He died while in the process of trying to save his beloved ranch from a destructive wildfire. The flames ravaging the area have claimed at least 60 lives, but it is still unclear how many are still missing. Sheriff David Ward told the Chronicle County in California that they believe there may be at least 10 survivors alive, but they are putting those numbers on the line, and there is no way for them to know for sure. But if you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own ranch, this may be the dream you’ve been lacking. A video posted by The Ranch Hand (@ralaowen) on Oct 30, 2015 at 5:37pm PDT
Randy Hensley at his ranch in El Paso, Texas
Randy’s ranch is located on the El Paso Plateau and the property boasts a number of features for those who want to live more traditional. The view from Randy’s house is a clear day - especially on a fall day - and has even inspired a local cookbook. The ranch boasts a lake, cattle, horseback riding, and hiking opportunities. You can actually tour the area before the blaze and then have a picnic in the fire pit - and most of the area’s fire pits are still intact.
Just outside of the valley for a small portion of the land, there is a campground and the RANCO Ranch will hold a couple people for the night. You can find a large map of the area here. If you are looking for a little less wild camping, in the area between the lake and the mountain, there is a very nice lodge and even a swimming pool. The lake is still operational…I will post some photos if I hear anything about it…I had the chance to go there last year for one of Randy’s family vacations - here is a quick video of me and wife in the cabin. I have been in the lake a couple times.
The ranch is a great place to visit and to spend some quality time with family and friends. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be the only person in the world in the same spot - I hope that Randy is safe and sound! He always enjoyed his guests and family and would not want this to happen to them. My condolences and thank you for reading all this. Please go out and enjoy the Ranch.
The ranch is owned by Randy Hensley.
Image Source: Flickr - The Ranch Hand
There is a lot of information here, but if you have an interest in the property, you can email me with any questions or comments. I will do my best to address all your questions before posting this site….a nice little way for people to say thank you for their generosity.