The approximately 2,300-deeded acres of Jane Fonda’s Forked Lightning Ranch provide a diverse ecosystem of placid beauty. The Pecos River, one of the finest trout fisheries in the state, circuitously flows for about three and a half miles through the Ranch creating an oasis for a variety of Rocky Mountain wildlife and a haven for anglers seeking healthy rainbow and brown trout. To float or wade its classic riffle run and pool water during June’s higher flows when the remarkable salmon-fly hatch explodes, provides one of fly fishing’s most rewarding experiences. The meaty adult salmon fly causes even the wiliest trout to throw caution to the wind and feed voraciously.
Consisting of willows and cottonwoods along the riparian corridor, craggy outcroppings of sedimentary-rock formations molded from thousands of years of being washed by the undulating waters of the Pecos, to the rolling foothills with lush stands of native grasses and pinon and ponderosa pines, the Ranch encompasses all of the extraordinary and distinctive elements of the American Southwest.
The enchantment of Forked Lightning led Fonda to spend two years hiking, camping and horseback riding, meticulously analyzing every nuance of the river and the Ranch in order to find the ideal site for her personal dwelling. From examining the seasonal sunsets and sunrises, how the spring-rain showers sweep across the high-desert landscape and assimilating the features of the Southwest-style architecture, Fonda’s River House was sited and created providing an elegant refuge with state-of-the-art technologies. The approximately 9,585 square-foot Spanish colonial style River House, recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest, brought to reality Fonda’s vision as she directed the design of every passage, bedroom, living space and roof line. Fonda has incorporated energy-efficient, sustainable resources, methods and materials into the restoration, building, and landscaping throughout the Ranch.
In the early 1960s under the ownership of Texas oil tycoon Buddy Fogelson and his wife, film actress Greer Garson, the Hacienda and barn were designed by renowned New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem on his signature Pueblo Revival design. Fonda maintained this distinctive style in the reconstruction of the Hacienda and the renovation of the barn as a twelve-stall equestrian stable. The equestrian facilities are functional and well maintained, and together with the adjoining paddocks and healthy native pastures could comfortably handle a sizable remuda or a few personal saddle horses.
Adjacent to the expansive Santa Fe National Forest to the east and the Pecos National Historical Park to the north, the idyllic setting provides numerous opportunities for horseback riding and hiking on the vast trail network. The Ranch is utilized as Fonda’s personal sanctuary where she enjoys fly fishing and horseback riding on the miles of trails within the Ranch.
Forked Lightning Ranch, conveniently located within 25 minutes of the historically significant city of Santa Fe, offers the opportunity to own an exquisite equestrian property to relish as your own private sanctuary or family retreat.
Forked Lightning Ranch may be purchased inclusive of the Personal Property. Prospective Buyers must be aware that any Personal Property purchased will be outside of the real estate transaction and negotiated independently.
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