Thunder Butte Grassland
4079.64 Acres
Northern Ziebach Co., SD

Property Description

The Thunder Butte Grassland consists of 4,079+/- acres of excellent grass, pipeline water, several reservoirs, spring-fed creeks and draws, and is well fenced and cross-fenced. Also, an additional 640 SD State Lease is potentially available.
This remarkable ranch property is exceptionally well grassed and watered and has been in the same ownership and management for over 60 years!

The property is located in the northwest corner of Ziebach County, 38 miles from Faith, Isabel, and Bison.

Thunder Butte is 14 miles west of Dupree and 33 miles east of Faith. Pierre, SD, the state capitol, is just under two hours away and provides regional air service. Rapid City is 2.5 hours away, and Sioux Falls is a 5-hour drive.


Ziebach County is part of the Great Plains and is characterized by rolling grasslands and numerous buttes. Almost the entire county lies within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Named for Frank M. Ziebach, a political figure in the Dakota Territory during the territorial period from 1861 to 1889, Ziebach County was officially a made county in 1911. In the 20th Century, cattle were raised in substantial numbers, but when the railroad bypassed the area this industry declined. Also known as “Wakinyan Paha” to the Lakota, its religious and cultural significance to the Lakota goes back further in time.

Thunder Butte forms the highest point of elevation in Ziebach County, and lies on the drainage divide between the Grand River, to the north, and the Moreau River to the south; both rivers drain eastward to the Missouri. The butte is located about 75 miles west of the Missouri River, and about 105 miles northeast of the Black Hills, (as the crow flies). 

The landmark holds strong historical significance, and has long stood as a geographical reference point. Thunder Butte has strong historical ties to the Lakota Sioux tribe, dating back to 1776, French fur-traders, white settlers alike. 

Literary references to Thunder Butte appear in the story of Hugh Glass, a mountain man/trapper whose nearly deadly encounter with a grizzly bear in 1823 left him stranded and alone. After reviving, he crawled 80-100 miles from the Grand River to the Cheyenne River over a period of six weeks, using the Thunder Butte landmark to guide him. 

Ziebach County is now home to 2,413 residents. The area is home to a strong farming and ranching community, agricultural industry, and rich cultural history.

 From US Hwy 73, the property may be accessed by Cook Ranch Rd and a graded pasture road.
The ranch is exceptionally well watered, with both Stove Creek and Knocker Creek traversing the property. The creeks are springy and remain fresh though out the season. Numerous large, deep reservoirs dot the landscape and pipeline water serves the pastures on the north end.
The Ranch has been utilized during the growing season each year as summer grass and has historically carried 370+/- cow calf pairs for the grazing season. 
The grass is in excellent condition and offers a generous mixture of both cool and warm season grass varieties. 

The many river breaks, creeks and draws of northern Ziebach County provide cover for abundant populations of white-tailed deer, mule deer, antelope, sharp-tailed grouse, and turkey.

Legal Description

Carmichael Ranch Sale Property

Ziebach County, South Dakota 

Legal Description 


Township 15 North, Range 18 East, BHM, Ziebach County, South Dakota   

  • Section 4; Lots 1, 2, S1/2NE1/4- 159.64 Acres
  • Section 9; SE1/4SW1/4- 40 Acres
  • Section 20; NE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 20; N1/2NW1/4, SE1/4NW1/4- 120 Acres
  • Section 20; SE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 21; NE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 21; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 21; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 21; SE1/4- 160 Acres

Township 16 North, Range 18 East, BHM, Ziebach County, South Dakota   

  • Section 27; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 27; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 28; NE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 28; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 28; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 28; SE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 33;  NE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 33; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 33; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 33; SE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 34; W1/2NE1/4- 80 Acres
  • Section 34; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 34; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 34; SE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 35; NW1/4NE1/4- 40 Acres
  • Section 35; NW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 35; SW1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 35; SE1/4- 160 Acres
  • Section 35; NE1/4NE1/4, S1/2NE1/4- 120 Acres

TOTAL Deeded Acres: 4,079.64


2021 taxes payable in 2022 are $8,814.36

Tyson Hewitt

Broker Associate

Rapid City, SD Office

(605) 206-0034

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