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LISTING: Cibola County NM - Ridges Lot 4 is 10.26 Acres Hidden in the Zuni Mountains!
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I did quite a bit of studying to figure out what bird this is - I believe i'ts a young turkey vulture which looks a lot like a black vulture. An adult turkey vulture has a white head but the young ones have dark gray heads and dark bills like a black vulture. The feathers of Black Vultures are a sooty black but a Turkey Vulture’s dark feathers include dark brown. This has a lot of brown in it.
Description: 10.26 Acres in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico Hidden in the Forest in the Zuni Mountains

About 2 Hours SW of Albuquerque By Grants, Gallup, Ramah and the Zuni Pueblo

Oh She's a Beauty Covered in Tall Pine Trees, Beautiful Colored Rocks, Large Animal Tracks and Home to a Couple of Turkey Vultures!

There's a Cool Intermittent Stream Thru the Property That Had Water Pooling!

Lots of Crap Left on the Property - Looking for Someone Who's Not Afraid of Sweat Equity and Some Hard Work!

Cibola County Assessed Value $13453

Unique Rural Small Community By the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary!

Zoned for Homes, Manufactured Homes, and RV Use.

Call Char Mon - Sun 360-550-8943
I love talking about the lands I explore!

Tons of Photos of the Actual Property!

Private Land Investors - We Own Everything We Have For Sale!

Owner Financing With $500 Down & No Credit Checks.

Ridges Lot 4
Status: Available
Sale: $11,500.00 Cash Price or Best Offer

See Listing For Owner Financing Price and Terms

State: NM
County: Cibola
 
Parcels
APN: R08534 Legal Description: Lot 4, Ridges
City: Candy Kitchen, Pinehill Pinehill is 5 mile NE
Ramah is 21.7 miles N
Grants is 60 miles NE
Gallup is 65 miles NW
Albuquerque is 136 miles E
Phoenix is 332 miles SW
Parcel Size: 10.04 Acres See parcel map.
Roads: Dedicated Easement Ridge Road is a decent bladed dirt road along the S.

Pinecrest Road is a bladed road along the N.

Both of these are marked roads off of Jubilee Trail which is a decent graveled/dirt road.



Power: Solar, Generator Needs installation.
Water: Well, Holding Tank Needs installation. Click Here for the State of New Mexico well log.

You will need to click on the county and then click on the PLSS link. Input 25 under section, then click on 8N under township, and 16W under range. Then click View Report at the bottom.
Owner also has right to drill well on the property for water.

A community well is available to property owners for hauling although I hear there is a waiting list. Cost last time we inquired was $15/month and $25 to join.
Click here for a photo of the community well which has their phone number.
Click here for another photo of the community well.

The Ramah Navajo Chapter also has a community well with no fee to join. Just buy a water card and the cost is 2 cents per gallon. The well is just a few miles from Candy Kitchen Ranch on the way to Pine Hill. The water is treated with ultraviolet light to purify without the taste of chemicals. We have been told the well is very fast and takes no time at all to fill up a 500 gallon tank and it is not far from the properties.
Sewer: Septic, Holding Tank Needs installation.

Click Here for the New Mexico Environment Dept Liquid Waste Website.
Liens: No
Deed Type: Statutory Warranty Deed
CCRs: Yes The few covenants and restrictions are for the protection of the land keeping the natural beauty of the land intact.
Title Marketable: Yes
Property Tax: 144.84 Annually. Paid current. Future tax notices are buyer's responsibility.
POA Dues: 0.00
Doc Prep Fee: 150.00 To be added to the purchase price for document preparation.
Zoning: Residential Allowing for homes, manufactured homes, and RV's.
Time Restrictions: No
Other Information: Wolf Sanctuary, Living Along the Ancient Way, NM Game and Fish Click here for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

Click here for the local community website Living Along the Ancient Way - a great resource for the El Morro Valley that includes local utility phone numbers and where to play in the area!

Click here for the New Mexico Game and Fish website.


Click Here for the Hunting and Gaming Map Unit 12.
 
PROPERTY PHOTOS

Property Photos


All of the photos were taken in October 2018 of Ridges Lot 4 and the surrounding views.

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PROPERTY INFORMATION
 

10.26 acres of gorgeous land for sale in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico hidden in the forest in the Zuni Mountains. Oh she's a beauty covered with tall pine trees, beautiful colored rocks, turkey vultures, large animal prints and a cool intermittent stream thru the property that had pooling water. It’s 2 hours W of Albuquerque, NM by Gallup, Grants, Ramah and the Zuni Pueblo. With decent access all the way to the property this would be a beautiful spot for an off grid getaway from the crazy world!

