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The Leininger Ranch lies 10 miles south of La Junta and offers thousands of unexplored acres of shortgrass prairie, cedar-lined bluffs and canyons, and numerous stock ponds and arroyos. Birds of the Leininger Ranch include shortgrass specialists such as Burrowing Owls, Ferruginous Hawk, and Scaled Quail. The ranch also has Greater Roadrunner and has in the past had Vermilion Flycatcher. A short drive from Highway 50 and the town of La Junta makes the Leininger Ranch the ideal place to spend the day exploring close to the creature comforts of town. Please make reservations in advance of visiting by contacting Zane and Barb Leininger at (719) 384-9634 or Barzl1@hughes.net.
To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please contact Zane and Barb Leininger at (719) 384-9634 or Barzl1@hughes.net a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your potential visit. Please remember that this is a working ranch as well as a private residence, and there may be times when the landowner cannot accommodate visits. While you are on the ranch, remember to stay on roads, leave gates as you find them (whether open or closed), and refrain from taking anything off the ranch or leaving trash behind.
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Las Animas County
Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Cholla, Grassland/Prairie, Pond, Lowland Riparian