As we head into the last few months of the year, here’s our quarterly snapshot of the biggest ranches for sale throughout the United States. At a combined acreage of over a million acres, this collection of ranches and farmland represents the sprawling and monumental diversity of land for sale across the country!
Cover image: IX Ranch, Montana
#10 Cottonwood Canyon Ranch, Wyoming | 50,000 Acres
The Cottonwood Canyon Ranch is expansive, cascading from high country meadows and timber in the Big Horn Mountains through deep canyons and wellsodded mesas to irrigated fields adjacent to the Greybull River. This legacy property encompasses nearly 50,000 acres that include Forest Service, BLM, and State of Wyoming grazing leases that compliment the 1,900 +/ acres of deeded range and farm ground. With sufficient hay production and summer grazing, the outfit is owner rated at 400 year-round cow/calf pairs. Historically qualifying for landowner tags the property holds abundant wildlife including elk, deer, antelope, game birds, and the occasional predator. A benefit to grazing in the Big Horn Mountains is the absence of wolves and grizzlies.
#9 McEwen Ranch and Cattle Company, Oregon | 52,475 Acres
With roots in the Miller-Lux cattle empire of the 19th century, this expansive cattle and hay operation is located in the Malheur River basin of eastern Oregon near the small ranching community of Crane, Oregon. The ranch encompasses 52,445+/- deeded acres and nearly 100,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land under grazing permit to the ranch. With an emphasis on premium beef production, the ranch currently runs 1,525+/- breeding cows plus bulls and produces excess hay on 1,500+/- acres, including 1,125+/- acres under nine center pivots.
#8 Cross Mountain Ranch, Colorado | 54,176 Acres
Located in northwestern Colorado, the 54,176+/- deeded acre Cross Mountain Ranch represents one of the largest and most diverse recreational and operating ranches on the market today. A wildlife preserve stretching over four counties and 168,000+/- acres of leased National Forest, BLM, State and Park Service lands, the ranch is home to North America’s largest elk herd. It is an ecologically diverse landscape with several miles of river frontage on the Yampa, Little Snake and Williams Fork rivers and numerous other streams, lakes and ponds. With valuable and historic water rights, plus within 45 minutes from the resort town of Steamboat Springs and 20 minutes from a commercial airport, Cross Mountain Ranch represents a significant legacy ranch and investment opportunity.
#7 Howard Mesa Ranch, Arizona | 58,561 Acres
Howard Mesa Ranch covers approximately 90 square miles (58,561 acres) in the rugged desert plateau just south of Grand Canyon National Park. It consists of deeded land, alternating sections of State grazing leases and adversely owned subdivision land that lie in a checkerboard pattern. Topography is level to gently rolling with a band of hills and small mountains along Cataract Canyon. Howard Mesa is just east of the headquarters at 6,800 feet; general elevations of the ranch are from 6,000 feet on the south end to 5,800 feet on the north end. Highway 64 and the Grand Canyon Railroad run north-south through the eastern end of the ranch.
#6 60,171+/- acres within 26 Ranch, Nevada | 60,000 Acres
Positioned within the perimeter of 26 Ranch are the 60,171 deeded acres of New Nevada Lands. Currently leased by 26 Ranch and spanning across Humboldt, Lander and Euerka Counties, these fee owned acres are ideal for grazing land. 26 Ranch is one of the state’s oldest and largest ranching operations.
#5 Cable Creek Ranch, Oregon | 61,497 Acres
This deeded 34,497+/- acre working cattle ranch is nestled in the Blue Mountain Range of Northeast Oregon. In conjunction with the additional 27,000+/- acre forest service grazing allotment, the 61,497-acre operation has historically maintained 500 mother cows, 1,500 yearlings, 300 feedlot and 450 bred heifers annually. Bordered on two sides by National Forest, the ranch is non-contiguous by design; primarily sectioned North and South by adverse elevations and climate. This ranch is undoubtedly affected by the warm Pacific storms that march up the Columbia River Gorge, providing a much longer growing season than most of Eastern Oregon and other areas of the country.
#4 Mesa Vista Ranch, Texas | 64,809 Acres
Famed oil tycoon and businessman T. Boone Pickens listed his longtime Texas Panhandle ranch for sale in December 2017. Occupying a 100-square-mile swath in Roberts County that includes about 25 miles of Canadian River frontage, Pickens assembled Mesa Vista Ranch over the course of almost a half-century since his first acquisition of 2,900 acres along the south side of the river in 1971.
#3 Marton Ranch, Wyoming | 69,550 Acres
Marton Ranch is a resource-rich working livestock ranch that includes eight miles of North Platte River frontage, as well as numerous creeks, wells, springs and reservoirs spread throughout the well-watered property. The North Platte’s tailwater section below Grey Reef Reservoir is considered one of the best wild-trout fisheries in Wyoming, and is home to a healthy number of trophy rainbow and brown trout. Rising from an elevation of 5,300 feet along the Platte River to 7,500 feet near Bear Mountain, the habitat here is ideal for livestock grazing as well as robust populations of pronghorn antelopes, mule deer, elk, upland game birds, not to mention incredible waterfowl hunting along the river’s grassy shores. Marton Ranch was listed for sale on June 3, 2016.
#2 Continental Divide Ranch, Wyoming | 98,424 Acres
Relisted for sale by Mirr Ranch Group on March 15, 2018, the Continental Divide Ranch is an outstanding large working ranch located in south-central Wyoming near the town of Rawlins. It’s situated along the North Platte River and Haystack Mountain Range. The ranch totals approximately 98,424 acres and offers diversity, from irrigated hay meadows along the North Platte River to pockets of pine and aspen draws in the Haystack Mountains. There is approximately five miles of river frontage along the famed North Platte River, providing excellent fishing and riparian habitat for wildlife, along with a significant irrigation source for productive hay ground.
#1 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.