Boyer Ranch in Custer County is 11,000-plus acres

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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation has completed the purchase of a second ranch in south-central Colorado.

The latest purchase is the Boyer Ranch, located 6 miles south of the town of Westcliffe in Custer County.

The ranch consists of 11,380 deeded acres and 1,125 state of Colorado-leased acres, according to the listing agent, Ranch Marketing Associates.

Alysa Landry, a senior public information officer for the president's office, said today the tribe has purchased the 11,380 deeded acres and is seeking the remaining land.

The adjoining state trust land may be assigned to the purchaser subject to the written approval of the Colorado State Land Board, according to Ranch Marketing Associates.

Landry said the tribe applied to the state land board on Jan. 1 for the 1,125 acres, and it is pending approval.

A property description posted online states the ranch includes a main residence, a bunkhouse, a machine shop, hay and storage sheds, corrals, a barn and older buildings.

The $7.5 million purchase was finalized on Dec. 15, according to a press release from the president's office.

The acquisition comes two months after a similar purchase was made for the Wolf Springs Ranch, which is adjunct to the Boyer Ranch.

Both ranches were purchased using the tribe's Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called the Boyer Ranch purchase a "blessing."

"The purchase of Boyer Ranch expands our presence in the beautiful region surrounded by mountain ranges and in the shadows of Sisnaajiní," Begaye said in a statement to The Daily Times today.

Sisnaajiní is one of two mountains located in Colorado that are considered sacred to the tribe.

The president's office release states the tribe will use the land to increase operations for the Navajo Beef program, an initiative that was launched in 2012 to supply beef to stores and restaurants in the Southwest.

There is also a 140-acre gravel pit operation on the property.

Landry said the tribe plans to continue operating the pit but mining can only occur in sections because its permit requires reclamation as excavation proceeds.

The president's office is working to develop an enterprise fund for the Boyer Ranch, Landry said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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