First published on KRQE 29 December 2021
by Gabrielle Burkhart, Allison Giron
SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – What will become of the infamous Zorro Ranch near Santa Fe now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead? Earlier this year, Gabrielle Burkhart’s investigation uncovered a bizarre roadblock.
For years, this place was shrouded in secrecy. The billionaire behind the sprawling ranch is gone. Only Jeffrey Epstein and his accusers know the dark details of what went on there near Stanley, New Mexico.
Records show Epstein and the Zorro trust bought the ranch from the Gary King family, then built his 33,339 square foot mansion there in the 90s. Since 1993, the Epstein trust had state lease agreements for grazing cattle on public lands near his mansion. “To your knowledge, what was that land being used for?” KRQE News 13 asked New Mexico State Land Commissioner, Stephanie Garcia Richard.
“One can only speculate and I have to tell you Gabrielle, that my staff … you know this has been a difficult topic for us to tackle,” said Garcia Richard. “Thinking about what state land might have been used for has been you know, has been difficult.”
Nearly 7,600 acres of private property surround the state’s land. “That’s a pretty big ranch,” explained Gus Martinez, Santa Fe County Assessor. “It is a remote property. The only way you can get access is really through the ranch hand, and so you can’t just really drive into that property because the gates are closed,” said Martinez.
…Today the nearly 8,000-acre ranch property is listed for $27.5 million which includes multiple residences, firehouse, horse stables and a private airstrip and hanger.
When and if the ranch sells, the Epstein estate says funds from the sale will go toward the regular administration of the estate, including its payment of claimants, creditors and taxes as necessary.
An attorney for the Epstein estate says so far there have been several expressions of interest from potential buyers.
[ Editor’s note: An earlier KRQE article reports about a fraudulent deed for the Epstein Ranch, which you can read at the link here, or excerpted below. ]
Excerpted from: Mysterious deed claims new ownership of Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch
First published 13 May 2021 on KRQE INVESTIGATES
KRQE News 13’s investigative reporter Gabrielle Burkhart uncovers a bizarre twist in Epstein’s Zorro Ranch property
KRQE News 13 requested records in Santa Fe County to verify how much land the Epstein estate still owns….
The Epstein estate attorney said its preparing the Zorro ranch property for sale, but they have no potential buyers yet. The estate will take court action to clear the fake deed, and funds from the sale of the property will go toward the victim compensation program, Attorney Daniel Weiner said.