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Sandra Ruppel
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REDUCED! Heartland Ranch Equestrian Estate

2 Brushy Canyon Road, Elgin , Arizona 85611 - Santa Cruz County
$1,099,999 153 Acres
4 beds 3 Bathrooms, 1 ½ Bathroom 4252 Sq.Ft.
Property ID 3902716


Heartland Ranch is nestled in the Canelo Hills at the base of the Huachuca Mountains, in an area commonly referred to as Lyle Canyon. This is a beautiful region of southern Arizona often linked to the adjoining towns of Sonoita and Elgin. Ranging in elevation from just under 5,000, to 5,400+, the region is considered semi-desert grasslands with wooded uplands. Historically run as ranchland - cattle ranching is still a major local industry - the Canelo/Sonoita/Elgin area has also developed into one of Arizonas prime wine producing locations. The local vineyards are active and draw tourists for wine tasting tours and festivals throughout the year. The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is set in Sonoita and has an active calendar which includes the county fair; a PRCA rodeo; live and simulcast horse racing on the weekend of the Kentucky Derby; the annual Quarter Horse show; and other festivals, activities, and equine events throughout the year. This area is also on the migratory path of many species of birds and is well-known and popular with the birding enthusiasts.

With the edge of Tucson located approximately 40 miles to the northeast of the main intersection of Highways 82 and 83, the Sonoita/Elgin area has drawn retired professionals and commuters to the community seeking the relaxed, rural lifestyle not available in the city. Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and offers easy access to major medical services, the University of Arizona, Tucson International Airport, museums, Davis-Monthan Airbase, shopping, and a variety of entertainment and restaurant options. Heartland Ranch lies approximately 30 minutes from the intersection of Highways 82 and 83, and is also conveniently located for access to the West Gate of Fort Huachuca. Local residents have the ability to apply for permitted access through Fort Huachuca to Sierra Vista, making general shopping and medical care about 30 minutes away. The property is also located just 10 miles from Parker Canyon Lake, a 130-acre lake offering fishing, camping, hiking, and boating opportunities.

Southeastern Arizona is a region steeped in history and western lore from the famous shootout between the Earps and Cowboys at the OK Corral in Tombstone; to the conflicts with the Apaches, including Cochise and Geronimo, which flowed into the surrounding mountain ranges; to the documented travels of Father Kino as he made his way across the southwest. The area is also rich with natural wonders, including Cochise Stronghold; Texas Canyon; multiple mountain ranges; and Kartchner Caverns, a spectacular living cave.

With a mild climate, the area offers year round opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities including horseback riding, hiking, bicycle riding, motorcycling, and more. The average high temperature in the area reaches the low 90s in June, with mornings in the 60s. The average low temperature drops to the low 30s in January, but the afternoons warm to the 50s and low 60s. With its proximity to the Huachuca Mountains and Canelo Hills, the average rainfall at the Umpire Ranch is historically around 25 inches a year, with most of the moisture coming during the monsoon season, typically lasting from early July to mid-September. Morning clouds build to beautiful afternoon/evening storms.

Property Description

Main House

Constructed in 1998, this three story, 4252 s.f., 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, Prairie-Style main home is an excellent example of the effortless combination of style and comfort. Wood and stone accents, and a neutral, earth tone pallet, combine to create an atmosphere that is both refined and relaxing. The placement of the home offers 360 views of the surrounding mountain ranges through the numerous windows. A large enclosed porch overlooking the valley and distant mountains, with room for several seating areas, graces the back of the house and was also designed as a passive solar feature for the main floors of the home. The vaulted ceiling in the great room opens to the upper story sitting area located between matching guest suites and brings the home together. An efficient wood stove is placed in the great room in front of floor to peak custom stone work. The home is also equipped with central air and heat. The gourmet kitchen includes a commercial quality stove/oven, upgraded stainless steel appliances, hickory cabinetry, and an eat-in breakfast nook. Off the kitchen, a nice sized room could be used for a variety of purposes - a formal dining room, home office, library, etc. The Master Suite is located on this main floor and includes a spacious master bath/ dressing room with walk-in closets, separate shower and jetted tub. French doors allow access from the bedroom to the enclosed porch. A fireplace offers warmth and ambiance for the cool winter nights. The lower level is a 1,700+ s.f. fully finished walk-out basement. This level includes a workout room, the laundry room, storage, a bathroom with shower, a second kitchen and could be used as a studio apartment, another guest suite, an awesome man cave, or could be redesigned to be used as an attached garage. The 512 s.f. pool room, with a SwimEx Swimspa, is located on this level. The room is enclosed with multiple French doors that can be opened to let the summer breezes flow through and allows easy access to the outdoor kitchen under the covered porch and terraced, beautifully landscaped patio. This home was designed for comfortable family living and relaxed, stylish entertaining.

