Flat Top Ranch
4,867 Acres
Squaw Gap, ND

Situated on the western edge of the Little Missouri National Grasslands on the edge of western ND, near the famed Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the vistas on the Flat Top Ranch are only the beginning. With productive and fertile hay meadows, heavily sodded grassland, well-kept improvements, extensive pipeline water system, timber and brush filled coolies and canyons, the Flat Top Ranch is a complete well-balanced ranch property with picture book scenery.

The Flat Top Ranch is truly situated in one of the most desirable regions of the Country and with the nearly equal deeded and low-cost leased acres is an economically sized and priced opportunity that is hard to find! Hewitt Land Company is pleased to offer The Flat Top Ranch exclusively for private treaty sale at $3,400,000 USD.


The ranch is located approximately 50 miles north of Beach, ND or 43 miles southeast of Sidney MT. The ranch gate is just 4 miles off ND Hwy 16 on Flat Rock Rd., a well-maintained McKenzie County Rd. providing exceptional all-weather access to the HQ and beyond.


The area surrounding the Flat Top Ranch is comprised almost exclusively of ranching operations of various sizes with larger farm operations located a short distance to the south in the Beach, ND area. As an agricultural hub, Beach provides agri-business resources, retail businesses, medical clinics and a vibrant community. Nearby Sidney, MT is rich in historical and natural beauty, with the Yellowstone River and several historical attractions in the area. Watford City, ND is the county seat for McKenzie County and is located approximately 60 miles northeast of the Ranch. Now one of the 12 largest towns in ND, Watford City grew from a population of 1,744 in 2010 (US Census) to 6,390 in 2016.

International air service is available just over an hour away in Dickinson, ND, at Sloulin Field International Airport. Direct flights to Denver and Minneapolis are serviced by Delta and United Airlines. Private charter services are provided from Williston to outlying areas via Aero Jet. Regional air services are available in Dickinson, ND, as well as smaller, municipal airports in Beach, ND, Watford City, ND, and Sidney, MT.


Named for the notable landmark butte near the entrance of the ranch, the Flat Top Ranch encompasses 4,867 acres in all, consisting of 2,467 acres deeded and 2,400 acres secure low-cost lease.

  • 2,467+/- Acres Deeded
  • 1,760 Acres Little Missouri Nat’l Grassland Permit
  • 640 Acres North Dakota State Lease
  • 4,867 +/- Acres Total

The Grasslands Grazing Permit is rated for 684 animal unit months (aum) and it comes to approximately $1.45/aum. The 640 acre State Lease is tightly held and costs approximately $3,400.00 per year.


For years, the ranch has been operated as a registered angus enterprise and is fenced and cross-fenced to provide easy movement through a well-planned rotational grazing system. The grazing lands on the Flat Top are comprised of rolling and varied terrain with many timbered and brushy coolies and canyons providing exceptional protection for both livestock and wildlife in the winter months and shade in the summer.

The hay meadows on the ranch historically produce ample winter feed. After weaning, the cow herd is normally grazed through late fall and into the winter.

To provide more flexibility for the owner, part of the ranch is currently leased to a neighboring rancher. While an extended tenancy is possible, no commitment has been made for continued post sale tenancy.


The Headquarters include a comfortable 3 bedroom 2½ bath ranch style home with detached garage and a large fenced yard, along with a 40×100’ insulated horse barn with built in stalls, and two 60×80 calving barns along with a full set of working pens. Additionally, the ranch is well improved in terms of roads, trails, fences, wells and waterline.


Water on the ranch is plentiful and is provided by five electric wells, seasonal creeks, springs and several well-placed reservoirs. Several miles of pipeline through the ranch distribute water throughout the grassland and is fed into tanks


While no warranties or representations are made by the Seller as to the exact status of mineral interests, none of the Sellers oil, gas, or hydrocarbon interests transfer with title.  Many of the high ridges and buttes contain rich reserves of Scoria and sales of scoria to local contractors has been common in recent years. The seller’s scoria interests are included in the asking price and shall transfer with title.


The size and topography of the ranch provides a virtual enclave for a host of wildlife and game species. Some of the most prevalent are mule and white tail deer, pronghorn, coyotes, wild turkey, grouse, pheasant, and sage hens. Elk sightings are becoming more commonplace. The ranch has not been commercially hunted and the wildlife populations are extraordinary.

Western North Dakota is an area as rich in history as it is in natural resources and has become increasingly noted for its breathtaking scenery, charming towns, friendly faces and abundant recreational opportunities and the Flat Top Ranch is well positioned for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy nature at its finest.

Some of the most popular local attractions include the Theodore Roosevelt Badlands National Park and the Maah Daah Hey Trail (a 96-mile trail within the Park), the Bully Pulpit Golf Course, The Medora Musical, Lake Sakakawea State Park, the Missouri, Little Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, along with hunting and fishing of all kinds.

JD Hewitt

Managing Broker

Piedmont, SD

(605) 347-1100

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Wildlife & Hunting

The ranch has not been commercially hunted and the wildlife populations are extraordinary. Some of the most prevalent are mule and white tail deer, pronghorn, coyotes, wild turkey, grouse, pheasant, and sage hens. Elk sightings are becoming more commonplace.

Superb Lake Fishing

Lake Sakakawea State Park, known for its premier fishing, is just three hours away.  Home to walleye, northern pike and chinook salmon and the third largest man-made reservoir in the nation, it is a fishing getaway without having to go far! The nearby Missouri River provides excellent paddlefish, as well as bass, walleye, trout, perch in nearby dams and lakes.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

You’ll find yourself fully immersed in the Badlands as you meander through meadows and woodlands, skirt along the Little Missouri River, and tee off from one butte to another. Just 65 miles away, this is one golfing adventure you’re not soon to forget.

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities

Enjoy the rugged natural beautify of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park, the Maah Daah Hey Trail System that offers more than 8 distinct badlands trails and camping options, the Medora Musical that performs live and outdoor shows, the Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally, and many more local outdoor attractions.

The information provided by Hewitt Land Company has been obtained from sources deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed or warranted by Hewitt Land Company or the sellers of these properties. It is the responsibility of the prospective buyer to independently confirm the accuracy and completeness of this information. Prospective buyers and advisors are encouraged to do their own due diligence in regard to tax, financial and legal matters, and to determine the suitability of a specific property to the buyer's needs. This offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, price change, correction or withdrawal from the market without notice. All references are approximate. Any projections, opinions, assumptions, or estimates used are for example only and do not represent the current or future performance of the property. Sellers reserve the right to accept or reject any and all offers without liability to any buyer or cooperating broker. Fences may or may not be located along property borders.

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