The Diamond Cross Ranch consists of 119,540 acres (93,280 Deeded, 6,440 State Lease and 19,820 BLM Lease). The Deeded acreage consists of 1,025 Pivot/Side Roll Irrigated, 700 Flood Irrigated/Dry Cropland, and 91,555 Rangeland. The ranch is located in southeastern Montana, 45 miles northeast of Sheridan, WY and 95 miles southeast of Billings, MT as the crow flies and stretches for nearly 16 miles from north to south and 16 miles from east to west. Neighborhood ranchers enjoy the proximity to Sheridan, Wyoming, a welcoming community of 17,000, known for its devotion to western heritage and the arts. Billings, Montana provides for additional amenities and services found in larger metro areas. Commercial air service is provided by both communities and there are multiple sites on the ranch for opportunities to create a private airstrip if desired.
The 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 country, culture and industry. This offering is a large block of land in true ranching country that values traditions of hard work and good neighbors. The ranch lies in both Big Horn and Rosebud counties, whose county seats are in the towns of Hardin and Forsyth respectively. The dominate topographical features are the Tongue River, Hanging Woman basin, 4 Mile Creek, Canyon Creek, Prairie Dog Creek, and Wall Creek to name a few.
This ranch has over 20 miles of meandering river country that winds down through the valley past most of the major improvements and hay meadows. The lush green hay meadows at the river bottom contrast with the red shale hills to make the perfect western ranch setting. In addition to the river delivering the valuable stored irrigation water from Tongue River Reservoir, the river provides a grand stage for Mother Nature's handy work. The river offers a great deal of opportunity for fishing and water fowl hunting. Wildlife is abundant with lots of trophy whitetail and mule deer, antelope and elk. Upland game birds are also found on the ranch including pheasant, sharp-tail grouse, Hungarian partridge and turkey.
The ranch has 3 main operation centers on the river (The Lodge, The 4D and the Double Circle) each having building compounds complete with one or more residences, barns, workshops and corrals. The river country is fed from smaller creeks and valleys which all contain their very own unique set of coulees and draws. Numerous cow camps and cabins are in the hills away from the river country for additional seasonal activities and fulltime employee residences. All improvements are appropriately located to facilitate the efficient operation of a ranch with such vast distances. Hanging Women valley, another important area in the northeast part of the ranch, resides the 4th main set of buildings to serve that area of the ranch. This portion of the ranch again is complete with one or more residences, barns, workshops and corrals.
The grazing resource on this ranch has been carefully managed. Pastures and portions of the ranch are rested in rotation and other areas are more intensively grazed. Cattle are moved each year in a manner that allows pastures to be grazed and then left for recovery. During the past few years, the Diamond Cross Ranch goes into the winter with approximately 2,000 bred females of which around 1,800 are mature cows and 200 are bred heifers.
This offering is a rare large block of land on the market. The ranch can be purchased "turnkey" with an accomplished management team. This ranch will provide a great sense of pride for a new owner. The quality and condition of this legacy ranch is remarkable.