As we enter into the final three months of 2017, here’s our quarterly snapshot of the biggest ranches for sale throughout the United States. At a combined 1.1 million acres (and combined sales value of $406 million!), this incredible collection of ranches and farmland comprise a vast and beautiful diversity of terrain that unfurls from Rocky Mountain peaks to the arid desert plains of the American Southwest. Sit back and enjoy the view!
#10 South Clem Ranch, Arizona | 85,351 Acres
Located approximately an hour west of Phoenix, South Clem Ranch lies in the beautiful Harquahala Plains with the scenic Eagle Tail Mountains as its southern boundary. Bordering it to the north is I-10 with the Big Horn and Harquahala Mountains as its backdrop. The terrain consists of a mixture of foothill breaks and nice flat ground in the valley. Centennial Wash runs through the middle of the ranch providing a variety of browse, annuals and grass species. Elevation of the ranch ranges from 1,348 feet in Centennial Wash to approximately 3,100 feet in the Eagle Tail Mountains.
#9 Diamond S Ranch, Arizona | 88,716 Acres
Diamond S Ranch is a 88,716-acre working cattle ranch set in the Sonoran Desert to the west of Phoenix. It has a carrying capacity of just over 250 head of adult cattle year-round, with a good number of wells and stock tanks to support livestock in this arid region of the American West. Although large in its totality, most of the ranch’s acreage is under lease from the Bureau of Land Management or state of Arizona. Its deeded acreage is 350 acres.
#8 O X Ranch, Arizona | 94,289 Acres
The O X Ranch is a beautiful desert ranch, highly improved for an efficient livestock operation. The headquarters is situated in a lush valley surrounded by desert mountains. It is uniquely located close to the cowboy atmosphere of Wickenburg, Arizona, which has all the amenities of a small town and is isolated enough for the quiet enjoyment of the desert scenery. The combination of range land and irrigated pastures allows great flexibility for a cattle or horse operation. The headquarters site has been studied as an ideal location for a resort operation utilizing the vast expanse of the ranch property for recreation, scientific studies and horse and cattle experiences.
#7 Continental Divide Ranch, Arizona | 96,447 Acres
While the sale of the massive Waggoner Ranch in Texas grabbed headlines in February 2016, the 96,447-acre Continental Divide Ranch was the largest new land listing added to Lands of America that month. Covering a single contiguous block of land in the Haystack Mountain Range of south-central Wyoming, the ranch is primed for cattle operations. The acreage includes five miles of North Platte River frontage, which is a source for irrigation and blue-ribbon fishing, an established cow/calf operation, and opportunities to hunt deer, elk and antelope.
#6 Diamond Cross Ranch, Montana | 119,540 Acres
Diamond Cross Ranch lies in one of Montana’s most private and beautiful locations. This ranch is a culmination of many ranches that were assembled during the last 15 years by an owner with vision and passion for the region’s land, culture and industry. This offering is a large block of land in the heart of Montana ranching country, which values traditions of hard work and good neighbors. The ranch traverses both Big Horn and Rosebud counties, whose county seats are in the towns of Hardin and Forsyth, respectively.
#5 IX Ranch, Montana | 126,000 Acres
Set in the rolling prairie land of north-central Montana, IX Ranch is a true legacy ranch, with only two owners in its 128-year history. Currently owned and operated through three generations of the same family, the Roths, IX Ranch runs over 4,000 head of feeder cattle, plus a smaller horse-breeding program for use working the cattle and occasional recreational programs. Given its enviable location in the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains and adjacent to the protected lands of Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, hunting opportunities at this stellar Western ranch include elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds.
#4 26 Ranch, Nevada | 126,018 Acres
26 Ranch is a massive (126,018 acres) cattle ranch located in northern Nevada’s Battle Mountain region. It is one of the state’s oldest ranches, with water rights that date back to 1870s. The ranch has a carrying capacity of 6,500 cows on a year-round basis. An additional 60,000 deeded acres located inside the perimeter of 26 Ranch are being leased by the ranch and are also currently listed for sale on Lands of America. The historic ranch spans three counties, making it one of Nevada’s largest ranches.
#3 Bar S Ranch, Arizona | 156,000 Acres
Bar S Ranch is a sprawling 156,000-acre cattle ranch, of which only 3,345 are deeded acres, deep in the heart of Arizona’s cattle country. Most of the property comprises leased state and BLM land, offering a ranch rated to carry 445 Animal Units year-round. A number of working and registered springs offer water to keep the ranch running in this arid and remote part of the American Southwest. The ranch was listed for sale at $10 million on October 3, 2017.
#2 La Cienga Ranch, Arizona | 169,657 Acres
La Cienga is a solid working cattle ranch, with well-improved headquarters situated in the foothills of the Hualapai Mountains, with good water improvements, lots of new fencing and a 1,500-foot airstrip. The total acreage consists of just 123 deeded acres, 13,843+/- acres of State of Arizona lease land, 69,390+/- acres of BLM grazing allotment, and approximately 86,302+/- acres of private unfenced adverse grazing land.
#1 Turkey Track Ranch, New Mexico | 256,000 Acres
Listed for sale in February 2017, this is a first-time offering for an historic cattle ranch that has been under the same family ownership since 1947. The expanse of the ranch extends into three southeastern New Mexico counties from the Pecos River Valley in Chaves and Eddy counties, east to the “Caprock Escarpment” in Lea County. The acreage includes 36,582 deeded acres, 49,433 NM State Lease acres and 169,926 Federal BLM Lease acres. One of the last remaining large cattle operations in southern New Mexico, Turkey Track Ranch’s year-round cattle operation has traditionally been a cow/calf operation with calves born in the spring and weaned in the fall.