As we enter into the second half 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 dramatic 13,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks to the arid desert plains of the American Southwest. Sit back and enjoy the view!
Located in northeastern Wyoming, southeast of Gillette and southwest of Newcastle, LoneTree Ranch consists of 69,458+/ total acres, about two-thirds of which are deeded acres. This is a true legacy ranching operation and is currently the largest holding of deeded acres for sale in the state of Wyoming. It supports approximately 2,000 cow/calf pairs and has four sets of outstanding living and working improvements. The ranch is also blessed with an abundance of hunting opportunities with trophy sized elk, mule deer and antelope.
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 and upland game birds. The ranch was first listed for sale on June 3, 2016.
Situated northeast of Roswell, New Mexico, 77,111-acre White Lake Ranch comprises 69,314+/-deeded acres across a landscape of gently rolling hills and low lying flat bottom lands. Elevations are approximately 3,900 feet in the flats, elevating to over 4,000 feet on the upland country. An elevated ridgeline, known as Railroad Mountain runs through the northern portion of the ranch in a west to east direction. This unusual geological feature has the appearance of an elevated railroad bed with substantial rock outcroppings throughout the side slopes of this elevated formation. Under the current operation the ranch is running a cow/calf operation. There are numerous quail on the property, with antelope being common in the open plains country and mule deer in the sandier hilly country. Some additional supplemental income can be derived from hunting.
The 83,368-acre Cielo Vista Ranch is one of the largest, most pristine private properties in North America. Dramatic snow-capped vistas not only form the backdrop of Cielo Vista, the peaks are indeed a part of the ranch itself. The Sangre de Cristo range, including the 14,053-foot Culebra Peak (the highest privately-owned peak in the world) along with 18 peaks over 13,000 feet, traces the eastern boundary of the property for over 23 miles. Alpine terrain gives way to large stands of pine, spruce, fir and aspens, set above rolling hills and lush meadows. The ranch is home to thousands of elk, and bighorn sheep roam the property’s high country peaks and glacial basins. Over 100 miles of creeks in multiple drainages provide habitat for several species of trout, including pure strains of the Rio Grande cutthroat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.