Size: 1,015 acres
Location: San Miguel County
Eco-Region: Southern Shortgrass Prairie
Conservation Values: Agriculture, Scenic Open Space, Wildlife Habitat
Type of Project: Donated Conservation Easement
Date Completed: November, 2004
The Melton Ranch is located two miles east of Las Vegas and approximately two and a half miles north of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. The property consists entirely of open grassland and is part of an 11,000-acre cattle ranch. The property provides a natural habitat for mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and a variety of small mammals and birds, including coyotes, golden eagle, prairie falcon and rough-legged hawks. The property also provides tremendous views of Las Vegas and the Sangre de Cristo Range which forms the city’s spectacular mountain backdrop.