Guest House

Built in 1996, the 1565 s.f. 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath, guest house features a vaulted great room, loft, and a 300 s.f. passive solar sunroom. A pellet stove, located in the great room, warms the home and provides a focal point to gather around on the cool winter evenings. The home is situated close enough to the main house to be convenient for guests, but in such a way that allows privacy for both homes. This home also offers the opportunity for housing a caretaker, or could be used as a long/short-term rental.

Horse Facilities and Acreage

Heartland Ranch was designed as a quality breeding/training facility. The 48x80 custom metal mare/foal barn includes 8 stalls with turn-outs, a vet room with full bathroom, tack room, and wash rack with hot and cold water. The barn also has a hay/feed storage area and a covered porch along the front end, large enough for parking equipment. Other features include a set of eleven metal shed-row stables, a 60 roundpen, and covered hay storage large enough to store 16-20 squeezes of hay.

The acreage is perimeter fenced and cross-fenced into various sizes of pastures and paddocks, many of which are connected by fenced runs making it easy for one person to transfer animals from one area to another.

The parcel adjoins open state and federal land allowing for miles of horseback riding and hiking.

Exterior Features

Included on the property is a 1200 s.f. shop building with 4 large bay door entrances and 30 amp service. There is also a fenced garden area, several smaller metal storage sheds, pens for multiple smaller animals and a hen house.

The acreage is divided into four separate parcels with wells on each.

Parcel #1 4.14 acres Includes the main house, well, and 4,000 gallon holding tank.

Parcel #2 54.91 acres Includes the guest house, shop, barn, stables, round-pen, hay barn, and well. This well is currently capped and the facilities draw from the well on Parcel #3.

Parcel #3 55.4 acres Open pastures, fenced and cross-fenced. 400 deep well that currently services this parcel and Parcel #2.

Parcel #4 38.61 acres Open pastures, fenced and cross-fenced with a well which is currently used solely for livestock water.


The utilities include electric from SSVEC, propane, private wells, and private septic systems. The homes are equipped with central AC and heat, with the ability to supplement with wood, gas, and pellet stoves, and passive solar features.


2015 Property Taxes - $7160


Heartland Ranch was designed and built with care and attention to detail. With quality, well-maintained homes and facilities set on 153 acres of grassland and wooded rolling hills, this could be an exceptional turn-key equine training and/or breeding facility. There is plenty of room to add a full-sized arena and pasture for roping or cutting stock. The moderate temperatures allow for year-round equine activities. This property easily lends itself well to a variety of uses. Bring your horses and enjoy!


Barn Information
Breeding Barn
Electric to Barn
Equipment Barn
Hay Barn
Living Quarters
Mare Motel
Shop Building
Tack Room
Wash Rack

Lot Description
Horses Permitted
Some Trees

Present Use
Residential Single

Outside City Limits

Mule Deer
Whitetail Deer

Fenced for Cattle
Fenced for Horses

Proposed Use

Type of Fence
Barbed Wire
Cross Fenced

Land Type

Number of Wells

Road Frontage Desc

Tax Data (Show Tax Data)

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Sandra Ruppel

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P.O. Box 542
Sonoita, AZ 85637

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