The ranch is located in North Central Texas about 30 miles south of the Red
River. The upland prairies are filled with tall grasses and a wide variety of
wildflowers--all able to withstand only 30 inches of annual rainfall and searing
summer temperatures. Originally the property was five separate homesteads that
eventually become a single 968 acre ranch. Several shallow oil wells dotted the
property and cattle grazing kept it going even after the owners moved away and
their houses disappeared. In the last 50 years the biggest change was the
construction of a 40 acre, private lake. Built by the Soil Conservations Service
in 1969, the lake anchors the lower end of the ranch and is fed by Denton Creek.
The dam is 40 feet high and over 1,600 feet long.
property is fenced with approximately six miles of barbed wire, including cross
fencing into six separate cattle pastures, each with its own water sources and
holding pens. There are two active creeks that cross the ranch including Denton
Creek. Over 5 miles of hiking trails cover the 2 mile length with carefully
planned views and surfaces.
Overlooking the lake is the "Bunk House"--a 7,000 sq ft meeting & business
center. The center is designed for small groups and as a family retreat. It
includes a heated outdoor pool and a 8,800 sq ft covered deck that wraps
around the house and along the pool to an outdoor fireplace made entirely of
native stone. The fourth floor is an "all window" lookout for sunsets
The 20 acres immediately around the house are designed for convenient
recreation. The 9/18 hole golf course wraps around three sides of the lake and
is irrigated by a commercial system. There are several fishing piers
and the unofficial lake record is a 12 pound large mouth bass. The lake also
has a fire pit for cookouts and a regulation size football field.
ranch’s main entrance was designed with ranch brands on the steel pipe gates
and controlled numeric keypad entrance that allows automatic gate opening
upon exit. The 1½ mile drive to the Ranch House crosses two cattle guards and
passes numerous ponds, each stocked with fish including Florida
bass, crappy and catfish. The main pastures host approximately 50 head of WR
longhorn cattle. These gentle but impressive looking animals provide beef for
working hands and horn & hide decoration around the house.
There are two large barns, both metal buildings but the Bunkhouse Barn has a
concrete floor and extensive storage, a small shop and power mechanics
repair facility. It also houses three suites with full kitchenettes, showers
and bunks. Most sports equipment like the ATV's, golf carts, Segways,
sporting clay machines and boats are stored here. The smaller pole barn is
used for tractors and mowers.
Throughout the ranch there are numerous, improved hiking and jogging trails.
The Longwalk trail covers about five miles and passes over every part of the
ranch, including river bottoms, upland prairies and scrub oak woods. The
trails are well marked and some have concrete paths or particularly scenic
There are six outdoor camping platforms and one fishing cabin. Most have 2nd
story sleeping to keep campers out of the Coyotes. Outdoor grills and picnic
tables are located at each site. Several platforms overlook private, large
ponds known for their outstanding fishing and seclusion.