Purchasing an agricultural property or cattle ranch can be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. Not only do they have the potential to generate income, but some even offer recreational value. The following ten properties all have the common trait of being productive cattle operations, but most are also sporting properties, with fly fishing potential and populations of game, waterfowl, and upland birds.
Dome Mountain Ranch
Paradise Valley, MT - $25,000,000
The Dome Mountain Ranch is one of the most famous ranches in southwest Montana, and deservedly so. Set beautifully in the midst of the wild country of southern Paradise Valley, the approximately 5,366 deeded acre (plus an additional 470± State lease acres and 508± BLM lease acres) ranch is bordered on one side by 6.3± accessible miles of the Yellowstone River providing some of the finest wild trout fishing in the world. On three sides the ranch is bordered by public land that stretches to the 932,000 acre Absaroka/Beartooth Wilderness which is bordered by Yellowstone National Park and extends south beyond Jackson, Wyoming encompassing an estimated twenty million acres of some of the most beautiful and wild country in the world known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Little Valley Ranch
Avon, MT - $18,500,000
Little Valley Ranch is a historic mountain ranch in western Montana. Located in the scenic Avon Valley, about 50 miles from Helena, the core of the Montana ranch’s 12,910± deeded acres is comprised of mountain meadows and timbered hills along the west side of the valley. The majority of the ranch’s 10,080± leased acres reach higher elevations in the Garnet Range along the west side of the ranch. Strickland Creek and Davis Creek emerge in the Garnets, watering the ranch’s wildlife and livestock. With a resident elk herd that numbers several hundred during the fall season, Little Valley is a dream ranch for the sportsman. The Montana ranch facilities are functional and updated, and good stewardship is further demonstrated by the condition of the range and timber resources.
Philipsburg, MT - $9,950,000
Mungas Ranch is a truly classic western landscape in Philipsburg, MT. Since it was homesteaded, this 4,585 acre legacy ranch has been held by the Mungas family for 4 generations. Mungas Ranch is situated just south of the historic mining town of Philipsburg, Montana, within earshot from the banks of famed blue-ribbon trout stream, Rock Creek. The western Montana property rests in the heart of wild and picturesque country, consisting of wide open meadows, grassy pasture, hillsides and ridges, timbered draws, wetlands, and riparian habitats along a beautiful stretch of Trout Creek. Spanning from mountain-top to valley-bottom, the ranch also boasts inspiring panoramic views of several dramatic ranges, including the jagged Anaconda-Pintlers, the Flints, and the John Long Mountains.
River Bend Ranch
Laramie, WY - $9,500,000
With over six miles of the Laramie River meandering through the property, the ranch boasts phenomenal fly fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout. The river corridor offers a truly pastoral setting, with miles of old growth cottonwoods framing the river as it flows through the ranch. Because of the privacy created by the size of the River Bend Ranch and surrounding properties, there is no public access and this section of the river gets virtually no pressure. Consequently, the fish are plentiful and our experience fishing the ranch indicates the fish average around 16” with the largest fish in the river over 25”. The ranch also boasts world class waterfowl hunting in the fall months along with excellent populations of whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, antelope and a small resident elk herd. With over 6,700± deeded acres and a proven agricultural operation - this ranch is the complete package.
Red Rock River Canyon Ranch
Lima, MT - $7,500,000
The Red Rock River Canyon Ranch is a strong 375 to 400 head cattle ranch with excellent recreational amenities including over 10 accessible miles of the Red Rock River and approximately 7,539 deeded acres. With 370± acres under pivot irrigation and contiguous summer pasture, the ranch operates smoothly from season to season. Surrounded by the Lima Peaks and the Halligan Hills the Montana Cattle Ranch sits in a basin and is comprised of rolling pastures that are well watered. The lower 4.29± miles of the river meanders through a small canyon creating a private sanctuary to fly fish for wild trout or call ducks into the spring fed pond. It is rare to have a productive working cattle ranch with such high quality hunting and fly fishing priced this competitively.
