This is a tremendous working ranch and recreational property. Conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Rapid City, South Dakota. Cheyenne River Ranch totals 21,756± acres which includes 20,555± deeded acres, 1,078± acres of National Grassland grazing permit, 108± acres of BLM lease and 15± acres of the proposed town of Creston. The ranch has varied topography that ranges from grass-covered hillsides, pastures, irrigated pivots to tree-covered creek and river bottom. The Cheyenne River runs through the ranch for more than five and a half miles and Rapid Creek meanders through the ranch for almost 13 miles. The ranch has a nice set of improvements consisting of two homes, five sets of working facilities and numerous outbuildings. The property is well watered with approximately 30 miles of pipeline, stock tanks and water wells. There are approximately 110 acres of pivot irrigated hay ground and an additional 1,800± acres of hay ground. For the hunter, the ranch provides very good whitetail and mule deer hunting as well as wild turkey and upland birds.
Just the Facts
- 21,756± acres total with 20,555± acres deeded
- 110± acres irrigated acres
- 1,800± acres of additional hay ground
- Over five miles of the Cheyenne River
- 13 miles of Rapid Creek
- Great whitetail, mule deer, antelope, turkey and some upland bird hunting
- 30 miles of pipeline, 40-50 stock tanks and numerous stock dams
- Five sets of working facilities
- Owner currently runs 850 pairs on the ranch
- Newer home with tremendous views overlooking the ranch, plus a ranch manager home
To say this ranch is well-watered is actually an understatement. In addition to the river and creek, the property features more than 30 miles of pipeline that feed more than 40 stock tanks and multiple stock dams.
Bordered by national grassland to the south and surrounded by private deeded ownership on the other three sides, the ranch provides seclusion and privacy despite being located off Highway 44. Tremendous panoramic views of the Black Hills can also be seen from various points on the ranch.
The railroad town of Creston was well known for the “Creston Dinosaur” which was built by Ike Murphy to get people to stop in the town and visit the general store. The 60 foot long and 20 foot tall dinosaur, which was built in 1933, is still on the ranch. The abandoned Cheyenne River truss bridge and the Rapid Creek deck plate girder bridge are also still on the ranch.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Soils and Vegetation
Soils located on the ranch are sandy loam, silty loam, and clay. A soils map can be provided. Grasses on the ranch consist of gramma grass, western wheatgrass, buffalo grass, needle grass, and crested wheatgrass.
The ranch is unencumbered from any easements and may be a great candidate for a conservation easement in the future.
There is also a historic home down by the working facilities that was built in 1908 and it is in good usable condition. It could use some work and be used for a ranch manager or guests. Pictures of this historic home are in the book The Badlands Fox about Pete Lemley who owned the ranch in its early days and ranched more than 30,000 acres. This home is 1,922 square feet.
Adjacent to the historic home is a 30’X60’ steel shop with a cement floor, a 31’X56’ machine shed, a 24’X60’ open cattle shed, a 23’X100’ cattle shed. and a 32’X32’ barn. Working facilities also exist at this location.
There is also a very nice new set of steel pipe working corrals on the north side of Highway 44 in the pasture east of the main house. These corrals have a livestock scale, well and loading chute. Corrals are set up to hold 1,000!
Two miles from the main improvements on the south side of Highway 44 is another set of corrals, grain bin, and a 24’X48’ utility shed. These corrals have waterers, a loading chute, and feature a scale house.
On the east side of the Cheyenne River there are some older improvements that consist of a 768 square foot home built in 1950, a mobile home, a 32’X64’ pole barn, and some other older outbuildings.
Sellers' have only allowed 4 private tags/yearly on the ranch during the tenure of their ownership. All of the tags were filled within hours of every season opener!
The ranch has good perimeter and cross-fencing. Forty pastures allow efficient rotational grazing on the ranch. Water sources are available in each pasture for cattle. A new owner should independently evaluate ranch carrying capacity to suit their own management style. The ranch has a National Grasslands grazing permit on 1,078± acres which allows grazing for 82 pairs from June 1st to July 15th. There is also a BLM lease on 108± acres.
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