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Dos Rios Ranch


This awesome property lies on Hackberry Road in far western Real County, just a short distance east of paved RR 335, near the community of Vance. This is one of the most pristine and remote areas of Texas, where the Nueces River comes out of the ground on fabulous Camp Eagle. There are basic services and a couple of restaurants in Barksdale, about 20 minutes away, and a bit more of the same in Campwood, an additional 5 minute drive.


Uvalde lies about one hour south, with airport, hospital, extensive supplies & services, restaurants and grocery stores, and Rocksprings lies about 45 minutes west, with airstrip, supplies, services and restaurants. San Antonio, the nation’s 7th largest city, lies about 2 hours east, and has everything else including international airport, medical centers, universities and box stores. Austin, the State Capital, will be about a three hour drive from the site. For more information on Real County, go to

Property Address

42 McGowen Road, Barksdale, TX 78828


The Edwards Plateau region comprises an area of central Texas commonly known as the Texas Hill Country. It is a land of many springs, stony hills, and steep canyons. The region is home to a whole host of rare plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Average annual rainfall ranges from 15 to 34 inches. Rainfall is highest in May or June and September. Soils of the Edwards Plateau are usually shallow with a variety of surface textures. They are underlain by limestone. Elevations range from slightly less than 100 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level. Several river systems dissect the surface, creating a rough and well-drained landscape. The limestone of the Edward's Plateau is honeycombed with thousands of caves. Beneath the eastern edge of the Plateau lies a hidden world of underground lakes known as the Edwards Aquifer. This precious water resource also is home to a number of curious creatures, such as the blind salamander. Today, the Edwards Plateau is characterized by grasslands, juniper/oak woodlands, and plateau live oak or mesquite savannah. Open grasslands and savannahs were more common in pre-settlement times than they are today. Ranching is the primary agricultural industry in the region. For more information, visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) at


Perhaps the greatest asset of DRR is its amazing water resources, which includes valuable frontage, much both sides, on the East Nueces River for about 4,000 feet, comprising 4 separate river zones. This gin-clear water courses thru countless noisy falls into deep holes suitable for floating and lap swimming, and proven to yield stimulating fly fishing for native fish species.

Much of the river frontage lies under a stunning, 200’ high limestone bluff on one side with easy access to the other. Another highly intriguing stretch of river is wide, rock bottom, and includes more impressive falls. Yet another area includes a long, wide lake backed up by a 4’ concrete dam, with frontage shaded by giant oak/pecan trees. A scenic, small permanent spring flows from limestone rocks in a central draw, and 1 shallow, high volume water well serves the ranch. For more information on area groundwater, go to the website of the Real-Edwards Conservation & Reclamation District,


The stunning topography of this spectacular area is on full display all over this ranch, with a summit of 2,245’ and a low of about 1,790’ at the river’s exit point. The ranch is composed of about 30% gently rolling to flat valley land with the remainder being ridges, hillsides and hilltops, all with fabulous long distance views of the rugged mountains, and most accessed by improved roads.

The valleys have been cleared of much cedar, and the resulting cover of large oaks/pecan give a stately appearance to the fertile bottoms. Hillsides and tops feature a mix of oak/cedar/shrubs, providing excellent cover/forage for amazing numbers of axis & whitetail deer, turkey, aoudad sheep and hogs. Hunting shows made for TV have been filmed here, and the huge herds of axis were the main event!


The ranch is amply improved, with 3 fairly nice log cabins, some of which feature high-end appointments, clustered around a neat, functional headquarters overlooking a gorgeous stretch of river. These dwellings will sleep 12 comfortably. Other structures include a cool cabana with firepit, good implement shed and other smaller sheds, all in good condition.

There is an excellent main ranch road, built to superior standards, which allows access to most of the ranch, including the high country. Fencing ranges from fair to poor quality, and overall range condition is good at this time.


If you seek gorgeous live water in the most pristine of settings, in one of the most remote areas of the Texas Hill Country, this is a must-see. Ample improvements, knockout topography and scenery coupled with out of this world wildlife result in a rare, affordable package in today’s scant marketplace. If this speaks to you or your client, we welcome your inquiries and hope to see you in Vance soon!

Financial / Title

Listing Price is $3,500/acre = $3,080,000. Sellers will provide current survey and basic title insurance, mineral conveyance is negotiable. Visible utility easements are apparent, and there no ingress/egress easements to neighbors. The property is located in the Nueces Canyon ISD, served by Pedernales Electric Co-op and 2016 ag-exempt property taxes were $2,985.

The information contained herein has been diligently assembled and is deemed reliable, but is not warranted by Broker or Seller, express or implied, and is subject to change, prior sale, errors and/or omissions and withdrawal from market. Buyers must verify accuracy of representations on their own, as well as investigate potentially pertinent natural attributes, laws and regulations, and draw their own conclusions regarding the usefulness and value of the property for a given purpose. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, DO NOT TRESPASS.

Buyer’s brokers must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at the sole discretion of LANDTX, David E. Culver, broker.