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Swan Land Properties
Nebraska Sporting Ranch
Cherry County

Pine Canyon Ranch

  • Sparks, Nebraska

  • 2,058 Deeded

  • $3,295,000

When it comes to scenic and recreational ranches in Nebraska, Pine Canyon Ranch ranks among the top. With 2,058.72± deeded acres situated along the north bank of the Niobrara River, extending through seemingly endless canyons covered in pines and hardwood bottoms, wildlife thrives in the ideal habitat of thick cover, ample food, and unlimited water sources. The headquarters sits at the highest point of the ranch with a four-bed, three-bath custom log home, three-car heated garage, heated shop, barn, and corrals, while a small cabin and calving barn with corrals is located at the lower elevation of the ranch near the Niobrara River. Home to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, turkeys, grouse, pheasants, geese, ducks, and many other bird species, the diversity of wildlife on the ranch is a true testament to one of the most unique and natural ecosystems in the world. Pine Canyon Ranch is a true sporting paradise and especially ideal for those who appreciate privacy and seclusion.

Located approximately 21 miles east of Valentine, NE, via Highway 12, and south of the small town and intersection known as Sparks, NE, the ranch enjoys excellent year-round access and privacy.

Valentine, with a population of approximately 2,600 people, is the closest town with amenities to the ranch. Valentine serves as a local hub in north-central Nebraska and provides access to essential products and services for the ranch.
The Miller Field Airport is located near Valentine, NE. It is supported by a 4,700 x 75 foot runway and a 3,700 x 60 foot runway. The airport has an FBO and has both low-lead aviation fuel and jet fuel.

Approximate distances from the ranch to nearby towns are as follows:
Valentine, Nebraska
North Platte, Nebraska
Chadron, Nebraska
Rapid City, South Dakota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Omaha, Nebraska
 21 miles
151 miles
158 miles
221 miles
234 miles
296 miles


river near Valentine, NE near Pine Canyon Ranch listed for sale by Swan Land Company

The land is generally classified as follows:
Timbered Draws
Dryland Hay

 2,058.72± Acres
500± Acres
1,258.72± Acres
300± Acres

Recreation ranch near Valentine, Nebraska with hunting, fishing and grazing.

Pine Canyon Ranch has historically supported 100 cow/calf pair year-round. The ranch is currently leased out to a local rancher who grazes livestock during the growing season to keep the pastures healthy and another tenant who produces hay.

The ranch can typically produce 350-400 bales of hay annually (1,400 lb bales).

The improvements on the ranch are very well constructed and have been properly maintained over time.


The main log home was constructed in 1992. With approximately 2,500 square feet on the main level, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a large open living, dining, and kitchen area, Viking range/oven, two covered decks, and a comfortable den of approximately 1,000 square feet in the basement, this home has been well maintained and is very comfortable.

Beautiful log home on ranch near Valentine, NE.

Beautiful kitchen in the log home on this Nebraska ranch for sale. High ceilings in the beautiful log home on this Nebraska ranch for sale. One of four bedrooms in beautiful log home on Nebraska ranch.


Constructed in 1992, with approximately 2,000 square feet, this 40’ x 50’ x 12’ metal building is fully insulated and heated with propane, has an office, hot water heat, and a restroom.

well maintained improvements on Nebraska ranch


Constructed in 2002, with approximately 2,000 square feet, this 40’ x 50’ x 12’ well-built metal building is fully insulated and heated with propane. Three large bay garage doors provide for tractors, vehicles, and other equipment to be stored inside.


The one-bedroom cabin has been historically used during calving season and for guests. Its rustic feel and wood stove will provide a throwback experience to simpler times.

Small guest cabin recreation ranch for sale near Valentine, NE. Listed by Swan Land Company


The historic barn has had limited use in the recent past. It could be restored or removed depending on the future owner’s needs.


Constructed in 1997, with approximately 2,400 square feet, this 40’ x 60’ x 12’ structure is of pole barn construction and has been used for calving and storage.


Portable panels that make up the corral system will be included in the sale.


The ranch headquarters is supported by a backup generator with 50-kw capacity. The Cummins motor and generator are in excellent condition.


The ranch is home to a variety of wildlife including whitetail deer, elk, mule deer, turkeys, bobcats, mountain lions, and coyotes. The Niobrara River, which borders the ranch on the south end for approximately ¼ of a mile, provides fishing opportunities for channel catfish, brown and rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and crappie. With a healthy riparian zone along the Niobrara with cottonwoods, hardwoods, and abundant grass, many species of wildlife are attracted to this space for food, water, and cover.

Four distinct canyons on the ranch, all with water, provide well-used game corridors for local wildlife. Beautiful stands of evergreens and hardwood bottoms, with live springs and creeks, accent these canyons which extend to the Niobrara River.

