Conservation Buyer Program

Property Listing

Devils River Ranches

Texas, Val Verde County

Size: 86,947 acres
Price: $40,000,000

The property will be sold subject to a conservation easement to be negotiated with the prospective buyer.


This 87,000-acre ranch is located in Val Verde County, Texas, on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. The ranch contains several miles of frontage on the Devils River, one of the few perennial rivers in West Texas. The property has rugged terrain, wildlife habitat, and supports a large Mexican free-tailed bat population in Fern Cave.

Primary Conservation Objectives

The property is located in the Devils River Conservation Area, an important focus area for the Texas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The conservation area includes the largest relatively unaltered river, spring and aquifer system in Texas. 


Biodiversity Highlights

The Devils River is the longest free-flowing river in western Texas. The ranch protects a significant part of the watershed with six miles of Devils River frontage and includes springs which contribute to the river's flow. The ranch also contains a large bat maternity colony and one of Texas' largest caves by volume.

Easements and Restrictions

Ranches may be subdivided into parcels with average parcel size approximately 10,000 acres. The Devils River corridor and bat cave will be strictly protected from incompatible uses such as development. Groundwater may not be sold or used off the property. Hunting and limited grazing allowed.



Additional Photos

Looking into mouth of Fern Cave.  Photo by John Karges/TNC

Aerial of Devils River.  Photo by John Karges/TNC


Ranch boundaries and watershed.  Map by Jesse Valdez/TNC


For more information, please contact:


Jeff Francell

318 Congress Avenue

Austin, TX 78701


Phone: 512-921-0737



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