ZX Ranch

$5,552,000 Buffalo, SD 6,417± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The ZX Ranch is located 10 miles west of Buffalo, South Dakota. The ranch consists of 6,417± deeded acres, with an additional 120± of BLM lease. The ranch headquarters are situated along State Highway 20 for convenience and the ranch sets atop the Hell Creek Aquifer, which provides a good ground water resource for a livestock operation. The ranch has historically been operated as a cow/calf year-round operation. The grass country of Northwest South Dakota is known for great weight gains and conception rates on livestock, and this ranch is no exception to that. The ranch has varied topography adding to the beauty ranging from badlands, springs, dams, rolling grassland to wooded draws that provide natural winter storm protection. The natural habitat of the ranch provides great cover and feed sources for the wide range of wildlife, including trophy deer, antelope, and grouse. Harding County is known for world-class fossils, which many have been found on the ranch. The ZX Ranch is as good as an example of a northwest South Dakota ranch as it gets.

Just the Facts

  • 6,537± total acres
  • 6,417± deeded acres
  • 120± BLM lease acres
  • 225± dryland hay acres
  • Full set of ranch improvements
  • Good winter protection
  • Hard grass country
  • Numerous groundwater wells
  • Seeping water springs
  • Several stock dams
  • Amazing views
  • Wooded draws
  • Abundant wildlife, with trophy mule deer
  • Good blacktop access

General Description

The ZX Ranch gives a feel of western South Dakota vast grasslands that lead up to wooded draws at the base of higher ridges that give way to amazing views of the ranch and surrounding area. The ranch has an abundance of natural protection for livestock, providing benefits for a year-round livestock operation. Throughout the ranch there are spotted areas of badland bluffs and outcroppings. Ground water is abundant and a valuable asset to the ranch, along with a couple of seeping springs.

Broker's Comments

The ZX Ranch is an iconic western South Dakota ranch with all the amenities of a year-round livestock operation, with the benefits of excellent wildlife habitat, great water sources, natural winter protection, dryland hay ground, and world-class fossils. This is an amazing ranch that has the ability to handle 350 cows year-round. The views from the ridge tops are breathtaking and really appreciate the varied topography of the ranch. 

Learn about the locale


The ranch is located 10 miles west of Buffalo, South Dakota on State Highway 20. The nearest major town is Belle Fourche, South Dakota, which is known as the center of the United States. Belle Fourche provides all the major necessities. The ranch is also just north of the Black Hills of South Dakota. 


Harding County, South Dakota is steeped in cattle ranching history. The area is known for the great cattle and cowboys, along with some of the best ranch horses in the world. The area has also become a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts, but most notably the numerous complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons that have been found. The Hell Creek Formation makes up a good part of Harding County and is world famous for the types of fossils found.


Rainfall: 15.3 inches

Snowfall: 50.1 inches

Precipitation: 63.6 days

Sunny: 228 days

Average July high: 85.3°

Average January high: 30.8°

Elevation: 2,881 feet

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 6,417±
BLM Leased Acres: 120±
Total Leased Acres: 120±
Total Acres: 6,537±

Additional Information

Harding County, South Dakota is well known for world-class fossils, including Tyrannosaurus Rex. A full skull of a T-Rex has been found on the ranch and leads the imagination to what else is to be found. The ranch is part of the Hell Creek formation, which has produced some of the world's oldest and most valuable fossils.


The ranch headquarters are located along the highway providing good access. The ranch house has been tastefully updated through the years and the outbuildings are in excellent shape. Improvements include: 1,000 square foot ranch home built in 1940.

Water Resources

The ranch has numerous ground water wells including windmills, solar, and electric wells. Also, there are several stock dams and seeping springs along with seasonal creeks. 

Mineral Rights

All seller owned mineral rights will transfer to the Buyer.


Annual property taxes are approximately $7,247.

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Wildlife Resources

The varied topography, wooded draws, and ample water supply provides high quality habitat for all wildlife. Trophy mule deer top the list along with antelope, upland birds, and coyotes. Wildlife viewing and hunting are exceptional on the ranch. 

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General Operations

The ZX Ranch has historically been operated as a year-round cow/calf operation. The owners did a good amount of winter grazing and occasionally needed to purchase hay over what the ranch would produce. The ranch is rated to run 350 head of cows year-round. The ranch is very well suited for a summer stocker program, as well. The hard grass and good water would provide great gains on stocker cattle. 

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