Not everyone’s hobbies can fit in the back bedroom. For people who like to live life large, the opportunity to have a property where anything goes is the best reason to buy property on reclaimed Western ranches.
Ranging in size from a few acres to 40 acres or more, and located in some of the country’s most dramatic, sweeping landscapes, ranchland in northwest Arizona offers limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation of all kinds.
For Jake and Jennifer, it’s quiet activities like hiking or biking. Gary and Diana like kayaking in a nearby reservoir, cruising in their side-by-side all-terrain vehicle or taking target practice. Phil likes to go off-road in his ATV as well, roaming his hilly property as he seeks the perfect shot for his books of wildlife photography
For many people, these are vacation properties they might only visit and camp on a few times per year, but they are the best weeks of the year as well. Some of the properties sell for under $1,000 per acre and have extremely low or no property taxes, which means owning a piece of the American West is within the reach of many.
For people who enjoy the rush of off-road motorsports, northwest Arizona offers an unbeatable experience. Dotted with interesting vegetation, long, rolling plains and outcrops of rock, it is a perfect place to open the throttle on ATVs, motorbikes, Jeeps, and off-road trucks.
Even beyond an owners’ private preserve, there are miles of private roads with almost no traffic, and the surrounding public lands also offer opportunities for motorized exploring.
Enjoy communing with wildlife? Make yourself at home with all kinds of flora and fauna native to the area in huge numbers.
“We sit here and watch wildlife all day,” Phil says. “We put out a water tank and watch deer walk right up to it.” Other animals people can expect to find in Arizona include black bears, javelina, Gila monsters and roadrunners. There also are a wide range of plants that can paint the landscape with flowers during blooms, all of which make the region a visual feast for photographers.
If people-power is more your speed, your own piece of Western land can become your private preserve. The land provides interesting challenges, endless horizons, and unparalleled privacy. You can focus on exploring your own land or take daytrips to nearby state and national parks where you will find prepared trails and amenities.
Don’t think of water when you think of Arizona? Water activities are more available than many people might believe. A few ranches have access to water features or have streams running through them, but even for people who choose elevated terrain there is outstanding water recreation on nearby reservoirs, lakes, and rivers in the form of kayaking, fishing, and boating.
Enjoy the freedom you can only find in the air over the beautiful landscape of Arizona. One couple with a passion for private aviation has turned their Western ranch property into a private airport, complete with landing strip and hanger.
Enthusiasts with ultralights, gliders, recreational rockets, remote-control aircraft, and drones can likewise enjoy the freedom of flight from their private bases. Few obstacles, regular winds and plenty of open terrain make air sports easy to enjoy – plus of course the amazing views and opportunities to spot wildlife from an eagle-eye view.
When you own your own property, you have the space and freedom to practice any hobby or activity. Hunters and marksmen especially enjoy having their own place to try long-range target practice however and whenever they want without worry of bothering the neighbors.
And that goes for any other hobby that might not find a home in a suburban backyard. Whether you want to try building a yurt, keep animals, or construct metal sculptures – if you can dream it, a private retreat on Western ranchland may give you a place to do it.