Muleshoe Ranch

Quick Facts

Muleshoe Ranch

Arizona

(928) 348-4400

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Overview

This area boasts rugged mountains, canyon streams, saguaro cactus, and mesquite bosques that are home to desert dwellers such as coati mundi, javelina, and a wide variety of neo-tropical migratory birds and native fish. The mosaic of public and private land, which includes the BLM's Redfield Canyon Wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service's Galiuro Wilderness, and The Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Preserve, offers a diversity of remote recreational opportunities.

The Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area is 49,120 acres of rugged beauty, lush riparian areas and an array of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The Muleshoe Ranch CMA encompasses most of the watershed area for seven permanently flowing streams, representing some of the best remaining aquatic habitat in southeast Arizona. Some 80% of the region's wildlife species depend upon these streamside communities at some time in their lives. The importance of this area to early settlers is seen in the numerous ranches and homesteads that dotted the area in the last 150 years.

Map of Muleshoe Ranch

Latitude, Longitude: 32.169800, -109.595490

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Access to the CMA by vehicle, horseback, or hiking is provided via Jackson Cabin Road. However, this road is limited to 4-wheel drive vehicles only, since it is very rough, not well maintained and subject to regular washouts.

  • Camping

    No camping is permitted at the Conservancy's visitor center or guest facilities. However, camping is permitted on BLM public lands and backcountry destinations in the CMA including Jackson Cabin (approximately 14 miles) and Hooker Cabin (approximately 20 miles). These facilities are on public land managed by the Coronado National Forest; visitors are welcome to use them on a first-come basis. Please respect these historical buildings. Activities permitted within these areas include hiking, low-impact camping unless posted otherwise, and horseback riding.

    Ideal for families, individuals and groups, the Conservancy offers charming, private casitas for overnight rental with natural hot springs tubs for casita guests only during late September-May.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is allowed in the Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area and the Riparian Monitoring Zones.

Seasonality/Weather

Best times to visit are spring, summer and early fall.

Directions

Driving

From Wilcox, take Interstate 10 to exit 340 south. Turn right on Bisbee Ave., then turn right on Airport Rd. After 15 miles, bear right at a fork in the road. Drive 14 more miles to The Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Headquarters.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(928) 348-4400

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