|Mrs. Rose Huntsman acquired the Brazos Lodge Estates through a land grant and had been operating a chiropractic treatment center in the area for many years. Her first husband built twelve original cabins (some of which are still being used today) and the original furniture by hand, from the trees in the area. The Brazos Lodge Corporation was formed by Ray Knapp and Bob Hobson, principal stockholders in a 19-man corporation in December of 1961. They purchased 1000 acres including the Brazos Lodge from Mrs. Huntsman and her son Charles Sableman. The original plans for the area included skiing, ice skating, riding stables, golfing, fishing and an indoor swimming pool, with rental cabins and a restaurant available year round. The Brazos Lodge Corporation began selling land to interested parties in late 1961. The first cabins on the purchased lots were begun in the summer of 1962. There was no water or electricity that first summer. Most of the sawing was done by hand and water was carried from the Brazos Lodge area. The roads were only trails at the time. By 1963 water and electricity became available to some areas. The Upper Brazos Property Owner’s Association (UBPOA) was formed in 1971 to protect the property of the area after a series of break-ins to several cabins. The Association encourages activities to promote a neighborly environment as well as preserve the natural surroundings as much as possible.|
FUNCTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Upper Brazos Property Owner’s Association is a non-profit organization comprised of property owners in the Brazos Lodge Estates area. The Association’s purpose is to help the residents of the Brazos Canyon area \enjoy the beauty, wildlife and community of what is truly a refuge in the wilderness. We recognize that no surroundings can be enjoyable and safe without the hard work of others to promote these conditions and work in harmony with the environment.
The Board of Directors affirms the following goals:
Preserve the beauty and sanctuary of Brazos Canyon for both people and wildlife.
Enable the enjoyment of recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, photography, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Provide a sense of community
Maintain open communications with and support other associations such as Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, Brazos Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, and Enchantarama Water Association within the Canyon.
The Association is governed by an elected board, with each member serving a three-year term. Membership dues are paid yearly to cover expenses. All Upper Brazos residents are encouraged to join the Association and to share in its responsibilities. The Association itself owns properties in the area on which the Wil-Rin Pond and the storage shed are located. The Association pays Rio Arriba taxes and a liability insurance policy on these properties.
Deer Food Storage Shed
The Association maintains a deer feed fund, made up of donations. This fund is utilized to feed the deer throughout the winter. The area deer herd is protected since no hunting is allowed in the area. All New Mexico Fish and Game Department laws apply in this area.
The Association also maintains a pond for fishing and as a water supply for the Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. The pond fund is available for pond maintenance and repair as needed. The Wil-Rin Pond and the Brazos River are stocked by the state.
The New Mexico State Highway Department maintains State Road 512. The Association encourages members to contact the Highway Department for any concerns about road conditions. All other roads are private property of the area and must be maintained by the property owners. However, every year the UBPOA contracts with local companies to address culvert damage, road leveling, and other improvements that can be met within our budget.
The annual UBPOA membership meeting which includes the election of board members occurs in the Brazos on Memorial Day weekend. A road clean-up is held in June. A potluck picnic is sponsored over Labor Day weekend.
The Association sends out periodic newsletters and e-mails to inform its members of any items concerning the area and of upcoming activities.
Any suggestions, comments, ideas or discussion of problems you may have are welcome. Please direct your comments to Contact Us.
UBPOA FUNDS DEFINED
The Administrative Fund is made up of money received from annual dues. Bills paid from this fund are:
- Rio Arriba taxes on the deer shed and pond
- Liability insurance on the deer shed and pond
- State Corporation annual fee
- Printing and mailing costs of the periodic newsletters
- Picnic and other events food and supplies
- Web Site expenses
- Miscellaneous expenses
The Road Fund is made up of donations received. Bills paid from this fund are:
- Roadwork and maintenance on all area roads (except SR 512 and Enchantarama roads) as permitted by the funds contributed to the road fund
- Maintenance and placement of area road signs
Big Buck 6 X 5
The Deer Fund is made up of donations received. Bills paid from this fund are:
- Deer feed during winter
- Maintenance on the storage shed
The Pond Fund is made up of donations received. Bills paid from this fund are:
- Repairs and upkeep to the pond