Cattle Ranches of the American West

Beef…it’s what’s for dinner, and it’s what keeps these beautiful ranches in business. From the Central Valley of California to Colorado’s High Country – and everywhere in between – ranching has been a part of American culture since the mid-1600’s when the Spanish Conquistadors brought their cattle-raising ways to the Americas and pioneers headed west in search of open lands. With almost a million cattle operations across the country today, it’s an industry that won’t be going anywhere for awhile.

Take a look at some of these gorgeous cattle ranches across the American West:



Ranch near Devil’s Elbow, California

Cattle ranch near Devil's Elbow, California
Photo credit: Loren Kerns

Spring Mountain Ranch in Red Rock, Nevada

Spring Mountain Ranch, Red Rock, Nevada
Photo credit: Billy Kerr

Ranch near the Crazy Mountains of Montana

Crazy Mountains of Montana
Photo credit: photogramma1 of Flickr

Cattle Ranch of Baker County, Oregon

Cattle ranch in Baker County, Oregon
Photo credit: Baker County Tourism

Cattle Ranch near Grafton, Utah

Cattle ranch near Grafton, Utah
Photo credit: Don Graham

Winter Grazing at an Eastern Sierras Cattle Ranch in California

Eastern Sierras cattle ranch
Photo credit: Rennett Stowe

Grimes Canyon Cattle Ranch in California

Grimes Canyon Cattle Ranch
Photo credit: William Garrett

Cattle Ranch near Larimer, Colorado

Cattle Ranch near Larimer, Colorado
Photo credit: Ed Ogle

Angus Bull on a Montana Ranch

Angus Bull on a Montana Ranch
Photo credit: photogramma1 @ Flickr

Cattle Ranch in Montana’s Madison River Valley
Cattle Ranch in Montana's Madison River Valley
Photo credit: NOAA
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