It's been a fairly long process of researching, getting feedback, and general mulling over. But after talking with Cooper and seeing Goater's response I'm moving ahead with setting this as the spot for Goats' Gulch #1.
This was the latest thread with thoughts and reasoning, if you are curious: https://voat.co/v/GoatsGulch/2092492
In short, if I were homesteading solo (or with a family) I would pick another spot. There's just much more viable land out there. But I'm confident we can make West Texas work and it's a place we can actually buy into like a neighborhood, where one person owns one lot and another owns the next. Green, timbered land seems to not have that luxury. For a Goats' Gulch in anything other than desert or high desert, I suspect you would have to buy 200 acres and subdivide. I think between land, surveying, and legal fees you'd be in at least $500,000. Much too much for me to consider at this point. And furthermore, I think it's best to build up experience with how this concept works and how you'd subdivide it (do you build roads, easements, etc?).
As I and other goats will be living out there, I don't want to disclose the exact location to the whole of the internet. It's probably not hard to find and I never had property privacy in mind. Also possible the location will be made public by starting businesses and pinning them to the map.
But, I will say it's about ten miles east of Van Horn and west of Plateau. It's on the north side of I-10. It's a flat area and the ground is dirty sand, for the most part. There are dunes with thorn bushes in them. I think the climate is pretty reasonable for Texas and the area is about 3,800 feet in elevation. It's in Culberson county which I believe is less densely populated than even the least densely populated county in Wyoming.
Here's a view of the area we can buy land in. I already have one lot in this area.
To give you an idea, if you make a square between the two lines going from left to right, it should be roughly a 40 acre square. Most of the properties in this section are 5 or 10 acres. Of course you can buy multiple adjoining as well.
There's nothing for about a mile from the property. Maybe a little less in some directions, like far to the south east is a feeding pen for cattle. The rancher just lets the cows roam freely.
The "lines" are cuts in the terrain from a while ago. Some haven't had traffic in probably a year. Others have become extremely difficult to pass without improvements. And we actually can build past these lines and still be in the same sort of "area". Just even this section alone has maybe 50 ten acre properties in effect, so 50 residences. I don't know if it'd be good to grow past that or even to that size, but potential for growth is there past a handful of families. This area also has line of sight to a cell tower, maybe four miles away or so. Signal is spotty but with a booster and the right antenna, decent LTE data should be possible.
Property taxes are about $40 per year for a ten acre property. The town of Van Horn has a hardware store, auto parts store, grocery store, a couple truck stops (showers, 24/7 food, gas, diesel), a DMV, county clerk, and pretty much everything you'll need for Texas legalities. It's not a very interesting town, but it's well equipped. There's also bulk water so we can truck it in. Takes about twenty minutes to get into town from Goats' Gulch Van Horn.
I'm looking for a truck and am getting ready to leave Colorado. Possibly straight for Texas. Whenever I am at the property I'll try to make fairly frequent updates with pictures, videos, and what have you.
I'll also try to figure out a communication medium for people who will be moving to the property or visiting at some point, for sharing coordinates and more specific details.
Anyway, 2017 meetup is looking slightly more likely (still uncertain) and the 2018 meetup now has a location. Sign up for both if you can and value personal responsibility and liberty.
Happy to answer questions about the area as best as I can. More to follow.
Also, I have a question for you all. Should it be Goat's Gulch or Goats' Gulch? Galt's Gulch is from John Galt, a singular person. But there will be multiple owners of the gulch and not just one goat. However, Galt's Gulch was also owned by multiple people. I don't want it to be overly collective so I'm a bit undecided on where the apostrophe should go.
Thank you for your time.
Update: Here's a few videos of my property out in GGVH: