Stella Ranch: Your ‘Sparkle in the Moonlight’

More than 4,000 acres at Stella Ranch in northwest Arizona await your new home or business. Scenery, serenity, proximity to three destination cities and a mild Southwest climate is a formula for lifestyle perfection. Come, explore.

In 1899, a cowboy settled camp for the night at the Pilgrim Mine near Black Mountain in northwest Arizona. He was annoyed by a hard object under his blanket. About to toss it, he saw a sparkle in the moonlight. The rock was the highest-grade gold nugget; this special site is Stella Ranch.

Located in the Mohave County tristate business district, Stella Ranch includes five parcels of about 4,058 acres, zoned AR, with 5- to 40-acre homesites, the larger ones sufficient for a helipad or a landing strip; an airpark; shops; and restaurants. Mostly surrounded by federal and state lands, the property also has a long-term grazing lease.


Water is abundant. Burns Springs, the largest natural spring in northwest Mohave County, is on site. From this point, you can see the Colorado River. The Detrital Water District serves the community. “Need I say more: liquid gold,” notes Sven Macht, financial advisor for the owners. Stella Ranch also has a power feed.

“Peace, nature, space, history and harmony: Stella Ranch is far from everything and close to everything,” he says. About 30 minutes away are Kingman and Bullhead City in Arizona and Laughlin on the Nevada side of the Colorado River; it’s 45 minutes to Las Vegas. Phoenix and Los Angeles are both three-hour drives.

The property is strategically located for business near U.S. 93, the future NAFTA trade highway, U.S. I-11, which will connect Canada, the United States and Mexico.


“Stella Ranch also enjoys very low taxes, and because it’s close to Chloride, this will add value as that town continues to grow and attract new residents and businesses,” says Frank Aazami, principal of the Private Client Group at Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. He adds that 4,050 additional acres can be purchased if you act now.

The property includes the 80-acre Pilgrim Mine & Mill Site, where the cowboy slept almost a 125 years ago and found gold. The largest employer in Mohave County from 1900–1942, the company had 128 employees and holds five patented mining claims.

In August 1929, E. Ross Householder, E.M., consulting mining engineer in Kingman, wrote to Eldred D. Wilson, a geologist at the Arizona Bureau of Mines in Tucson, sending him some ore from the mine: “These samples are certainly some of the finest that I have ever obtained . . .” A Pilgrim Mine gold ore sample is permanently displayed at the AZ Mining Museum in Phoenix.


Ken Phillips, former head of the Arizona Mining Department, estimated the mine had produced $200 million in high-quality gold until water was struck in mid-1942, causing flooding to the 500-foot level.

Myriad Opportunities

“This vast ranch is in an area known for its natural beauty, abundant resources and a rich history,” says Shena Lee Korn, luxury realtor with the PCG and a co-broker with Aazami for Stella Ranch. “It could become a sought-after destination for various types of development.”


An onsite mine makes Stella Ranch particularly golden. “Mining operations, whether for personal exploration or potential commercial ventures, offer a unique opportunity for those interested in prospecting for precious metals,” she explains.

And because Stella Ranch benefits from a shared well, agriculture, cattle ranching and potential land development are all benefitted. “The property’s fertile land and wide-open spaces provide generous grazing opportunities.” She adds, “The panoramic mountain views that surround the ranch create an idyllic backdrop for a variety of activities and future development.”

Subdividing the land for housing or recreational facilities is another option, providing homes and opportunities for hunting, hiking and off-road activities. Native Americans, for example, left many hieroglyphics on Stella Ranch. “They cherished the land,” Sven notes.

Stella Ranch blends history, beauty and opportunity and represents a chance to own a piece of Northern Arizona’s pristine landscape. Says Aazami: “Your sparkle in the moonlight may be Stella Ranch.”

This remarkable property is offered at $2,000 per acre and also as a packaged portfolio sale.

For a site visit, call, text or email Frank Aazami, Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Real Estate, 480.266.0240 or, and Shena Korn, 602.616.3415; From mile marker 51.4 on U.S. 93 west, take the nonmarked Big Wash Road for five miles.