Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Chidren And Ranch Life

Boys climb and jump on ranch equipment on a blue sky sunny day.

Children of the Davies family turn a cattle chute into a homegrown playground on the Roaring Springs Ranch, near Steens Mountain in Oregon. The young cowpokes learn to ride horses when they are young and help move cattle on the ranch.

Ranch families in the twenty-first century face many challenges, from competition with government-subsidized agribusiness corporations to tax laws that encourage development over agriculture and prevent the smooth transfer of land from one generation to the next.

Ranch families play a critical role in the U.S. as a stabilizing force in the American West.