The Babocomari River and a Ranching Heritage

The Mustang Mountains frame the gold flood plain of the Babocomari River, a tributary of one of southern Arizona’s most important water sources, the San Pedro River.

Frank McChesney, a member of the Brophy family which owns the 28,000-acre Babacomari Ranch. The ranch is inspiration for many of his photographs in this slide show.

Pronghorn antelope thrive on the nutritious grasslands surrounding the Babocomari River.

The Gila chub, an endangered fish species, lives in the Babocomari River.

The imperiled Huachuca water umbel is found in the wetlands of the Babocomari River.

The Chiricahua leopard frog, an endangered species, dwells in the wetlands and waterways along the Babocomari River.

The Canelo ladies tresses orchid exists only in four locations within the Canelo Hills along the Babocomari River. The Conservancy and its partners have restored and maintained the habitat for this rare plant.

A dam on the Babacomari Ranch during a wet year, in September 2007.

The beauty of the landscape as reflected in the Babocomari River.

Cattle and antelope mingle on the Babacomari Ranch.

The monsoon rains of the summer 2008 brought lush grass to the Babacomari.

After a day of herding cattle, the riders on the Babacomari Ranch ride home.

The sun sets over the Babacomari, where native sacaton grass grows tall.