All of the photos were taken of the property in October 2018. Ridge Road is a decent bladed dirt road along the S. It is a marked road off of Jubilee Trail which is a decent graveled/dirt road. Pinecrest Road is a bladed dirt road along the N and the lower part of the property. There was a green telephone box along Pinecrest Rd and Jubilee Trail. My cell phone worked on the property and I use Verizon.

We started off on Ridge Road and pulled onto the property where a driveway cuts to where someone used to live. Lord knows where to begin with this one and lets just say it needs someone who is not afraid of hard work. I tried to upload several photos and make comments on some of the photos as well! A wooden structure was crudely built around a van that was taken apart and it had a bed in the back with crap everywhere! It looks like the motor was pulled out of the van although I did not lift the hood to verify - more cleanup. There's a truck camper shell that is filled with junk. And more junk and another camper strewn about this area up top.



There's an outhouse with white PVC pipe leading to what looks like a drain out but it's probably just a joint sticking up in the air - it leads to an open pit that looks like it dumps into but if that's the drain out it's all washed away. You can see this in images 18-23. My guess is it's a really bad outhouse that's washed out below. I hardly think this meets any kind of septic code and you're going to need to figure things out and most likely remove it or bury it.

But the surrounding area up top is gorgeous! There's a big intermittent stream that crashes thru the property to the E of of the road where you pull in. I scrambled down the hill a bit and took a photo of where some water was pooling - it had recently rained and that was cool to see. This is area is the high spot of the property as it falls down to the north.



There were tons of large animal dropping and prints which I included photos of as well for those who know their animal tracks.



It sure had some of the prettiest red sandstone rocks I've seen strewn about and someone made a little fire pit out of them. The only other time I've seen such interesting sandstone is by the Painted Desert in Holbrook, Arizona so I took one of them home and added it to my collection!





There had been a bird screaming at us as we walked around and as we got ready to get back into the truck and head down to the N side of the property my girlfriend spotted a huge bird in a tree a very short distance away. I started taking photos of it and noticed that there was another one flying overhead upset that we were in their territory. I got a bit scared for our little dogs (although Fred the basset hound weighs a million pounds) and we put them in the truck while I finished my bird photo shoot and wow did that bird work with me!



I did quite a bit of studying to figure out what bird this is - I believe it's a young turkey vulture which looks a lot like a black vulture. An adult turkey vulture has a white head but the young ones have dark gray heads and dark bills like a black vulture. The feathers of Black Vultures are a sooty black but a Turkey Vulture’s dark feathers include dark brown. This has a lot of brown in it. There was another one circling overhead while I was photographing the one in the tree. Oh they were screaming loudly at us and we quickly put the dogs in the truck!



We then headed down the hill and took photos from the lower part of the property. It was flatter and more open meadow down below and there were beautiful fall colors splashed about. I noticed it was a bit sandier down here in the lower spots from the intermittent streams coming off the hill. There's a neighbor across the street to the N that has a nice little spot.





I have a big grin on my face going thru the photos - oh she's pretty even with all that crap on her and she's in need of someone not afraid of doing some cleanup! I suggest a big tractor to bury most of the junk as there's plenty of room on the property.

You have the right to install a well on the property. There is also a community well for property owners for hauling although I hear there is a waiting list. I included the phone number and other information in the water information above. The Ramah Navajo Chapter also has a community well with no fee to join.

The area is made up of old ranchers, artists, people living off grid in alternative style homes, and is a diverse group of people. The nearest big grocery store is an hour away but plenty of smaller stores in the community including the Candy Kitchen Trading Post about 1.5 miles NW and Pinehill has a small grocery store about 10 minutes E.

The name Candy Kitchen originated with a rancher who made moonshine liquor during the prohibition era in the United States. As a front for purchasing large amounts of sugar to produce his liquor, he manufactured pinon nut candy. People would come to his ranch to purchase candy over the counter and illegal liquor under the counter. It is now home of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and I have spent a few beautiful afternoons visiting which I included a few photos of.

Across the street from the wolf sanctuary is the Candy Kitchen Trading Post for supplies like milk, hardware, and a laundromat! I definitely recommend stopping in for one of their delicious sub sandwiches! I've mentioned before they were dirt cheap and Buddy always likes his half the sandwich too!