Brown Valley Ranch
Stevensville, MT - $6,350,000
Held by the same family for the past 45 years, the Brown Valley Ranch has been operated as a working cattle ranch for the duration of the current ownership. Located up the Threemile drainage in the Bitterroot Valley, this ranch possesses all of the key components desired in an established agricultural operation as well as the make-up for a recreational retreat. A long-time professional manager utilizes his own cattle, equipment, stockyard and laborers. Highlights include dramatic westerly views of the stunning Bitterroot Range that stretch the entire valley, productive fields, abundant elk and deer, modest structures and healthy riparian corridors that enhance the ranch. Brown Valley Ranch’s roots begin on the valley floor at the foothills of the Threemile Wildlife Management Area. Beyond the refuge sits National Forest lands and the Sapphire Mountain Range. The Brown Valley Ranch has substantial acreage for the Bitterroot Valley and its location does not compromise access to amenities which is becoming the exception for true working ranches.
Oneida Narrows Ranch
Preston, ID - $5,580,000
Located in beautiful southeast Idaho near the town of Preston, the Oneida Narrows Cattle Ranch is a rare offering within Franklin County. With views overlooking the Bear River and the Caribou National Forest, this ranch offers many pursuits from agricultural to world class big game hunting, specifically mule deer and elk. The current ranch owners have taken pride in operating the ranch for maximum agricultural productivity while managing for the wildlife. This particular area of Idaho is well known for its large mule deer genetics. In fact, over the past few decades there has been a number of mule deer taken that have scored well into the 200 inch class. This ranch is no exception to harvesting huge mule deer and elk. The topography of the ranch is perfect for wildlife as well as livestock; gently rolling hills of grass and CRP transitioning into thick old growth mountain maple forests that are laden with springs. All the ingredients are present on this working ranch for a profitable cattle operation to world class big game hunting.
Basin Creek Ranch
Long Creek/Monument, OR - $1,575,000
The Basin Creek Ranch is an area rich in ranching, timber, and hunting. There are sports for winter, summer, fall, and spring to take advantage of. The ranch is near the world renowned John Day Fossil Beds National Monument which contains 40 million years of fossilized history. Those who live and play here pride themselves on its wide open spaces, laid back pace, natural resources and privacy. The ranch land is located between the two small communities of Mount Vernon and Monument, Oregon. Agricultural opportunities are present throughout the region. The main crop is grass hay with an emphasis on cattle and cattle operations. There are large grazing tracts for the spring and summer months available. Ranchers are proud of this piece of north-central Oregon for its productive expanses and varied topography.
Hamilton Meadows Cattle Ranch
Madras, OR - $1,555,000
Hamilton Meadows Cattle Ranch is more than a home, more than a profitable cattle and crop acquisition, more than a land investment – it is a true gem of a property that you will yearn to call home. The Oregon ranch for sale offers exquisite views of the Cascades, a luxurious home, 234 ± acres of productive land, irrigation improvements, barn and corrals for your horse or livestock operation, and an ideal setting near Madras, OR, a family-friendly place with a small town atmosphere. The Oregon ranch home is set up for entertaining with a professionally equipped kitchen, dramatic entryway with a water feature, bridge and statue, covered decks with a hot tub, RV garage, and paved driveway. A trophy room with a separate entrance, kitchenette and bath could become an independent living quarter. The entire property lends attention to every detail, making the Hamilton Meadows Cattle Ranch an incredible value and a place you would be proud to call home. It is move-in ready and the maintenance and upkeep has been meticulous. The ultimate privacy and park-like setting of this property—enhanced by spectacular mountain views, the gourmet kitchen and custom features in this showcase home - make this ranch truly unique.
Cow Creek Ranch
Grant County, OR - $1,350,000
The 1475± acre Cow Creek Ranch is the perfect hunting retreat for sale in Central Oregon. The property consists of a large area of land covering a considerable range of elevations, terrain, and geologic formations, resulting in diverse plant and animal habitats. This sparsely populated area of Oregon is a wonderful playground for fishing, hiking, rafting, fossil hunting and more. The Middle Fork of the John Day River offers fantastic fly fishing for salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout, and some bull trout.