horse acreage property available in Arizona that is situated in a pristine river valley. Some of the larger land parcels could have a fly-in ranch property with an airstrip.

Usage– This land for sale in Arizona is an ideal location as organic farm land or maybe custom private cattle ranch land, to get away from a hurried lifestyle, build a log cabin ranch house or outdoor custom cabin retreat, or use as a recreational motor home hideaway. Some may want a family heritage they can pass down to their children, to enjoy a peaceful retirement in a spacious setting, for an outstanding pride of ownership land investment, or for the pride and pleasure of owning a piece of the last remaining Old West lifestyle. The Big Sandy Arizona ranch land for sale site on the river basin can be an ideal location for a private upscale dude horse ranch. In the surrounding area there is a rock hound’s paradise with quartz formations and a multitude of famous old, historic mine locations scattered about the hills. Rock hunting, gold mining and mineral deposits are a large part of this desert frontier.

ARIZONA LAND WITH POWER electricity from the local utility co-op is available in or on most locations of the property and multiple wells with surface water rights and has river water irrigation capabilities.

LOCATIONAZ land for sale on the Big Sandy River. Near land for sale in Kingman Arizona area and land for sale in Mohave County, the Big Sandy Ranch land has 10 to 1,700 acres available and situated less than 1 hour south of Kingman, Arizona, and about 55 minutes north of Wickenburg. The ranch acreage is located north of metro Phoenix Arizona about a 1.5 hours drive on US Highway 93, just south of Wikieup, Arizona on Signal Road 8 minutes away from US Highway 93 and just 2.5 hours from south Las Vegas on the newly widening US Highway 93 off of Interstate Highway I-40. The upcoming 2010 completion of the Hoover Dam Bypass and the modernization of Highway 93 as a major Canamex/NAFTA trade route are expected to bring a major change to economic, travel related growth to this largely undiscovered jewel.

PRICES–start at $7,900/$9,900 an acre for 40 to 200 acre ranches and $11,900 to $14,900 per acre for 10-80 acre ranches.


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  • Stories
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  • 300+ Days of Sunshine Yearly
  • Natural diversity
  • Spectacular Rock Formations
  • Mountain Vistas
  • Amenities 9 miles away (Wikieup):
    • Gas Station
    • Medical Office
    • Grocery Store
    • Motel
    • Several Cafes
    • Grade School K-8
    • Retail Stores
    • Hospital
    • High School
    • Community College

Land Tenure
937 Acres Deeded
81,000 Acres Bureau of Land Management Allotment (approximate)
81,937 Acres Total or 128 Sections

Property Description
The ranch headquarters is situated along the Big Sandy River just off Signal Road near the northern boundary of the ranch. The building improvements consist of an old, rustic, ranch house approximately 1,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and one bathroom (please see photo [3] above) and a metal sided tack shed. There are three holding pens constructed of wire and wooden post.

There is an irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture at the headquarters. Historically the ranch has irrigated up to 300-acres. More recently, 80-acres have been irrigated and currently there are approximately 3-acres in permanent Bermuda Grass pasture. The older fields have grown in with mesquite tress which could be cleared and put back into production.

Irrigation water is supplied by a diversionary right from the Big Sandy River. The water is diverted using a temporary earthen dam into a dirt ditch, then transported to the fields. This is a surface diversionary water right on file with the Arizona Department of Water Resources as #36-19867. Supplemental irrigation water is supplied by a 100 foot deep well with production capability of 700 gallons per minute. The well is not currently in operation.

Domestic water is supplied by a private well with an electric submersible pump and pressure tank. Livestock water on the ranch is supplied by the Big Sandy River, 4 windmills, 4 solar wells and 4 earthen tanks.

Carrying Capacity
The capacity as recommended by the Bureau of Land Management is for 140 animal units on a yearlong basis. The annual operating plan may differ from year to year based on annual rainfall and available forage.

Elevation at the headquarters is 1,550 feet and varies throughout the ranch from 1,300 feet along the Big Sandy River near the southern boundary to 3,500 feet in the McCracken Mountains. Topography is mostly rolling hills with numerous drainage areas, with some steep mountain peaks in the southern portion of the ranch.

Vegetation is primarily tobosa, curly mesquite, galleta, alfileria, indian wheat, squirrel tail, and various grama grasses. Browses are mesquite, catclaw, jojoba, mountain mahogany, cliffrose, oakbrush, and winterfat.

Public electricity is available at the ranch headquarters; telephone is by cell only.

2005 Tax Year $307.44
2005 BLM Lease Grazing Fee $1.79 per animal unit month

The ranch is located in an area rich with mining history and encompasses the historic ghost town of Signal, which once had a population near 20,000 people. This is a beautiful, Mohave Desert, working cattle ranch, with 15 miles of the Big Sandy River running through the allotment.

Township 14 North Range 13 West
Gila and Salt River Baseline and Meridian

Section 12: portion thereof
Section 13: All

Township 13 North Range 13 West
Gila and Salt River Baseline and Meridian

Section 3: portion thereof

Mohave County APN’s: 102-21-007, 102-59-004 & 102-73-001
Bureau of Land Management Artillery Allotment

Part of one of Arizona’s original four counties, Wikieup shares an interesting history with the whole of Mohave County. Prior to the coming of the white men in the valley, the place where the county is situated today used to be the settlement of the Mojave Indians. The Indians used to cultivate corn and other food crops aided by the rich, river-nourished soil of the valley. However, the Mojaves are not alone in the region. They have fierce rivals in the tribe of the Tonto Apaches. Mostly, the two tribes do not seek disputes with each other but all that changed with the coming of the white men.

The settlement of the white men pushed both tribes farther from their source of livelihood. This resulted in several disputes between the white wen, the Tontos, and the Mojaves. In one of these disputes, two white girls were abducted. The white men laid the blame on the Mojave tribe but they found out after two years that the girls were taken by the more savage Tonto Indians. The girls were rescued by the Mojaves and were actually treated as part of the chief’s family.

As token of their gratitude, the white settlers named the county after the Mojaves. The white settlers and the Mojaves coexisted in the area, that is why it is common for a person from Mohave County to have a mixed heritage. It was said that Wikieup’s present location was the part of the land allotted by the white settlers for the Mojaves. Thus, that section was named Wikieup — a native American or Mojave Indian word for “shelter” or “home.”

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Cost - $7900.00


First Name - Peter
Last Name - Bilyk
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