Majestic Ranch

$26,000,000 Burke, SD 12,669± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The Majestic Ranch is located on the Missouri River breaks of Gregory County, South Dakota. The ranch consists of 12,669± deeded acres of high-quality cattle country with all the aspects of a great recreational getaway. The ranch has long wooded draws of hardwoods and cedars with hay meadows and farm ground mixed in. There are several miles of year-round live water streams along with numerous dams and springs. The ranch is a highly diversified operation from cow/calf to backgrounding lots and significant recreational income. A highlight of the ranch is the extensive improvements, including a 10-bedroom hunting lodge and a state-of-the-art indoor arena. The Majestic Ranch is truly one of the best-balanced ranches for livestock and recreation that I have witnessed and an opportunity for those seeking an actual working experience for the horse enthusiast on a day-to-day cattle operation or the recreationalist for ATV riding, hunting, or fishing.

Just the Facts

  • 12,669± contiguous deeded acres  
  • 1,200 cow/calf plus 1,000 yearlings 
  • Located in the hunting triangle of South Dakota 
  • Located on Missouri River Breaks 
  • Four miles from Missouri River 
  • 500± acres of tillable land 
  • 1,000± acres of hay land 
  • Over 2,500 feet of cement bunk and apron backgrounding lots 
  • Artisan water well and pipeline/tanks 
  • Over 34 miles of pipeline 
  • Ten room hunting lodge 
  • Large modern home 
  • Indoor heated arena, 160’ X 300’ 
  • Indoor cattle working facilities and pipe corrals 
  • Second headquarters on the north unit with house, shop and working facilities 
  • Trophy deer, turkey, upland bird hunting and fishing 
  • Wooded draws with interspersed hay/crop fields 
  • Three year-round streams with numerous dams and springs 
  • Varied topography with breathtaking views  

General Description

When you think of Great South Dakota ranches, the Majestic Ranch is a true definition. The ranch is situated on the Missouri River breaks and consists of long tree and brush-filled draws with springs, creeks, and dams throughout the property. There are many agricultural fields dispersed throughout the ranch amongst the draws and creeks. The ranch ranges from 1,480 feet above sea level along the creek bottoms to 2,120 feet on the ridges. The ranch consists of two headquarters with some of the finest improvements that can be found, including an indoor arena, lodge, and two homes. On the livestock side of improvements, no expense was held back with an indoor working facility, pipe corrals, backgrounding lots, and calving barns. A trip through the ranch, and you will wonder where the 1,200 cows and 1,000 head of yearlings are hiding due to the timber and varying topography.

Broker's Comments

This is a tremendous property for those seeking a true cattle working operation with first-class recreational amenities. The Missouri River Breaks offer varied topography from grassy ridges to tree-filled valleys along with live water and just fifteen minutes from the river itself. The ranches’ improvements are spectacular and allow for a highly diversified operation. The Majestic Ranch fits a cowman or investor, and we don’t find many of these types of ranches hitting the market.

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Majestic Ranch is in south central South Dakota near the town of Burke.  The nearest airport is Gregory, just a short 23-mile drive west. Gregory airport supports a 3,800 foot runway. The ranch is just a short few minutes from the Missouri River. The nearest commercial airport is Sioux Falls at 150 miles.


South central South Dakota is known notionally as the top destination for pheasant hunting and recreation. Gregory County is comprised of several small towns providing all the basic amenities. Not only is the area known as the pheasant capital of the U.S., but it is one of the top agricultural areas of South Dakota. The local economies are driven by recreation and agriculture. One of the main attractions is the Missouri River and Lake Frances Case, formed by Fort Randall Dam, and offers the area’s best walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.


The weather is moderate, with summer highs reaching an average of 87 degrees in July and low 30’s in January. Normal precipitation is 25 inches per year, with most occurring during the summer growing season. The humidity is just high enough to provide good rainfall but not unbearable for summer activities, and the comfort index is seven out of 10. Annual snowfall averages 40 inches, but rarely does it pile up and stay all winter.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 12,669± Acres
Farm Acres: 500± Acres
Hay Acres: 1,000± Acres
Rangeland Acres: 10,970± Acres
Building Site Acres: 50± Acres

Deeded Acres: 12,669±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 12,669±


Majestic Ranch is truly as fine as an example of high-quality improvements a South Dakota Ranch has to offer. The ranch has two headquarters. The south main headquarters are highlighted by a 160’ X 300’ indoor arena that has 20 stalls, heated tack room, bucking chutes, roping box and chute, round pen, and sprinkler system. The main headquarters is also complemented by a beautiful 10-room lodge that sleeps up to 25 people, complete with a kitchen, dining room, and great room with fireplace. The main home is a 4,000 square feet five bedroom, four and a half bath modern home with an amazing view towards the Missouri River. Cattle working facilities include two large calving barns and a state-of-the-art indoor working facility. Corrals are all painted pipe and 2,500 feet of cemented bunks and aprons in the backgrounding lots. Also at the main headquarters is a 2,400 square foot insulated heated steel shop. The North headquarters are much simpler but have a modular house, shop, and full cattle working facilities.

Ranch Housing and Accommodations
House with Basement          4,000 sq. ft.     1988
Modular Home                     1,500 sq. ft.
Ten Room Hunting Lodge    3,400 sq. ft.      1996

Operational Facilities and Equipment
  • Heated Indoor Arena: 157 ’X 300’   2008 with attached lean-to:   32’ X 300’  2008
  • Equipment Shed:  48’ X 72’  1985
  • Heated Insulated Shop:  40’ X 60’  1988
  • Storage Building: 20’ X 24’  1975
  • Horse Barn: 44’ X 122’  1982
  • Calving Barn: 48’ X 256’   1982
  • Cattle Processing Barn: 32’ X 56’  2011
  • Feed Building: 34’ X 60’  2012

Water Resources

The ranch has 30 plus pastures, all with outstanding water. with over 34 miles of underground pipeline in addition to artesian wells, live running streams from Whetstone Creek, Burt Rock and Sand Creek. There are also numerous natural springs and dams, which provide great fishing, throughout the ranch. This is one of the best watered South Dakota Ranches you will find. It needs to be mentioned also that views of the Missouri River can be seen from the ridgetops of the ranch.

Mineral Rights

All seller-owned mineral and water rights will be transferred.


Annual real estate taxes are approximately $54,259.

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Wildlife Resources

Welcome to Gregory County, South Dakota, home of the world's finest outdoor experiences. The Majestic Ranch offers trophy whitetail and mule deer, turkey, and upland game, not to mention, Gregory County is the world's capital for Pheasant hunting. The wildlife has been professionally managed for decades on the ranch. The ranch is set up for outfitting with the lodge and vast river breaks holding a tremendous amount of wildlife. If fishing is your thing, the ranch has trophy bass fishing and the Missouri River, just a few minutes away, offers some of the U.S. finest walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.

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General Operations

Majestic Ranch is currently running 1,200 cows year-round and backgrounding 1,000 calves through the winter and then put on summer grass as yearlings. The ranch cattle amenities allow for calving in January for the purebred producer to May calving for the commercial operator. The ranch is self-sustaining, with a great feed source and winter protection. The diversification allows a new owner to operate as they choose. The ranch does not pamper their cows as they graze during the winter months and only feed supplemental hay during calving time. The ranch has over 30 pastures with an extensive pipeline system for livestock water and along with natural springs, creeks, and dams. The indoor arena allows for extra income for horse events, and hunting has provided an extensive amount of income as well.

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