Chad Zavala wrote:Carter,
When looking for land I would pay close attention to how far away the parcel is from a decent road and a small town for basic supplies. If you're off the road a bit check your county for easement access. You can check County records for how deep surrounding wells are to give you a ballpark figure in case you want to drill a well someday. You can also use county GIS sites to get info on parcel owners who may sell you their land for cheaper than using a realtor.
Are you planning on living on this land full time? Some of these arid deserts are forbidding terrain. I know it sounds romantic to live in such a place (I have 40 Acres in arid northern NV) but the practical side is that you may need to rely heavily on traditional resources to get this homestead off the ground. Be prepared for worst case scenarios. If something were to happen to you out in a remote parcel could you walk to the nearest civilization? Something as simple as car trouble can turn dangerous very quickly.
Getting resources to your land by the pickup truck load can be very costly and at times very difficult. So know what you're up against in terms of money and time.
I think this is an amazing dream you have, one of mine as well, but be prepared. If you'd like some cheap land come be my neighbor near Montello, NV. Google Wincup Gamble Ranch. For a cool video of the area.