List of Largest Ranches in the US


The US of A is currently home to a few of the biggest ranch in world. Don’t confuse ranching and farming. Ranches are for raising animals and farms are to produce food. There are many states in the USA that are the top dog in the ranching business including Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon and so on. Since we’re talking about ranches, your main question might currently be, what’s the largest ranch in the United States and where can we find them? WT Waggoner Ranch, which was sold to billionaire Stan Kroenke for $725 million, is one of the oldest, most historic and the largest ranches in world, spanning across six Texas counties with 520,000 acreages.

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10. Cottonwood Canyon Ranch (Big Horn County, Wyoming)

At 50,000 acres, this beautiful piece of land has wildlife including elk, deer, antelope and game birds. When it comes to irrigation, the Greybull River covers up irrigation for the fields. The premium place for hay-production and grazing, there’s not only enough space for these operations, but due to the absence of wolves and grizzlies, Cottonwood Canyon is like a gold pot at the end of the rainbow.

9. McEwen Ranch and Cattle Company (Harney County, Oregon)

This ranch encompasses 52,445 acres including BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land with the permit for grazing operation. This ranch is located in Malheur river in Eastern Oregon near a small ranching community in Crane and, currently runs an operation of breeding over 1500 bulls and cows and produces over 1500 acres worth of hay. Want to find prime land for ranching or farming? Check out this list of farms and ranches for sale in Oregon.

8. Cross Mountain Ranch (Routt County, Colorado)

One of the leading investment opportunities, Cross Mountain is home to a recreation and ranching operation. It is an ecologically diverse land, with many rivers and streams running through it including with several miles of river Yampa, Little Snake and Williams Fork rivers. It is also home to one of the largest herds of elk in North America. Its location is at Northwestern Colorado, covering 54,176 acreages.

7. Howard Mesa Ranch (Coconino County, Arizona)

Located just south of the Grand Canyon National Park, it takes up about 58,561 acreages of desert land. It is a deeded land and has State grazing leases. All in all, this ranch consists of a deeded land, alternating sections of State Grazing Leases and adversely owned subdivision land that lies in a checkerboard pattern.

6. 60,171+ acres within 26 Ranch (Humboldt County, Nevada)

With approximately 60k acres of land, this deeded ranch sprawls across Humboldt, Lander and Eureka Counties and owned and leased by 26 Ranch which is one of US’s leading and oldest ranching operations.

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5. Marton Ranch (Natrona County, Wyoming)

This beauty is home to few of the best wild trout fisheries in Wyoming, including trophy rainbow and brown trout. It has the best habitat for pronghorn antelopes, mule deer, elk, upland game bird and waterfowl birds. It has fantastic grazing operations, has multiple reservoirs, creeks, wells and springs running through it and sprawls about 69,550 acres of land. Marton Ranch was listed for sale on the 3rd June 2016 and is recognized as one of the largest ranches in world.

4. Walnut Creek and Lazy YU Ranches (Mohave County, Arizona)

One of the many largest ranches in America, it covers around 95,424 acres of land. These ranches lay where the deserts Sonoran and Mohave meet, at the sky island of the Hualapai Mountains. At the east end, 75% of the ranch rise up into Hualapai Mountains and on the west end, around 25% of the ranch occupies Sacramento Valley.

3. Continental Divide Ranch (Carbon County, Wyoming)

Continental Divide occupies around 98,423 acres of land and has irrigated-hay meadows, lots of pine and aspen in the Haystack Mountains. It is located near the North Platte River and Haystack Mountain. Near the town of Rawlins in South-central Wyoming, this ranch is some of the largest operating businesses in the US.

2. IX Ranch (Chouteau County, Montana)

One of the leading examples of a legacy ranch on the world map, owned by only two owners in the past 128 years, this ranch occupies 126,000 acreages of land. It runs a small horse-breeding program, 4,000 cattle feeder operation, and also usually hosts recreational activities. It is located in the foothills of Bear Paw Mountains and adjacent to the lands of Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Currently owned by the fourth generation of Roth’s, it has many hunting opportunities for elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds. If you’re interested in prime property in the Northwestern parts of the US, in the same region where the beautiful IX ranch in Montana lies, check out some of these ranches for sale in Washington state.

1. Independence Valley Farm and Ranch (Elko County, Nevada)

One of the flags of the USA, the Independence Valley farm and ranch, covers around 150 thousand acres of land. It is located on the intersection of I-80 and Highway 93. It currently operates as a cattle ranch and a farm. This goldmine of a property has a lot of resources including gold and oil which simply needs development. It is surrounded by high mountain basins, wheatgrass and endless landscapes.

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8. Blair Brothers Angus (Vale, South Dakota)

The Blair Brothers have been a large part of the ranching business for generations and are the founding members of U.S. Premium Beef. They’re responsible for producing the best livestock and meat in the industry.

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7. Gardiner Angus (Ashland, Kansas)

The family ranching on this beautiful land has been working for generations to provide genetically improved livestock in the business. Their reputation exceeds all in the business for its top-notch customer service and a strong network of clientele.

6. Maddux Cattle Company (Waneta, Nebraska)

This Company is sitting on a few of the largest private lands in the US. Since the 1800’s this land has been ranched on by one family. Father and son, John and Jack Maddux are currently running their cattle operation on this 40,000 acres land.

5. N Bar Ranch (Grass Range, Montana)

Around 1,500 cattle grazing on this sprawling 60,000 acres of land, it is owned by billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wikes. This ranching operation has been established since 1885. The entire operation is handled by a staff of three.

4. Padlock Range (Ranchester, Wyoming)

This wonderful ranch keeps its herds of cattle on the move during the months of May and June to allow plants that have been grazed, to further grow. They’ve been in this business from the past 72 years.

3. Sunlight Ranches Co. (Montana, Wyoming)

One of the biggest cattle ranches on the map of the US, as well as the biggest ranch in world, it sits on 190,000 acres of land. In 2009, the Sunlight Ranches Co. was gifted two log cabins and a log studio that was employed by the legendary Will James by the Big Horn County Museum. If you’re interested in some top of the range properties in the Northwestern parts of the US, or in any of the regions, near Wyoming, take a look at some of these Idaho ranches for sale.

2. True Ranches (Wheatland, Wyoming)

This ranch encompasses a large portion of East Wyoming. It is at present, one of the many largest cattle operations in the world, raising Angus, black baldy, Charolais, and Hereford cattle. It currently gives jobs to around 90 people from the Rocky Mountain Region.

1. XIT Ranch (Plains, Kansas)

For over a century, the Adams family have been owning and occupying over 100,000 acreages of this land. This ranch works toward providing the best animals in the business including ranch horses and cattle with the best genetics.

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