I've spent a lot of time exploring this area as it's only about 3 hours away from us. I've had a fun time camping, exploring in an ATV and watching the sunsets! I've also trekked to the top of El Morro National Monument and hiked along the east side of the 200 foot sandstone as it drops to the valley floor! I've visited the prehistoric cliff dwellings in Ramah, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, Bluewater Lake State Park in Prewitt and the Cibola National Forest. I included several photos of these in the additional photos areas!

I often stay at the cabins at El Morro RV Park & Cabins along Highway 53 by El Morro National Monument right in front of the big sandstone! It sure is beautiful after the snow has fallen – stunning to watch the giant sandstone monument wake up as the sun lights her up! Several times I've enjoyed a fabulous cup of coffee and one of their decadent baked goodies before I head out exploring!

There is a cute little country store right across the street that says along its front yard wall "All I have is my planting stick and my corn. If you can live as I do you are welcome to live with me." It comes from the Hopi, a Native America Nation who primarily live on the 1.5 million acre Hopi Reservation in northeaster Arizona. Hopis call themselves Hopitu - 'The Peaceful People'.

Yep this is definitely one of the spots I go play myself. I got stuck in a snowdrift out exploring by myself one winter afternoon here which wasn’t the smartest thing to do and the roads can be deceiving. But they say you’re not really stuck until you have to phone a friend! Good thing I know how to use my 4WD and stuffed a lot of tree branches and brush under the tires for traction out!

Some people have dreams of finding the ultimate rural off grid place to watch the four seasons in the high desert and to let their dogs run free and this just might be yours if you're not afraid of some hard work!



A shout out to my girlfriend Linda and her boyfriend Fred the Basset Hound, a superstar at trekking thru the woods!



Life is good! Char the Explorer : )


Financing Price: $20,000

Terms with $500 down payment: $19,500 at 8% interest with approximately 70 monthly payments of $350.

Any down payment made over the required $500 Smile4u will match off of the balance.

90 Days Early Bird Payoff with $500 down! If $11,500 is paid toward the property within 90 days from the contract date Smile4u will waive the remaining balance!

180 Days Work Like A Dog Early Payoff with $500 down! If $14,375 of principal is paid in the first 180 days from the contract date Smile4u will waive the remaining balance!

The down payment applies to the 90 & 180 day early payoff amounts but we do not match it for the early payoff amounts.

We will write both of the early payoff options into the contract. If at any time during the 90 or 180 day period you hit those amounts we will waive the remaining balance and deed the property to you. Dream big!

If purchasing a Contract for Deed Click Here to view the highlights of our owner financing.

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PROPERTY MAPS

Property Maps


Google Maps and Bing Maps links for those customers who would like to research the street and aerial views further:

Google Maps: We suggest clicking on the "Tilt the view" button located on the bottom right side twice so it rotates the earth until you see the blue sky.

Google Interactive Map at the SE corner of the property.


Bing Maps: We suggest clicking the "Bird's eye" link on the top and then aerial.

Bing Maps link at the SE corner of the property.

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ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Cibola County - Pine Meadow Ranches, Candy Kitchen and Area Photos

Cibola County is located in the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountains in the Zuni Mountain Range and home of the Cibola National Forest and Bluewater Lake State Park. It’s very rich in history and for the past 220 million years has been host to a variety of travelers including the dinosaurs and prehistoric culture called the Ancient Ones.

I've spent quite a bit of time exploring this area over the years. I've marveled at the rock windows in the Prehistoric Cliff Dwellings, saw petroglyph writings for my first time, explored archaeological sites, camped, toured the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary a few times, hiked to the top of El Morro National Monument, sat on a warm rock outcroppings with my sister staring for miles across the Zuni Mountains, and watched Buddy sniff out lizards!



Candy Kitchen is a small isolated community and home to a diverse group of people. It prides itself on sustainable ways of living. It originated with a rancher who made moonshine liquor during the prohibition era. As a front for purchasing large amounts of sugar to produce his liquor, he manufactured pinon nut candy. People would come to his ranch to purchase candy over the counter and illegal liquor under the counter.

It is now home of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent, safe sanctuary for abused and abandoned captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs.



Across the street from the wolf sanctuary is the Candy Kitchen Trading Post, a great spot to stop for a cold drink and great sub sandwich. They offer food items, propane, wood, and hardware supplies.