Excellent hunting and abundant wildlife on this Nebraska ranch for sale. Abundant wildlife on this Nebraska ranch for sale.

The Valentine, Nebraska area consists of a very diverse landscape and provides excellent four-season opportunities for camping, fishing, canoeing, rafting, tubing, tanking (floating in a stock tank), golfing, biking, hiking, water sports, 4-wheeling, stargazing, bird watching, horseback riding, ice fishing, and many other pursuits!

The town of Valentine itself provides all the essential and non-essential amenities. With restaurants, building supply stores, ranch supply stores, and the Cherry County Hospital, Valentine serves as the hub of commerce for north central Nebraska.

With the rolling and “choppy” sandhills, the timbered hills along the Niobrara River, farmland, and endless acres of grass dotted with cattle, this area is welcoming and easy to make home.

Outdoor opportunities are endless for the avid hiker, hunter, fisherman, historian, explorer, and adventurer.

Great outdoor activities such as kayaking and fishing near Pine Canyon Ranch.

The ranch is well watered by abundant springs, small creeks, three wells, and the Niobrara River.


The ranch has Niobrara River frontage for approximately ¼ of a mile. The Niobrara River was designated as a National Scenic River in 1991 as this ecosystem has been recognized as being worthy of increased measures of preservation and conservation. As a matter of fact, the Niobrara River corridor has six unique ecosystems which have been recognized. With a combination of deep pools and riffles, the diversity of the Niobrara River is nothing short of exceptional.

Four creeks originate on the ranch and provide live water to the livestock and wildlife and enhance the already excellent habitat.

A beautiful spring-fed pond, constructed in 2006, is located on the ranch and has both largemouth bass and bluegill.

The Niobrara River, which borders the ranch on the south end for approximately ¼ of a mile, providing abundant fishing opportunities.

The ranch elevation ranges from approximately 2,230 to 2,590 feet above sea level. Valentine experiences a semi-arid climate with cold, dry winters, wet springs, and hot summers. Overall, Valentine enjoys relatively mild weather throughout the year making it a great place to visit or live. The average annual precipitation in nearby Valentine is 20-21 inches and the growing season is approximately 140 days.

Excellent coverage for big game in the timbered draws.

Real Estate Taxes

The 2023 real estate taxes were $10,433.08.

Personal Property

The corral panels which make up the main corral systems will be included in the sale of the ranch.

Mineral Rights

The seller will convey with the ranch 100% of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon, and gravel rights they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners. The seller makes no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other sub-surface rights appurtenant to the ranch.

Utilities & Services
  • Electricity is provided by Cherry Todd Electric.
  • Propane gas is provided by Reese.
  • Internet service is provided by Centurylink or Starlink.
  • Domestic water is provided by a well and the sewage system is septic.

Fence & Boundary Lines

The seller hereby makes known that there may be variations between the property boundary lines and the location of the existing boundary fences on Pine Canyon Ranch. The seller makes no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the property boundary lines, nor does the seller make any warranties or representations with regard to specific acreage within the fenced property lines.

The seller is selling Pine Canyon Ranch in its “as is-where is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist. Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate. The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed herein is not guaranteed nor warranted.

Pine Canyon Ranch is a sizable sporting ranch with attributes rarely found in Nebraska. Situated on the north bank of the Niobrara River, the ranch is comprised of 2,058.72± deeded acres and contains extensive pine-covered canyons with well-watered, hardwood bottoms. Abundant wildlife is drawn to this ideal and diverse habitat and provides sporting opportunities to the avid outdoorsman. Able to support an agricultural operation of approximately 100 cow/calf pairs, this unique offering is worth a closer look. Buyers seeking natural beauty, privacy, seclusion, live water, and private trophy hunting opportunities will enjoy the discovery of Pine Canyon Ranch.

Beautiful 4 bedroom log home on recreational ranch near Valentine, NE. Listed by Swan Land Company


Pine Canyon Ranch, as described herein, is offered at US $3,295,000.00 Cash or at Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Seller.

The Conditions of the Sale are as follows:

  1. All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by earnest money made payable to the escrow account of Sandhills Title Company in Valentine, Nebraska;
  2. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Listing Agent the financial capability to purchase the ranch prior to scheduling a personal tour of the ranch;
  3. The Seller will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy. Title to the real property will be conveyed by warranty deed;
  4. All of the appurtenant water rights controlled by the ranch will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing and all of the mineral rights which the Seller actually owns will be conveyed to the Buyer at Closing;
  5. Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and invited to contact Scott Williams with Swan Land Company for additional information and to set up a private ranch tour.


A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection.

Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale.  Since 2002, we have focused on the brokerage of significant ranches, farms, and recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, and change or withdrawal without notice.  Information contained herein has been provided by the Sellers or obtained from other sources deemed reliable.  The Agent does not, however, guarantee accuracy and recommends that any Prospective Buyer conduct an independent investigation.

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