Places We Protect

Cross Ranch Preserve

North Dakota

Bison in the distance silhouetted against a dark sky.
Cross Ranch Bison American Bison at Cross Ranch in Oliver County, North Dakota, along one of the few free-flowing stretches of the Missouri River. © Richard Hamilton Smith

Cross Ranch is located along the only free-flowing section of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

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The Nature Conservancy owns nearly 1,500 preserves covering more than 2.5 million acres across all 50 states. These lands protect wildlife and natural systems, serve as living laboratories for innovative science and connect people to the natural world.

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Photos from Cross Ranch

The prairie is buzzing, blooming and stomping with life!

A herd of bison stand against a rainbow grassland backdrop.
Closeup of a hoary puccoon, a delicate yellow flower.
Three bison stand together on a prairie.
Landscape view of the rolling forested hills of Cross Ranch.
A grove of cottonwood trees stands in the distance with blurred grassland in the foreground.
A broad field of gray-headed coneflower.
Four bison on a snowy prairie.
The Missouri River at sunset, with grass-lined banks.
Closeup of a sharp-tailed grouse.
A bison stands in a grassland at sunset.

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