Pine Meadow Ranches is another small community that sits on the back side of the El Morro National Monument. Also known as the "Inscription Rock", it rises 200 feet above the plains this was once the site of two Anasazi Pueblos in 1275 A. D. The largest pueblo was made up of over 900 rooms. Hundreds of Indian petroglyphs are found at the base as well chiseled names of numerous explorers, soldiers, settlers, and immigrants. This sandstone has been known for thousands of years for the pool of water by the great rock offering a resting stop. This area today is designated a National Park.

On MLK Day in January 2013 Buddy and I finally had the opportunity to visit El Morro National Monument. We trekked around the bottom checking out the pool of water and inscriptions. I especially liked the carving by a young woman, A F Baley (America Francis Baley,) who was one of the few females to sign it. Her and her sister were with a party crossing to California and stopped here for rest. 500 miles west they were involved in a skirmish with Indians and several died on each side. The sisters eventually did find their way to California and I am left thinking what brave women they were and wow what it must have been like to have been alive back then!

We then got brave and took the two mile trail up to the top of the mesa to see the ancient pueblo ruins. There were some stairs along the way and it was a good work out but ahead of me was a woman at least 20 years older and if she could do it so could I! She snapped a photo of me at the ruins and you can see for miles over the valley from up there - just stunning! And then I turned around and realized that the tree lines in the distance and the beautiful rocks with their red and white colors washed thru them were the same rocks I had been photographing for over 10 years now while out exploring Pine Meadow Ranches!



In February 2013 I explored the east edge of Pine Meadow Ranches where the edge of the sandstone mesa is! Wow was it a long way down and I was nervous when my friend climbed out onto one of the rocks hanging 200 feet over the rocks below!

A video of Char and Buddy exploring the east edge of Pine Meadow Ranches, the historical El Morro National Monument sandstone that rises 200 feet off the valley floor.



I often stay at the cabins at El Morro RV Park & Cabins and grab a fabulous cup of coffee and one of their decadent baked goodies as I head out. It sure is beautiful waking up there after the snow has fallen – stunning to watch the giant sandstone monument wake up as the sun lights her up!

There is a cute little country store across the street and along its front yard wall it says "All I have is my planting stick and my corn. If you can live as I do you are welcome to live with me." It comes from the Hopi, a Native America Nation who primarily live on the 1.5 million acre Hopi Reservation in northeaster Arizona. Hopis call themselves Hopitu - 'The Peaceful People'. Nice : )

I stopped by Bluewater Lake State Park for my first time in September 2016. It's about 25 miles W of Grants and 1.25 hours from the ranch. I was surprised to see herons and pelicans and had to do some fact checking to make sure they indeed lived here!

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SALE TERMS & DISCLOSURES

Sales Process and Terms

Please conduct your due diligence research and be sure to ask all questions prior to hitting the "Buy Now" button below.

All of the maps and information provided in this listing are intended to assist you in your due diligence research. We try and include many resources that we use ourselves. Over the years we have found information to be incorrect like a road that shows on an aerial photo or street map that we can't find because it is overgrown or doesn't exist or a difference in GPS settings. So while we try and include as much of this information as possible we greatly encourage you to carefully do your research to be sure the property suits your needs.

If you would like to purchase this property click on the "Buy It Now" button at the bottom of the listing. A form will ask for your name, email address and phone number. There is a box to indicate if you are purchasing if for cash or financing. Once you click submit it will change the Status at the top of the listing from "Available" to "Sale Pending". We will hold it for you for 3 days. We will then send you an email that confirms our agreement and our process to complete the transaction. Please contact us within 24 hours of receiving that email from us and we will continue to hold the property for you.

Payment is due within 3 days unless prior arrangements are made. You can either send a cashier's checks or money orders, or you can call the office with a debit or a credit card. We often have several interested buyers in the same property and in fairness we keep the property available until someone is 100% prepared to complete the transaction.

If purchasing for cash, once we have received payment we will prepare all documents necessary to transfer ownership and even include a check to cover all recording fees and transfer taxes as well. It's all part of the non-refundable $150 doc prep fee!

If purchasing a Contract for Deed Click Here to view the highlights of our owner financing. PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT PRIOR TO CLICKING THE BUY IT NOW BUTTON FOR CONTRACTS!

With our sincere thanks,

Charlotte and Amber : )

Please feel free to call Char at 360-550-8943 with any questions!

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